Heritage College News

20 February 2020
Term 1 Week 4 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

Early Learning Centre is on its way at Narre Warren South Campus

An Early Learning Centre at Narre Warren South campus is being developed, scheduled for launch in Semester 2, 2020. 


Plans have been developed for a two-roomed centre offering places for both 3 and 4-Year-Old Kindergarten, Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) and Vacation Care.  Work on the centre is to commence after the tender process is complete.


Currently enrolled families at Heritage College will have priority enrolments for the Early Learning Centre spaces. If you are interested in submitting an Expression of Interest at the Early Learning Centre at Narre Warren South campus, please complete the Expression of Interest form on the website


Mr Sonny Aiono


Dates to Remember

Calendar Changes

Event Postponed

Sod-Turning Ceremony @ OCP (Previously on Thursday 27th February). New date TBC


New Events

Monday, 16th March

Commonwealth Bank School Banking Visit at NWS

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at OC


Tuesday, 17th March

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at NWS


Friday, 21st February

Bus Fees Due


Sunday, 23rd February

Family Fun Day @ OC


Monday, 24th February

Student Free Day

Thinking Skills Parent Evening, 6.30-7.30pm Officer Campus Library


Tuesday, 25th February

Year 8 Information Evening, 6:30pm


Friday, 28th February

Clean Up Australia Day


Sunday, 1st March

Working Bee @ NWS


Monday, 2nd March

SSV District Swimming Carnival


Tuesday, 3rd March

Secondary Cross Country Carnival


Thursday, 5th March

Open Night @ NWS, 6:30pm-8:30pm


Monday, 9th March

Labour Day Public Holiday


10th-13th March

Year 10 Camp


Thursday, 12th March

Eastern Primary Schools Sports Day Years 1-3


Friday, 13th March

OCP Book Fair Opens


Monday, 16th March

Commonwealth Bank School Banking Visit at NWS

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at OC


Tuesday, 17th March

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at NWS


18th-20th March

Year 8 Camp


Thursday, 19th March

Year 9 ASV Rogain Day


Friday, 20th March

Halogen Young Leaders Day (Primary)


23rd-27th March

Year 6 Canberra Tour


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

Get Involved

Family Fun Day

Bring the family for a day of fun at the Heritage College Family Picnic Fun Day Sunday 23 February 2020 from 11am-3pm. Enjoy an afternoon on the lawns at Officer campus with games for families such as egg and spoon and three-legged races, teachers v students and 3-on-3 basketball comps. 


All families at Heritage College are invited to attend. Light lunch and refreshments are provided. BYO Picnic rugs and chairs. Please return the RSVP slip for catering purposes. 

RSVP by Friday, 14th February.


Home and School Committee

We are looking for parents who would like to help plan family events for the school year - would you have some spare time to lend a hand for a Famly Picnic Fun Day, planned for February 23rd?


Please complete this quick Google Form to register your interest as part of the planning team.


Pania and Carmel

Home and School Committee

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.

Open Night 2020 is on again!

Whilst Open Night provides an introduction for local families in the area, current families are welcome to attend as a show of support. In a late-summer festive atmosphere, enjoy an evening's entertainment on the lawn provided by the Heritage College primary band and relax with light refreshments available from the canteen and visiting food trucks. The little ones will love the activities on the evening, including the jumping castle and the visiting animal farm, whilst the older ones can try the challenging rock wall. School and House Captains, required for service roles such as ushering and directions, will be required to wear the full summer uniform (including Blazer Year 7 and up). 


For currently enrolled families, there’s no need to register online. Simply come for a great night and show your support!


If you are inviting friends for the evening, please ensure they register at heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/opennight so we can provide the very best introduction to campus. 



To ensure that priority parking is available for guests, please ensure you park on the oval, entrance via Montebello Road.


Avondale College


Cathy-Lea Dance, Music & Drama


Meet the Staff

Meet… Mr Troy Kimpton, Prep Teacher (Officer Primary)

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

I love working with kids and I have a passion for sharing knowledge.


Tell us a little about your background in teaching.

I have taught in a number of government schools for 12 years and I have also worked at Nunawading Christian College.


What is your biggest challenge in the classroom?

Getting ALL of the students to become engaged learners can be difficult at times.


When you're not teaching, what do you do in your downtime? Do you have interests or hobbies?

Spending down time with my family, playing sport eg. basketball, tennis, golf, squash, camping, walking the dog and motor bike riding.


Who inspires you and why?  

Jesus Christ is the person that inspired me through his teaching of the gospel, and his ability to love and teach everybody no matter who they are. He has helped me want to be a better person and a better teacher. Through being more Christ-like I am able to become all that my Father in Heaven wants me to be.


What is the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?

The most rewarding thing about being a teacher is seeing your students grow spiritually and mentally.


School Notices

Welcome Rosie Faith Dobson!

Our school administrator, Tam Dobson and her family welcomed their new daughter, Rosie Faith Dobson on February 6th 2020.

