Heritage College News

19 March 2020
Term 1 Week 8 2020

Keep up to date with the latest news at Heritage College. Narre Warren South and Officer Campus.

Principal's Message
Dates to Remember
Get Involved
School Notices
From the ELC
From the Narre Warren South Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the Secondary Campus
Chaplaincy and Wellbeing
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

Principal's Message

Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 Update

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect numbers within the global, national and local community. At this stage, the college is operational, however, this may change at any time should a case be presented any member of the college community. 


As this unprecedented situation develops, it is important that families and students stay updated on the response and preparedness by the college to deal with such an event. 


Off-Campus Learning

As part of Emergency Response Planning, the leadership team have been preparing to roll out parent packs ‘Supporting Your Child in Off-Campus Learning’. This information will be distributed to parents via SEQTA Engage, which can be accessed here


SEQTA Engage

If you haven’t used the SEQTA Engage portal before, simply contact the office for a temporary username and password. This temporary password can be used to log in and must be changed straight away. This temporary password expires after 24 hours. As updates on college preparedness will be published to the parent community via this secure platform, it is important as many of our enrolled families have access as possible. If you do not have login details, please contact the friendly reception team on 9796 0100. 


If you or your child presents with a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Fever;

  • Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; and

  • Shortness of breath;

Please self-isolate, contact the information line on 1800 675 398.  

If your child is unwell for ANY reason they should not be sent to school.  Please self isolate and go to the doctors. You do not necessarily need to get tested for the virus.  Your child can return when he or she is well. 


Good Hygiene practice - at home and on campus

Remember to continue good hygiene practice at home: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet. Try to avoid touching your face, including eyes, nose or mouth. One way to become infected is to transfer the virus from a contaminated surface to the face or mouth by touching.

  • Cover your cough and sneeze, disposing of tissues, and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

  • If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).

Returning from travel abroad or contact with Coronavirus patients 

If you have travelled through China or Iran, the Republic of Korea or if you have been in close contact with a proven case of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 14 days. The Victorian Government’s Health Channel provides up to date information about isolation periods and can be accessed here.


Ongoing planning and risk assessment

In addition to the responses outlined above the college continues to monitor advice from the Government. Heritage College leadership complies with all guidelines regarding travel restrictions and will update the school community as soon as we are aware of further developments. 


Thank you for working together to support each other through this important process.



Mr Sonny Aiono



Dates to Remember

Calendar Changes


18th-20th March

Year 8 Camp


Sunday, 22nd March

Working Bee @ NWS 


23rd-27th March

Year 6 Canberra Tour


Event Changes

Monday, 23rd March

OCP Book Fair Final Day

Year 10 Exchange Students Finish

Last Day Term 1, Finish Normal Time


Tuesday, 14th April



Wednesday, 15th April

First Day Term 2


Events Postponed

Sod-Turning Ceremony @ OCP (Previously on Thursday, 27th February). New date TBC


Halogen Young Leaders Day (Previously on Friday, 20th March). New date TBC by the organisers


Monday, 23rd March

SEISS Years 9/10 Touch Rugby/ Netball


Tuesday, 24th March

SEISS Years 11/12 Touch Rugby/ Netball


Wednesday, 25th March

SEISS Years 7/8 Touch Rugby/ Netball


Thursday, 26th March

SEISS Swimming Carnival


Monday, 23rd March

OCP Book Fair Final Day

Year 10 Exchange Students Finish

Last Day Term 1, Finish Normal Time

School Holidays

Tuesday, 24th March - Tuesday, 14th April


Sunday, 5th April

Daylight Savings Ends


10th - 13th April

Easter Weekend


Tuesday, 14th March



Wednesday, 15th April

First Day Term 2


Tuesday, 23rd April

Year 9 Survivor Camp Prep Day


Friday, 24th April

Primary Inter-House Cross Country


Saturday, 25th April



28th April - 1st May

Year 9 Survivor Camp


Tuesday, 28th April

ASV Primary Cross Country

Get Involved

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.

Nessian Ballers

Nesian Ballers are a local basketball club looking for Players ages 12-13 to fill spots for Our Under 14s team.


