Heritage College News

26 July 2018
Term 3 Week 2 2018
From the Principal
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

From the Principal

Is your child sleep deprived?

Ask yourself these two questions:

  1. Does your teen have big weekend sleep-ins?

  2. Is he/she very difficult to wake up and get out of bed on school mornings?

If the answer to either or both of these questions is 'yes', according to Dr Chris Seton, your child is sleep deprived!  


Do you have a screenager at home where your teen is always in front of a screen of some kind? Perhaps you need some guidance and support in how to manage screens and your teenagers at home.  Again, I’d like to recommend a book that can help inform you of what is happening with our teens and our younger children and how we as parents can help.


Compiled by Dr Ramesh Manocha, this book will give you an insight into how to help your young child to be successful at school and at home.  


In the chapter about sleep, Dr Seton, suggests that if a teenager gets plenty of quality sleep, then even in stressful situations, the teenager will not usually display any depression, anxiety and moods will remain “normal”.  


So how much time should my child be spending on their device at home?


According to Dr Kristy Goodwin, who writes a chapter about 'Healthy Habits for a Digital Life', which is chapter 5 of the book, the following are the Australian screen time guidelines, 2016:

  1. 0-2 years = no screen time

  2. 2-5 years = one hour per day maximum

  3. 5-12 years = no more than two hours per day

  4. 13-17 years = no more than two hours per day, break up long periods sitting.

However, as mentioned last week, content and balance are key!  


All the best as you purchase, read and implement the key components for your children at home and for us at school.


Mr Sonny Aiono


Professional Development

So what did you learn today?  This is what my son asked me after school today!  Of course he is copying the question that I always ask him but nonetheless, he asked me and I had to think carefully about what I had actually learnt.  I wonder what the teachers would say if we asked them?


I can tell you that your teachers have been learning a lot over the past several years and also just recently at our recent professional development day last Monday with Adam Voigt.


Adam Voigt joined the Heritage College staff regarding the topic of Restorative Practices.  Do you remember him? He was the man who talked to parents last year about the Limbic system and the neo cortex.  Do you remember the picture?


Our professional development as a staff was for improvement and mastery of the restorative practices model for behaviour management.  What else did we learn?


Teachers learnt that when you use an affective statement, it has a powerful impact on student behaviour.  Try it at home. Try an affective statement and see how your children respond. For example, instead of saying, “Son pick up your mess!”  You could simply say, “Son, I am disappointed, that your mess is on the ground.  I’d be really pleased to see you put the rubbish away”.  Which do you think sounds better? Can you see how the statement can be used?  So what is an affective statement? It is a statement where you really show your feelings about a particular situation and the feelings word has an impact on the hearer.  


So what are you waiting for? Go forth...and use your words!
Mr Sonny Aiono 

Staff Spotlight


Dates to Remember


23rd - 27th July

Whole School Festival of Faith


Friday, 27th July

School Fees Due


Tuesday, 31st July

Open Morning OC 10-12pm

ICAS English


Wednesday, 1st August

Prep Orientation Day 1 NWS


Friday, 3rd August

Bus Fees Due


Tuesday, 7th August

Open Morning NWS 10-12pm


Thursday, 9th August

Combined Schools Day of Worship - Primary


Friday, 10th August 

Combined Schools Day of Worship - Secondary


13th - 17th August

Science Week


Tuesday, 14th August

ICAS Mathematics


Wednesday, 15th August

Prep Orientation Day 1 OC


16th - 23rd August

OCP Book Fair


Thursday, 16th August

VCE SEISS Touch Rugby or AFL/Netball


Monday, 20th August 

Author Visit NWS - Catherine Bateson


Thursday, 23rd August 

Years 5/6 NWS Hoop Time


23rd - 30th August

NWS Book Fair


Friday, 24th August

Student Free Day

Professional Development Day for Staff


27th - 31st August

Literacy and Numeracy Week


Monday, 27th August

Book Parade NWS


28th - 31st August

Year 9 Rafting Camp


Tuesday, 28th August

Years 9/10 SEISS Touch Rugby or AFL/Netball

SSV District Primary School Athletics


Friday, 31st August

Father's Day Community Walk & Morning Tea

General Information

Entertainment Book Fundraiser


'Building a Resilient Child'

Parent Information Session

Tuesday 7th August

6:30pm at NWS in the Chapel

More information to come

Positive Behaviour for Learning

I hope most you who visit the Narre Warren South Campus have seen the new value poles as you drive through the gates. These are a great visual to help students, teachers, yourselves and the wider community know our school values - Excellence, Resilience, Respect and Service. These are the core values that drive our Positive Behaviour for Learning framework at Heritage College.


In 2016, the Heritage College community worked together through parent, student and staff surveys to agree on four values that would undergird all student activity in the College.   Students at Heritage College are expected to develop and exhibit these values to others.


At the beginning of the year, students and teachers spent time looking at the values and what they look like in the different areas at school such as the classroom, playground and even on the bus. 


