I left Heritage College at the end of 2013, and am now studying at Curtin University. I miss many things about HCP – but mostly the constant help and care/interest of the teachers, friends who had the same attitudes and values and the friendly atmosphere of a small school environment.
I spent 8 of my 14 years of schooling at Heritage College, and I am proud to say that I was there since the school opened in 2006. I started as a year 5 down in what is now the art room, and slowly moved up through the school as it extended, ending up in the library. It has been amazing to see the growth and development of the school – academically, culturally and structurally.
The teachers at Heritage played a massive role in shaping me into who I am today. I have developed in more ways than I could have ever imagined – academically, spiritually and in self-confidence. Heritage College was the best environment for me to do my schooling, as the classes were small allowing for individual attention and personal help and genuine interest from the teachers.
We were given opportunities to study independently and develop research techniques, skills which are necessary for university. I would not have wanted to do my schooling anywhere else. I firmly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the endless hours of effort put in by my teachers, and their constant encouragement to work to the best of my ability.
Since leaving Heritage College I studied 1st year Bachelor of Nursing at Curtin University in 2014 and achieved all HD’s and D’s, before course-swapping to Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy in 2015. This is a relatively new course, and therefore is very competitive, which includes dental therapy, dental hygiene and orthodontics – so basically what a dentist does! I am finding it challenging, but exciting. A huge bonus is that I have recently commenced a part-time job in a dental firm in the city, which is giving me invaluable practical experience while I study.
Some people may be sceptical about a small school being able to provide the level of education necessary to prepare students for university education but I am a good example of this definitely being possible. I am no genius. It is all about having a positive attitude, being self-motivated, taking advantage of the one-to-one teaching, utilising the opportunities and resources available to students and giving your best effort. I also firmly believe that the supportive and nurturing environment allows students to concentrate on their studies without having the typical distractions and problems that a large school would bring, such as poor behaviour, large classes and negative peer pressure.
I feel that we have been truly blessed to have such a wonderful school as Heritage College and I am grateful to have been able to complete my schooling there, and to have now achieved much more than I could have ever imagined.