For more details please email: 


Avondale College


City of Casey Teen Holiday Program


School Notices

School Event Changes

Due to the increase of urgency around the Coronavirus pandemic, Heritage College leadership have decided to cancel the following HC school events:

  • March 16th and 17th Parent-Teacher Interviews cancelled
  • March 18th-20th Year 8 Phillip Island Camp cancelled
  • March 19th Year 9 Rogain Trip cancelled
  • March 20th Halogen Young Leaders Day postponed (new date to be announced by organisers)
  • March 22nd NWS Working Bee cancelled
  • March 23rd-27th Year 6 Canberra camp cancelled (Nunawading and Edinburgh have all agreed to cancel the Year 6 camp). 
  • March 23rd-25th March SEISS Touch Rugby/ Netball postponed

  • Thursday, 26th March SEISS Swimming Carnival postponed

Event Changes

Term 1 will now finish Monday, 23rd March at normal school time. 


Term 2 will now start on Wednesday, 15th April. Tuesday, 14th April is a Student Free Day following the Easter weekend.


We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The safety of students has led to this decision.


Mr Sonny Aiono


PB4L Value Awards

Week 5 - Respect

Prep VK - Jazmine

Year 1B - Alicia

Year 2/3C - Dara

Year 4K - Amariah

Year 5/6O - Mia, Noah

Prep DH - Elijah

Year 2C - Loti

Year 3CH - Rhys

Year 6E - Sanjee

Year 6RP - Eden


Week 6 - Respect

Prep VK - Talia-Jade

Year 2/3C - Jevon

Year 4K - Korje

Year 5/6O - Sarona

Prep DH - Biftu

Year 5W - Kara


Week 7 - Service

Year 1B - Harrison

Year 4K - Joshua

Year 5/6O - Diesel

Prep DH - Caleb

Year 3CH - Alexandria


Week 8 - Service

Prep DH - Sameset

Year 5W - Rachelle T

Print Newsletters

If you would like a paper copy of the newsletter, our campus Receptions will have copies available for you to collect each week.

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.

Yearbook Updates

The Yearbook is currently under production with plenty of exciting events, achievements and milestones this year, with some changes planned. As Yearbooks are distributed during Presentation Night at the end of the academic year, presentation night misses the production deadline and is included in the following year’s publication. That means two Yearbooks to cover off a single year’s events!

There have been some adjustments to the process which will allow the entire academic year’s events - Back to School to Presentation Night - included in a single year’s publication. 


To facilitate this, the Yearbook will go into production over the end-of-year holiday period and be distributed early Term 1, 2020. 


This year, we also look forward to reconnecting with our alumni community by distributing Yearbooks to our previously graduated students. If you are in touch with a previous student who would like to receive a copy of the 2019 Yearbook, please email alumni@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au


Mr Evan Varty

Yearbook Coordinator

Bus Safety at Officer Campus

A reminder to all parents that the bus loop at Officer Campus is only for buses. We have had some parents park in the bus loop as of late, which hinders our bus drivers from keeping their schedules and following our college safety procedures.

There is ample parking within the car park, which was extended in 2018 to accommodate our growing school community.


Thank you for ensuring the safety of all our school families and visitors. 

CCTV In Use at Both Campuses

Effective this year, we now have CCTV cameras operating in all areas of our College, at both campuses and on our buses.

We believe the safety of our students, staff, parents and facilities is of utmost importance and feel the addition of cameras at Officer (and NWS since prior to 2019) will be beneficial.


If you would like to read the policy, please go to the website https://heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/our-community/publications-policies/policies/


Mr Sonny Aiono


Heritage College Canteen

What’s on Offer?

Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads, Baked Goods, Warm Food, a healthy range of Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free options are available. Students and staff of the college are welcome to use the service. Download the 2020 Menu here.


Where do I place my order?

Order online at www.schoollunchonline.com.au.

Register your information, choose your College campus and healthy menu options, order your kid's lunches, then pay as you go or top up your account regularly. 


Where can I collect my order?

NWS Campus: Orders can be collected from the Dining Room at 12:50 pm

Officer Campus: Orders can be collected from Reception at 12:40 pm.

Heritage College Uniform News

Over the course of 2020, some uniform elements will be updated to include the updated Heritage College logo. You may have seen the front gates at Narre Warren South campus now reflect these changes. Eventually, all items of the uniform range will also be changed over to reflect the updated logo.  We estimate this process will be completed by Term 4, 2021. For now, there are a few things changing in Term 1. 


Spray Jackets (will be retired from Uniform Line end Term 1, 2020)

As of the end of Term 1, 2020, the old Spray Jacket will be retired from the official Heritage College uniform line.


A term’s grace period applies for wearing the old Spray Jackets. Old Spray Jackets can be returned to reception any time before the end of Term 1, 2020 - look out for the giant purple bins! All jackets returned will be recycled via a local retailer who specialises in garment sustainability.  