Has your child/children come home saying “I got a Stand Tall card today!” Teachers are trying to catch students who are Standing Tall in each of the values. You too can let your child know when they are Standing Tall and making a difference just like how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow down to the golden statue in Daniel 3.


This year the Positive Behaviour for Learning team will begin to create a parent and teacher matrix of expected behaviours which will help to shape the culture of our school. Look out for the surveys for your input.


Continue to watch this space as each week we will share Positive Behaviour for Learning information and tips on how to reinforce our core values at home.


Value of the Week - Respect

Are most of you humming the tune to Aretha Franklin’s song? How do we teach our children how to have respect? Using an inside voice in the classroom, listening to others speak during discussion time, saying sorry when you know you have done something wrong are all examples of showing respect.


So how can you help teach respect at home? Here is a link to a parent website giving tips on how to teach your child to have respect at home. Below is a summary of the site with 6 highly effective tips.

Mrs Isabelle Millien

PB4L Internal Coach

From the School Captains

Welcome back to school, I hope you had a great holiday.  This week’s value is respect.


Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone. Respecting each other means, you treat each other how you should treat yourself, you don’t lie about other people or gossip for the benefit of yourself or others. Respect means, you don’t show attitude or make up stories to feel wanted and noticed.


As God says in the Bible in Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourself.”  We need to not be discriminatory towards each other, but love each other and treat each other with respect. This is the golden rule, found in Matthew 7:12. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,” for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


We need to stop judging each other and start respecting others by appreciating each other and acknowledging their achievements. Respect is a core value of our school and an important value to have in life. Remember respect is earned, not given.



School Captain

Festival of Faith

Our second Festival of Faith for the year is well underway and our school has been blessed by not one but two awesome speakers.


For the Primary space we have Pr Tini Rimoni as our guest speaker. Pr Tini is speaking on the theme of “Standing Tall” and is taking the students on a journey of what standing tall looks like and how we can remain standing tall for God.


Addressing the Secondary students for the week is Pr Michael Lilikakis from Newcastle. A devoted father of four, a lover of history and a former professional football player, Pr Lilikakis is also passionate about sharing the gospel in a fun and applicable way. His theme for the week is “Worriers to Warriors” and is based on Ephesians 6, the ‘Armour of God’.

Pr Michael Lilikakis

Pr Tini with his family on a recent trip to Thailand

Pr Lagi Limu


Digital Technologies Newsletter Bytes Week 2

The Concerned Parent’s Toolbox – Tools and Tricks to Protect Your Kids


“This blog: The Concerned Parent’s Toolbox – 120 Tools and Tricks to Protect Your Kids, provides a list of useful educational tools, some that you can use to help teach your kids of dangers, programs that can monitor their activity, those that restrict dangerous websites, and even tools that can be used block them from engaging in risky behaviour.”




Mrs Naomi Moss

eLearning and Curriculum Coordinator



“Our church seeks to be relevant, inclusive and non-judgmental. We acknowledge and respect differences and offer fellowship to anyone who seeks it. We are an active church that practises hands-on ministry.”


333 Centre Road, Narre Warren South.

Saturday Mornings

9:30-10:30am - Kids Church

10:15-11am - Hot Drinks and Catch Up

11am - Worship


We would love for you to join us every Saturday morning.


Pr Lagi Limu

Heritage Church Pastor

Casey Waste-Wise Video Contest

The City of Casey is organising a Video Contest and we thought your school would be interested in learning more about this.  We have two categories: Primary school and Open.   Our key target group for the Open category is secondary school students.


The theme is waste reduction, so we are calling on all those passionate about environmental sustainability.


With fantastic prizes including the iPad pro 10.5 inch valued at $1,329 your students will want to know more.


Spread the word - would you be able to inform your students of this video contest through your regular communication channels.  See attached flyer.  


For a smaller version of the flyer in A5 please let us know and we will send one through.


For further information visit www.casey.vic.gov.au/wastewise or contact us on the below details.


From Narre Warren South

Outdoor Learning Space...

...is really starting to take shape. Thank you to our team for planting a new ‘forest’ and building a dry river bed. Last week also saw our new cubby house installed. So many opportunities to explore and learn in the outdoors.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Healthy Recipes By Years 5 and 6

During Term 2 Health classes, Years 5 and 6 students have been researching healthy recipes, preparing them at home, filming  to share with the class. We had some amazing healthy and tasty recipes created and shared with the us. Some examples of these are shared here. 

Ms Janet Robertson

Year 5RJ Teacher

Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 5 Catalogues are here and have been distributed to students.  All cash orders need to be handed to the Office no later than 3rd August.  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


Research shows that reading more improves performance in: general knowledge, vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal fluency and spelling. Just 10 minutes spent reading everyday can open a child up to over 600,000 words in a year! 


