Heritage Newsletter

19 October 2017
Term 4 Week 2 2017
From the Deputy Principal
Dates to Remember
General Information
From the Narre Warren South Campus
From the Secondary Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
Heritage Church News
Heritage College
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From the Deputy Principal

Known Unto God

At the age of twelve I vividly recall walking alongside the Roll of Honour and into the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.  The grandeur of the room will live long in my memory - the intricacy of the mosaic tiles on the 24 metre high dome roof, the beautifully ornate stained glass windows and the silent dignity of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  However, the statement engraved at the head of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will stay with me forever: “Known unto God”.

 

In my position at the College I have the opportunity to regularly speak with students. One message that I often hear is that they feel misunderstood, disconnected and alone. Reflecting on these conversations I have wondered how this is possible in a world where, thanks to the internet and mobile devices, we are increasingly able to connect to anyone, anywhere at anytime we wish to.

 

Thinking back again to my time as a 12 year old (before mobile phones and the internet) I too recall many times when I experienced the same feelings of being misunderstood, disconnected and alone.  In fact, even in adulthood we are are not immune to such feelings of isolation.

 

Thankfully, Jesus understands.  He came down to this Earth and experienced life as a human being.  He knows what it is like to be misunderstood (Matthew 16:13-16), disconnected (Luke 22:40), alone (Matthew 27:46), and much more.  Even so, Jesus went out of his way to build relationships with others to help them feel significant, valued and loved.

 

The Bible encourages us today to build a relationship with Him (Philippians 4:6) and promises that unlike our earthly friends, He will never leave you or give up on you (Deuteronomy 31:6).  In fact, more than this, you are created by Him (Genesis 1:27; Colossians 1:16); He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7).  This, combined with the story of His death on the cross to rescue us from our sinful nature, surely shows just how much He cares for each one of us.

 

You are significant, valued and loved because you are “known unto God”.  I pray that this will stay with you forever.  

 

Who can you help feel significant, valued and loved this week?

 

Darren Martin​

Deputy Principal - Secondary

Dates to Remember

October

Thursday, 19th October

Year 7 MCG Excursion

Last Day Year 12

 

Friday, 20th October

School Fees Due

 

Tuesday, 24th October

Years 9/10 SEISS Volleyball/Tennis

 

25-26th October

Year 9 Solo Camp

 

Wednesday, 25th October

Prep Orientation Day 3 NWS

9-12:50pm

 

Thursday, 26th October

Primary House Athletics Carnival

(changed to 1/11/2017)

 

Friday, 27th October

Bus Fees Due

World Teachers Day

 

Sunday, 29th October

Pathfinder Fair Day Practice

10:30-2:30pm

 

Tuesday, 31st October

New Student Orientation Day

(excluding new Preps)

November

Wednesday, 1st November

VCE Exams Commence

Primary House Athletics Carnival

 

Thursday, 2nd November

SEISS Athletics Carnival

Primary Spelling Bee Competition

 

Monday, 6th November

STUDENT FREE DAY

 

Tuesday, 7th November

Melbourne Cup Day

No School

 

Thursday, 9th November

Years 7/8 SEISS Volleyball/Tennis

 

Friday, 10th November

AFL Sporting Schools Program

Years 4-6 / Periods 1-4

 

Saturday, 11th November

Remembrance Day

 

Sunday, 12th November

Joel's Piano Concert

 

Wednesday, 15th November

Prep Orientation Day 4 OC/NWS

 

Friday, 17th November

Reporting Editing Day

Student Free Day

 

Sunday, 19th November

Pathfinder Fair Day / Rally Day

 

Wednesday, 22nd November

Year 12 Formal

 

Thursday, 23rd November

Last Day Year 12

 

Friday, 24th November

VCE Exams Conclude

AFL Sporting Schools Program

Years 4-6 / Periods 1-4

 

Sunday, 26th November

Pathfinder Waterski Day (invite only)

 

Monday, 27th November

Library closed for the year

 

General Information

PB4L Value

Value for Term 4

'Service'

 

Prep/ 1W - Khoro

Year 2/3/4N - Talulah

Prep DH - Parth

Year 1W - Robero

Year 1/2K - Linda

Year 3C - Joshua

Year 4W - Filip

Year 4/5RC - Koang

Year 5/6E - Nyamal

Year 6MJ - Ciera

Merits

Year 1/2K - Jeremy, Elliotte, Hailey

Year 4/5RC - Rose

Year 5/6E - Ruvesh

Year 6MJ - Scarlett

From the School Captains

Hello parents, teachers and students,

 

I hope you have all settled back into school nicely. The value of the term is service! If you see somebody that needs help, help them, challenge yourself, help around the house or at school, ask your parents if there is something you can do around the house. The meaning of service is the action of helping or doing work for someone. Can you think of an act of service you have done today? Well, if you haven’t, I challenge you to do an act of service in the next 10 minutes!!!