Summer Uniform: New shirt for boys released

An updated shirt is available for purchase via the official uniform supplier, Noone Imagewear. The difference between the old and the new is that the new shirt contains an embroidered logo and may be worn untucked. 


Our school uniform supplier, Noone Imagewear, has new items avaliable to purchase from their Beaconsfield store.


These include:

  • White Shirt/Blouse with logo
  • New Junior Hat
  • School bag with new logo 

Please visit their store located at 4/52-62 Old Princes Hwy, Beaconsfield VIC 3807 or call (03) 9769 9093. Alternatively, the items are available to purchase online at our school uniform supplier https://www.noone.com.au/school/heritage-college/shop.

Scholastic Book Club

We would like to thank families who ordered from Issue 1 of the Scholastic Book Club.  Please note that orders have been processed and will be with you soon. Sometimes orders can take up to 2 weeks to arrive. 


We hope you enjoy the new books you have added to your personal libraries at home. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at librarystaff@heritagecollege.com.au


Happy Reading,

Your Library Team


School Banking


CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund)

Do you have a Centrelink Healthcare Card?

If so, you may be eligible to receive assistance from the Victorian Government towards your child's camps, sports and excursions.

Read the flyer below for more information, and please visit your campus reception to fill out the application form.

From the ELC

ELC News

Bush Kinder
Beginning in Term 2, the 3 and 4 Year Old Early Learners begin their first steps exploring the outdoor environment by visiting the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens every Thursday. During Bush Kinder, the 3’s and 4’s share Morning Tea together, then it’s off to explore under the safe supervision of Miss Vanessa and the team. Outdoor exploration is vital for little learners to take risks, discover and explore the world around them. If you’re interested to learn more, have a chat with the team when you drop your little one into Kinder on any day. 


Prep Orientation Program 

The Early Learning Centre is attached to a wider Prep-Year 12 campus at Officer and Prep-Year 6 campus at Narre Warren South. A comprehensive transition program, ‘Step Into Prep’, prepares children and guidance for parents from the early years to primary school, every step of the way. This program offers information sessions and VIP tours of the primary campus in Term 2 for parents and students, four prep Orientation Days throughout Terms 3 and 4. Keep an eye out for VIP tour invitations of the primary campus coming to your inbox soon. 


Mrs Ellen Saunders

Acting Director, Early Learning Centre

Enrolling for 2020

If you’re joining us for 2020, or know someone who is interested, we now have our updated fee schedule available on our website. You can find the link here: https://heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/learning/elc/


Miss Vanessa

Early Learning Centre

From the Narre Warren South Campus

Education Support with Chisholm TAFE

Heritage College actively supports educators-in-training by partnering with Chisholm TAFE. Education Support volunteers Dilisani (Dili) and Sharma can be found on campus throughout the week and are due to complete studies in Cert IV Education Support. As part of their ongoing studies, both are required to complete a number of hours of classroom experience to supplement their learning. 

“Dili and Sharma do a wonderful job of supporting the educators in class”, says Education Support Coordinator at Heritage College, Coral Fokkens, who supports educators-in-training while completing their studies. “We teach them skills they wouldn’t get through classroom-based learning. Educators-in-training fit in very well on campus and many love the community so much that they come back - we’ve employed a couple of students from after their practical training has finished.” The partnership is mutually beneficial, saying “we receive so much value from our educators in training as they receive from us”.

Dilasani is supporting at Heritage College as a Teacher’s aide, supporting in the art room and working with students with special needs.  “We gain a lot of experience through the teachers, the staff are really nice, and we appreciate the opportunity. I love to be with the children, to support them and doing things with them.”

Sharma says she approached Heritage College whilst undertaking her studies at Chisholm TAFE. “It’s been good, I support the Year 1 class and help with developing their numeracy skills, such as maths testing, tracing, counting and recognising numbers. It’s a good learning experience for me, to help in the classroom. I’ve never worked in a school before. It’s very different from a kindergarten which is activity-based learning, but in primary school, I find the classroom time is more structured.”


Year 6 to Year 7 2021: Shift into secondary

Parents of Year 6 students invited to tour Officer Secondary in Term 2


Moving into the secondary years are a big step - maybe even a shift - from the primary years. We look forward to supporting your child in making the shift from Year 6 across to Year 7. 


Beginning with the Narre Warren South campus, parents of current Year 6 students will be invited to attend a special ‘VIP tour’ of the Officer campus, at Starling Road, Officer in Term 2. 


