Heritage College News

27 February 2020
Term 1 Week 5 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
Meet the Staff
School Notices
From the ELC
From the Narre Warren South Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
Combined Campus Reports
Chaplaincy and Wellbeing
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

Principal's Message

Working Bees Commence at Heritage College in 2020

As the Heritage College community grows on campus, one important request we have had over the years is for greater parental involvement. Parent engagement within the community is an important element of college life, and in conjunction with the Home and School Committee, we are pleased to announce the development of a regular Working Bee. Working Bees provide an opportunity for parents to lend a practical hand in maintaining the campus, undertaking small repairs or projects whilst making friendships at the same time. Heritage College will host its first Working Bee at Narre Warren South campus, Sunday, 22nd March from 9am to 1pm.  


Who is invited?

Enrolled families at Heritage College, along with staff members are invited to attend each Working Bee. Families ELC to Year 6 will receive a credit of $10.00 towards their student lunch account. Families Year 7 to 12: receive a credit of $20.00 towards their student lunch account.


Working Bee Programme

There are four ‘one-hour’ sessions available to attend.  Prior to each session, a 10-minute induction process will be held to go through for safety measures.





Working Bee Session One 

All ages 


Working Bee Session Two

All ages


Working Bee Session Three

All ages


Working Bee Session Four

All ages


What to bring

If you have gardening tools such as rakes, brooms and gardening gloves, please feel free to bring them on the day. 


How to register

Register online and tell us what time you can participate by Monday 16 March 2020.


We look forward to seeing as many of our families as possible to be on hand with the first Working Bee at Narre Warren South. 


Mr Sonny Aiono


Dates to Remember

Calendar Changes

Date Changes

Working Bee @ NWS, now on Sunday, 22nd March. (Previously Sunday, 1st March).


Event Postponed

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


New Events

Monday, 16th March

Commonwealth Bank School Banking Visit at NWS

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at OC


Tuesday, 17th March

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at NWS


Friday, 28th February

Clean Up Australia Day


Monday, 2nd March

SSV District Swimming Carnival


Tuesday, 3rd March

Secondary Cross Country Carnival


Thursday, 5th March

Open Night @ NWS, 6:30pm-8:30pm


Monday, 9th March

Labour Day Public Holiday


10th-13th March

Year 10 Camp


Thursday, 12th March

Eastern Primary Schools Sports Day Years 1-3


Friday, 13th March

OCP Book Fair Opens


Monday, 16th March

Commonwealth Bank School Banking Visit at NWS

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at OC


Tuesday, 17th March

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at NWS


18th-20th March

Year 8 Camp


Thursday, 19th March

Year 9 ASV Rogain Day


Friday, 20th March

Halogen Young Leaders Day (Primary)


Sunday, 22nd March

Working Bee @ NWS


23rd-27th March

Year 6 Canberra Tour


Monday, 23rd March

SEISS Years 9/10 Touch Rugby/ Netball


Tuesday, 24th March

SEISS Years 11/12 Touch Rugby/ Netball


Wednesday, 25th March

OCP Book Fair Final Day

SEISS Years 7/8 Touch Rugby/ Netball


Thursday, 26th March

SEISS Swimming Carnival


Friday, 27th March

Year 10 Exchange Students Finish

Last Day Term 1, Finish 12:50pm

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.

Open Night 5 March 2020: Save the Date!

Open Night is on again! Thursday 5 March 2020 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Heritage College Narre Warren South Campus, 333 Centre Road, Narre Warren South.


Whilst Open Night provides an introduction for local families in the area, current families are welcome to attend as a show of support. In a late-summer festive atmosphere, enjoy an evening's entertainment on the lawn provided by the Heritage College primary band and relax with light refreshments available from the canteen and visiting food trucks. The little ones will love the activities on the evening, including the jumping castle and the visiting animal farm, whilst the older ones can try the challenging rock wall. School and House Captains, required for service roles such as ushering and directions, will be required to wear the full summer uniform (including Blazer Year 7 and up). 


For currently enrolled families, there’s no need to register online. Simply come for a great night and show your support!


If you are inviting friends for the evening, please ensure they register at heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/opennight so we can provide the very best introduction to campus. 



To ensure that priority parking is available for guests, please ensure you park on the oval, entrance via Portobello Road.


Avondale College


Berwick Springs Football Netball Club


Officer Junior Football Club


Your Body Hub, Officer


Meet the Staff

Meet… Mrs Courtney Bennetts

This week we take a peek inside the classrooms at Officer Primary and meet Mrs Courtney Bennetts, Year 1 Teacher.

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

I have always loved teaching, from a very young age I knew I wanted to be a teacher.


What is your biggest challenge in the classroom?
Making sure that I am challenging all students and ensuring they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.


What is the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?
Seeing the growth in each student's learning throughout the year.


When you're not teaching, what do you do in your downtime? Do you have interests or hobbies? 

I enjoy having quiet time and reading a book, especially if I can do it sitting in the warm sunshine.

