Heritage Newsletter

03 May 2018
Term 2 Week 3 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
AU

Staff Spotlight

 

Dates to Remember

May

1st - 4th May

Year 9 Survivor Camp

 

Tuesday, 1st May

National Principals Day

VCE SEISS Futsal

 

2nd - 4th May

Year 7 Camp

 

Friday, 4th May

VCE Careers Expo 9-3pm

Bus Fees Due

 

Sunday, 6th May

VCE Careers Expo 10-4pm

 

 

 

Monday, 7th May

Open Morning NWS 10-12pm

 

Tuesday, 8th May

Open Morning OC 10-12pm

SEISS Cross Country

ICAS Digital Technologies

SSV Primary District Cross Country

 

Thursday, 10th May

AFL Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm

 

Friday, 11th May

Mother's Day Community Walk & Morning Tea

 

Sunday, 13th May

Mother's Day

 

14th - 18th May

Education Week

 

15th - 18th May

NAPLAN

 

Thursday, 17th May

Year 10 SEISS Futsal

AFL Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm

 

Thursday, 24th May

AFL Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm

 

Friday, 25th May

Multicultural Day OC

 

Tuesday, 29th May

ICAS Science

 

Wednesday, 30th May

Secondary Annual Music Concert

Year 9 SEISS Futsal

General Information

IMPORTANT SURVEY COMING TO YOU!

Parents and students, from time to time Heritage College collects information and feedback from the staff, students and families about the College and ways to improve our practice.  Thanks for being involved by filling out the survey when it arrives to you.  

 

Who has been invited to complete the survey?

The following groups have been asked to complete the survey:

* All school staff working in Adventist Schools Australia

* A selection of students from each school (students in each year level from Year 3 upwards)

* Parents from the elected schools.

 

How difficult will it be?

The survey questions for the staff, student and parent survey were designed in consultation with staff, students and parents and have been tested over many years in a significant number of Australian and International school systems.  The vast majority of feedback indicates that the surveys are easy to understand and complete.

 

How long will it take?

All surveys (staff, student and parent) will take about 30 minutes to complete.  However, time does vary, with some individuals taking less time and others taking more time.

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

New Bus Signs

If you’ve been wondering, “What is happening with our buses?” You’re not alone!  Please note that all of our Heritage College buses will have new stickers, branding and window signs placed on them in the next few weeks.  Below is a sample of what is coming.  Exciting times!

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

Entertainment Book Fundraiser

 

Sit Down, Be Humble

Welcome back everyone! Although we are well into Week 3 of this term, this is our first newsletter article for the term. We would like to extend a warm welcome into this term, and we hope that this term is even more productive and fulfilling than the last.

 

Our focus for this week’s newsletter article, is the value of the week; excellence. God has blessed each of us with different gifts, that enable us to show excellence. Whether it be through academics, creativity or the gift of practical skills, we are all able to exceed in something. However, we would like to bring attention to the importance of staying humble with our excellence. It is certainly a great feeling when our excellence leads us to success, and the recognition of such, but it is important for our own wellbeing to not let it get to our head. Throughout life there are many a times will be in a position where we have been recognised for excellence; getting a new job, receiving an award for exceeding in a particular field, or getting the top mark in an assessment, but it is at these moments where one’s humility is tested. True excellence is being recognised being able to celebrate one’s successes yet stay modest in the process.

 

There are a myriad of texts that highlight the consequence of excess pride, most notably the Bible. Proverbs 16:18 reminds us that “pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall”, which essentially shows us the dangers pride can lead to. In VCE English at the moment, the Year 12 students are studying the 1823 novel of ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley, which also brings importance to this idea. The protagonist of Victor Frankenstein, a crazed scientist obsessed with creating new life, is shown to lack humility which ultimately leads to his downfall. Through seeing the devastating consequences of Frankenstein’s excessive pride, in which all of his loved ones end up dead, one can be reminded of the dangers of hubris (a personality trait that reflects arrogance and excessive pride).

 

It is certainly normal, and okay, to be proud of one’s achievements and celebrate times when we achieve excellence, but it is important to balance this pride with humility. The moderation between the two will result in true happiness, in which your excellence can shine brighter than ever. A Bible verse that sums up excellence beautifully is 2 Corinthians 8:7, which says “but since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

 

Simridhi and Adam 

Secondary School Captains

SEQTA Parent Portal

 

Digital Technologies Newsletter Bytes Week 2

Games, Apps and Social Networking

Parent info page

 

“Games, apps and social networking sites are popular among children and adults alike.
 
Learn about the latest apps, how to protect your information and where to get more safety guidance.
 