These tours will provide you with the opportunity to meet the Deputy Principal of Secondary and tour the campus. It will also provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and see the teaching staff and spaces in action ready to make the shift into Year 7 next year. 


More information, including tour dates, will be provided in the coming weeks. 

Mrs Fiona Spence
Community Engagement

School Banking Visit

On Monday, 16th March, Deb and Pat the Dog from the Commonwealth Bank visited the Narre Warren South campus during the morning assembly. Deb talked about the Dollarmites accounts and how to set School Banking for your children.

How School Banking Works:

It's easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Bring your deposit to school in your Dollarmites deposit wallet on your weekly ‘School Banking Day’ to collect a silver Dollarmites token
  2. Once you collect 10 tokens (if receiving physical tokens)(maximum one token per week) you can choose a reward by placing the redemption slip or card and 10 tokens in your Dollarmites deposit wallet and bring in on School Banking Day
  3. Kids can track their savings progress in the CommBank Youth app

From the Officer
Primary Campus

Exciting News for Mr Chang

On Thursday, 12th March students and staff at Officer Campus farewelled Mr Chang who will be taking time off for paternity leave. The family of three are excited about becoming a family of four. Officer campus will welcome Mr Chang back into the classroom early in Term Two.

Congratulations from the whole Heritage College community to Mr Chang and his family on the arrival of Jaden Chang. We wish you all the best as you embark on this new adventure together. 


Book Fair at OCP

OCP News

Notice from CommBank School Banking

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.

If you would like to join school banking or have any questions about banking, please email: h.limu@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au


Dates to Remember

  • 23rd March: Last Day of Term 1 - normal finish time for students

  • 15th April: First Day of Term 2 for Students

Scholastic Book Fair Shop

  • Dates: 13-23rd March

  • Where: Front Reception Room

  • Sale Times: 

    • 1:00pm -1:25pm (lunchtime)

    • 3:00pm - 3:30pm (after school)

    • Friday After School: 2:00-2:30pm

  • How to Purchase: Cash Purchases are preferable, however, you can also pay online. See the friendly ladies at the Book Sales Table to learn more or contact our Book Fair coordinator: b.vandyk@heritagecollege.vic.edu 

Recess & Lunches

Thank you for providing healthy Recess and Lunch for your child. We follow the Traffic Light Lunchbox system. This enhances student learning by ensuring their brain and body have the required nutrients for best learning! 

Remember to provide a Recess piece of fruit or snack even when you order a lunch order. 

Lunch Orders

Ordering lunch from School Lunch Online is becoming a very popular option for the students at OCP! Thank you to Mr Matt who ensures our kids receive their orders each day!


Uniform Term 1

  • Full Summer Uniform on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • Sports Uniform on Tuesday and Friday

  • Prep students wear Sport Uniform every day


Contact Emails for Teachers


Prep Teachers: Mrs van Dyk & Mr Kimpton: 




Year 1 Teacher: Mrs Bennetts



Year 2/3 Teacher: Mr Chang



Year 4 Teacher: Miss Keecher



Year 5/6 Teacher: Mr Orellana



Assistant to the Deputy: Mrs Nuske



Deputy Principal (Primary): Mr Sevenhuysen


From the Secondary Campus

Year 10 Ski Camp

Last week, the Year 10 cohort were able to experience the joy that is water-skiing. Students were given the opportunity to try water skiing, knee-boarding, wake-boarding and tubing during their time on the Gunbower Creek. Wow what a trip it was! Approximately 90% of our Year 10 students had not had an opportunity to try water-skiing activities before. With one-on-one coaching from experienced staff and an opportunity to have as much time as they needed until they were able to get up.  Students were also treated to perfect conditions and beautiful weather of 29C and a water temp of 21C.

All students were able to challenge their abilities and push themselves to the limits. They were encouraged to set daily goals to help them gauge their improvement and set new ones when they were successful. There were many high fives as students worked hard to reach their personal riding milestones. It must also be mentioned that some of the boys were humbled at the challenging nature of the sport and that we can’t all just go out there and pop a back-flip (as seen on youtube).  Students experienced that great skills take commitment, persistence and excellence. Evenings in the camp kitchen were a fantastic time of chit chat and banter before circle time and worship. We want to thank God for the blessings and opportunities he provides for our students. 


Mr Scott Camps and Mr David Nuske

Year 10 Camp Leaders

Year 11 Avondale Camp

This year’s trip to Avondale Camp was no easy mountain to climb, from concerns over COVID-19 to missing plane flights. It almost felt as though the world was against this trip happening. But luck so had it on our side we were able to have an enjoyable experience.