Congratulations to the Dobson Family, and best wishes on this new journey.

PB4L Value Awards

Week 2 - Excellence

Year 1B - Diesel

Year 2/3C - Jayde

Year 4K - David

Prep DH - Kyrie 

Year 2C - Mason

Year 3CH - Fern

Year 4AC - Shanaei 

Year 5W - Nyasha

Year 6E - Shanel

Year 6RP - Dannica


Week 3 - Resilience 

Prep VK - Kye

Year 1B - Archie, Ellie

Prep DH - Zoey

Year 2C - Malachi

Year 4AC - Kwa, Allegra

Year 5W - Given

Year 6E - Darara


Week 4 - Resilience

Prep DH - Elliston

Year 5W - Jake

Year 6E - Liam

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.

2019 Presentation Night

Presentation Nights are a college tradition that happens at the end of the academic year and are a highlight of the annual college calendar. Held at Narre Warren South and Officer campus locations, Presentation Nights provide an opportunity to recognise the values of service, excellence, resilience and respect amongst the student body as well as recognise academic excellence and achievement (including the college Dux). 


Did you know there’s a recap of Presentation Night 2019 on the website? Photo albums are also available on the Heritage College Facebook albums. Take a look at the event news articles with links below: 


Officer Awards Night 2019 



Narre Warren South Awards Night 2019



Mrs Fiona Spence
Community Engagement

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/


Thank you.


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

For those that have been with Heritage College for some time, you may have noticed a gradual change from the old logo (pictured right) to the new (pictured left). While there have been some small colour and font adjustments, the crest and its elements remain unchanged: the open Bible, the Dove representing the Holy Spirit, the wreath that represents the prize of achievement, the crown atop reminding us that God is sovereign and the ribbon with the motto “In Him We Live”. 

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.  


Questions on school uniform can be directed to your child’s classroom teacher and your deputy principal. 


Mr Sonny Aiono


New Uniforms

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 https://www.noone.com.au/school/heritage-college/shop.


Ms Ellen Schwalger


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

In the ELC This week

The CFA came for a visit this week to Officer campus and the Early Learning children had a chance to say hello. We learned what it means to be a helper in our local community and meet firefighters Nick, Caleb, Roh and Sean.


Each of the children got to take a look at the tanker from Officer Fire Brigade, and Miss Vanessa had a turn at operating the fire hose.

Thank you for your service in our community, firefighters!


Mrs Ellen Saunders

ELC Administrator

Vacation Care Survey

Vacation Care surveys are being distributed this week. If you participated in the Summer program, we would love your feedback! Please take a moment to tell us about your experience. Check your inbox or Seesaw for details.

ELC Tours

Early Learning Centre Tours are running weekly every Tuesday 9.30am. Visit our facilities, view the rooms, see the programs in action, ask about before/after school care and view the next Vacation Care program available. You can book a tour online by visiting www.heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/tours.

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

Festival of Faith Recounts from Year 4AC

During the Festival of Faith, we listened to Pastor Doug Batchelor. He was funny and good. Pastor Doug was doing bad things but he started to read the bible and changed his way. I was happy he joined God’s side. 



When Doug Batchelor came to HC Officer, he spoke about how he used to live in a cave. He was naked. He went to preach, but with his clothes on. After that we went to take a photo with him, it was so fun.  Lakeisha


On Thursday I went to see Doug Batchelor. I learned to connect with God and  to connect with God you have to pray and spend more time with God.


What I enjoyed about Festival of Faith was Pastor Paul telling us about God, his funny stories and the songs he chose and being with the other classes. It was so FUN that everyone got to spend  their own time with him. But on Friday everyone was so, so, soooooooo sad because he left. In the future I will remember that he told us to stay connected to God, our family and ourselves.


Clean Up Australia Day


And the Rains Came Tumbling Down!

During the heavy rain and storms on Friday, 14th February, Narre Warren South had a new water feature on campus!

Ten minutes after the carpark emptied, the heavens burst open!


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

Clean Up Australia Day


From the Secondary Campus

Meet the College Captains

What action will you take to make a difference in your community?

As captains of Heritage College, we are delighted to address the members of our wider Heritage College family. ‘Difference’ as defined in the dictionary, is ‘the condition of when a change is made’. We are not necessarily looking to be the next Abraham Lincoln or Nelson Mandela (who both made extensive differences in their community but also the world). 


With our small and influential steps, we begin within our own college community, donating to some of our local charities and assisting them with raising funds. We will then gradually expand these activities into the wider community. Differences will not always be easily distinguished, however, this does not mean that there isn’t change occurring. Although we are the ones writing this article we will not be the only ones making the difference. Together with our whole college community - students, parents and staff, we will lend a helping hand to make a difference in our community. Just like Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln, we will make the most of own support networks and team to help us accomplish our goals. If we all get involved we will definitely see a positive difference in our community. 

