4th - 8th June
VCE Mid Year Exams
Monday, 11th June
12th - 15th June
Years 10/11 Exams
Wednesday, 13th June
ASV Primary Cross Country
Thursday, 14th June
Year 7 SEISS Futsal
Start Smart Incursion Years 1-6
Friday, 15th June
Multicultural Day NWS
18th - 29th June
Year 10 Work Experience
Wednesday, 20th June
S -v- S Challenge
Friday, 22nd June
Dance Workshop Prep - 3, Period 5
25th - 27th June
Year 5 Camp
Friday, 29th June
Last Day Term 2
Prep/1W - Akuch and Jayde
Year 2/3C - Mikaela
Year 4/5N - Jean-Pierre
Prep DH - Nyawech
Year 3MC - Jeremy for Service
Year 4CJ - Gok
Year 4/5W - Kena for Excellence
Year 6E - Eric for Resilience
Greetings to all! With three weeks left of the term and reports just around the corner, I’m sure teachers are pushing students to do their best in test and assessments, but it is also a time were students have to be resilient. A quote by Roy. T. Bennett “What helps you persevere is your resilience and commitment.” This quote means exactly what is says, the thing that helps you to keep going is the ability to bounce back. This quote reminds me of Moses, even though he had failed God at the beginning when God had called him to do His work, he had faith and he kept going, he persevered and bounced back after running away and came back to release God's people from Egypt. We can learn a lot from Moses and the quote above. No matter how hard it is, to bounce back we need to do our best to persevere. Resilience is a key important thing, that everyone needs in there lives. Throughout the week, when you come to a tough time and you feel you have a millstone around your neck, remember to bounce back, to be resilient. If we have faith in God we can get over every tough time, reach every milestone we strive for, because with God, everything and anything is possible. No matter who we are, what we look like or where we live, if we have faith in God, He will help us overcome.
Hello Everyone! It nearly time for the end of Team 2... holidays are just around the corner. Resilience is a powerful value to have, “Tough time never last, but Tough people do...”, think about what that means to you! In my experience, if you work hard, the hard time will finish, but if you don’t, the hard time continues and never ends. A quote “Stop thinking you Can’t, Start thinking you Can”, this comes from an anime which is called ‘My Hero Academia’, and in the story everyone has a power, but one character, Izuku Midoriya, who has no power and wishes to become the No.1 hero, like All Might, thinks he can’t become a hero. However, All Might gave his power to Izuku Midoriya, which is the ultimate power ever, All Might said, “Start thinking you Can...”. Now with his ultimate power, he started becoming Resilient, and almost better than All Might. Resilience is one of the most powerful values to have, it will help build your character. I have one strategy to leave with you: Go to God, Trust in God, Tell others about God. When you ‘Go to God’, you pray to Him about what you need help with. When you ‘Trust in God’ you trust all that he says, such faith ‘Tells others about this powerful God’. Be Resilient!
Thank you and God Blessing to all.
Winter is here with cooler, wet and windy days. Therefore we’ve decided to change the menu and start serving warm food to keep our kids warm through the day.
I also recently had a chance to meet with my friend - Julie Mironowicz, a Mum and a Holistic Nutritionist - who had some advice on how to support our kids health during winter. Hope you’ll find the Q&A beneficial!
Q: We’re approaching winter so what’s really important in our kids diet?
A: Seasonal fruit and vegetables that are packed with nutrition that will help to keep colds away and give the kids lots of energy to burn and energy to learn. Examples include the root vegetables like carrots, celeriac, celery, parsnips, beetroots and fruit like apples, pears, oranges. They all have a lot of vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system with vitamin C, beta-carotene, they also have a lot of fibre that fills up their tummies that they stay fuller for longer which gives them sustained energy.
Q: How can we start the day well to help kids go through cooler days?
A: Cold foods make you feel cold so warm foods like porridge, scrambled eggs, baked beans on toast are perfect start to your day. So for example if you make porridge use warm milk and add warming spices like ground ginger, cinnamon or even turmeric.
