Heritage College News

31 May 2018
Term 2 Week 7 2018
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

Staff Spotlight


Dates to Remember


Friday, 1st June

Report Writing Student Free Day


4th - 8th June

VCE Mid Year Exams


Monday, 4th June

Year 8 SEISS Futsal


Monday, 11th June

Queen's Birthday



12th - 15th June

Years 10/11 Exams


Wednesday, 13th June


ASV Primary Cross Country

ICAS Spelling


Thursday, 14th June

Year 7 SEISS Futsal

ICAS Writing

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

General Information

PB4L Value Term 2

Week 7

Year 4/5N - Lauren

Prep DH - Leonardo and Atbeen for Respect

Year 1WV - Emily for Service

Year 3MC - Kara for Resilience

Year 4CJ - Connor

Year 4/5W - Hailey

Year 5RJ - Uluak for Respect

Year 6E - Achel for Excellence

SSV Division Cross Country

Our 9-12 year olds competed against students from over 30 schools on Wednesday at Casey Fields, over a 2 or 3km course.


Congratulations to the following athletes:


Filip 28th
Serena 7th
Koang 36th
Natoli 11th
Mireya 22nd


Finishing in the top 10 has qualified Serena for the Regional Championships on 21st June.  Serena is our first athlete to ever make it through to Regionals. We wish her all the best as she trains hard over the next few weeks.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Netflix, or chill?

The month of May is often referred as ‘Mad-May’ by many students and teachers, as it is usually the month where everything becomes due. Assignments, reports, exams, SACs and tests are everywhere. Consequently, stress is commonly seen throughout this month.


When everything begins to pile up and we have a plethora of deadlines to make, content to study and expectations to meet, it is very easily to get overwhelmed with it all. There are many different methods on how one can deal with stress, whether it’s tackling everything head on, pushing it aside and watching Netflix instead because “you deserve a break” but one way of dealing through the stress, that we often forget, is through God.


It’s commonly said that many people find it easy to communicate to God during the hard times, and struggle to maintain a connection when things are going well, but sometimes life can get so busy and full, that we even forget God during the bad times. I know that I’m certainly guilty of such; once I have overwhelmed myself completely with study, I tend to aid my stress through sleep or entertainment through films.


However, God tells us in in Matthew 11:28-30 “come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


This verse reveals to us the ultimate source of comfort that we can find, in God. We eventually have to wake up from sleep; Netflix shows end, cramming studying can only last until your energy runs out, but God’s love and comfort for us never stops. No matter how distant we are from God, he is always there by our side, holding our hand out. I encourage all of you reading this today to ensure that when things get tough, when you get stressed and overwhelmed with life, go to God. He is the eternal source of comfort in this life, that doesn’t involve paying $10 a month (another Netflix reference).



School Captain

Bus Signage

It’s exciting to see our bus signage taking shape. Thank you to ‘Pete’s Signs’ for wrapping our buses and lifting the profile of our college.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen 

Deputy Principal Primary

Newspapers Wanted

Year 4CJ is in need of some newspaper in the coming future and would like to invite anyone who has spare unwanted newspaper at home to please send it to our classroom.  We use newspaper to line the bases of our bird cages to keep them clean as well as cover our desks when we do painting or craft. 


Although we still have one newspaper left, we know we will need some more soon.  We thank you in advance for your generosity.  Any extra newspaper that we don’t need will go to the Art room to be used for art.  Thank you


Mrs Jo Capon and Year 4CJ

Entertainment Book Fundraiser


SEQTA Parent Portal


Digital Technologies Newsletter Bytes Week 5

Where do I go for help?

If I say the words, triple zero, you all know exactly who will respond; either fire, police or ambulance services will respond and just like that come to your aid. But what if your emergency can’t be solved with this service and requires something different, would you know who to contact if your child was having trouble online? What if they were talking about some pretty dark/scary matters or talking about depression, would you know who to contact then? What about as parents, when you need support, do you know who you can call for advice or someone to talk to? Many of us might call a friend, but what if you need something more?

Did you know that there are many agencies out there that are available for professional  support, advice and help. Here are a few to take note of:


For Immediate Help:

Triple Zero (000)

Lifeline 13 11 14

24 hour crisis support 7 days a week

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Available nationwide to people over the age of 15. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For Support for Kids:

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

For people between the ages of 5 - 25, free counselling available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Headspace 1800 650 890

If you are aged between 12 - 25, are worried about your mental health and would like to chat to someone, they are available 7 days a week between 9am and 1 am.

For Support for Parents:

Parentline 1300 30 1300

Parentline provides help through counseling, information and referral that is tailored to meet each callers needs.

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Phone counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Raising Children Network

Australian parenting website with comprehensive, practical, expert health and parenting information.


For Reporting:

Report Cyberbullying


Reporting Offensive or Illegal Content


Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network


For more information regarding these services or for direct links to information, please head to: The Office of the eSafety Commissioner website.



Adapted from’ Professional Support and Help’ on the iParent Portal of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner website.


Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum and eLearning Coordinator


Congratulations to one of our bus drivers, Jeff Gibbs, who celebrated his 60th birthday this week.  We hope he felt special and appreciated.  Happy 60th, Jeff.


School Photo Delivery


Fundraising Dinner


Dinosaurs!  What does the Bible say?


From Narre Warren South

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 4 Catalogues are here and have been distributed to students.  All cash orders need to be handed to the Office at the latest by 1st June 2018. 


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.


Thank you.


Mrs Penny Tan


Assembly Leadership

Thank you to our Primary School Captains and SRC for always being prepared to lead out at Monday morning assemblies.