Kaeyah Mousaco and Concy James

Heritage College Captains 2020

Year 8 Parent Information Night


Combined Campus Reports

Pastor Doug Batchelor visits Heritage College

A special guest speaker was on campus last Thursday for the Festival of Faith, Pastor Doug Batchelor from Amazing Facts Ministries.

Students from both campus locations came to listen to Ps Doug speak about his story of his journey to faith.


Thanks for joining us, Pastor Doug!


Mr Sonny Aiono


Festival of Faith Thanks

On Friday, 14th February, our students presented the Festival of Faith guest speaker, Mr Paul Westerlund, with a gift basket and card on behalf of all the Staff and Students at Heritage College. 

It was a wonderful week, and Heritage College appreciates Mr Westerlund taking the time to visit and minister to us.

Heritage College Libraries

Welcome to Term 1 of 2020! The term is already whizzing past and we have enjoyed setting up borrowers for the new learning year.


As all our students are across the Acceptable Information Technology use program we would like to remind our student visitors during lunch time that this program applies during your lunch break. We would also like to remind you of appropriate library etiquette and the importance of looking after the library resources to ensure our library remains well stocked as it grows.


The Officer Campus Library is open to students during lunch on Monday to Friday. Ru is available on Tuesdays and Kylie-Anne on Fridays. There is a range of suitable activities in the library to be engaged in during lunch breaks. We understand the importance of unwinding during this time. We will display puzzles, rubix cubes and other fun mind stimulating activities for you to enjoy. Please feel free to come in and take part.


We would also like to start a weekly book club where our students can come in and share in the experience of reading a chapter per lunch break of a chosen book. Please come in and register on Tuesday or Friday during lunch time for the book club.


The Narre Warren Campus Library is open to students during lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, you can join Penny in the library to return, borrow and read books and magazines.

Parents and Staff please contact your Library team should you have any suitable puzzles, Legos and rubix cubes to donate to our lovely Library at the Officer Campus.


Thank you for suggesting a number of excellent books and resources throughout 2019. We encourage students, parents and staff to come in during staffed hours and have a chat to any of us to suggest suitable books you might wish to see in your libraries.


Thank you for respecting library etiquette and for your commitment to keeping the library clean and well stocked by returning overdue books.


Your Library Team

Thank You For Your Service

A special assembly was held Monday 17 February to say ‘Thank You for your service’ to local firefighters from Officer CFA Volunteer Fire Brigade. 

As part of our recent service days, primary and secondary students prepared over 300 gifts to share to the local volunteer brigades. Firefighters Sean, Nick, Roh and Caleb were on hand to receive some small tokens of appreciation from the primary and secondary students from their Service Day activities. 

Students learned how Volunteers from the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, the Rural Fire Service in NSW and the Country Fire Service in SA have battled fire fronts over this year’s Fire Season, of which the impact on local communities may never be fully realised.  Students had the opportunity to reflect on the work of the volunteers of the Fire Services as they perform recovery efforts and support communities on the ground to rebuild. 

To conclude the assembly, two fire trucks were waiting outside for students to take a look through. Afterwards, the firefighters were invited back for a special morning tea and met with senior secondary students who had plenty of questions about what it means to serve our community.

Thinking Skills Parent Evening

TERM 1 - Week 5:  Monday,  24th of February (Student Free Day) 6.30-7.30pm


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 launches a new ‘thinking skills’ programme that students from Prep right through to Year 12 will benefit from.  The Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) 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. Please consider joining us on Monday, 24th February at Officer campus (Library). We will also host another date in Term 2. 

Chaplaincy and Wellbeing

Wellbeing Corner - Window of Tolerance

I thought it would be a great time to talk to you about our window of tolerance. When someone is within their window of tolerance, it generally means that the brain is functioning well and can process stimuli effectively. We are able to reflect, think reasonably and make decisions calmly without feeling overwhelmed.


During times of extreme stress, we experience periods of either hyper or hypo-arousal. When we are in these zones, our prefrontal cortex region of the brain shuts down, affecting our ability to think rationally and often leading to the development of feelings of dysregulation. When we experience these, it is said that we are outside of our window of tolerance. The diagram below will give you an idea of what it feels like to be in either zone. 

There are many ways to manage our window of tolerance and one of them is being able to focus on the present. For example, by focusing on the physical sensations currently being experienced, people are often able to remain in the present, calming and soothing themselves enough to effectively manage extreme arousal. It is important to notice that the present is different to what you are stuck in. For example, “I know I may be seeing old stuff, but that old stuff can’t be happening because I am in this room now, and these are the ways it looks different”. Each individual’s window of tolerance is different, but we are most likely able to remain within the window if we feel safe and supported.


All this information is from http://www.crowe-associates.co.uk/psychotherapy/window-of-tolerance/. Please feel free to have a deeper read if you would like to know more.


Delphine Schlegel

Secondary Wellbeing Coordinator

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