HCC College Connection

21 September 2018
Issue 15/2018
From the Executive Principal'  Desk
HCC Features
Upcoming Events  
Heatherton Christian College
(03) 8551 6650
316-322 Kingston Road
Clarinda, Victoria, 3169

From the Executive Principal'  Desk

Dear Parents/Guardians

One of the things that I love about Heatherton Christian College is that there is always something exciting happening here. The last two weeks of Term 3 have been very busy. Undoubtedly the highlight was the performance of the ‘Sound of Music’. The musical was of an exceptionally high standard. I was so proud of our students and staff who worked so hard to create this quality performance. The only sad thing is a whole years’ work is over after just two performances.


This week we have many students off-site. Our Year 9 students are participating in a week of community service as part of their ‘Year of Challenge’. Our Year 10 students departed for Townsville on Monday for their annual Mission’s trip. We also have the Grade 5s and 6s away on their annual camp this week. Over the term break a small group of Secondary students, who are studying French at HCC, are going on a week-long French experience to New Caledonia, accompanied by Madame Youssef and Mr Darren John.


I am so appreciative of the staff we have at HCC. Every day I see their passion and commitment to your children, often going the extra mile and beyond. Organising extra-curricular activities, such as those that I mentioned above, are not expectations of the role of a teacher. These are extra roles the staff take on because they genuinely care about your kids and want them to experience an enriching, fulfilling and exciting education at HCC. These types of experiences certainly help to provide this.


This week my wife Karen and I are celebrating 30 years of marriage together. I thank God each day that the Lord has blessed me with a wonderful wife and family.


Quote of the week….

“When you go with laughter, when you’re fun, you will never travel alone. Your children will travel with you.”


Peter Cliffe

Executive Principal

HCC Features

Getting to Know The Sound of Music

Over thirty very talented and committed secondary students worked enthusiastically throughout Terms 2 and 3 to perform the Rogers and Hammerstein show, 'Getting to Know The Sound of Music'. Set in Austria in the 1930s, this musical tells the true story of the headstrong young woman, Maria, who was in the process of becoming a nun when she was sent to become a governess for the children of a widowed navy Captain Von Trapp. Maria grew to love the captain and his seven children. 


The students are to be congratulated on their commitment and dedication to produce some very fine performances! 


Jenny Fairweather 

Music Teacher 

DVDs of 'Getting to Know The Sound of Music' are available for purchase. The order envelopes may be obtained from the College office. All orders need to be returned to the College office by today, Friday 21 September.

TEAR Read-A-thon

We are delighted to have been able to support TEAR Australia in their fantastic work overseas by participating in the TEAR Readathon. This initiative involved students from Grade 2 to Year 9 gaining sponsorships for doing something we all want them to do and love – reading books! Heatherton Christian College raised a total of $1550, which was over our goal of $1000. Thank you to all parents and students who supported this cause. The totals for each class were:

Grade 5S        $445

Grade 2C       $358

Grade 3P        $322

Grade 6C       $145

Grade 4R       $125

Year 7A          $60

Grade 6P        $50

Year 7B          $25

Grade 2M       $20


All funds raised for TEAR go to education initiatives for people in poverty, who otherwise might miss out on educational opportunities we all take for granted in Australia.

Teaching Awards 2019 - Nominations Open


Hi Parents/Guardians

We’re delighted to announce that nominations for the 2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are now open.

Offered through a partnership between the Commonwealth Bank and national charity Schools Plus, the Awards recognise and reward great teachers who are delivering transformative and measurable outcomes for their students.

Teachers who inspire curiosity, engage with their community and encourage their students to believe in themselves. Teachers like previous award recipient Steve Harrison from Huonville High in Tasmania, whose vocational salmon farming program has led to students securing dozens of jobs in the local aquaculture industry.

We believe there are great teachers like Steve at every school across the nation and they deserve to be recognised. We’d be delighted if you would help by spreading the word around your school that nominations for the 2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are now open.

It’s a big opportunity to recognise the incredible work teachers at your school are doing. It will also give them a chance to become one of 12 teachers and school leaders who’ll receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowship includes support for professional development as well as $30,000 for a school project that improves student outcomes.

So, if there’s one, two or even three great teachers working at your school, make sure you put them forward for the 2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards. Please nominate by September 27, 2018 at https://www.teachingawards.com.au/


Because great teachers do more than teach.

Whole School Photo

The 2018 HCC whole school photo will be taken on Monday 15 October. Students will need to be dressed in full summer uniform, not sports uniform.

Grade 4 'Year in the Yard'

As part of their 'Year in the Yard', the Grade 4 students held a video conference with an Australian cattle farmer named Farmer Michelle from the Northern Territory.

Farmer Michelle discussed climate, farming facts and sustainability. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions about technology in farming and learnt many interesting facts about the day to day lives of farmers in Australia.


Megan Rose

Grade 4 Teacher

Year 10 YWAM Mission Trip

On Monday 17 September, our Year 10s boarded a plane headed for sunny Queensland, but not for a holiday. This trip was to embark on a powerful adventure of serving God outside the walls of Heatherton Christian College with the goal of impacting the Aboriginal communities of far-north Queensland.  


