HCC College Connection

23 March 2018
Issue 5/2018
From the Deputy Principal's Desk
HCC Features
Heatherton Creates...
Upcoming Events  
Heatherton Christian College
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316-322 Kingston Road
Clarinda, Victoria, 3169

From the Deputy Principal's Desk

Dear Parents/Guardians


The Year 9 students came back from their WASP camp a few weeks ago. The 6-day camp consisted of travel days, many challenges, lots of time to deepen and strengthen relationships, plenty of encouragement and feedback; and time in prayer and spiritual reflection.

I sometimes wonder how you quantify the benefits from such experiences as the WASP camp?


Some of the benefits are visible in the short term as those of you who know the students may well have noticed a change in their manner and attitudes. Each year the Year 9s seem to return with a more positive and ‘lighter’ demeanour and are more willing to see beyond themselves and relate more to others – quite significant for teenage children! (In fact, my favourite quote from a parent speaking about their child after a previous WASP camp was that they “…felt like we have our old child back again”. I always feel a bit emotional as I tell others about this!).


There were noticeable changes in the students during last week’s Secondary Chapel service where all students moved through several ‘stations’, each with a different focus on prayer and thanksgiving. What struck me was the enthusiasm and willingness of the Year 9s to gather and pray, not just for themselves but for God to be at work in the College and in other’s lives. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to save up some of this enthusiasm for God and bring it out when we feel a bit ‘dry’ later on!


This camp is one of the many ‘experiential learning’ opportunities students have over the course of their time at the College. What makes these experiences such powerful times of learning and growth is that they are often physical, involve elements of challenge or risk, tap into the emotions, are done with others, and involve reflection. Many students finishing Year 12 still refer back to their experiences on their WASP camp and are able to draw from those experiences and the challenges they faced and overcame (or saw others overcome).


So, whilst the visible and even behavioural signs from the WASP camp may change (yes, teenager years are challenging!), the experiences and lessons gained during such times are carried on in the hearts and minds of the students involved, able to be drawn on again at later times.


Our intention in providing such experiences for your child is always to help them grow in their faith, their character, and their willingness to serve others – something we feel very privileged to have the opportunity to do.


Phil Eastman

Deputy Principal/Head of Secondary (& Student Wellbeing)

HCC Features

Spotlight on New HCC Staff

Meet our new staff member, Ashika Corera.

We asked her a few questions to help you to get to know her.

What is your role here?

I am the teacher of Grade 6C.


What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include reading, cooking and playing netball.


Unusual fact/something we may not know.

I was born in Sri Lanka but the only language I speak is English.


What is the scariest thing you have ever done?

The scariest thing I have done is to follow my dreams and go back to university to complete my postgraduate in teaching after becoming a wife and mother. 


What is the most exciting event ever to happen to you?

Marrying my best friend is definitely one of the most exciting things to happen to me along with having my beautiful boys. 


What do you hope to achieve at HCC?

My hope is to empower my students with the knowledge that they are 'fearfully and wonderfully made!' 

We are the champions!

On Tuesday 20 March, students from Year 7-12 represented HCC at the CSEN Eastern Regional Swimming Competition at Aquanation, Ringwood.

Our students swam exceptionally well, with some students swimming up an age group or not in their strongest event, but still achieved great results. Due to this wonderful team spirit, at the end of competition we were crowned U13, U15 and U16 Girls Champions, U13 Boys Champions and overall Division B Champions! Well done to all swimmers involved, HCC is very proud of you all!


Pete Bunyon

Sports Coordinator

Harmony Day 2018

HCC celebrated Harmony Day on Wednesday 21 March.  Teachers and students dressed in cultural costume or in the colour orange to celebrate cultural diversity. The key message of that day was 'everyone belongs'.


Year 10 Jewish Holocaust Museum Excursion

Students in Year 10B had a very impacting excursion to the Jewish Holocaust museum in Elsternwick last week.

Pictured is Aaron in 10B, with a student from another school, lighting a candle in remembrance of the six million Jews who were killed in the holocaust in World War 2. The older gentlemen in the picture is Joe, who is a holocaust survivor. Joe spoke to our students about his harrowing experiences as one of the very few survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Joe is 91 years old and went to Auschwitz as a 16 year old boy. He showed the students his prison number which is still tattooed on his arm.


Peter Cliffe


Primary Performance

The primary school enjoyed the performance of a special play called ‘Aussie All-Sorts’ on Harmony Day. Through sketches and storytelling the play explored the timeline of Australian culture and how it has changed and developed over the years.


Alumni News

Andrew Fitch (Class of 2016, brother of Ryan (Year 12) and Carley (Year 10)) has now finished his first season of basketball at the State University of New York in Canton, New York State, USA. The university is better known as ‘SUNY Canton’.


Andrew has had a very successful ‘Freshman’ year on and off the court in the USA, his basketball team playing in the NCAA Division 3 league. In recognition of his fine season, he was named to the ACAA All Conference, 2nd Team, (that’s an All Star team!).  Here's a bit more of a write up on how his semester went.


