Heritage College News

10 October 2019
Term 4 Week 1 2019
From the Principal's Desk
Staff Spotlight
Dates to Remember
General Information
Combined Campus Reports
From the ELC
From Narre Warren South
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the Secondary Campus
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

From the Principal's Desk

“C’mon kids, time to wake up”
“Where are your socks?”
“Has anyone seen my bag?”
“Beep beep”

Oh, the sounds of school again!  Welcome Back one and all to one of the busiest yet fun filled terms of the school year. 

We have a lot happening this term and we’re excited to get in to the term and see the students develop in their learning.  


Year 12’s

This term our Year 12 students’ brains will be well and truly tested.  VCE and VCAL Year 12 students are looking to complete their secondary schooling this term and we want to wish them all the very best as they finish strong this term. 


Service Trip
Our largest student excursion is also planned for the end of 2019.  Year 12 students will complete their final exams or VCAL assessments, following their valedictory dinner and then travel to Nepal to fulfil a mission trip.  I know they can’t wait to get there and we want to pray they have a safe journey and experience a time of growth and fun!


Heritage College 10th & 20th Anniversary
This term sees the celebration of the 10th and 20th anniversary for Heritage College on Friday the 18th of October.  It is the 10th anniversary of our Officer campus and it is the 20th anniversary for our Narre Warren South campus. There are many guests who have been invited and a fun celebratory programme for the day. 

School reports

At the end of the term, families will be able to access their child’s report by logging into their Seqta parent portal. If you don’t know your login details please contact the school before the end of term.  


There is so much more happening in the term that it would take a while to not only list them but to read them.  Nonetheless, I want to encourage all of our readers to enjoy your last term. If you are a student, let’s give it our all this term.  Give it all you’ve got!


Mr Sonny Aiono


Staff Spotlight


Dates to Remember


Friday, 18th October

School Fees Due


Tuesday, 22nd October

Last Day Year 12

SEISS Years 9/10 Volleyball/Badminton


Wednesday, 23rd October

NWS Prep Orientation Day 3


Friday, 25th October

World Teachers Day

Bus Fees Due


Monday, 28th October

SEISS Years 7/8 Volleyball/Badminton


Wednesday, 30th October

VCE Examinations Commence


Thursday, 31st October

SEISS Athletics Carnival

ASV Primary Spelling Bee

Year 4 Sleepover


Monday, 4th November

Student Free Day

School Closed, ELC Closed


Tuesday, 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day


7th - 8th November

Year 9 Solo Camp


Monday, 11th November

Remembrance Day


Wednesday, 13th November

NWS Prep Orientation Day 4


Friday, 15th November

Report Editing Day

Student Free Day


Wednesday, 20th November

VCE Examinations Conclude

Year 12 Formal


Sunday, 24th November

Nepal Trip Commences


Tuesday, 26th November

OCP Prep Orientation Day 4


Wednesday, 27th November

2020 Year 7 Classroom Orientation


Tuesday, 3rd December

Primary Swimming Carnival


Wednesday, 4th December

2020 Classroom Orientation Years 1-6

Year 6 Celebration Dinner


Thursday, 5th December

Nepal returns


Monday, 9th December

Service Projects Secondary

Presentation Night (NWS)


Tuesday, 10th December

Service Projects Secondary

Presentation Night (OC)

Last Day Term 4


Friday, 13th December

Staff Christmas Function

Staff Finish


Tuesday, 17th December

Offices Close


Thursday, 19th December

ELC Closed

Important 2020 Dates

Thursday, 23rd January

Registration Day

14th - 17th April

Curriculum and Professional Development Week - Student Free Week

General Information

Student Absences

If your child is unable to attend school on a specific day, please email absences@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au by 9:30am with the child's name, year level and reason for absence.  Thank you.

Canteen Closed
Weeks 3/4

The canteen will be closed in Weeks 3 and 4 this term due to unforeseen circumstances.


We apologise for the inconvenience.


Term 4 Menu

Parent Feedback

Do you receive the Heritage College newsletter each week? We would like to hear from you.


We would like to know how you think we can improve. What do you read? What would you like to see more of? Who would you like to hear more from? What needs to go, what can we include? What format is the best for you? 


Let us know your thoughts by emailing feedback@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au.

