Heritage College News

22 August 2019
Term 3 Week 6 2019
From the Principal's Desk
Dates to Remember
General Information
Combined Campus Reports
From Narre Warren South
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the Secondary Campus
From the ELC
Heritage College
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From the Principal's Desk

Let Me Think

When you are posed with a tricky problem or difficult question, what do you immediately start doing?  You get thinking - and you don’t even think about it. Researchers have found that people, on average, have between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts every single day.  That’s a lot of thinking!  Whilst the practice of thinking happens a great deal at school, we also want to ensure that students are effectively taught critical thinking skills - how to think - and demonstrate these skills to teachers, pastors or to parents.


In 2020, Heritage College will launch a new initiative ‘thinking skills’ programme, delivered to the entire school, that students from Prep right through to Year 12 will benefit from.  The ‘Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment’ is a comprehensive thinking skills programme designed to be used in the classroom and also at home.


What is involved in the programme?
This innovative programme is designed to improve general thinking practice, metacognition, and student engagement.  Students will be exposed to thinking skills lessons, and students of all levels will be taught how to:


  • scan for information properly and quickly
  • analyse data competently
  • answer difficult questions confidently
  • label difficult words and then to understand the sentence, and much more.

An information evening for families will prepare your child/ren for the program, and also provide you with an opportunity to develop great thinking skills at home. Our school calendar will also be undergoing an adjustment to accommodate staff training in this area. Please note the dates for staff professional development (Student Free Days):


TERM 1 - Week 5:  Monday, 24th of February. Student Free Day - Day 1 of training in FIE.


TERM 2 - Week 1:  Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th April 2020.


Mr Sonny Aiono


12 SEPTEMBER 6-8pm

For over 20 years, Heritage College has provided excellence in values-based education for families in Cardinia Shire. We invite you to experience Heritage College (Early Learning - Year 12) on Open Night, Officer campus, Thursday 12 September from 6-8pm. 


Open Night is an opportunity for new families to discover, existing families to share and previous students of Heritage College to re-connect on campus.

New families can engage in classroom activities, meet with teaching staff in a relaxed environment, and explore the campus with regular tours with school captains and principals.


We welcome all current Heritage College families to attend. There will be free activities for young children, including an animal zoo and jumping castle whilst the older ones can try the challenging rock wall. Light refreshments will be available during the evening, and entertainment will be provided by the Heritage College band.


Register your attendance at: heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/opennight

Dates to Remember


19th - 23rd August

Literacy (Book) Week

Book Parade NWS


Friday, 23rd August

Book Parade OC


27th - 30th August

Year 9 Rafting Camp


Tuesday, 27th August

Years 3/4 Hooptime OCP


Wednesday, 28th August

NWS Book Fair Concludes


Thursday, 29th August

SEISS Year 7 Futsal


Friday, 30th August

Father's Day Community Walk & Breakfast (OCP)


Sunday, 1st September

Father's Day


Monday, 2nd September

Father's Day Community Walk & Breakfast (NWS)

Years 5/6 Hooptime OCP


Wednesday, 4th September

Responsible Pet Ownership Program NWS


9th - 13th September

eSmart Week


Tuesday, 10th September

OCP Prep Orientation Day 2


Wednesday, 11th September

NWS Prep Orientation Day 2


Thursday, 12th September

R U OK? Day

Open Evening Officer

Years 5/6 Hooptime NWS


Monday, 16th September

Parent/Teacher Interviews NWS


Tuesday, 17th September

Parent/Teacher Interviews OC



Thursday, 19th September 



Friday, 20th September

Footy Colours Day

Last Day Term 3 Finish @ 12:50pm

General Information

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.

Canteen Menu
Term 3


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.

Digital Technology Bytes
Week 6

Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

The Australian Government’s Department of Health have published a great source of information surrounding Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines. This site outlines the recommended daily amount of physical activity, sleep and ‘down time’ (sedentary behaviour) that children, through to adults, should have.  They’ve also developed a great resource: Make your Move – Sit Less – Be Active for Life!


The resource encourages getting outdoors and getting active with your families. So why not close those devices and get outside with you child, take on the ‘Make your move’ challenge!


5 - 12 Year Olds:

Make Your Move - Sit Less - Be Active for Life


13 - 17 Year Olds:

Make Your Move - Sit Less - Be Active for Life!



Make Your Move - Sit Less - Be Active for Life!


Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum Coordinator

PB4L Merit Awards
Week 6

Prep BV - Scarlett 

Year 3/4C - Korje

Year 5/6K - Jayden

Prep DH - Leilani

Year 1W - Mason

Year 3MC - Gatlat

Year 4CP - Given

Year 5W - Darara

Year 6E - Jesse

PB4L Report
Week 6

As teachers we often reflect on Excellence in regards to our students work and uniform. When I was overseas I was excited by the fact that LEGO was created in Denmark and LEGO Land was only a 3 hour train/bus ride away. I had one day spare after my course finished so I planned to travel to BIllund. I was blessed to have had wondering weather for two weeks, but of course if was pouring the day I planned to visit LEGO Land. As I sat on the 20min bus ride I overheard a conversation behind me between a 9 year old and his mum. The mum was trying to convince the boy that maybe they should come back tomorrow when the weather will be nicer. She said, “It doesn’t matter that we had to travel far we can come back tomorrow.” I love her son’s response. “Mum I’ve prayed this morning, didn’t you tell me that God listens to children? God will make it sunny.” 


I smiled to myself as he started praying again. God did answer his prayers as it turned out to be a lovely day. The whole day I was looking out for them as I wanted to tell his mum, “You’re son has excellent faith.”


Mrs Isabelle Millien 

PB4L Coordinator



Combined Campus Reports

Year 6 Transition Program 2019


Heritage College on Facebook

Did you know that Heritage College has received over 900 likes and is growing each day? 


We welcome contributions by our parent community on our Facebook page. Remember if you ‘Like’, ‘Comment’ and ‘Share’, then our content has a higher chance of being seen by others in your friendship groups and beyond. 


We also welcome parent reviews on our Facebook page, so if you love your school, let us know and leave us a star rating.


Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

Term 3 Gymnastics Timetable


Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 6, 2019 catalogues are here and have been distributed to students. 


All cash orders need to be in latest by September 2nd, 2019.  Don't forget you can order and pay with your credit card online through the LOOP system. Just follow the instructions on the order form. 


Any queries can be directed to Penny Tan at p.tan@heritagecollege.com.au.

SSV District Athletics

Last Friday 35 Years 3-6 students braved the wet and wild weather to represent our College in the School Sports Victoria (SSV) District Athletics Carnival. Heritage College Students competed against students from Casey Grammar, St Agatha's, Trinity College, Hillcrest CC, Rivercrest CC and Waverley CC.


There were many commendable individual efforts as noted below:


Track Events

10 Yr Girls - Natoli (1st)

10 Yr Girls - Natoli (1st)

10 Yr Boys  - Gok (2nd)

80M Hurdles

10 Yr Girls - Allegra (2nd) H

10 Yr Boys - Moyata (3rd) H
10 Yr Boys - Aadesh (2nd) H

11 Yr Boys - Israel (3rd) H
11 Yr Boys - Jean-Pierre (3rd) H
12/13 Yr Girls - Jalane (2nd overall)

12/13 Yr Boys - Joaquin (3rd) H

12/13 Yr Boys - Abdissa (2nd) H
11 Yr Boys - Anesu (1st) H
11 Yr Boys - Caleb (2nd overall)


10 Yr Boys - Given (2nd overall)

11 Yr Boys - Uluak (2nd overall)


Field Events
12/13 Yr Boys - Joshua P (2nd)
Shot Put

10 Yr Girls - Kenna T (1st)


*H denotes that the student achieved that position in their heat. Times for both heats were combined and the fastest two athletes overall have qualified for SSV Division.


Congratulations to Natoli, Kenna, Given, Gok, Jalane, Caleb, Joshua P and Uluak who have all qualified to compete at SSV Division in September. Based on aggregate scores (points scored divided by Years 3-6 student population), Heritage College finished in fourth place overall. 


Thank you to our dedicated staff and families who attended; a brave effort in the wind and rain to cheer on and give your support to our athletes.


Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Year 6 Families VIP Tour of Secondary

The Secondary years are a big step from Primary School. We look forward to continuing the journey with you and supporting your child to make the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 at Heritage College, Officer Campus.


We warmly invite you to experience the Secondary Campus with us, on a Principals’ Tour with Mr Roger Sevenhuysen (Deputy Principal - Primary) and Mr Darren Martin (Deputy Principal - Secondary). 


On a walking tour of the campus, you will experience the classrooms in action, view the learning spaces and samples of student work. The tour will also give you the opportunity to connect with Mr Martin and become familiar with the layout of the campus where your child will attend. Our College Bursar will also be on hand later with any queries regarding bus fees and charges.