Students were given the opportunity to explore various careers pathways that were available to them after high school, from tours of the ADRA Media Centre and the SAN Clinic, to Avondale’s very own campus tour and the studies students could choose to partake in their futures.

There was time for students to sightsee around Manly Beach and be locked up in Sydney’s Escape Hunt rooms as they tried to solve puzzles to escape within the hour. There was time to relax and strengthen the friendships they now have.

All in all, Avondale Camp isn’t your typical camp, it’s a trip to develop long lasting memories with your closest friends.


Mr Steven Petrou

Year 11 Teacher

Avondale Camp Student Reflection

This year the Year 11’s and I had the opportunity to go to Avondale university and experience different career opportunities or pathways we could potentially take after we graduate Heritage College. 

My personal experience at Avondale opened my eyes to what I could do after I finish school, especially because I did not consider going to university. It showed me numerous careers that I could excel at, for example music, arts, outdoor recreation, and many more.

The first thing I noticed on the campus was how big it was and how open and green it was as well as the community within Avondale university. It is such an open and positive environment that I feel I would enjoy studying at. 

Not only was my experience good for career choices, but also gave my year level the opportunity to get closer with each other and learn more about what we want to do as a career. Our time at Avondale College was great for everyone to spend time with each other and we had a great time. We also had the chance to see another side of our teachers, the more fun side of them which made us really acknowledge that they are not just teachers but they can be someone we can go to for advice about personal life or about our careers. We got the chance to go out into the city of Sydney, experience amazingly beautiful views on the ferry to Manly, and loved being locked up in an escape room.

Avondale Camp was a truly amazing experience and I would do it again if I could (without repeating year 11 of course). My overall time at Avondale was fantastic and I highly recommend the younger levels going on the trip.  



Year 11 Student

Year 7A Encounter Class

Hello there, my name is Cindy and today I’ll tell you how it feels to create a living creature.  This morning in class our focus was to create a new plant or an animal. We had to make it out of playdough. It had to be one of a kind and unique. It was kind of hard to start with due to me having no idea what to create.

The animal I created is called the Walking Rie. It’s like a rice cooker but it can walk so you can take it wherever you want (it’s basically like a pet). You can find it in the East parts of Asia in the rice fields. For example China and Korea. I made this animal because there is a virus spreading around and the amount of food some people have is quite small (especially for those living in poverty). I just wanted to help those people that don’t have a lot of money to buy food and feed their family. It also grows the rice inside its body so you don’t have to worry about restocking it with more rice, because it’s pricey.


After that, we all had a little celebration for creating the creature or plants we created today. Cheers!



Today in Encounter 7A made something unique with play dough. We all enjoyed making something that was different. I made a plant that doesn't exist called Coni.  We had to present about what we made and about where the creatures habitat and features. 

After, we celebrated about how we are all unique and about how thankful we are that Jesus all made us all different. Mrs Bower gave us each a cup filled with sparkling blackcurrant juice and we all celebrated while having a good time.



Hi, my name is Rosie and today I will tell you about my creation and how I felt when I was making it. This morning in class our focus was to create a new plant or animal out of playdough, it had to be unique and one of a kind. To me it was impossible. How was I, a human being, supposed to think of something unique and different? I'm not God! But no matter what I thought I had to give it a go. At first it was extremely hard because I couldn't think of anything at all. What could be something that would be special? I kept on asking myself. I didn't know so I started to make something random. In the end it turned out to be a rose. I thought Oh that's original but then i realized. My rose is orange and I could do something with it! I borrowed some white from the person next to me and mixed the colours to make a leaf. Then I thought of a name, it was really hard, harder than I  thought it would be. So I have a rose and the colour orange…. Roseange! Rose and orange combined! Then all I had to do was add some features to it. That wasn't too hard since I had something in mind. 


After all that I thought back to realize that it wasn't hard at all!

 All I needed to do was believe in myself and anything is possible. 

We had a celebration for our creation and had a little drink of juice. Cheers! How do you think God felt when he was creating everything on Earth? If creating one thing was hard for me how did he create a whole planet full of living creatures in 6 days?!



Today in Encounter our focus was to make a creation of our own and tell the class about it. The aim was also to get to know how God felt during the 6 days of creation. I put a lot of my imagination and love into my creation. My creation's name is Flowerusha, she is a walking, talking flower with human-like features. She is the colour fuchsia and she lived in the forest. If you’d find her she would give you power only if you believe in God. 