Digital Technology Bytes
Week 1

Digital Citizenship Research Report

“How do young Australians behave online and what common issues do they face in this space? What is the current state of programs designed to promote the wellbeing of young Australians in the digital space, and what can we be doing better?”


The team at Optus Digital Thumbprint have used both primary and secondary research data to create a map of the current digital citizenship landscape for Australians.


To find out more, check out the link below.


Research Report


Mrs Naomi Moss

eLearning and Curriculum Coordinator



Australian Girls Choir


Parents Building Solutions


Combined Campus Reports

Walk to School October

During the month of October, our Officer Campus Primary and Narre Warren South Campus are participating in the VicHealth Initiative “Walk to School - Building healthy habits for life”. Each class has a large chart where students can record if they walk to/from school each day. This is also a great opportunity for students to ride their bike or scooter to school.


As a family, we invite you to discuss this initiative with your child and see how you may integrate this into your normal morning/afternoon routine. Sometimes walking to school is not an option due to the location that we live, and so we have a few suggestions that may get you thinking about how your child could be involved. 


Option 1: Walk/ride from home to school (with parent permission, supervision or assistance)


Option 2: Park your car at a nearby Reserve or Park and walk to school as a family


Option 3: Participate on the dates when teachers will be supervising from two locations:

  • OCP Students are invited to walk to school together (including bus students) on Monday, 28th October from the Officer Recreation Reserve carpark. Drop off at this location will be between 8:30 - 8:45am.

  • NWS students are invited to walk to school together (including bus students) on Tuesday, 29th October from the Wood Road Reserve carpark. Drop off at this location will be from 8am until school commences.

Mrs Kim Nuske

Walk to School Coordinator

Enrolment News

Year 7 2020

Our Year 7 2020 cohort is shaping up to be one of our biggest to date with two full classes of 24. We have 48 spaces, 47 are confirmed and we only have one confirmed place left before we switch over to a waiting list. So if you're thinking of Heritage College Year 7 2020, don't delay - submit your application to secure the last confirmed space.


Prep 2020

Our Narre Warren South Prep 2020 class is filling up with 18 confirmed places already taken leaving around 6 places left. Our future preppies have enjoyed two orientation days and are already starting to form friendships with their peers, rapport with their teachers and are becoming more familiar with their classroom and play area environment which is a great first step in helping them to settle in quickly next year. 


Officer Prep 2020 is also filling quickly with 14 confirmed places already taken. Avoid the traditional rush of Term 4 and disappointment by securing a spot for your Prep today. Enrolling at Officer Campus offers the added bonus of continuing at the same Campus right through to Year 12. The campus features a newly opened MPC and sprawling grounds set in quiet bush surrounds but only minutes away from established housing estates and the retail hubs of Officer and Pakenham, Officer campus is a great choice for your Prep.


Early Learning 2020

There are still spaces for Early Learning 3 and 4 Year Old Programs available. Tours for families with 3 and 4 Year Olds are welcome to tour on Tuesdays at 9.30am, or with older children, can join in the larger campus tours and still experience the Early Learning Centre room on Thursdays at 9.30. Simply book your preferred tour date online. A reminder to all Early Learning families for this year to please submit your application for enrolment for Prep 2020 by the second week of Term 4. 


Tour Heritage College in Term 4 - Last Tour Dates Released for 2019
Head to our website to book a tour date online at Officer Campus (Early Learning - Year 12) or Narre Warren South Campus (Prep - Year 6) or contact our friendly office staff who are ready to assist you with booking a tour. Our tours run every fortnight at Narre Warren South (Mondays) and Officer Campus (Thursdays), facilitated by our Deputy Principals. Deputy Principal (Secondary), Mr Darren Martin, will answer any questions you have regarding VCE/VCAL and his tours are full of information regarding subjects offered and the secondary curriculum at Heritage College. Primary tours are facilitated by Deputy Principal (Primary), Mr Roger Sevenhuysen and are a great opportunity for prospective families to ask questions regarding the curriculum offered at primary level, meet the classroom teachers, discover extra-curricular opportunities available, hear about the history of the Campus and the plans for growth. You'll find our Leadership team to be dedicated, fun and focused on the best outcome for your child when they come to Heritage College.


Siblings joining us next year?

If your child has a sibling joining us in 2020, please remember that each child requires a separate enrolment. Please contact our enrolments coordinator at your earliest convenience as places fill very quickly in the early years' levels. 