You can email Mrs Courtney Bennetts at c.bennetts@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au.


School Notices

PB4L Value Awards

Week 3 - Resilience 

Prep VK - Kye

Year 1B - Archie, Ellie

Year 4K - Ekamjot

Prep DH - Zoey

Year 2C - Malachi

Year 4AC - Kwa, Allegra

Year 5W - Given

Year 6E - Darara


Week 4 - Resilience

Year 1B - Phoebe

Year 2/3C - George

Year 4K - Anthony

Prep DH - Elliston

Year 4AC - Emmanuel

Year 5W - Jake

Year 6E - Liam


Week 5 - Respect

Year 1B - Alicia

Year 2/3C - Dara

Year 4K - Amariah

Prep DH - Elijah

Year 6E - Sanjee

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.

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. 

2019 Presentation Night

Presentation Nights are a college tradition that happens at the end of the academic year and are a highlight of the annual college calendar. Held at Narre Warren South and Officer campus locations, Presentation Nights provide an opportunity to recognise the values of service, excellence, resilience and respect amongst the student body as well as recognise academic excellence and achievement (including the college Dux). 


Did you know there’s a recap of Presentation Night 2019 on the website? Photo albums are also available on the Heritage College Facebook albums. Take a look at the event news articles with links below: 


Officer Awards Night 2019 



Narre Warren South Awards Night 2019



Mrs Fiona Spence
Community Engagement

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/


Thank you.


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

For those that have been with Heritage College for some time, you may have noticed a gradual change from the old logo (pictured right) to the new (pictured left). While there have been some small colour and font adjustments, the crest and its elements remain unchanged: the open Bible, the Dove representing the Holy Spirit, the wreath that represents the prize of achievement, the crown atop reminding us that God is sovereign and the ribbon with the motto “In Him We Live”. 

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.  


Questions on school uniform can be directed to your child’s classroom teacher and your deputy principal. 


Mr Sonny Aiono


New Uniforms

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 https://www.noone.com.au/school/heritage-college/shop.


Ms Ellen Schwalger


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

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.

Vacation Care Survey

Vacation Care surveys are being distributed this week. If you participated in the Summer program, we would love your feedback! Please take a moment to tell us about your experience. Check your inbox or Seesaw for details.

ELC Tours

Early Learning Centre Tours are running weekly every Tuesday 9.30am. Visit our facilities, view the rooms, see the programs in action, ask about before/after school care and view the next Vacation Care program available. You can book a tour online by visiting www.heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/tours.

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

Year 2C Art with Mrs Horne

Students in class are experimenting with water colour in Mrs Horne’s art class this week.  Beginning with sketching an illustration inspired by the children’s book ‘The Parrot Tico Tango’, students are beginning to explore technique in brush strokes and colour combinations. Upon finishing their water colour work, the students will scan in their work and use the Enlight Pixaloop App to create short animations of their artwork. 

Visual Arts is a vital element of the Australian Curriculum. In class, students are asked about concepts such as ’symmetry’ and ‘patterns’, using new terms to build vocabulary. Elements of literacy, maths and even cultural studies are incorporated into weekly lessons. In addition to developing skills such as hand-eye coordination, creative expression enables many other crucial skills to be developed.


Mrs  Yolanda Horne 

Primary Art Teacher

Journalism with Year 4AC 

There was a fair amount of excitement in class on Tuesday about what happened at the Family Fun Day on Sunday 23rd February. Who saw who, who played what, and the memory of yummy food they didn’t have to pay for. 

As a result, we decided to create a news report. I am looking forward to seeing their progress in this area as the year goes on. Don’t you love their creativity with the microphones? The next big event is the Open Night (5 March). I am sure we will get some great newsworthy items from that night!


Mrs Rachel Aiono

Year 4AC Teacher

Digging up the Past

Students in Year 6 have been studying the role of Archaeologists and how their job of finding artefacts, has helped to prove the Bible true. This week, students got to survey a site on campus, excavate to find various clay tiles, then work out the strange code that was inscribed on the tiles. The codes then lead students to analyse, process and organise the tiles, to find hidden Bible verses that told about the salvation story in the Bible. Students got a true sense of how Archaeologists work and the important job they do in digging up the past.


Mrs Janet Robertson and Mr Nigel Eales

Year 6 Teachers


Year 6RP Mathematics

Year 6RP have been learning about calculating the area and perimeter of regular shapes that can then be scaled down. The class is presently working on building and designing a soccer field with the dimensions L= 20cm x W=10 cm. They are then required to design and make the same soccer field but to scale 1cm= 2cm.

Mrs Cate Parkinson

Year 6RP Teacher

Clean Up Australia Day


School Banking Visit

The Narre Warren South campus will be having a visit from Deb, from the Commonwealth Bank, and Pat the Dog on Monday, 16th March during the morning assembly.


Parents are welcome to attend, and Deb will be available to answer any questions you have about school banking.


