Heritage College News

12 March 2020
Term 1 Week 7 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
From the Secondary Campus
Combined Campus Reports
Chaplaincy and Wellbeing
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

Principal's Message

Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 Update

Chances are, you may have seen the news on the developing Coronavirus (COVID) situation. Additional cases and outbreaks of #COVID19 are expected in Victoria as this illness continues to affect numbers within the community. It is important to keep families, students and staff updated on the response and preparedness by the college to deal with such an event. 


The symptoms of Novel Coronavirus can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 may experience:

  • Fever;

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

  • Shortness of breath.

If you or your child is presenting with a combination of these symptoms above, please self-isolate, get tested and only return when you have a medical certificate. 


Please note 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

  • 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 

A letter to all families of the college dated 10th March, advised that self-isolation must happen in the event that:

  • You have left, or travelled through China or Iran, 

  • You have left, or travelled through the Republic of Korea on or after 5 March 2020; or

  • You have been in close contact with a proven case of coronavirus.

It is recommended you are checked by a health professional during this time and 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 is complying 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


Monday, 16th March

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at OC


Tuesday, 17th March

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at NWS


18th-20th March

Year 8 Camp


Sunday, 22nd March

Working Bee @ NWS 


23rd-27th March

Year 6 Canberra Tour


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


New Events

Monday, 16th March

Commonwealth Bank School Banking Visit at NWS


Friday, 13th March

OCP Book Fair Opens


Monday, 16th March

Commonwealth Bank School Banking Visit at NWS


Thursday, 19th March

Year 9 ASV Rogain Day


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

School Holidays

Saturday, 28th March - Sunday, 19th April


Sunday, 5th April

Daylight Savings Ends


10th - 13th April

Easter Weekend


14th - 17th

Staff Curriculum and Professional Development Week



Monday, 20th 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


Meet the Staff

Meet… Mr Christian Orellana, Year 5/6 Teacher OCP

This week we catch up with Mr Orellana, Year 5/6 Teacher at Officer Campus.

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

 I had awesome teachers while I was a student at Heritage College (some of them still work here!) and I've always had a passion for working with younger people. 


Tell us a little about your background in teaching.

  After university I decided to do a little bit of travelling, which inspired me to teach overseas. I ended up in Shanghai, China for eight months. When I came back to Australia, I spent the year working at a number of schools as a relief teacher and now I'm at Heritage College. 


What is your biggest challenge in the classroom?

 Hmmm, this is something I need to think about and reflect on! 


What book are you reading/recently read, or what would we find on your podcast list? 

 I love my podcasts! I am a true crime fan so 'Casefile' is my #1, followed by the 'History Hour' from the BBC and  finally the 'Football Weekly' as my favourite sport is Football (the real soccer).

Who inspires you and why? 

I actually don't have anyone particular who inspires me, but I do go by the Bible verse found in Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."


What is the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?

Watching and experiencing students grow, learn and develop and knowing I played a part in that.


When you're not teaching, what do you do in your downtime?

 Spending time with my partner and our beagle pup. We both love outdoor activities and exploring new places. I am very much into AFL and Soccer so that's my other go-to when I'm not busy with school.


You can email Mr Orellana at c.orellana@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au.

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 20th Halogen Young Leaders Day postponed (new date to be announced by organisers)
  • March 22nd Working Bee cancelled
  • March 23rd-27th Year 6 Canberra camp cancelled (Nunawading and Edinburgh have all agreed to cancel the Year 6 camp). 

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


Mr Sonny Aiono


PB4L Value Awards

Week 4 - Resilience

Prep VK - Natalie


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

Prep DH - Biftu

Year 5W - Kara


Week 7 - Service

Year 4K - Joshua

Prep DH - Caleb

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

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Year 4AC are learning about the impact rubbish has in our environment and in our school. On Tuesday, we tipped out a rubbish bin to assess the amount of rubbish, what types of rubbish and what we could do to lessen the amount of rubbish in our school. We learnt that we could utilise the compost bin better. We will be sharing what we learnt with the other year 4 class at our expo in week 9.

Mrs Rachel Aiono

Year 4AC Teacher

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 next week’s newsletter. 

Mrs Fiona Spence
Community Engagement

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

Book Fair at OCP

What is that?!

OCP students were amazed to find these massive zucchini's in their OCP Veggie garden last week!

Thank you Mrs Janine for the yummy soup that you made and shared with us from these great, big zucchini's!

Year 1B Flat Stanley Project

How exciting! Our first Flat Stanley has returned back to us after spending a couple weeks in the Central Coast in NSW. Rebeca was thrilled to have him return safely back to her. 