The first four days of the trip were spent at YWAM’s (Youth with a Mission) base in Townsville for some much-needed training and preparation. Here we learnt about the difference between our modern culture and the traditional Aboriginal culture which we expected to see once inside their communities. It was not all just seminars and sessions, but a healthy mix of hands on training, fun team-building activities and crazy games that one would expect to find on a youth adventure.


For the second half of the trip, the students will be separated into two groups, one off to Palm Island and the other to Yarrabah. The students will use their skills to serve in the two communities by assisting at local churches, children’s programs and joining in outreach programs developed by YWAM. The students will be taking steps of faith, walking courageously, and truly experiencing the rewards that follow, which is one of the main reasons why this trip is so exciting for the staff who attend.


Each student will return home with a bag of memories that will remind them of how great it is to sow into other people’s lives.


Chris Davis  


Position Vacant in CSA



3 DAYS PER WEEK, term time only.

Starting date: 17 January 2019

Christian Schools Australia is a national movement of independent faith-based schools with State Offices to support member schools, particularly in networking, communication, and events management.


The Victoria/Tasmania State office supports and serves 30 member school campuses.

The Office Manager provides administrative support, including events management, for the State Executive Officer.


Selection Criteria:

  • It is an inherent requirement of the role that the Office Manager is a practicing Christian, in regular church attendance, able to articulate and support the distinctive Christian nature of CSA member schools.
  • Experience  in an administrative or P.A. role in a Christian school setting is desirable.
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills – Microsoft Office 365 software.
  • Flexible attitude
  • Experience in small office context.
  • Experience in event management.

For a position description and application form, please contact Ken Greenwood, Vic/Tas Executive Officer on [email protected].

Applications should be returned by email, closing  4:00pm, Wednesday 3 October 2018.

Student News

We wish to congratulate Taylor Nel (Year 7) on her sporting achievements.

Taylor has been selected to represent Victoria in the Under 13 Australian Hockey Championships. Having made the side last year as a younger player, she is again looking forward to competing in the National Championships. This tournament will take place over the September holidays in Hobart. Taylor plays right wing or inner and plays club hockey for Mentone.


We wish Taylor well for the upcoming National Championships.


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 17 October 2018

Wed 14 November 2018

Village Church Women's Breakfast Invitation


Lunar Drive In


Kingston Libraries: School Holiday Program


Upcoming Events

2018 Term Dates

Term 4: Mon 8 Oct - Tue 11 Dec 

2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Thur 31 Jan (Primary) - Fri 5 Apr

                 Fri 1 Feb (Secondary) - Fri 5 Apr
Term 2: Tue 23 Apr - Fri 28 Jun
Term 3: Wed 18 Jul -  Fri 20 Sept
Term 4: Mon 7 Oct - Tue 10 Dec

Next Working Bee 

Sat 13 Oct: 9:30am - 12:00pm (L-Z families)

Term 4 Open Days

Mon 15 Oct: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Sat 20 Oct: 10:00am - 12:00pm

2018 Presentation Night

Wed 5 Dec

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


Events from Monday 24 September to Fri 2 November 2018

Mon 24 Sep

Student School Holiday

Year 10 Mission Trip (until Fri 28 Sep)


Mon 8 Oct

Term 4 First Day (for all students)


Thu 11 Oct

2019 Prep Information Night

The Salt Café



Sat 13 Oct

Working Bee Term 4

9:30am - 12:00pm (L-Z families)


Mon 15 Oct

Open Day

9:00am - 12:00pm


Whole School Photo & Grade 6 Graduation Photo

12:20pm - 1:20pm


Thailand Trip Team Meeting - parents and students

3:30pm - 4:00pm


Tue 16 Oct

Destiny Day


Wed 17 Oct

Grade 3/4 Camp

Forest Edge, Neerim East​


Thu 18 Oct

Grade 3/4 Camp

Forest Edge, Neerim East


1st 2019 Prep Orientation Day

‘A Love for Language’

9:00am - 10:00am


Fri 19 Oct

Grade 3/4 Camp

Forest Edge, Neerim East


Year 9 100km Bike Ride


Sat 20 Oct

Open Day

10:00am - 12:00pm


Wyndham Community Day

11:00am - 2:00pm


Mon 22 Oct

Free Dental Visit


Tue 23 Oct

Free Dental Visit


Year 12 Final Assembly


Wed 24 Oct

Free Dental Visit


Year 7 & 8 CSEN Rally Day


Thu 25 Oct

Free Dental Visit


Year 12 Valedictory Dinner


Tour of Hope - Year 9/10 Soccer

2:00pm - 2:30pm


Fri 26 Oct

Free Dental Visit

CSEN Athletics Championships


Tue 30 Oct

‘Heatherton Creates’ - Arts Festival - TBC


Wed 31 Oct

‘Heatherton Creates’ - Arts Festival - TBC


Year 9 & 10 CSEN Rally Day


VCE Written examinations 

12:00am - 8:00pm


Thur 1 Nov

‘Heatherton Creates’ - Arts Festival - TBC


Spring Music Concert


2nd 2019 Prep Orientation Day

‘Marvellous Maths’

9:00am - 10:00am


VCE Written examinations 

12:00am - 8:00pm


Fri 2 Nov

‘Heatherton Creates’ - Arts Festival - TBC


VCE Written examinations (until Wed 21 Nov)

12:00am - 8:00pm

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