The Heritage Herald

Week 3B - 27 October 2022

It's good to be thankful!

There is an incredible story of Jesus feeding 5000 people who had followed him to hear him teach. He does so by sharing a boy's lunch with everyone! It is miraculous – that is, it points to the divine nature of Jesus. Jesus, who fulfills our every need and is the universe's creator. It is one of seven miracles that the gospel of John depicts to highlight that Jesus is someone to take notice of. 

Later in the story, Jesus describes himself as the Bread of Heaven. It's a figurative image of the manna that fed the Israelites in the desert after escaping Egypt. But it goes further – it describes the nature of God, who knows what we need and meets us there. In the case of the miraculous feeding of the crowd, it was a physical need, but Jesus says that this physical bread would only satisfy for a short time … until dinner. The reality is that we have a greater need than this, and it can't be satisfied by bread alone. In being the Bread of Heaven, Jesus says he is, in fact, God's gift to us and has come to fulfill our spiritual needs. This is offered in kindness and gentleness. It comes not with judgment but rather as a gift that frees us from judgment and will satisfy us forever. The story fills me with amazement, and I am left thankful for all that Jesus has done for me. 

Friday, 28th October is World Teachers' Day 

I am thankful for the opening of this term; we have already had three weeks of excellent learning. Our HSC exams began well and are continuing. We have had a wonderful Year 2 camp, a Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh camp, several excursions off-site, a First-aid course and Music-a-Viva performance. All these things are great additions to our school life, but I also want to celebrate that our very excellent teachers have been working tirelessly alongside our wonderful students for the benefit of their learning. As we celebrate World Teachers' Day, I want to say 'thank you' to our outstanding teachers. Well done! 

Great work is being done here, in the day-to-day, in the Maths, English and Science classes, in Art and Music, Drama and PDHPE, in our Technology classes, in our Chapel and assemblies and in our Pastoral Care classes; Being at Heritage Christian School is a great place to be! Please encourage your child to thank their teacher(s) regularly; it helps the teacher to continue in their work – they do thrive on the encouragement – and it helps promote a posture of thankfulness in your child; a thankfulness for school and for learning and for all the things that they have been gifted. Thankfulness is one of the key attributes of those who count themselves as happy. I pray that our children will understand that being thankful to God is where they will find true joy. 

I'm praying in thanks to God for our families, our students, our staff, and our school… and for a rich week of learning! 

Matt Cohen


Hats off to all our Heritage Teaching Staff!!

We are thankful for all they do to create an engaging learning environment.

Congratulations Pete Smith!

Recently, Pete Smith, our Technology Services Support Officer, completed his final exam for his Computer Science degree and is a strong contender for the University Medal.  We will keep you updated on this.

 But Pete's accomplishments don’t finish there.

Last Friday he competed in Sydney against 6700 coding teams from all around the World in IEEExtreme 16, and his team came:

  • 5th in Australia
  • Placed in the top 10% Worldwide


A great achievement, Well Done Pete!

Whole School News

Celebration Night 2022 - Save the Date

We are excited to once again be able to meet as a whole school community and celebrate the excellent achievements of our students and showcase their wonderful gifts and talents to all our families on this very special night.

Save the date in your diaries and join us to Celebrate!

New Book Club - Orders close 28/10/22

I am super excited to share with you our library’s new Book Club starting this Term – Bilby’s Book Club. Bilby’s Book Club is operated by ‘The Book Curator’, a local QLD company that carefully curates the titles they include based on years of experience reviewing and recommending books for Christian schools. The Club issues only four catalogues per year (one per term) and it includes fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, Christian as well as dyslexia-friendly titles.

“Bilby’s Book Club contains an extensive selection of high-quality, curated, age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction titles. Parents and caregivers can sleep easy in the knowledge that the titles in each catalogue have been individually reviewed and selected by the Book Curator team who have been working with Christian schools for more than 15 years.” – Bilby’s Book Club

To order visit the online store at, add your desired books to your cart and checkout   


Complete the order form at the back of the Book Club catalogue and pay by cash at the office.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Mel Hazelgrove

Teacher Librarian

Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants Program

Chemistry Competition

Students in yr 7 – 10 recently participated, along with almost 10,000 other students, in the International Chemistry Quiz sponsored by the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute and the University of Queensland. This is the first year Heritage has taken part in the competition, and we are very proud of all the students who took on the challenge.

The concepts tested were very complex and required a high degree of scientific knowledge and advanced problem-solving skills to be applied to the chemical world. A significant challenge in each question was to distinguish the important information and how to apply it to the chemistry.

Particular congratulations is given to Tim (7), Levi and Ethan (8), and Max (9) who scored above 80% and received a Credit certificate.

Mrs Rachel Lilley

Head of Inclusive Learning & Teaching

Junior Division 1 (ages 12 -13)SchoolNSWAustralia
Average Score108.0107.4109.3
Junior Division 2 (ages 13-14)SchoolNSWAustralia
Average Score121.7123.4121.2
Intermediate Division 1 (ages 14-15)SchoolNSWAustralia
Average Score73.590.389.1
Intermediate Division 2 (ages 15-16)SchoolNSWAustralia
Average Score81.095.395.4


Week 4 - Years 9-11 Spanish Lunch @ Luna Bonita

Date and Time

From Thursday, November. 3rd

Week 4 - 2023 Kindy Play Day #3

Date and Time

From Thursday, November. 3rd

Week 5 - Kindy attending "Edward the Emu"

Date and Time

From Tuesday, November. 8th, 10:30 am to Tuesday, November. 8th, 1:30 pm


Glasshouse, Port Macquarie

Week 5 - Year 12 Graduation Dinner

Date and Time

From Thursday, November. 10th, 6:30 pm to Thursday, November. 10th

Week 6 - Year 7W Technology

Date and Time

From Tuesday, November. 15th, 8:50 am to Tuesday, November. 15th, 12:45 pm


Visiting Bale Defence and Expressway Spares

Week 8 - Year 6 Celebration Dinner

Date and Time

From Thursday, December. 1st, 5:00 pm to Thursday, December. 1st, 7:00 pm


Dear Year 6 parents and carers,

The Year 6 Graduation dinner will be held in Week 8 on Thursday 1st December 5pm-7pm. The night will have a Mexican theme and include games, dinner and dessert. Students are encouraged to dress up in Mexican themed costume or Mexican colours (red, green and white). This evening is for the Year 6 students only and celebrates their time together as a cohort in our Junior School.

See further details and RSVP slip in the attached document below.

Year 6 Graduation Dinner - Details and RSVP


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NSW Government - School Travel

Applications for student travel in 2023 open from Monday 10 October 2022.  See document attached regarding renewing, updating or applying for school bus travel.

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