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Principal's Note

Dr Malcolm Coulson - Principal

Hills Adventist College - Educating for the Twenty-first Century

Dr Malcolm CoulsonHills Adventist College has a proud heritage within the Hills District as a provider of quality Christian education for nearly 60 years. Over those years of service to the community the College has sought to graduate students with a Christ-centred faith, the knowledge and skills for a wide range of future pathways and a positive sense of the satisfaction that arises from service to others. 

The education needed today is future-focused and therefore comprises more than the acquisition of knowledge and skills, as important as that will be. The future calls for personal characteristics; qualities that will stand the test of time, which are valued by parents, caregivers, employers and the community. Hence our strong commitment to nurture and model our core values – Respect, Excellence, Compassion, Integrity and Hope.

Hills Adventist College is very intentional in our efforts to support your child's development – through vibrant faith-development plans, consistent implementation of our research-informed pedagogical framework, recognition of the holistic nature of each individual and the need to reflect individual diversity in the delivery of learning.

Our creative team of staff seek to enrich each student’s learning experience beyond the time spent in classrooms or playing fields. We offer a wide range of extracurricular experiences ranging from creative and performing arts, cultural activities, competitive and non-competitive sports, outdoor activities and service programs both locally and overseas. These activities aim to expand each student’s horizons, to help them learn to collaborate with others and to appreciate the world in which they live.

A home and school partnership adds to our mutual understanding of your child so we invite you to keep in touch, to pray for, and with us, as we share the wonderful responsibility of supporting your child’s development.

Welcome to our website, which will provide detailed information to assist you in learning about Hills Adventist College.


Kind regards,

Dr Malcolm Coulson


Dr Coulson has worked extensively in education in a variety of roles bringing with him a wealth of experience gained from all levels of education. 

He commenced teaching in the Queensland State system. His area of teaching specialty is in the Science area - biology, chemistry and general science. He has worked in a variety of schools and roles across both Australia and New Zealand.             

Dr Coulson spent seven years at Avondale College [an Adventist Tertiary institution] as a lecturer, followed by two years as the Director of Education in North NSW. During his time at Avondale College, he completed his PhD at Newcastle University in the area of teacher effectiveness and how to help teachers' thinking and behaviour to improve student learning

After taking a 12 month break from church employment, he returned to Avondale College as a lecturer, secondary course coordinator and then as Vice President for Learning and Teaching.

Dr Coulson has also served as the Director of Education for the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Before commencing as Principal of Hills, Dr Coulson was the principal of Edinburgh College in Victoria.

Malcolm and his wife, Marcia enjoy riding motorbikes, traveling, and especially 4 Wheel Driving.  He also enjoys photography.  They have a blended family of five children most of whom are married, as well as five wonderful grandchildren.