 

Eden and Max

School Captains

Digital Tools for Parents

As the school has adopted the use of digital technology to enhance and leverage learning opportunities, I have received numerous requests for family support with parents and carers feeling a little lost with the ever changing and developing use of technology.

There seems to be large disconnect between the pace at which technology is advancing and changing and our own ability to keep up with and filter out what is relevant, useful and safe.

This got me thinking that I should put together a list of handy resources, tools, apps, blogs that might help you stay ahead of the game, or at least catch up with your 'digitally native child' and take some of the fear out of the often confusing world of technology.

 

Safety

  • If you are an Android device user, there is a great app from Google called 'Family Link'.

Family Link allows you to:

  • Manage apps - Approve or block the apps your child wants to download from the Google Play Store

  • Monitor Screen Time - See how much time your child spends on their favorite apps with weekly or monthly activity reports, and set daily screen time limits for their device

  • Setting Device Bedtimes - Remotely lock your kid’s device when it’s time to play, study, or sleep

  • Family Safety Basics - Top 10: For busy parents, here are some quick suggestions for how to help keep your family safe online.

  • Safety Tools Centre - Explore easy to use safety tools, such as: make sure your account is secure with a quick check up, keep restricted mode locked, managing passwords and choosing the right app for the right age.

  • Kiddle - "According to Tech Times, Kiddle offers search results hand-picked by editors to ensure their kid-friendliness. The first one to three results will always be curated by the editors — safe sites written specifically for children. The next few results will feature sites in simple language that will be easy for kids to understand. The rest will be sites tailored to adults that may be harder for kids to digest, but are still filtered by Google safe search to avoid them stumbling on anything inappropriate." (Tech Times, 2017)

Creativity 

  • Canva - Canva is great for creating quick designs and graphics. There are free templates or the ability to build amazing web based designs from scratch, with simple click and drag icons, headings, fonts, colours and images. 

  • Book Creator - Book Creator is a simple EdTech tool that can be used to create ebooks on iPad, Android and Windows tablets. These ebooks can then be directly published straight into Apple’s iBooks Store.

  • Soundtrap - Chris Betcher from EdTech Team describes it as: “... an incredibly powerful and collaborative music composition tool that runs entirely in the browser. With full support for both loops-based and MIDI-based editing, Soundtrap enables the creation of complex multi-tracked audio recordings, complete with a huge array of effects like delay, wah, reverb, compression and more.” (Betcher, C. 2017)

  • Wevideo - Make and share videos using online video editing software. Available on Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC and Chromebook.

Blogs and Websites to Check Out

Blogs are a great way to view a range of resources, points of view, ideas and handy tips; but as always, remember these are just people’s opinions and personal thoughts, please read the blogs and articles with a discerning mind.

  • EdTechTeam Blog - The Ed Tech Team blog is a great resource that regularly posts interesting articles to keep you up to date with the latest technological developments in partnership with Google. They cover information for both iOS and Android devices and regularly highlight the best apps, websites, programs and digital citizenship resources.

  • The Modern Parent - “Martine Oglethorpe can help you understand your child’s world for better family connections and safe, responsible and savvy kids. Martine is passionate about parents having a solid understanding of the challenges faced by their kids.  This means arming them with knowledge and perspective.” (Oglethorpe, M. 2017)

    Martine looks at: Parenting, online behaviour, apps and reviews, digital trends and online safety and is a handy resource to refer to.
  • Office of the eSafety Commissioner - Great website full of resources, links and programs to promote digital safety and digital citizenship.

  • Alannah and Madeline Foundation - Foundation and website linked to eSmart to improve cyber safety, increase digital literacy and reduce cyber bullying incidents across Australia

 

Coding

  • The Google Coding website: Google CS First is aimed at 9-14 year olds and has coding activities/adventures/problems to solve based on themes. Themes such as: storytelling, friends, fashion and design, art, social media, sports, music and sound, game design, app design and animation.

