Heatherton Christian College offers a broad inclusive curriculum that is traditionally academic in nature with students completing all subjects from all Key Learning Areas from Prep to Year 10. The Arts are a special focus at Heatherton and tuition is offered in many instruments. The school performs a major musical production each year. ICT is integrated through all subject areas. Enhancement and extension programs are offered. Literacy and Numeracy support is provided through a qualified Special Needs teacher.
Our LOTE is French. Students learn French from Prep. In Grade 6 students have a semester of Indonesian and French. This is great preparation for secondary school when students will study both languages in Year 7 for a year. Heatherton Christian College primary students participate in weekly inter-school sports, in summer and winter. Inter-school sports include football, soccer, netball, Newcomb and bat tennis. Summer sports include cricket, basketball and softball. We also participate in the annual district athletics and cross country events. Some of our students have really excelled in sport and continued on to zone, regional and state level. We hold a major primary musical bi-annually. The standard of performance is breath taking. From Grade 3 all students have the opportunity to have a free individual piano lesson. We also have a primary choir. Highly academic students are extended and challenged through our ‘Live To Shine’ program. Our students participate in a wide variety of outdoor experiences including a primary camp and ski trip.
A typical primary day begins with a 15 minutes assembly in the main auditorium, from 8.45-9am. Parents are welcome to stay for this. Then it is off to class for the literacy block. Morning recess is from 10.40-11.10am. The children make great use of our new Amazon playground equipment. They also play on our artificial grassed sports field and tennis courts. After morning recess the students usually have mathematics. The lunch break is from 1pm-1.45pm. Integrated subjects usually occur in the afternoon. All primary students have four specialist classes per week-art; music; sport; and French. The day concludes at 3.25pm.
The programs of, and teaching in, a school must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
- elected government
- the rule of law
- equal rights for all before the law
- freedom of religion
- freedom of speech and association
- the values of openness and tolerance.