Heritage College News

12 September 2019
Term 3 Week 9 2019
From the Principal's Desk
Staff Spotlight
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
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

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



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, TONIGHT 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

Staff Spotlight


Dates to Remember


9th - 13th September

eSmart Week


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


Sunday, 6th October 

Daylight Savings Starts


Monday, 7th October

Term 4 Starts


Tuesday, 15th October

OCP Prep Orientation Day 3


Wednesday, 16th October

ASV Primary Soccer Tournament


Friday, 18th October

School Fees Due


Tuesday, 22nd October

Last Day Year 12

SEISS Years 9/10 Volleyball/Badminton


Wednesday, 23rd October

NWS Prep Orientation Day 3


Friday, 25th October

World Teachers Day

Bus Fees Due


Monday, 28th October

SEISS Years 7/8 Volleyball/Badminton


Wednesday, 30th October

VCE Examinations Commence


Thursday, 31st October

SEISS Athletics Carnival

ASV Primary Spelling Bee

Year 4 Sleepover

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


Basketball School Holiday Program


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 9

The Student Wellbeing Hub

The Student Wellbeing Hub is a useful resource for parents to use with their children around cybersafety, healthy minds & bodies, protecting against bullying, respecting diversity and building positive relationships. The Wellbeing Hub has practical tips and information/fact sheets aimed at both Primary and Secondary student’s and their parents. 


Primary Families

Secondary Families


Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum Coordinator

PB4L Merit Awards
Week 9

Prep BV - Jehiele

Year 1/2 BV - Eden

Year 5/6K - Brooke 

Prep DH - Jon

Year 3MC - Julian for Resilience

Year 5W - Sanjeevanjot

Year 5/6RP - Dannica for Respect

Year 6E - Mathias



Saver Plus


Combined Campus Reports

Heritage College Visits Dandenong Filipino Church

The Narre campus band and the Heritage College Primary combined choir performed last Sabbath at the Dandenong Filipino SDA Church. Miss Wold and band led the congregation in Praise and Worship that morning. Mrs Jackson, Miss Kammerman and Mrs Steplewski guided a combined choir that presented two wonderful pieces of music.


Mrs Millien shared a powerful kid’s story that challenged the kids to be very careful about what they say to one another - words can hurt. Pr Lagi reminded everyone in his sermon about the importance of being a messenger of God, “You are the message people see, smell, and read.” At the end of the service the students and their families were invited to stay for a fellowship lunch that was provided by the staff & parents of Heritage College and members of the Church.


Special thank you to all the staff, students and their families who helped us on the day, and to Dandenong Filipino church for your hospitality.

Pr Lagi Limu


Library Update

School holidays are approaching. This week is the last week for borrowing. Please remember to return all your library books next week before the holidays. 


Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

Pop Up Bookstore


Restorative Hop!

Thank you to the VCAL students for the superb ‘Restorative Hop’ that they have created for the primary students to learn how to resolve conflict in a restorative manner!


We can’t wait to start hopping along and solving problems together!


Mrs Kim Nuske & OCP Students

Summer Camps

Heritage College Open Night Thursday, 12th September - Save the date!

As a current family of Heritage College, we invite you to attend the Heritage College Open Night at Officer campus on Thursday, 12th September. Our last Open Night provided an opportunity for families from both campus locations to come together for the evening. Be entertained by the Heritage College band, explore the secondary campus and enjoy food from our canteen and food trucks on site. There will be activities too - the little ones will love the jumping castle and visiting the animal farm, whilst the older ones can try the challenging rock wall.


Join us next Thursday, 12th September 2019 from 6pm – 8pm at Heritage College Officer Campus, 66 Starling Road, Officer.


If you’re a current family of the College, there’s no need to register - simply come for a great night and show your support!


Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

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


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.

Kindness and Empathy Program


From Narre Warren South

Lost Property Rack

Please make sure to check the lost property rack before the end of the term as any items there will be washed and donated or thrown out.


Thank you.

Brekkie Club


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 17th September @ OC MPC

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

  • 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!

Cardinia Leaders Day a Huge Success!!!

Four students from OCP attended the Cardinia Young Leadership Day and enjoyed a fantastic day experiencing and giving input into the many areas of their local community. Alexis, Lincoln, Jeremiah and Justine were involved in a verity or brainstorming and feedback sessions where they were given the chance to share their ideas for updating Cardinia Life, design a playground, look further into rubbish and recycling and also plant life in our local reserves.