The tour for current Year 6 families is scheduled for the following date:


Thursday 19th September 2019 from 11:30am

Heritage College, Officer Campus

66 Starling Road, Officer


If you would like to attend the tour, please arrive at Officer campus reception prior to the start time.

From Narre Warren South

Book Fair Sale

26th-28th August (Mon-Wed)

Book Fair is coming to NSW Campus with books for all ages and posters and much more.  The more we sell, the more books our school receives for our library. Children will bring home their "wish list".  Payments by cash, EFTPOS and online.  The Book Fair will also be open in Room 4 before and after school for parent convenience.  


We will also have 2 competitions for our students with prizes for the winners:


Grades Prep-2  Colouring Competition

Grades 3-6 Design your own "Front Cover of a Book"


Mrs Sandra Watson

NWS Book Fair Coordinator

Brekkie Club


From the Library

IT’S BOOK WEEK!!! It’s amazing seeing students and staff dressed up as their favourite character from a book.


Reading Is My Secret Power

We began our annual Book Week celebrations with a Bang! An in-school production! We joined Henry and Lou in an educational musical to celebrate the best of Australian children’s books from The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 shortlist, and celebrating the CBCA Book Week 2019 theme READING IS MY SECRET POWER. This heartfelt and inspiring in-school production looked at different episodes in each character’s journey where they learn not to be discouraged by negative messages in order to follow their heart’s desire.


On Monday the teachers and students at Heritage College were definitely exploring their superhero side when they got dressed up in superhero characters for the annual Book Week Parade. Please take a look at the photo gallery and some of the different events that have taken place during Book Week.


Thank you.


Mrs Yolanda Horne

Art Teacher

Buddy Reading in Book Week

To add the excitement and adventure of Book Week, the upper primary students at NWS paired up with a class from the Lower Primary to have a buddy reading session. The upper students found their favourite picture story books and read them to the lowers on Monday after noon. Then the junior students read a book to their buddy. Reading is fun.


From the Officer
Primary Campus

Term 3 Dates to Remember and General Information

Welcome back to school and the start of another new term. The staff at OCP have been busily planning lessons, excursions, outings, sport events and much more for Term 3. Please take note of the dates and events that apply to your child.


Uniform Term 3:

  • Full Winter Uniform - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • Sport Uniform -  Tuesday and Friday

  • Prep students wear Sport Uniform every day

Traffic Light Lunch Boxes Reminder:

  • Recess: fruit, vegetables, salad, yogurt or cheese & crackers (or other ‘green’ foods)

  • Lunch: sandwich, wrap, roll (or other savoury)

  • Water Bottle: labelled with child’s name

When students have healthy ‘brain-food’ we notice that they are able to concentrate longer on learning and participate in learning without becoming tired. 


Events & Special Days in Term 3:

Reminders will be sent home closer to each date/event

  • School Banking Every Thursday

  • Gymnastics Lessons 3rd, 10th & 17th September @ OC MPC

  • 19-23rd August - Book Week at OC

  • 23rd August - Book Parade (Dress Up Day) at OC

  • 27th August - OCP Years 3/4 Hooptime Team Competition Day

  • 30th August - Father’s Day Breakfast & Community Walk OCP

  • 2nd September - OCP Years 5/6 Hooptime Team Competition Day

  • 9-13th September - Digital ‘eSmart’ Week

  • 10th September - 2020 Prep Class - Orientation Day 2 of 4

  • 12th September - Open Evening at Officer Campus

  • 17th September - Parent/Teacher Interviews @ OC in the MPC

  • 20th September - Footy Colours Day

  • 20th September - Final Day of Term 3 Finish @ 12:50pm

If you know of family or friends who are interested in enrolling their child at Heritage College Officer Campus, please encourage them to make contact with the school as classes for 2020 are filling up fast already!

Health, Hygiene & Happiness at OCP

Over the last few weeks we have noticed an increase in the amount of students who have been unwell. Please have a talk with you child about the following tips for staying healthy and well at school:


1. Wash you hands: After you have been to the bathroom and before you eat your food, take a moment to go to the toilets and wash your hands. This helps to keep germs away so that we don't get sick.


2. Trim your nails: Germs love to live under long fingernails. It is a great idea to make sure your nails are trimmed and clean so that germs are not being spread to others. 


3. Eating Healthy: "Green" foods (fruits, salads and vegetables) and water are vital to staying healthy through winter time. Our bodies needs extra vitamins and minerals during winter time to fight off the germs. Avoiding sugary foods is a great idea - because germs multiply when we have sugar. Thank you for making your child's lunch healthy and full of "green" foods. 