Later on we celebrated by drinking sparkling tropical juice just like God did on Sabbath.


Today in our Encounter class we were given a tub of play doh each to build our own creation. We had a choice of either doing a plant or an animal, I chose an animal. We had about ten minutes to build our little creation. My creation was named the Ocean Croc. The Ocean Croc had features like it could breath and walk on land, it was a very fast swimmer and best of all it scared its predators away with its ugly looks. Its home/habitat is the ocean and its smells very salty because of the ocean.

Jayden R.


Hi, my name is Miriama. Today in Encounter class, we created our own creatures/plants. We did this so we can feel what God felt when he created creatures and plants. I will tell you about my creation.

The plant I created is called a Prysilis. It’s a bright and beautiful flower with multiple colourful petals, as well as a stem covered with thorns. It’s found around/surrounded by thorny bushes.



Today at Encounter we made our unique creatures out of clay. We had to choose to make an animal or plant. I will describe my one below:

Animal or plant (animal.) 

Name (dit is OK) Translation:It’s ok.

Features (It comforts you with warm kind words and It's fluffy fur.)

Habitat (your heart to make you feel warm inside.)


And at the end we celebrated its creation just like God did then when we were born.




Name: Slang Jewel Turtle

Eating habits: diamonds, gold gems, crystals.

Habitat: mountains or jewelry stores.

Special Abilities: it's shell holds gems and it takes one week to get to the other side of the bed.

After we made our creations we had to show them to each other in class. It made me think did God make the earth alone, he may have had help from the angels, then they had to show there creatures and God would pick one of them to go to earth.

Jayden B.


In Encounter we learnt about what it might  feel like to be a creator by creating new animals out of playdoh. I called my created animal a ‘Sea Fox’ and it was unique in the fact that it had a beaver tail and fin instead of paws. Our Year 7 Bible celebrated by drinking some fizzy juice.



Today on Wednesday the 18th of March 2020, 7A made new creations. A creation no one had ever seen; something that no one can describe. We had the choice of making a plant or an animal. I, Evelina, chose to make an animal called Chavo. Chavo is the colour of nutella with a hint of black and white mixed together, he is faster than a cheetah, he is as stealthy and quiet as a mouse; even when he moves, you can’t hear anything but crickets. He is kind, he is cute, he is as strong as the strongest, living thing alive. He fights as good as a ninja warrior, he’s as smart as Google and he’s a big boy. His voice is like one hundred angels singing in harmony. 


Chavo loves to be around nature, it’s like his home, he loves people who are kind and loving, even those who are bad he gives a second chance. He loves doing the right thing and he’s super loveable. His scent of strawberries never fades, you can smell him from a mile away. He can hide his smell from evil, his skin feels so soft and warm,  you will always want to be with him. 


Heritage College Senior Choir on Tour 2020

The secondary choir gave an impromptu practice last week at Open Night in the lead up to their upcoming tour to Bairnsdale in East Gippsland in early May.


Find out more soon!

Chaplaincy and Wellbeing

Wellbeing Corner - Self-Compassion

Imagine that your best friend had someone bullying them at work - saying that they’re not good enough at what they do, that they don’t belong on the team, or any number of other horrible things.  You would want to encourage your friend, right? You’d tell them not to listen to the bully, to stand up for themselves, to keep being the best they can be despite the haters, and to get help if necessary.


Now imagine your best friend is you.  And that the bully is also you.


Self-Compassion is crucial, yet it is so hard for many of us to give and receive.  Often this is due to perfectionism and old ways of thinking that we aren’t aware of.  This all stems from shame-thinking (remember, that’s thinking we ARE something wrong instead of we DID something wrong).


As parents it is important for us to understand and model this to our kids.  It's important that we live well in front of our kids because they watch everything we do and copy us.  This means that if we cannot show ourselves self-compassion, then they will also grow up without an awareness of how to do so either.  Self-compassion is important for us to be able to be resilient - that’s one of Heritage College’s core values. And it's one that we will discuss more next week.  


Here are some more resources for you to look at if you’re interested in understanding self-compassion better.  Remember, you can get a copy of the book “Gifts of Imperfection” and follow along as we continue to discuss the 10 guideposts of wholehearted living.

If you are interested in diving deeper into these topics, you can find more information at https://brenebrown.com/.


Lindsey Birch

Primary Wellbeing Coordinator

Heritage College News
Students met Indiana Bones at the science lab.
Daniel holding a Spiny Leaf Insect.