Term 1 , Week 10

From the Principal

Dear All,

My message this week is very brief. 

A reminder that next week is the last week of school.

I trust you had a good week and managed to stay dry today! As much as rain is an annoyance, we must always remember that rain is important for our land! 

As we approach the end of the term, I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate every student in the school for their efforts over the past 10 weeks.

10 weeks of learning looks very different for every child, but I know how hard our staff and our students have worked together this term to achieve great results and outcomes. I’m proud of the commitment and dedication to their learning. Our theme in classrooms this year has really been to go “deeper” in our learning and our school experience. Our students learn not only with a spirit of inquiry but also with a spirit of excellence. 

Next week, there will be no newsletter. I will do a brief video message.

If I do not have the pleasure of seeing you over the next week, I pray the Lord’s abundant blessing and peace be over you and your family over the holidays.

My door is always open,

Joe Britton

Daylight Savings.

A kind reminder that our daylight savings will end on Sunday 7 April 2024. Please adjust any needed clocks back one hour, to give yourself one hour extra to rest.

Wet Weather ahead.

After some rainy days, HPCS has gotten branded umbrellas! They are extra large and have a wind vent for extra windy days.

These are available to purchase at the school’s reception for $50 each.

Winter Uniform .

Our two week turnover period will happen week 2 and 3 in Term 2. During this time either the complete Summer or the complete Winter uniform can be worn, but not a mixture of the two. Full winter uniform needs to be worn, by 20 May 2024, after these two weeks.

Unfortunately our new winter tracksuit pants will not here until the end of May. All students that do not currently have tracksuit pants can either wear their sport shorts, or if you are worried about the colder weather, they are allowed to wear any plain dark green tracksuit pants without any logo’s on. The old winter sportswear is till appropriate too.

Use the below picture as an example of the pants that can be worn:

Currently the uniform shop operates Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8:15 until 10:00. Staring next week, appointments can be booked on Tuesdays to Fridays during office hours by sending an email to uniforms@hpcs.nsw.edu.au.

What’s for dinner?

Spicy Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese.

  • 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped into small chunks
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow squash, quartered and diced
  • 10 baby carrots, sliced thinly
  • 2 cups whole wheat pasta, elbow macaroni, rotini, penne, etc.
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups 8 oz. Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. panko breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Set a medium pot of salted water to boil. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and coating with a little olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Toss broccoli, red pepper, squash and carrots onto the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until vegetables have softened. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Once water is boiling, lower heat slightly and add pasta, cooking according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until well distributed and melted. Add red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Add macaroni and vegetables.
  5. Place mixture in a large casserole dish and sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs. Place under the broiler in your oven (500 degrees) for 3-4 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  6. Enjoy!

Easter Chapel and Hat Parade.

We had the most wonderful time last Friday with our Easter Chapel and amazing Hat Parade.

A big shout out to all the staff who put in a lot of effort for our Easter celebrations, and to all the parents and students for constructing showstopping hats for the parade.

We will be posting photos this week, as well as next week.

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for receiving Merit Awards this week:

Kindergarten – S
Lamees K. for her positive and enthusiastic attitude towards learning!
Arthur P. for outstanding improvement in Reading and Spelling!

Kindergarten – G
Aaliyah Z. for trying her best at all times.
Tina. B for working well in reading activities.

Year 1
Sari T. for great improvement in English.
Benjamin R. R. for excellent AFL skills in sport.

Year 2
Moa F. for always showing kindness towards others.
Lis F.C. for correctly dividing collections equally in Maths.

Year 3
Hope K. for listening attentively to teacher instructions.
Valeti C. for creating a beautiful poster about the meaning of Easter.

Year 4
Hudson S-B. for his contribution in Math lessons.
Micaiah N. for his wonderful work in fractions.
Neriah P. for her consistent effort in class.

Year 5
Jonathan G. for a brilliant effort when reading aloud in class!
Lucy W. for creating phenomenal poetry for Easter Chapel!

Year 6
Mia S. for being an honest and self-reflective student who has worked hard this term.
Hannah K. for her friendly, thoughtful and encouraging behavior towards others.

Save the Dates: Upcoming Dates

12 April: Year 5 Chapel
12 April: End of term 1
29 April: Start of term 2
8 May: Cross Country
13 May: Girls Soccer Gala
14 May: HPCS Athletics Carnival