Mrs Kim Nuske


News from The Second-Hand Uniform Shop

This term in the shop we have a lot of new second-hand items. We have three high school blazers in near new condition. These are only $80 each, a great price.


If there is something you are after, come by and have a look.


Opening hours are: Tuesday 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-3:10pm.

From the Secondary Campus

Step Up Program

Year 9 students from Heritage College joined students from sister school, Gilson College, on Victoria’s Mitta Mitta River for the annual White Water Rafting Camp.  Part of the year-long Step Up program, which sees students attend four different camps through the year, the White Water Rafting camp allows students to spend time in the outdoors where they are challenged to “do hard things”.


“This camp is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where students discover what they are made of. Our perspective and attitude to tough circumstances ultimately determine what we get out of life. I know our Year 9 students have walked away with stronger muscles and minds as a result of their attendance at this camp.” Miss Maggs, Year 9 teacher


We asked some of the Year 9 students to provide their favourite memory from camp:


"Jumping off the rock and making friends with the Gilson kids." Jessica

"My favourite part of camp is the satisfaction of finishing the course to know I've completed it and that I knew I could do it again."  Elijah

"Having fun times around the campfire."  Ava

"I learned that I am a lot stronger and braver than I thought and we need to push ourselves to do hard things."  Eowyn

"Never underestimate yourself."  Brooklyn

"I learnt about resilience and never giving up."  Harrison

"When we all pull our load it makes things easier."  Elijah

"Do things that you think you can't."  Matthew


The Step Up  Program

Beyond offering a traditional educational experience in Year 9, Heritage College takes students outside their comfort zones with the ‘Step Up’ program, challenging students emotionally, physically and intellectually in a supportive environment.  The aim is to provide opportunities to help students ‘know thyself’, understand that intense learning can happen outside the classroom, and to develop their leadership and teamwork skills.


Students are given experiences that require them to work together to solve common goals and make decisions both individually and collectively to achieve specific outcomes. Through these experiences, students find that they challenge themselves and negotiate with others to achieve success. This is achieved with experiential learning activities in the form of four expeditions, training days, excursions and other events.


Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

Secondary Music Concert


From the Library

As we wrap up Term 3 2019 in the library, your library team would like to remind you to return your books that might be due before the term closes. Also, to look after books that have been borrowed over the school holiday break. Thank you for looking after your library space and remembering on your visits to practice library etiquette, being quiet and considerate of readers. Next term as our senior students prepare for end of year exams we remind all students to be quiet and remember that the library is a place of study and reading.


A big thank you to everyone who has suggested a book, we expect to have most of the books requested on our shelves by the middle of next term.


Enjoy your holiday break.


We look forward to reading and studying with you in Term 4.



Your Officer Library Team

News from The Second-Hand Uniform Shop

This term in the shop we have a lot of new second-hand items. We have three high school blazers in near new condition. These are only $80 each, a great price.


If there is something you are after, come by and have a look.


Opening hours are: Tuesday 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-3:10pm.

Teenage School Holiday Program


From the ELC

Spring has Sprung!

Spring has arrived at the Early Learning Centre and what fun it has already brought with it for the children! They are loving the beautiful outdoor weather and are desperate to spend as much time outside as they possibly can! They’ve already forgotten the fun of winter with its muddy puddles and gum boots and are spending their time chasing each other in the sun, playing hide and seek and building in the sandpit.


Spring is also the perfect time for planting. The children have all had the opportunity to plant some vegetable seeds in a cup which will soon be transferred to our vegetable garden. They have provided these little seeds with so much love and care, a generous dose of watering and are conscious to ensure they are getting sunlight. We had squeals of excitement over the first sprouts and we cannot wait to see what the seedlings grow in to and enjoy the vegetables that we have all nurtured together!


Spring has also provided a change of scenery at bush kinder. Some of the bare trees are blooming again, new areas are able to be explored and the wildlife are coming back out to say hello! Multiple wallabies were sighted by the children this past week and oh what joy it brought them.


We look forward to many more spring adventures over the coming months and as always thank you for your beautiful children and the fun they bring to the Early Learning Centre.


Miss Loren

Vacation Care

The Term 3 vacation care program has landed at the Officer ELC.


Join us for two themed weeks of fun! Please do not hesitate to contact us on elcadmin@heritagecollege.com.au for any further information.


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