Q: What are your favourite healthy snack food during winter?
A: Think of produce that have got good sources of protein and fat, so for example we can have avocado with crackers, unsweetened yoghurt with some seeds and a dollop of stewed apples or an unsweetened fruit jam to add sweetness and fibre. Hummus dip with some veggie sticks would be another idea. Smoothies with your favourite milk base or coconut water and fruits that are in season. Boiled eggs with cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices.
Q: What about lunch box ideas?
A: Again healthy fats are important for good brain development. Examples include tahini, avocado, coconut cream. Fibre rich foods also fill up the tummies which will get kids through till after school. These include: beans, vegetables, seeds, fruits. A good source of protein is needed for healthy development. Examples include eggs, beans, even some vegetables, legumes like green peas, chick peas. Non vegetarian sources of protein include dark meat like chicken and turkey parts (thighs, drum sticks), fish - especially the deep sea options like salmon, sardines and anchovies.
To incorporate these kinds of foods you can make a wholemeal wrap spread with hummus and lots of shredded vegetables, mashed sweet potato, you can put egg in it, shredded chicken. If your kids like hot food a warm minestrone served in a thermos or a pumpkin and spinach dhal with coconut cream would be another good idea.
Q: How can we support our kids immune system during cold days?
A: Keep your kids warm, especially their head and neck. Remember foods should be fresh and in season because as was already mentioned those foods are packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene (vitamin A), folic acid, fibre and some are good sources of zinc. So make sure your pantry is stocked with carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, parsnips, beetroots, onion, garlic, celery, fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, oregano, rosemary; fruits would include apples, pears, oranges, lemons, persimmons, feijoas; pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc which is even more important than vitamin C in regards to the immune system.
Your cooking methods also have an effect on the immune system. This time of year avoid too much raw foods like salads. It’s time to start slow cooking, cook soups and stews and casseroles.
You can find some more recipes ideas on Julie’s blog: https://radishandpear.com
I’d like to share with you one of my favourite recipes for a winter bread spread.
Egg and Avo Bread Spread
2 medium hass avocados, mashed
3 free range eggs, hard boiled
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
Boil the eggs and cool them down in cold water.
Mash avocado with a fork adding lemon juice to prevent avocado from turning dark (optional). Shred the eggs into avocado mash and mix in the remaining ingredients adding salt and pepper to taste. Spread on toast and enjoy!
Mrs Julia Wawruszak
Keeping an Eye on Screen Time
So what is the recommended screen time for Australian children I hear you ask?
The recommended screen time in Australia, based on the ‘The Australian National Physical Activity and Sedentary Guidelines’ states:
Under 2 years old – ZERO screen time (this includes watching television, electronic media, DVDs, computers, devices such as phones/iPads etc... and electronic games)
2-5 years – Less than 1 hour per day
5-17 years – Less than two hours per day
The Australian Parents Council has some great advice regarding balance and screen time:
“Striking a balance, having a set of expectations and even a family plan for screen use are positive ways to start to navigate screen time use for kids. Screen time and useage will be different from family to family and again different for the ages of your children.
For younger kids:
Install parental controls so what they are accessing is appropriate
Only use age-appropriate sites with high learning potential and not games.
Bookmark favourite sites you have introduced your child too so they only go to the sites they are interested in
Sit with kids so you can explain how you are navigating and what they seeing.
Always have the device in an area where you are so you are able to see what they are doing
Put a time limit on your sessions, instilling the idea of developing a balance to tech use early
Avoid just-before-bed computer time as it can be stimulating and interrupt sleep.
Most important – Kids model their behaviour of tech from what they see and the boundaries around screen time that is the family norm. Setting up good family guidelines around tech use early very much helps in later years.”
Mrs Naomi Moss
eLearning and Curriculum Coordinator
Congratulations to our recent SSV Division representatives; Natoli, Mireya, Filip, Koang and Serena who all performed remarkably well against some stiff opposition.