We very much appreciate your efforts to display leadership week in, week out.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Chapel Fun

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Students Shine at Speech Competition

Last Friday, four students selected by their teachers, from Years 4, 5 and 6, were asked to deliver an oral presentation about influential Australians that have left their mark in Australian history as part of an upper school competition.


The Year 4 students had to speak about an explorer, the Year 5 students an immigrant and Year 6 students a scientist. All the presentations need to inform the audience about that influential Australian's discoveries, inventions and accolades that have contributed to Australian society in some way.


Mr Sevenhuysen and Mrs Watson had the tough job of judging these performances, all of which were to a high calibre. The rest of the upper school were suitably impressed by how well each of the twelve students delivered their speeches.


Congratulations to all the students from each class that were selected to present, we are proud of these students for clearly demonstrating the values of excellence and resilience, to be able to shrug off the nerves and present before the upper school. Thank you for an informative afternoon.

Upper School Teachers

Year 5/6 Inter-School Sport

As part of this term's sport program, our NWS Years 5 and 6 students are being given the opportunity to compete in one of four sports against students from schools in our local community. Heritage College challenged Waverley CC last Friday and will challenge, St Catherine's PS and Hillsmeade PS in the coming weeks.


Students chose their preferred sport from Soccer, Netball, T-ball and Newcombe (Beginners Volleyball). What a great opportunity to learn the rules and some game strategies in a fun, friendly, yet competitive environment. Go Team Heritage!

We have put together some student reflections below.


In Year 5/6 inter-school sport last Friday, I played netball with a group of girls. We met a few new girls from Waverley Christian College and played a friendly competition and learned new strategies and tactics. We learnt that sport isn’t always about winning (we lost 7-8) but is about participating and having fun. I had a wonderful time and look forward to this opportunity each week.   Arshveer


I personally believe that inter school sport is super fun and is a really good idea.  On Fridays we go to different schools to play sport. We met some nice girls while we were playing netball and had a friendly competition. We learnt new rules and had a really good time at Waverley Christian College. Olivia

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Year 4 Sport

What a sporty term it has been so far for our class in Year 4.  Not only have we been able to learn some of the skills used for playing Aussie Rules Football (AFL), but we have also learnt about the game of Softball in some special sessions organised for our focus on ball skills this term.   


The Melbourne Football Club visited us during Weeks 3 - 6 to teach us about playing the game of AFL.  We practised handballing, kicking, marking, bouncing and playing in a team.  I’m pretty certain most peoples favourite activity was kicking practise.  On the last day we played a “no tackle” version of the game, putting the skills we had learnt during our sessions to the test.  It was wonderful getting to see everyone improve their ability to perform the skills we had learnt each week as we practised. 

Starting in Week 5, all Year 4 students (including those from 4/5W) had the opportunity to learn about the game of Softball.  During our first session, we learnt about catching the ball using a softball/baseball mitt, how to control our bat to perform some bunting action from a T-Ball stand, and we practised throwing accurately by aiming tennis balls at a cone.  In our next session, we were able to practise outside.  Mrs Capon was able to take some slow motion videos of us hitting the practise soft balls really hard.  We also practised controlling the ball with our bats and fielding in a running game. 

We have all enjoyed learning new skills in our AFL and Softball sessions, and can’t wait until next week for Softball when we might be able to play a real game. 


Mrs Jo Capon and Year Four Students


This term, students in Years 3 and 4 students have continued on with enrichment groups with Mrs Millien and Mrs Capon, while the Year Five and Six students have attended Interschool Sports Sessions.  The students in Year Three and Four were placed into either cooking or board-game creation for the first four weeks of enrichment.  After our report writing day this week, the groups will swap over and get to do the other activity. 


For the last four weeks, one group of students has been working with Mrs Capon to design and create their own board-games.  There have been some creative and ambitious games created, including; The Floor is Lava, Jeeps and Puddles (like snakes and ladders), Sportopoly, dancing games, and funny action games. 


In our last week, some students even had the opportunity to play their games and laminate them to take home.  It would be interesting to see if some families played one of these creative board-games over the weekend.  Well done everyone for putting in a great effort and I hope it inspires you to create more games to play with your family and friends. 

Mrs Jo Capon

Year 4CJ Teacher

From the Secondary Campus

Multicultural Day

Bright colours and beautiful costumes filled the Officer Campus last Friday as our school community celebrated our annual Multicultural Day. Diversity of cultures is definitely something to be proud of at Heritage, with most students choosing to wear something that celebrated their cultural identity or bring in a delicious dish.


This year we had 8 performances from the countries of Mauritius, Australia, Samoa, Tonga, Sudan, Ethiopia and the Cook Islands.  We also had many students bring in yummy dishes from a variety of cultures.


Thank you to all those who supported the event, it was really great to see our Office, ELC and Primary staff and students get involved as well.


In total we raised $355.60 as a school community for our Year 12 Nepal Service Trip! Thank you to all those who played a part in bringing together this amazing celebration of our schools culture. GOD IS SO GOOD!


I’m excited for next year!

Mrs Palolo Lafaitele

On behalf of the Humanities Department

From the Officer Primary Campus

Multicultural Day

We had an amazing day at OCP celebrating Multicultural Day. Students came to school dressed in their traditional clothing, or in wonderful costumes! We shared a delicious meal at lunchtime, with students bringing foods from home to share with the whole school. Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to help prepare and pack up! Students also enjoyed watching some of the OCS students as they performed songs and dances from their own cultures. Well done OCS students on your performances!

Mrs Kim Nuske

3IC & Year 4/5N Teacher

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