Heritage Happenings from the Head of School

Patricia Cailler

Head of School


Awesome AstroCamp!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

“This trip topped out at the highest level of awesomeness!” reports Fourth Grade teacher, Mrs. Kathy Gilbert, reflecting on the class’s recent three-day Outdoor Education trip to AstroCamp in the mountain town of Idyllwild, California.
From learning in the labs with AstroCamp’s outstanding instructors to hiking in the San Jacinto Mountains, each day was packed with adventure! The students viewed the planet Saturn through AstroCamp’s state-of-the-art telescopes and experienced the amazing zip line, not once, but twice!
Donning goggles, snorkels, and wet suits, the Fourth Graders created a structure under water, just as our U.S. astronauts simulate the zero-G environment of outer space in Houston’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab.
Strengthening class cohesion, building friendships, and creating lasting memories were additional bonuses of this great Peninsula Heritage student experience.

Diving the Galapagos

Friday, September 18th, 2015

PHS’s Science Teacher, Kathy Mallon, will be part of a research group going to various dive sites in the Galapagos Islands for ten days this coming February, 2016.
Ms. Mallon is a highly experienced deep sea diver, a Technical Divemaster and Full Cave diver. She loves diving in remote sites and is excited about being invited on this amazing research experience.
Lying about 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador, the remote Galapagos Islands and surrounding waters hold a huge diversity of land and marine species.
“We will be diving from a marine research vessel off the coasts of Wolf, Darwin, and North Seymour Islands,” relates Ms. Mallon. “In February, the currents are stronger, but the waters will be warm, clear, and filled with a tremendous amount of food for all the living creature.”
While specimens cannot be removed from the islands, Kathy Mallon will be taking a GoPro and an underwater camera and promises to return to PHS with a wonderful collection of photos and videos to share with our students!

Back-to-School Night

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Thank you for being so gracious and kind – especially to me – at last evening’s Back-to-School Night. We had a beautiful evening – actually, more like New Orleans than Palos Verdes – but we all survived! Thank you to Magda Joye, Kate McKenna, and Tristen Moffett for the delicious and lovely buffet that was provided for all of us to enjoy.
We extend our gratitude to our new families who all came with wonderful questions and who are so happy to have their children here at PHS.
As always, we are so proud of our outstanding faculty and staff in preparing for an outstanding year with your children.
All in all, it was an outstanding evening, and we look forward to many more such events in the future!


Friday, September 4th, 2015

Can you believe it? We’re back – and ready to shine for 2015-2016!
Have you heard that we have a new 7thand 8th Grade project down the street? We will have an Open House there for everyone to enjoy as soon as the refurbishing of the buildings is complete.  In the meantime, our 7th and 8th Graders are joining us here.
It is wonderful to have great enrollment, beautiful classrooms, and an unbeatable staff. Of course, none of this would be possible without lovely parents who support us and are always willing to lend a hand.
Here’s to a safe, wonderful, and academically challenging school year!
PS – You and your children may wish to visit our Little Free Library, located outside and across from our School Office! Take a book – leave a book!