Wednesday, 13th June is the date set for our Top 3 boys and girls from each age group to compete against our Adventist Schools Victoria (ASV).
Athletes will travel to Nunawading Christian College (NCC) to match their fitness and resilience against the best of the best from our sister schools.
Go Team Heritage!!
Mr Roger Sevenhuysen
Deputy Principal Primary
When I was playing netball last week there was a very tall girl that was playing goal shooter and I was playing goal keeper. I thought I was going to make my team lose because she was so much bigger than me. But with the help of Mr S, Miss Jean and all my friends I think I did a good job.
Even when our team lost the game we were all very proud of our efforts and the improvement of our play. I have learned a lot about netball and I enjoy it always.
WELL DONE to Year 3MC for not having any books overdue for a few consecutive weeks in Term 1 and Term 2. They have been rewarded with hot chips by the library last Thursday. Keep up the good job!!
Mrs Penny Tan
Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of working with some very talented young musicians! This week was their first performance at Chapel where they accompanied my class with the song 10,000 Reasons.
Band members include:
Joshua M from 2K on Drums
Asinth from 4/5W accompanying on Drums
Evelina and Amish from 5RJ on Ukele (Evelina also sings harmony)
Zack from 4/5W and Achel from 6E on guitar
Arshveer and Jalane from 5RJ lead singers
Following the band Pr Lagi joined the Year 1 students as our special guest to sing for the rest of our songs. We simply love live music and praising God! What a blessing to have so many talented people in our school community!
Ms Alicia Wold
Year 1WV Teacher
Students in Year 3MC have been enjoying Library time as they have the opportunity to borrow books and take tests for Accelerated Reading. But I think their favourite part of Library is when they get to listen to the Bad Guys books. Bad Guys! You may ask why are we reading books called Bad Guys in a Christian school. Well, the saying of “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is right here as Bad Guys is about Mr Wolf, Mr Shark, Mr Snake and Mr Piranha (who keeps being mistaken for a Sardine) and they want to turn their lives around and be Good Guys.
Through adventures and a lot of laughing the students are learning that the Bad Guys are striving for Excellence when trying to do what is right, they need to have a lot of Resilience because people around then keep saying they are bad.
They are showing Respect and Service to others as each book is about them rescuing or helping someone in need. Book 1 and 2 are in the Library to borrow and book 3 will be released as soon as Year 3MC are finished with it. Enjoy the students book reviews below from Book 2 - Mission Unpluckable.
Mrs Isabelle Millien
Year 3MC Teacher
This is just a notice on behalf of Officer SRC.
Early in Week 6, there was a form sent out to everyone in the school. The Google form was about changes and suggestions you had for Heritage College (Officer Campus).
If you see something around the Collegethat you would like to change, you just need to fill out the form and we, as SRC, will do our absolute best to help shape this school into what you want it to look like!
In addition, due to the construction of the MPC, unfortunately, the top car park will only be for Staff Vehicles or Construction Vehicles only, as per the image below.
Mr Sonny Aiono
Last Wednesday evening, family, friends and students filled the Narre Warren South Chapel for the annual Secondary Music Concert featuring 35 students singing in choirs, groups, solos, and playing instruments.
Most items came from students involved in the Years 7 to 10 Music Program or previous music students now in their senior years.
It was wonderful that people supported the gold coin door entry which raised $70 for the Year 12 Nepal trip.
A mother, whose child has performed since the concerts started five years ago, exclaimed, “every year the concerts keep getting better!”
Mrs Marcelle Rogers
Our Year 8 Futsal teams played in the annual SEISS Futsal Competition held at Mt Evelyn on Monday the 4th of June. The boys and girls teams displayed great skill and sportsmanship throughout the day.
Our girls won two games, drew two game and lost one. They unfortunately did not make finals this year. Our boys won all their games in the round robin making it through to the finals. Mt Evelyn Christian College was unfortunately too strong in the finals and our boys lost 2 - 0.
Well done to all students who represented our school at this event.
On our way home we were treated with a sight of Puffing Billy.
Mrs Palolo Lafaitele