Now the Year 1's will look at the globe and world map and see where he was.


Mrs Courtney Bennetts

Year 1B Teacher

OCP News

Banking: Thursdays  

Bring your bank book on Thursday morning and place it into the Grey Banking Pouch for your class. Mrs Limu is our Banking Coordinator and will collect and manage the banking each Thursday.  Bank Books will be returned to students by the end of the day.

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

  • 12th March: Year 1-3 ASV Eastern Schools Sports Day

  • 13th - 25th March: Scholastic Book Fair Shop at OC

  • 20th March: Halogen Young Leaders Day for OCP & NWS Student SRC, House Captains and School Captains

  • 23rd - 27th March: Year 6 Canberra Tour

  • 27th March: Last Day of Term 1 - 12:50pm finish time for students

  • 20th April: First Day of Term 2 for Students

Scholastic Book Fair Shop

  • Dates: 13-25th 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

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!

Combined Campus Reports

Open Night Wrap Up Thursday 5 March

With a healthy dose of food, families and fun, Heritage College hosted the annual Open Night at Narre Warren South campus on Thursday 5 March.

Welcoming prospective families to campus was the primary and secondary band and choir, performing items for the guests that gathered inside. In the foyer, healthy treats were handed as tasters to guests to sample the fare on offer by the college canteen. The Senior Years team joined in for the evening, discussing all things secondary with many interested primary parents.

Despite the storm clouds gathering outside, the rain managed to hold off for the evening. Food Trucks served up plenty of hot drinks, iced coffees and Potato Twists. The rock wall challenged the brave whilst the giant monkey jumping castle kept the little ones busy. Face Painters were kept busy painting little faces to the delight of parents nearby. 

Classrooms in the primary school were open for viewing and display, with teaching staff on hand to ask questions from families. Goodie bags were handed to visitors, filled with plenty of reminders from their time on campus, including a 2019 yearbook, sticker, pen and notepad.

School captains were on hand to assist, helping families find their way around the facilities and answer any questions.  


With the release of the proposed Early Learning Centre at Narre Warren South campus, families were able to view master plans and speak with Kindergarten teachers from Officer campus.

Thank you to all guests who attended the evening, and to staff and students for their support and service during this community event.

Did you visit?

We would love to hear from you and value your feedback. Share your comments by emailing events@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au.

Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival Results

In Week 4 of Term 1, upper primary students battled it out 'House v House' in track and field events at Casey Fields Regional Athletics Centre.


Students chose 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. 

There were many outstanding individual performances. All students who achieved first place in an individual event have automatically qualified for the Sporting Schools Victoria (SSV) District Athletics Carnival to be held on Monday, 27th July 2020.


Final Score and Placing


Points Track

Points Field
























Quotes from the teaching staff: 

"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 Sevenhuysen


"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


Quotes from students:

We all used teamwork and at the end we all finished the races. My highlight is that the best team won, go Landy. Mireya


I am so proud of everybody for being resilient, whenever somebody fell they got back up and tried again and that is what resilience is all about. Madison T


The athletics carnival was one of the best we have had, my favourite part was the relay. We got to race the other houses and we had so much fun, thanks Heritage College for an amazing day. Caleb


I’m so proud of Jackson for coming second. The highlight of the athletics day was everyone participating in every event. Talulah

Good job Landy, good teamwork. I’m so proud of Landy for coming first and well doing for participating. The highlight of the athletics day was that everyone was showing excellence. Madison B


The athletic carnival was really fun and everyone tried their best. The highlight was everyone showed the values, mostly resilience and Jackson came 2nd place. Beatrice


Finally, a big thank you to the volunteers and staff

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.


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.


See the photo album from the day here.


Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Scholastic Book Club

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 - Authenticity

Brené Brown talks about how authenticity is not something we have or don’t have. It is a practice – a conscious choice of how we want to live. Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It is about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest and let our true self be seen.


Choosing authenticity means:

  • Cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable;

  • Exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle; and

  • Nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough

E. E. Cumming wrote, “To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself – means to be fighting the hardest battle which any human being can fight – and never stop fighting.”


“Staying real” is one of the most courageous battles that we’ll ever fight. There is risk involved in putting your true self out there but there is more risk in hiding yourself and your gifts from the world. Our unexpressed ideas and contributions don’t just go away, they are likely to irritate us and eat away our worthiness. We may experience rage, resentment, blame grief and so much more. Sacrificing who we are for the sake of what other people think is not worth it. We all face this struggle but being true to ourselves is the best gift we can give to the people we love.


Delphine Schlegel

Secondary Wellbeing Coordinator

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