Heritage College News

01 March 2018
Term 1 Week 5 2018
Staff Spotlight
Dates to Remember
General Information
From Narre Warren South
From the Secondary Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

Staff Spotlight


Dates to Remember


Thursday, 1st March

Year 9 SEISS Basketball


Friday, 2nd March

Clean Up Australia Day


Monday, 5th March

Secondary Athletics Carnival


Tuesday, 6th March

Year 10 SEISS Basketball


Monday, 12th March

Labour Day



13th - 16th March

Year 10 Camp


Tuesday, 13th March

SEISS Swimming Carnival (backup 19th March)


Thursday, 15th March

ASV Years 1-3 Combined Sports Day


Monday, 19th March

Year 8 SEISS Basketball


20th - 25th March

Year 11 Avondale Camp


21st - 23rd March

Year 8 Camp


Wednesday, 21st March 

Harmony Day NWS


Monday, 26th March

National Leaders Day

Year 7 SEISS Basketball


Tuesday, 27th March

Parent/Teacher Interviews

S -v- S Challenge


Wednesday, 28th March

Last Day Term 1


Thursday, 29th March

Curriculum Development & PD Day

General Information

Canteen Return

Please note the canteen will remain closed until further notice.


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Thank you.

Lunch bags for sale

We have a few of these insulated lunch bags for sale at the NWS Office for $5.  Limited stock.


Please pop in if you are interested in purchasing one.


Thank you.

From the School Captains

One of our four-core values at Heritage College is respect. Now, when I think of respect, I am immediately taken back to my childhood where I was frequently reminded to respect others; with the main focus being on parents, teachers, elders and God. Learning this value from a young age has helped me to get along with the majority of people and ensure that everybody is given the respect they deserve. However, I would like to bring the focus towards a way that respect is often overlooked.


Respecting yourself! Being able to understand your self-worth and what you are deserving of, will help you develop your own self and with others around you. In Psalm 139:14, David writes “I [will] praise [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. By knowing that we are God’s own creation, we are able to uphold ourselves with dignity and honour which gives us many abundances with all the different aspects of our lives.


If we were to have a poor level of self-efficacy, by believing false truths that we are a failure or that we will never amount to anything, will not only bring ourselves down, but also our relationships with others and God.


It is fundamentally important to be proud of who God has made us to be, with all our flaws and imperfections, and to stand tall knowing we are a masterpiece in God’s eyes.


It will be a lot easier to respect those around us, and be esteemed by them, once we can respect the person in the mirror. Chinese philosopher Confucius once simply wrote that we are to “respect yourself and others will respect you.”



School Captain

End of Term Finish

The last day of term is Wednesday, 28th March.  School will finish at 12:50pm.


Thank you.

ICAS Tests

ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students. The assessments comprise eight Digital Technologies tests, eleven English tests, eleven Maths tests, eleven Science tests, six Spelling tests and ten Writing tests.


Heritage College will again be offering to administer these tests to students and families who choose to participate. The tests are voluntary, each incurring a cost to the family and will be scheduled on specific dates, as outlined below. If you would like your child to participate in one or more tests, please request a payment form from Tam (NWS) or Venitta (OC) and pay the associated costs.


More information is available on their website:  https://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/about.


2018 ICAS Dates and Prices

If you have further questions regarding registering or administration of the tests, please contact your child’s Deputy Principal.


Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Mini Fundraiser
School Years Journal

Please collect your order form from either Office.


Thank you.

Digital Technologies Newsletter Bytes Week 5

Is there an age limit for kids on social media?


The ‘Office of the eSafety Commissioner’ have created a fantastic infographic to highlight ages, ratings and a list of social media applications that many students and children are accessing, without realising the intended audience or age group.

Switch off the Screen



Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum and eLearning Coordinator



School Sport Victoria
Team Vic Online Registration Process


From Narre Warren South

Car Park Safety - Call for Volunteers

To ensure the safety of our children and alleviate some of the time pressures from our teachers, we are seeking volunteers to assist with ‘Lollipop’ duty of a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.


Our NWS Crossing is an area of high risk in the afternoons as students and families cross the road and cars circle our car park. We already have a teacher stationed on the crossing in a hi-vis vest and a stop sign to monitor the flow of pedestrians and cars.


We are seeking parents / grandparents who would be willing to volunteer 20 mins on a given afternoon on a short term / long term or rotating basis to assist with monitoring the crossing. We will kit you out with a vest and stop sign and the teacher on duty will give directions and instruction as required.


We thank the Danha and MacRae families for already volunteering their valuable time on Thursday and Friday afternoons.


If you are able to assist with this vital role please feel free to contact our office or email me your availability.