“Andrew played in all 25 games for the SUNY Canton Roos, one of only two players to play all games for his team. Whilst his young team (half of them being first year players) had a tough season, finishing with a 7 – 18 win loss record, Andrew did really well scoring 193 points (4th on the team), pulling down 194 rebounds (2nd on the team) and making 72 blocked shots (1st on team and a new school single season record. This total put him 4th for all NCAA Division 3 teams). Along the way he was recognized 3 times as the ECAC North Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week over the course of the 14 week season, and the ACAA Player of the Week in mid-January, the first SUNY Canton freshman to receive this accolade”

Andrew was also invited to be part of a Select Division 3 team to represent the USA for tournaments in Brazil over July, but has declined to return to Melbourne to see his family and play for the McKinnon Cougars in the YLM season.


Off the court, Andrew achieved some outstanding results in his first semester of Mechanical Engineering (achieving a 4.0 average which equates to straight A’s), and has been named as a student representative of the University Board.”


His family, and we as a College, are very proud of him and look forward to seeing where this part of his journey with God and basketball leads him over the next few years. We are also looking forward to him visiting the school during his summer break – the USA summer, that is, which means he will be around soon.


Do you have news of an Alumni and what they are currently doing? If so, we would like to publish more snapshots of where our Alumni are and what God has been doing in their lives. Please email some written information and a photo to [email protected].

School Banking

Parents, please note that the 2018 ANZAC Day public holiday is on Wednesday 25 April. So, just for that week (Term 2 Week 2), school banking deposit books need to be dropped at the College office on Tuesday 24 April instead.

10 Ways that Reading Benefits YOU

What Are The Benefits Of Reading?


The website WhytoRead.com was created to encourage you to read more and to introduce you to new books that will benefit you. The benefits of reading are not limited to 10 but the top reasons in this article are the most powerful. By the time you’ve read this post, you should be encouraged to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to finish so you can start the next one. Click here to link to the original article.


In terms of fiction or non-fiction, there are endless stories that can both broaden your understanding of the world or help you get through a sticking point in your life. Those who read have been known to have more finely-tuned brains than those who prefer more passive activities, so anyone hoping to improve their mind both psychologically and cognitively might want to think about taking up the habit of regular reading.

Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Read More Books:


1. To Develop Your Verbal Abilities

Although it doesn’t always make you a better communicator, those who read tend to have a more varied range of words to express how they feel and to get their point across. This increases exponentially with the more volumes you consume, giving you a higher level of vocabulary to use in everyday life.


2. Improves Your Focus and Concentration

Unlike blog posts and news articles, sitting down with a book takes long periods of focus and concentration, which at first is hard to do. Being fully engaged in a book involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself into the text, which over time will strengthen your attention span.


3. Readers Enjoy The Arts and Improve The World

A study done by the NEA  explains that people who read for pleasure are many times more likely than those who do not to visit museums and attend concerts, and almost three times as likely to perform volunteer and charity work. Readers are active participants in the world around them, and that engagement is critical to individual and social well-being.


4. It Improves Your Imagination

You are only limited by what you can imagine, and the worlds described in books, as well as other people's views and opinions, will help you expand your understanding of what is possible. By reading a written description of an event or a place, your mind is responsible for creating that image in your head, instead of having the image placed in front of you when you watch television.


5. Reading Makes You Smarter

Books offer an outstanding wealth of learning and at a much cheaper price than taking a course. Reading gives you a chance to consume huge amount of research in a relatively short amount of time. Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich’s What Reading Does for the Mind” also noted that heavy readers tend to display greater knowledge of how things work and who or what people were. Books at home have been strongly linked to academic achievement. If you are looking for a list of great books to read, check out 10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter.


6. It Makes You Interesting And Attractive

This goes hand in hand with reading to become smarter. Having a library of information that you have picked up from non-fiction reading will come in handy in any academic or scholarly conversation. You will be able to hold your own and add to the conversation instead of having to make your excuses and leave.  You will be able to engage a wider variety of people in conversation and in turn improve your knowledge and conversation skills.


7. It Reduces Stress

A study by consultancy firm Mindlab International at the University of Sussex showed that reading reduces stress. Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles. In fact it got subjects to stress levels lower than before they started. For more information, check out the Telegraph article here


8. It Improves Your Memory

In their book Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, Maryanne Wolf explains that “Typically, when you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight. By and large, with oral language “when you watch a filmor listen to a tape, you don’t press pause.” The benefits of this increased activity keeps your memory sharp and your learning capacity nimble.


9. To Discover and Create Yourself

In his book How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom says that we should read slowly, with love, openness, and with our inner ear cocked. He explains we should read to increase our wit and imagination, our sense of intimacy – in short, our entire consciousness – and also to heal our pain. “Until you become yourself, what benefit can you be to others.” With the endless amount of perspectives and lives we can read about, books can give us an opportunity to have experiences that we haven’t had the opportunity to, and still allow us to learn the life skills they entail. Books are a fast rack to creating yourself.


10. For Entertainment

All the benefits of reading mentioned so far are a bonus result of the most important benefit of reading; Its entertainment value. If it were not for the entertainment value, reading would be a chore but it needn’t be. Reading is not only fun, but it has all the added benefits that we have discussed so far. Much more enthralling than watching a movie or a TV show (although they have their many benefits as well), a good book can keep us amused while developing our life skills.


Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

Note for parents who applied for CSEF last year: you do not need to submit a new form this year unless there is a change in their family circumstances.

Heatherton Creates...


Year 9 students have been exploring the idea of using inanimate objects as the subject matter for an artwork. They investigated the work of Giorgio Morandi.


He used ordinary objects as inspiration for most of his artwork. The students created small pastel drawings, which are on display outside the Salt Café. They then made a painting of the same subject matter using acrylic paint. They used only a palette knife to create these drawings on Masonite board, so as to create a highly textured effect. The students used muted colours similar to those of Morandi.


Our artists from Year 9 are Genesis, Ashleigh, Timothy, India, Jeremy, Wyman and Chelsea.

Tonia Burgess

Art Coordinator


HCC Parents Prayer Group

The Parents’ Prayer Group meets once a month on Wednesdays straight after assembly in the boardroom. Everyone is welcome to come along and pray for our College. Here are the dates for this year:

Wed 18 April 2018

Wed 16 May 2018

Wed 20 June 2018

Wed 25 July 2018

Wed 15 August 2018

Wed 12 September 2018

Wed 17 October 2018

Wed 14 November 2018

Celebrate Easter Melbourne 2018


Lunar Drive In


Fasttrack Kingswim


Upcoming Events

2018 Term Dates

Term 1: Wed 31 Jan (Primary) - Thur 29 Mar

                Thur 1 Feb (Secondary) - Thur 29 Mar

Term 2: Tue 17 Apr - Fri 29 Jun  

Term 3: Wed 18 Jul - Fri 21 Sep

Term 4: Mon 8 Oct - Tue 11 Dec 

Open Days Term 2

Mon 7 May: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Sat 12 May: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Working Bee 

Sat 5 May: 9:30am - 12:00pm (L-Z families)
Sat 28 Jul: 9:30am - 12:00pm (A-K families)
Sat 13 Oct: 9:30am - 12:00pm (L-Z families)

Curriculum Day (No school for all students)

Term 2:  Fri 18 May

Term3: Mon 20 Aug

Grandparent's Day (for Primary students)

Fri 17 Aug

2018 Presentation Night 

Wed 5 Dec

HCC Presentation Night 2018 (Prep - Year 12)
Kingston City Hall



Monday, 26 March 2018 to Friday 29 June 2018

Mon 26 Mar

Year 7/8 Outdoor Ed Excursion 


All day


Tue 27 Mar

Parent Teacher Interviews

From 4:00pm


Maths Extension - CAT Test


Wed 28 Mar

Year 7/8 CSEN Sport Finals


VCE Formal

Brighton International 



Thu 29 Mar

Primary Tabloid Sports


Last Day Term 1

All students finish at 3:25pm


Tue 17 Apr

First Day Term 2 for all students


Wed 25 Apr

ANZAC Day Holiday


Fri 27 Apr

CSEN Championships Swimming Carnival


Wed 2 May

Gravitate Students Retreat Day


Thu 3 May

VCE Rally Day


Sat 5 May

Working Bee Term 2


Mon 7 May

Open Day



Sat 12 May

Open Day



Thu 17 May

Autumn music concert


Fri 18 May

Curriculum Day - no school for all students


Mon 21 May

Year 10 Wheelchair Basketball Incursion - Period 3 & 4 (11:10am - 12:50pm)


Tue 22 May

Primary Cheltenham District Cross Country

10:00am - 2:00pm


Mon 4 Jun

Year 7-11 Exams


Tue 5 Jun

Year 7-11 Exams


Wed 6 Jun

Year 7-11 Exams


Thu 7 Jun

Year 7-11 Exams


Fri 8 Jun

Year 7-11 Exams


Mon 11 Jun

Queen's Birthday Holiday – No school for all students


Wed 13 Jun

General Achievement Test (GAT test) for VCE Unit 3 & 4 students

10:00am- 1:15pm


Thu 14 Jun

HCC Cross Country


Fri 15 Jun

Grade 5/6 District Lightning Premiership Day

9:00am - 3:15pm


Mon 18 Jun

Year 10 Work Experience

12:00am - 5:00pm


Year 11 Mission Trip (TBC)


Tue 19 Jun


Year 10 Work Experience

12:00am - 5:00pm


Year 11 Mission Trip (TBC)


Grade 6 District Girls Soccer Day

10:00am - 2:00pm


Wed 20 Jun

Year 10 Work Experience

12:00am - 5:00pm


Year 11 Mission Trip (TBC)


Thu 21 Jun


Year 10 Work Experience

12:00am - 5:00pm


Year 11 Mission Trip (TBC)


Musical Soiree - Primary to Year 9


Fri 22 Jun


Year 10 Work Experience

12:00am - 5:00pm


Year 11 Mission Trip (TBC)


Mon 25 Jun

Sean W Smith performance for Primary classes

9:00am - 10:00am


Thu 28 Jun

Year 9 Year of Challenge City Presentation evening


Fri 29 Jun

Last Day Term 2

 All students finish at 3:25pm


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