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

Clean Up Australia Day


Combined Campus Reports

Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival

Last Thursday saw our upper primary students battle it out 'House v House' in track and field events at Casey Fields Regional Athletics Centre. Students were able to choose their three preferred running events and two preferred field events to participate in. There was a 'buzz' trackside as the buses arrived and athletes were briefed; they just wanted to get out there and get started. There were many great individual performances throughout the day, some children winning ribbons, others just participating for the fun and excitement of competing with their friends. I was really impressed by the spirit of 'doing your best' and 'having a go' throughout the day. Children (and adults) could be heard cheering each other on, regardless of whether they were wearing Blue, Yellow, Red or Green. It was clear that participation and having fun were the priorities, and this fostered tremendous sportsmanship among our athletes. 

Special recognition must go to our Year 7 'volunteers' who eagerly fulfilled the duties assigned. Our team of primary educators really appreciated the extra assistance afforded them by our secondary students.

"Year 7 helpers did an awesome job and all students followed the rules."


"Year 7 helpers were great!"


"Great to have Year 7 students assisting with fallen hurdles after each heat."


"Shout out to Cailib in shot put! Stuck with me the entire time and did a great job." Mr Orellana 


"Nyamer was listening on the walkie talkie and tracked down students I was looking for to get track heats underway. She left her event to assist elsewhere when needed." Mr S!


"I think it was really good how some of the Year 7’s jumped in to help other events ..... and even went out looking to offer their help. (In particular Abdi and Jalane, from what I noticed.) Mr Waldrip

Thank you to our dedicated staff for organising and pulling off such a memorable event; it was a massive day! Thank you also to the families who came along to cheer on not only their own children but everyone competing.

Final results will be in shortly and we will make the big announcement of House Athletics Champions to students at a special assembly; and then post them in our newsletter next week.

Watch this space!


Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Family Fun Day Sunday 23 February Wrap Up

Melbourne turned on the picture-perfect weather for the first Family Fun Day, held on Sunday 23 February at Officer campus. 

The Home and School Volunteers (with faithful families in tow) arrived on campus at 8.30 to begin preparing and setup. By 11.30, approximately 150 parents, staff and students had arrived (mostly primary families, and good to see some secondary families) for the fun and games on the green. Participation in the Family Games was fierce as parents joined in the fun. The day's classic games lineup included: 

  • Egg and Spoon Race - mixed competition

  • Sack Race - child relay / parent relay 

  • Three-Legged Race - Parent/child teams

  • Tug-O-War - Parents V children (over 70 children vs 16 parents)

  • Water Balloon Relay

As an added incentive for games participation, additional House Points were up for grabs, contributing to the Inter-House competition tally. House Points were calculated as 3-points to 1st place, 2-points to 2nd place, 1-point to 3rd place. The talented Home and School Volunteers tallied points as below:

  • Red (Jackson) - 120 points

  • Green (Landy) - 170 points

  • Blue (Court) - 180 points

  • Yellow (Elliott) 250 points

Lunch for 180 was catered for and well-received on the lawns by families. Despite the barometer nudging 30 degrees plus after lunchtime, parents and children had a fantastic time mixing and mingling, sharing a meal and getting to know one another as part of the Family Picnic. 

A big thank you to all who attended the day - we would love to hear your feedback! A big thank you also goes out to the Home and School Committee Volunteer team: Liza, Julz, Louissa, Rochelle, Shanandoah, Rebeca, Rachel, Don and Sonny. 


Carmel and Pania

Home and School Committee

Scholastic Book Club

Great news!  Scholastic Orders have arrived and will be making their way home with students who purchased them shortly.  We hope you enjoy your new books.


If you missed out on Issue 1 but are looking to purchase Issue 2 has arrived and will be sent home this week.  For those that prefer to view a pdf version we have included that here for your convenience: https://www.scholastic.com.au/media/5505/bc220.pdf


New to ordering? The Book Club LOOP platform for parents allows you to pay by credit card. Your child’s order is submitted directly to school safe and sound and the books will be delivered to class. You can place your child’s order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.  Cash payments can also be, please refer to the back page of the scholastic issue.


Please have orders in by the 11th of March.


Happy Reading,


Your Library Team

Chaplaincy and Wellbeing

Wellbeing Corner

One of my favourite authors is Brene Brown.  She is a Shame and Resilience researcher from the US, and has spoken at TEDX multiple times, written 6 books, appeared on talk shows including Oprah’s Super Soul Sundays, and has built a successful business sharing her research to improve the lives of others.  Her work has changed my life and it is foundation to the wellbeing space.


In the following few weeks, we would like to briefly share some of the insights that have come from her nearly 20 years of research. In one of her earlier books, the Gifts of Imperfection, she unpacks 10 guideposts for whole-hearted living - these are research-based ways that indicate that a person is living a good, emotionally healthy life.  


Next week, Delphine will give us a brief overview of the first Guidepost, Authenticity.

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


Lindsey Birch

Primary Wellbeing Coordinator

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