Also, in Issue 5, parents who place their order via LOOP will have the opportunity to select a bonus book to help grow their online home libraries! (Conditions apply. See LOOP for more information)


Mrs Penny Tan


Year 5 Camp to Sovereign Hill

The last week of Term 2 saw all Year 5 students travel to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat for 2 nights and 3 days. It was a great time where we learnt about how people lived in Australia during the Gold Rush.


One evening we saw the Light show about the Eureka Stockade and its importance to Australian Democracy. We got to pan for Gold, bowl in an old fashioned bowling alley, watch gold being smelted, act out trading gold and being ripped off and thrown into jail by the troopers.


All in all it was a fantastic experience for all.

Ms Janet Robertson

Year 5RJ Teacher

'Preloved' Magazines

Our Art Room is in need of preloved magazines that would be suitable for students to flick through and cut out pictures or advertisements.


If you have a pile of used magazines that are just taking up space at home, please send them to school and we will put them to good use. Just drop them at the office on either campus and we will take care of them.


Thank you!


Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

From the Secondary Campus

New Uniform Procedures

If your child is unable to wear their uniform correctly, please send a paper note, or an email to your child’s Homeroom teacher explaining the reason and providing an outline of when this will be rectified.  


Please ensure that the note or email you send has these very two important points:


a) What is the reason for the non-uniform item.


b) When will your child have the correct uniform item.



If your child wears the incorrect uniform to the College without a note or email the staff will follow the process below:


1. On the first instance, you will receive an email from your child’s Homeroom teacher.

2. Should this happen a second time, you will receive a second email from the Homeroom teacher.

3. On the third occurrence, you will receive a phone call from the Homeroom teacher informing you that the matter is being referred to the Deputy Principal and that a suspension is likely until the uniform can be worn correctly.


If your family is experiencing financial difficulties in providing the proper uniform items, please inform our Administration team either through email or a letter.   In addition, feel free to make an appointment to speak with the Principal and the College Bursar so we can support you and your child.
Mr Darren Martin
Deputy Principal Secondary


Device Borrowing Now Available

There are some circumstances which occur whereby students do not have access to a device because it may be broken, lost or the battery is out of charge.  Should this occur, students are now able to borrow a school owned iPad from the Reception desk (located in the ELC building).


Students are allowed to borrow a device either before school, or during their breaks at recess and lunch.    Students may also request of their teacher to be sent to Reception during class time to borrow, should the need arise although this is not the preferred option.


These loaned iPads are required to be returned at the end of the school day.  Should students fail to return them, please note that you will receive an email from the College informing you that a fine of $439 will be added to the family's school account until it is returned in the same condition which it was borrowed.  This will also affect students borrowing from the Library.


Mr Darren Martin
Deputy Principal Secondary

From the Officer Primary Campus

Events and Special Days in Term 3

Information letters will be sent home closer to dates when required

  • Gymnastics Lessons

    • Each Friday at NWS campus

    • Prep/1 Lesson: 10:40am

    • Year 2/3 Lesson: 11:30am

    • Year 4/5 Lesson: 12:20pm

    • Note: lesson start  times during Week 2 will be altered due to our FOF program.

  • Year 3, 4 & 5 - Hooptime Basketball

    • Junior Team (Yr 3/4) competition date: 30th July

    • Senior Team (Yr 5) competition date: 15th August

  • Enrichment Program

    • Year 2, 3, 4 & 5 Students - Fridays from 1:30-2:15pm

    • Choice of:

      • OCP Choir

      • STEM Projects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

  • Combined Primary Schools Day of Worship - 9th August at Nunawading Christian College

  • Science Week: 13-17th August

  • Scholastic Book Fair Shop at OCP: Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd August

    • Author Visit: Catherine Bateson - OCP will travel to NWS campus for this event on Monday, 20th August

  • Literacy & Numeracy Week: 27-31st August

    • OCP students will attend our first Officer Campus Parade!

    • More information will be sent home closer to the date

  • Father’s Day Celebrations & Community Walk:  Friday 31st August

  • Football (AFL) Clinic run by Melbourne FC for Year 4/5 students

    • 4 sessions running on a Wednesday from Week 2-6, starting at 12pm

    • 25th July, 1st August, 8th August, 22nd August,

  • Footy Colours Day - 7th September

    • Wear Football (or Sports team) colours for the day. All donations will go towards the Fight Cancer Foundation’s education program for kids to continue their education during treatment and recovery.

  • SSV District Athletics Carnival (selected students only): Tuesday, 28th August 

  • 2019 Prep Orientation Days

    • Day 1 - 15th August

    • Day 2 - 5th September

    • Note: If you know of future Prep students who intend to enroll in the OCP 2019 Prep class, please contact the school to register for the Orientation Days. We thank you in advance for sharing these dates with your friends and family who may have young kids getting ready for their 2019 schooling.

  • ASV Primary Basketball Tournament: September 11th (more information closer to date)

  • Finish time for final day of the term: 2:15pm on Friday, 21st September

  • Term 4 Start Date: Monday, 8th October


Student Free Days

  • 24th August - Pupil Free Day (Teacher’s Professional Development Day)

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