New students Term 4

We accept enrolments in all year levels and Term 4 will see some new students join our 2019 cohort across both Campuses. The first day of Term 4 will see two new secondary students, as well as five new primary students, begin their journey with Heritage College. If you see them around campus, please remember to stop and make them feel welcome and help their transition into a new school be a smooth one.


Jackie our Enrolments Coordinator is ready to assist you through the enrolment process and can be contacted by calling 9796 0100 (Option 3).


Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

10th and 20th Anniversary of Heritage College

Save the Date: Friday 18 October 9am-2.30pm


You’re invited back to campus for the day as we celebrate Heritage College serving the community for 10 years at Officer campus and 20 years at Narre Warren South campus this year. 


There will be campus tours at both locations with the principals, and a tour of our newest facilities on campus and walk-thoughts of exciting future developments.  Hear from staff past and present, explore the future on campus together and contribute your thoughts. Beginning at Officer campus and concluding at Narre Warren South campus locations, a shuttle bus will operate between locations for guests. 


There will be delicious morning tea provided, photo opportunities and plenty of activities planned for the day. 

Register your attendance at: events@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au by Friday, 11 October 2019. If you are unable to attend, please complete our Google Form here to share your memories of Heritage College.



Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

Summer Camps

Year 6 Transition Program 2019


Heritage College on Facebook

Did you know that Heritage College has received over 900 likes and is growing each day? 


We welcome contributions by our parent community on our Facebook page. Remember if you ‘Like’, ‘Comment’ and ‘Share’, then our content has a higher chance of being seen by others in your friendship groups and beyond. 


We also welcome parent reviews on our Facebook page, so if you love your school, let us know and leave us a star rating.


Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

From the ELC

Welcome to Term 4 in the Early Learning Centre!

While many families were away during the holiday break, here at the ELC we continued to have fun here with our Vacation Care program! We created beautiful keepsakes during craft time, soaked up the sun outdoors, relaxed whilst watching our favourite movies together, cooked delicious food and dressed up in our team colours. It was two weeks jam-packed with adventure, and gave us an opportunity to make new friendships within the wider school community.


We look forward to having the opportunity to share many more memorable moments with new friends during our Sumer Vacation Care.  Stay tuned for an exciting new program, which will be released during Term 4.


So what’s on in the ELC for Term 4?

Our last term with many of our friends is going to be full of activity. On Monday 14 October we will host the ‘Living Safely with Dogs’ incursion. This is open to all of our ELC children. Please mark this in your calendars. 


We are also in planning for excursions to Gembrook State Forest, Berry Farm and local fire station and will be implementing our much-loved Aged Care Program shortly into the term. Keep an eye out for more information and permission slips which will be coming home early Term 4.


2020 Intentions

We will be handing out 2020 intention forms to all current students. This is to ensure all current families receive booking priority next year and to allow us to plan for families who will be moving up to the primary school (please do remember to visit!). If you could return these forms at your earliest convenience, that will assist us in planning for 2020 sooner rather than later.

Thank you again for your involvement in our community. We feel truly blessed to spend our days with your children. You are all doing an amazing job with them.


God bless you all.


Miss Loren

From Narre Warren South

Brekkie Club


Scholastic Book Club
Issue 7

2019 catalogues are here and have been distributed to students. 


All cash orders need to be in latest by October 21st, 2019.  Don't forget you can order and pay with your credit card online through the LOOP system. Just follow the instructions on the order form. Any queries can be directed to Penny Tan at p.tan@heritagecollege.com.au.


Thank you.


Mrs Penny Tan


From the Officer
Primary Campus

Term 4 Dates to Remember and General Information

Please make a note of the dates and events below that apply to your child/ren.


Uniform Term 4

  • Weeks 1-3: follow the swimming timetable

  • Weeks 4-9: Full Summer Uniform - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; Sport Uniform -  Tuesday and Friday

  • Prep students wear Sport Uniform every day

Traffic Light Lunch Boxes Reminder

  • Recess: fruit, vegetables, salad, yogurt or cheese & crackers (or other ‘green’ foods)

  • Lunch: sandwich, wrap, roll (or other savoury)

  • Water Bottle: labelled with child’s name

When students have healthy ‘brain-food’ we notice that they are able to concentrate longer on learning and participate in learning without becoming tired. 