Email: r.sevenhuysen@heritagecollege.com.au


Thank you.

'A is for Apple'

Our wonderful Prep students have been working diligently learning the names and sounds of the alphabet.


We had a wonderful time making apple biscuits when learning to recognise the letter 'A'. The students not only enjoyed making the apple biscuits they also enjoyed eating them. Cooking provides our students with hands on experiences, which are so crucial to student's development during the early years of their schooling experience.

Foundation Teachers

Coles Sports for Schools


Clean Up Australia Day


Primary School Nurse Program


From the Secondary Campus

Year 11 Trip to Avondale - Week 8

Parents, if you have not yet received information from your Year 11 student about the Avondale Camp, please remind them to pass this on.


We will need confirmation of attendance by Monday, 5th March to help with our planning. Thank you


Miss Elyse Taylor

Years 11/12 Level Leader

Year 8 Adventure Camp


Watch this space...

Students to have a new voice at Officer campus. It’s worth considering these questions to see if you are the type of student we are looking for.

● Have you ever wished that things could be different?
● Would you like to see things change at the College?
● Wouldn't it be great if there was a place that you could discuss what matters to you and your friends?


Roll up, roll up!


Heritage College will be starting an SRC (Student Representative Council) on the Secondary Campus in Term 2.


Mrs Sharlene Stratford

Secondary SRC Coordinator

Year 9 Camp Update

Last week saw our Year 9 students head to Wilsons Promontory for 4 days.  After some house keeping duties and a “No Complaints” Step Up challenge, we finally arrived at Wilsons Promontory around 2:00pm.


The girl's group had to make good time to set up camp and cook dinner before dark, however this was not to be. Fortunately, they demonstrated great grit and determination to make it into the Little Waterloo Bay campsite. Day 2 was a more relaxed hike, with much more time to enjoy the magnificent scenery that Wilsons Prom has to offer. However, despite it being slightly more relaxed, the girls once again demonstrated great resilience whilst hiking with their 15+kg backpacks.  Day 3 saw the girls make the challenging hike back to Tidal River.  They showed wonderful teamwork while encouraging each other, during their long hike back (well done girls!).


I would like to thank Mr Nuske, Ms Imms and Kelly for making our trip so much fun and all possible. Finally, I would like to congratulate all Year 9 students who attended camp and chose to “Do Hard Things”! You should all be extremely proud of what you have achieved. Well done!

Mr Scott Camps

Step Up Coordinator

Secondary Athletics Carnival


Math Pathways

In 2018 we are excited that all Years 7-9 students are enrolled in the Math Pathways program. This is a curriculum designed for the individual student, and other schools have reported monumental growth in student outcomes for students of all abilities who are using the program efficiently.  Parents are able to log-on to their children's accounts to view their child’s progress, and see how they are achieving in their fortnightly tests (contact your teacher for a log-in if you don’t already have it).


At least once a fortnight rich learning activities are held where students focus on problem-solving skills. Over the last two weeks of February, classes have taken part in a Winter Olympics break-out challenge, where they are “locked” in their room and need to solve 5 problems related to the Winter Olympics in order to “break out” and receive the final prize. This activity encourages teamwork, critical thinking, observation skills and thinking outside the box.  8A were the first group to attempt the breakout and managed it in 41 minutes and 46 seconds. Why don’t you ask your child/ren how they went in their challenge?

Heritage Math Department

All About History!

Our students are well in to learning about all things history at Heritage College - Secondary Campus. This week our Year 7 historians are unraveling mysteries of ancient societies such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the City of Troy. Our Year 8 students are discovering the medieval world, while our Year 9’s examine the years before and leading up to WW1. Year 10’s are looking at THE BIG THREE and the impact of ideologies on WWII.  Our Year 11 students are studying Global eras of exploration and our Year 12’s, the causes of the American Revolution. THAT’S A LOT OF HISTORY!


Through these studies we hope the more our students know about the past, the more prepared they will be in the future.


If you have any expertise in the study of history, we would love your input in some of our classes! Contact Mrs Palolo Lafaitele at p.lafaitele@heritagecollege.com.au for more information.


Mrs Palolo Lafaitele

Head of Humanities

From the Officer Primary Campus

Clean Up Australia Day

The Officer Campus Primary students are very excited for our Annual ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ Event. We are inviting parents to join us on Friday, 2nd March.


We will have our normal Chapel program at 9am and then afterward, 9:45am, we will begin our “Cleaning Up”! Please ensure students bring gloves, their school hat and their water bottle.


We look forward to another year of excellence in cleaning up our campus and keeping our environment clean!


Mrs Kim Nuske

Year 4/5N Teacher, 3IC-OCP

Mobile March


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