4. Rest at Home: If your child is coughing, sick or has a temperature, please keep them at home and communicate with the school that they are unwell. Seeing your local GP is also a great idea. It's no fun being sick, but it's even less fun to spread it to others at school.


5. Sleep: Having a good, warm sleep is vital to fighting germs and sickness. Children between the ages of 6-13 years should be having between 9-11 hours of sleep per night, with at least 4 of these hours being before midnight. 


Mrs Kim Nuske


Scholastic Book Club Orders

Scholastic Book Club Issue 6 has arrived and been distributed to students at the Officer campus.  Please have orders in by the 5th of September 2019.  There are many excellent books available to purchase, with some as low as $2.


For ease, purchases can also be made via credit card using the Scholastic LOOP app (available for Apple and Android) or online at:  http://scholastic.com.au/LOOP. You will be able to select Heritage College – Officer Campus, enter your child’s name and select their class.  Orders placed online will be electronically linked to the rest of the school’s order and be delivered to your child’s classroom.  For orders placed before the due date there are NO postage fees!


Every order placed earns FREE books and learning resources for your school and we appreciate your support.


Please feel free to contact your library team at librarystaff@heritagecollege.com.au for any queries or concerns regarding overdue books.


Thank you to those that ordered from issue 5.  We hope you are enjoying your purchases.


From Your Officer Library Team

From the Secondary Campus

VCAL Literacy Join Years 1/2 Reading Buddies for Book Week

The VCAL Literacy students treated the Year 1,2 class with wonderful books and activities this week to celebrate Book Week. 


The students chose a book to read to a small group of the younger students and then planned an interesting activity for them to participate in. 


The activities included play dough, potato stamping, word searches and lion masks.


Thank you to Mrs Bower and the VCAL students for all your hard work planning, preparing and presenting this wonderful lesson! 


The Years 1/2  students were very grateful for the opportunity and are already looking forward to another visit.


Mrs Bronwyn Van Dyk

Year 1/2BV Teacher


Today I worked with 3 lovely children and shared a funny picture book called “First Week at Cow School”.  The kids were very well behaved and were very engaged in what the book was about.  

They listened and followed the instructions of the play dough activity and responded to the questions very well! It was very well done and they were awesome to work with! Dayna


We read the the book “Oh The Places You’ll Go” By Dr Seuss, which was very entertaining! I then I got the Year 2 kids to pick their favourite part of the book and finally I got them to draw it. They had a lot of fun drawing with white board markers on mini whiteboards and ended completing a few illustrations. Caleb


Today we went to the Year 2 class and shared a picture book and completed an activity with them.


I read to them “Eating the Alphabet.”


I think this was a great experience to teach the kids and get them interacting with us secondary students, with the awesome activities we had planned.


 I carved out potato halves into different shapes, that the students then soaked in paint and completed creative A3 artwork on.  Ammon


So I had three kids and we read “The Lion King” book. I thought it was good and I hope the kids liked it too. The kids were great and nice.  We made a ‘Lion King’ face mask and kids did a great job. First they cut out two eyes, then they painted a paper plate with yellow paint. While that dried, the Year 2 students and I got busy cutting red, orange and strips of coloured paper for hair.  They drew the mouth and noise really well with black markers and did a great job with gluing the paper hair. Shan


Today I worked with three kids and they really liked the activities I did and I also really enjoyed reading with the kids. So today I did a word search and also I also told them to draw a colourful caterpillar and the fruit and vegies it ate holes through in the picture book that we shared. Samadi


Today I worked with three children, I read them a book entitled Ben & Duck, then they did a Question sheet based book that I created and they worked very well.  Next they did drawings of Ben and Duck.  The last activate was a play dough one, where they made figures of Ben and Duck. The group worked very well and I enjoyed working with them.  Joshua


Today I worked with three children and we worked out a word search then they created their own egg based on the book “Ten Hooting Owls.”  Jayme

Secondary Music Concert


From the ELC

Science Week

“What is a scientist?” we asked the ELC children early last week. “Someone who makes Science!” they all exclaimed at us! “Can we be scientists?” “Noooooo!!!”


Well we told them, do you all have…..

Eyes for making observations?

A mouth for sharing your ideas?

Hands for researching our theories?

Feet for exploring and investigating?

and most importantly do you all have a curious mind?




Once the children realized they were in fact little scientists they jumped into the explorations with enthusiasm. We had explosions, chemical reactions, discussions and explorations. What an exciting week. We look forward to continue sharing scientific explorations with our little scientists as the year goes on!

Miss Loren

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