Events & Special Days in Term 3: Reminders will be sent home closer to each date/event

  • Lunch Orders Orders in weekly on a Monday and food is delivered fresh on Wednesday

  • School Banking Every Thursday

  • Walk to School Comp. Whole Month of October - Walk to school each day!

  • Swimming Lessons - 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 21st October

  • 2020 Prep Orientation - Tuesday, 15th October (Day 3 of 4)

  • ASV Soccer (Years 5/6) - Wednesday, 16th October

  • HC 10th/20th Anniversary - Friday, 18th October

  • World Teachers’ Day - Friday, 25th October

  • ASV Spelling Bee - Thursday, 31st October

  • Year 4 Sleepover - Thursday, 31st October - Friday, 1st November at NWS Campus

  • Long Weekend - 4th and 5th November: Melbourne Cup Long Weekend - No School

  • OCP Music Concert - Thursday, 7th November

  • Remembrance Day - Monday, 11th November

  • Year 6 Transition Day 4 - Tuesday, 12th November

  • Student Free Day - Friday, 15th November

  • 2020 Prep Orientation - Tuesday, 26th November (Day 4 of 4)

  • 2020 Year 7 Orientation - Wednesday, 27th November - Full Day

  • Swimming Carnival - Tuesday, 3rd December

  • 2020 Orientation Day - Wednesday, 4th December: Current Prep-Year 5 students

  • Year 6 Celebration - Wednesday evening, 4th December (Students and Parents invited)

  • Combined Assembly - Friday, 6th December: Includes Chapel, Assembly & Lunch provided

  • OCP Water Fun! - Monday, 9th December

  • Last Day Term 4 - Tuesday, 10th December

  • OC Presentation Night - Tuesday, 10th December (6pm start)

If you know of family or friends who are interested in enrolling their child at Heritage College Officer Campus, please encourage them to make contact with the College as classes for 2020 have limited spaces. 


Mrs Kim Nuske


Swimming Lessons Term 4

** Due to our regular early finish on a Friday, these lessons will run 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, allowing time for students to return to campus before the end of the regular school day.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club runs every day at Officer Campus Primary, serving breakfasts before school begins from 8:35am. 


As this initiative is entirely parent funded, we are seeking support from the greater Heritage College community. 


We are seeking donations of fresh bread, fruit, yoghurt, juice and spreads including strawberry jam, vegemite, honey, cheese spread. 


Please remember these items on your weekly shop to help hungry tummies - and bring them into reception at Officer Campus.


Library News

We hope that students have had a fantastic break and we look forward to hearing about any good books that have been read during the holidays. The library team are excited heading into Term 4, with new books appearing that have been requested by staff and students.  The beginning of Term is also a great time to round up any books that may be overdue. 


Keep an eye out for the latest Scholastic book catalogue!  Issue 7 is Scholastics bumper Christmas edition and is packed with great Christmas gift ideas and many wonderful books.  These catalogues will be heading home with students soon but if you would like a sneak peak you can find all the goodies here:




Orders are due by October 24 and can be made via the LOOP app or the Scholastic website at:



Thank you for your support!


Mrs Kylie-Ann Martin


From the Secondary Campus

Secondary Concert

Quote from Deputy Principal, Secondary - Mr Darren Martin:

It is always a pleasure to see Heritage College students using their God-given gifts in service to others.  Though there were nerves, the selection of classical and Christian concert pieces was well presented, showing that practice and resilience are key ingredients on the road to excellence.

Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

Library News

The library staff are looking forward to another fantastic term in the library.  Coming back from school holidays we would like to take a moment to remind students to return any books that may be overdue.  The library is available at lunch times for studying in the lead up to exams, relaxing and enjoying a good book. This term will see new books added to the library that have been requested by staff and students. We thank you for all your suggestions and interest in growing our resources.


Mrs Kylie-Ann Martin


Staff v Students Netball Match

For the last day of Term 3, it was Football Colours Day and during lunchtime, a fierce battle is historically held between Staff and Secondary Students, vying for Staff v Students Sports Match Champions. 


Staff and students provided impressive play as they wore their respective football team's colours.  The Secondary Students gave the Staff a very good run, but in the end, it was the Staff who won by a very small margin. Congratulations to all players! #heritagelegends


Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

Heritage College News