All information provided is factual and it is up to each individual to decide whether an app, game or social networking site is appropriate for themselves and their family.
 
Any app or game that allows users to interact with others, including people they may not know, presents a potential risk of unwanted contact.” (Office of the eSafety Commissioner)
 

Digital Ambition Parent Discussion Guide

“This sheet is intended to help you have a discussion with your child about how to study in the most effective way. Below, we have a number of useful study applications and suggested questions that you and your child can ask each other about how you both learn to do new things and manage your time. By sharing your experiences with your child, we hope that you both improve your productivity in both study and work. Each question should be answered by your child AND yourself.”

Discussion guide

 

Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum and eLearning Coordinator

NAPLAN

Next week sparks the beginning of NAPLAN throughout Australia for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) is a series of tests that focus on skills in the areas of Reading, Writing, Language (spelling, grammar, punctuation) and Numeracy. These tests are administered annually by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).  Tests will occur during school hours, from Tuesday, 15th May - Friday, 18th May.

 

While I’m sure that many of you will have read the letter that went viral last year regarding NAPLAN, originally written by Mary Ginley (1998 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year) in 1999 regarding the MCAS in America,[1] [2]  I thought it quite relevant to share again as a reminder that NAPLAN is just a snapshot of learning on a particular day at a particular time and does not assess or depict everything that makes your child great[3] !

 

“Dear Students,

Next week you will sit the NAPLAN tests. Before you take these tests, there is something very important for you to know:

 

The test does not assess all of what makes you exceptional or unique.

The people who score these tests do not know that you can play the violin or paint a picture. They do not know that you take care of your little brother after school, that your friends can count on you or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest days.

 

They do not know that you write poetry, wonder about space and the solar system, and know that you are caring, thoughtful and try everyday to do your best.

 

They do not know that you built a shed with your mum and dad or grew vegetables in a garden last summer. They never saw the Integrated Studies project you did last year. They do not know you at all. But we who know you — your mums and dads, your grandparents and teachers, your neighbours and friends — love you and are proud of all you are.

 

The scores you get from this test will tell you how you did on that day, but they will not tell you everything. They can’t tell you that you have improved on something that you once found difficult or how amazingly special and unique you are.”

 

So come to school ready to do your BEST for the NAPLAN tests and to show the great learning you have achieved, but remember there is no ‘one way’ to test all of the wonderful things that make you, YOU!

 

May God bless you all and provide peace and wisdom during your upcoming NAPLAN tests.

 

Blessings,

 

The Staff and Teachers at Heritage College

(adapted from Mary Ginley’s original letter in 1999 and St Paul’s Primary School in Gracemere)

 

In August–September you will receive your child’s NAPLAN results. If you have any concerns, you should speak to your child’s teacher, as they know your child’s learning best.

 

For more information about NAPLAN, including fact sheets, FAQs and examples of tests, please visit the NAP website - http://www.nap.edu.au/.

 

Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum and eLearning Coordinator

From Narre Warren South

Primary School Inter-House Cross Country

What a picture perfect day we were blessed with last Friday for our inter-house cross country event. Many students and staff dressed up in their House colours to represent their team and as the races drew near you could hear chants going up in support of the competitors.

 

The shouts of encouragement gave each runner a lift as they battled fatigue towards the end of their race. It was evident that the tough course, the zig-zagging hills in particular, were taking their toll on tired legs. Our students showed resilience to keep going, even when the little voice inside their head was probably telling them to stop.

 

I must make mention of our wonderful team of staff and students who worked tirelessly to prepare the course the night before and to monitor participants and direct them along the correct paths. Micah (Yr 6) hammered in stakes to hang our coloured tape and our service-minded Year 8’s volunteered part of their day as course marshals to keep our students safe.

 

Thank you also to the many families who came along to take photos and cheer on students of all ages with words of encouragement and praise.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

What's in a HAT?

How good would it be to have it said of you, “He/she did what was pleasing in the eyes of the Lord”? 2 Kings 18:3.

 

Students in Year 6E have started a unit of study in Encounter class this term were we turn in the Bible to the books of Kings and Chronicles to find out what it means to be a king that is ‘Pleasing in the eyes of the Lord’.  Few did ‘what was pleasing in the eyes of the Lord’. Few remained faithful throughout their lives. Few carefully obeyed the Lord’s commands. And so, few enjoyed the blessing and presence of the Lord, and few were successful in what they did. Hezekiah was one of those few. As was Jehoshaphat.

