Heathdale flower 15th October 2020

Milestones, Penguins & $10,617 Raised

With our Year 11s and 12s sitting the GAT, we're quickly ticking off the milestones as we head towards the end of the year.

Heathdale flower

Year 12 milestones

Congratulations to those Year 11 & 12 students who sat the GAT last week, ensuring another milestone has been met in the successful competition of their VCE subjects. As the year is quickly drawing to a close for our Year 12s, we are grateful that our students have been able to maintain their studies despite the challenges and are on track to tackle their exams in November. During the school holidays, each student was sent a small reminder that we are cheering them on in the form of personal letters from their teachers and a hot chocolate treat. Please keep our Year 12s and their families in your prayers as they enter the home stretch!

You’ve got to love penguins!

Did you join our Antarctic adventure last week? In a first-of-its kind event, the entire extended Heathdale family – both past and present students – were invited to join together for a special online event with guest speaker Rachael Robertson. Rachael shared her insights into life in extreme circumstances as she recounted her experience as the leader of a scientific expedition to Davis Station in Antarctica. As well as the larger event on Thursday night, Rachael spoke with just our Year 12 students in a follow-up session the next morning. Our Year 12s were able to ask some personal questions about dealing with challenges and developing resilience in tough times. A great opportunity for our aspiring leaders of tomorrow!

Little Lives

Stand Up for Little Lives is our annual event to benefit Rehoboth Children’s Home in the Philippines. This year’s event – 14th-18th of September — went online for the first time and included a week of interviews and stories in morning homerooms as well as the Little Lives Radio Show on Friday lunchtime. Over 150 generous donations were received with the final tally being $10,617! An amazing effort.

We had 29 students sign up as individual fundraisers – congratulations to Kalani Boothby who was our highest fundraiser ($2000). A special mention to Isaac Faure who did an awesome job of leading the Melton Year 7s to raise $1000. And when it came to Houses, Stanway pipped the rest at the post with a total of $3970. Well done, Stanway!

Thanks to Alex Richardson, our Vice-Captain, and all the students who contributed towards the organisation of the event. It’s terrific to see what can be done when students work together to help others.