 

What significance can be found in wearing certain types of hats? When you put a certain hat on, people see you in a certain light. Year 6E students tried to mime out the roles that a chef might do while wearing a chef’s hat. They had a lot of fun guessing each others roles as a chef, and came to an understanding that wear a hat comes with responsibility.

 

We will continue to explore through this Encounter unit what is pleasing to God through the lives of ancient kings who also wore a hat, a crown. Students will explore the idea that God wishes to give us all crowns. What does wearing God’s ‘crown’ in our lives, mean to us today? 

Mr Nigel Eales

Year 6E Teacher

Year 4CJ Mathematics

We love our Maths in Year 4CJ.  Last term with Mrs Kent, we learnt about measurement; length, mass, and volume.  We practised using centimetres, millimetres and metres to measure length.  We practised converting measurements between grams and kilograms, centimetres and metres, and millilitres and litres.  To help us consolidate our learning, we made scones on our last day of Term One.  Mrs Stadnik and Mrs Mousaco helped us too.  We measured out the ingredients, mixed up the dough, cut out scones and after they were baked, were rewarded by getting to eat the delicious hot scones with jam and cream.  It was so much fun. 

This term, the first topic we focused on in Number and Algebra was addition.  We have learnt to use a variety of addition strategies to help us add more efficiently and accurately.  This week, we are putting our skills to the test, by completing an investigation to find the most expensive word.  Each letter of the alphabet has been given a number value, so when we look at the letters in a word, and add the numbers together, we find out how much the word is worth.  Before we began, we predicted who would have the most expensive and the least expensive names.  We are still waiting to find out who it might be.  After we have found out how much each of our spelling words are worth for the week, we will start looking for the most expensive word we can find.  We had a great time on Monday adding up lots of numbers.  We can’t wait to find out who finds the most expensive word for our investigation.  Maybe you could also find out how expensive your name is.  Keep on the lookout for an article later in the term where we will share our findings. 

 

Mrs Jo Capon

Year 4CJ Teacher

Gardening in Prep

Gardening with children provides numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, inquiry, observation, and experimentation. Gardening also helps children build an understanding of and respect for nature and our environment.

 

When children participate in growing edible plants, they are more motivated to taste, eat, and enjoy fruits and vegetables.  Our Year Foundation students are currently investigating, ‘How Do Plants Grow’ for Integrated Studies. We have been very busy planting vegetables in our new garden beds. We can’t wait until our vegetables are ready for picking and tasting.

Foundation Teachers

From the Secondary Campus

From the Library

Winter is back and the library is warm!

 

A reminder to all students that the library is a warm place for quiet study over the next few winter months during lunch only.

 

Book orders

We continue to encourage our secondary students to come in during lunch or email us and let us know which books you would like us to order and hold in your library. Thank you for those who have suggested some material. We have ordered and shelved these books for your enjoyment.  Please remember we will only order books whose content is suitable for our school.

Overdue books

If you have a book that is overdue, please try to look for it at home, if you believe you brought it to the library please visit the library during lunch on Tuesday and Thursday – we will help you look for it on the shelves. If all else fails we can provide you with the value of the book for payment so your borrowing record can be cleared and you can loan out books again.  We have ordered a large number of exciting reads for you.

 

Yearbooks

Our Heritage College Yearbooks will soon be available for you to view in the library only. Watch this space!

 

Thank you for visiting the library and remembering it is a quiet place of study.

 

See you soon

 

Ru Stewart & Kutenda Ngundu

Long Awaited!

Our long awaited pencil sculptures have been installed outside the Art room at Officer Secondary. A big thank you to those students who helped create them and for Bob and Stan who installed them just before the holidays. They look great. Bob even suggests we put a giant pencil sharpener on the wall. ( we’ll keep you posted on that one!)

Mrs Sharlene Stratford

Art Teacher

From the Officer Primary Campus

Primary School Inter - House Cross Country

What a picture perfect day we were blessed with last Friday for our inter-house cross country event. Many students and staff dressed up in their House colours to represent their team and as the races drew near you could hear chants going up in support of the competitors.

 

The shouts of encouragement gave each runner a lift as they battled fatigue towards the end of their race. It was evident that the tough course, the zig-zagging hills in particular, were taking their toll on tired legs. Our students showed resilience to keep going, even when the little voice inside their head was probably telling them to stop.

 

I must make mention of our wonderful team of staff and students who worked tirelessly to prepare the course the night before and to monitor participants and direct them along the correct paths. Micah (Yr 6) hammered in stakes to hang our coloured tape and our service-minded Year 8’s volunteered part of their day as course marshals to keep our students safe.

 

Thank you also to the many families who came along to take photos and cheer on students of all ages with words of encouragement and praise.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

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