  • Scratch is another coding website: Scratch, which has many different levels you can undertake, while Scratch Jr. is available as an app on the iPad.

  • Snap! is the next stage following Scratch, with more in-depth coding.

  • Code.org has online tutorials, training and courses, as well as 'Hour of Code Challenges' that are fun.

  • Tynker: Coding for Kids, links Minecraft and coding

  • Hopscotch app (free): Hopscotch looks a lot like Scratch and Tynker and uses similar controls to drag blocks into a workspace, but it only runs on the iPad. The controls and characters are not as extensive as Scratch and Tynker, but Hopscotch is a great tool to begin helping students without coding experience learn the basics of programming, logical thinking and problem solving. (Edutopia Review)

  • Daisy the Dinosaur app (free): From the makers of Hopscotch, Daisy targets the youngest coders. The interface is similar to Hopscotch but much simpler. There is only a dinosaur to move and only basic functions to use, but for your younger students, this is an excellent introduction to programming. (Edutopia Review)

  • Cargo Bot app (free): Cargo-Bot is another game that teaches coding skills. On each level, the objective is to move coloured crates from one place to another by programming a claw crane to move left or right, and drop or pick up. The game was actually programmed on an iPad, using a touch-based coding app called Codea, which is based on the programming language Lua. Elementary students will learn the logical thinking required to eventually do "real" text-based programming using Lua -- but Lua is not for young learners. For elementary students, stick with Cargo-Bot. (Edutopia Review)

Happy exploring, learning and creating!

 

Naomi Moss

eLearning Coordinator

Refer a Friend

 

World Teacher's Day

Dear Parents,

 

In recognition of World Teachers’ Day on Friday, 27 October, and the amazing job our teachers do each and every day, feel free to write them a personal message on a slip of paper and send it to school with your child.

 

A simple affirmation can make such a huge difference in a profession where communication and relationships are key ingredients.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal - Primary

ADRA Christmas Hamper Collection 2017

 

From the Narre Warren South Campus

NWS Campus Swimming Program

Timetable

 

Chapel

This week Year 4/5RC took Chapel at our NWS Campus and taught the school a new song called "Jump and Shout". This song includes lots of rhythm and movement. Everyone joined in with the fun of worshipping God.

 

Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal - Primary

 

Have Your Say! Primary Presentation Night

We are currently reviewing the start time for our Primary Presentation Night and would like to hear from you, our terrific parents.  We know how much you value your child’s learning, and the recognition we show of their achievements during our Presentation Night at the end of each year.  

 

Therefore, in an attempt to be as inclusive as possible, we are asking you to share with us your preferred time for starting this wonderful evening.  We have four options for you to choose from in our very simple survey; 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm.  All you have to do is visit http://bit.ly/PrimaryPres and complete the Google Form for your chance to have a say (only one response per family please).  

 

It is our aim to make this evening a celebration of your children and their learning, with class displays, special items from each level group, awards and the graduation of our Year Six class for 2017.  We encourage you to participate and help us to make our Primary Presentation Night an enjoyable night for everyone.  

 

Thanking you in advance.

 

Jo Capon

Year 3CM Teacher

Prep DH with Tanya Dennis and Yolanda Horne

 

Monash University Pre-Service Teachers

During the last three weeks of Term Three, Heritage College, and in particular Years 4W and 4/5RC were privileged to have the assistance of two Pre-Service Teachers from Monash University; who were learning their trade and experiencing life as a full-time teacher.

 

Miss Ngo (4W) and Ms Duan (4/5RC) were a great help to our staff and students. Ms Duan is a qualified teacher in China and was able to share with students what it is like in Chinese schools; and even though they were here for only a few short weeks, the students welcomed them like they were part of the ‘family’ and we wish them all the best for their future studies and ventures into teaching.

Andrew Waldrip

Year 4W Teacher

A Day in the West

Twenty excited students from Years 5 & 6 made their way westward last Wednesday to attend the annual ASV Basketball Tournament. The squad was made up of two teams, ten girls and ten boys to verse our sister schools here in Victoria. The students had to play five other schools in a round robin event and couldn’t wait to get on the courts.

 

It was wonderful to see the effort and determination with which our young athletes played as part of a team in each game they played. There were some wins, losses and draws, but the Christian spirit that our students displayed on and off the court was the best win for all. Thank you Heritage Squads for a dedicated few terms of training and competition.

 

Nigel Eales

Upper Primary Basketball Coach

 

From the Secondary Campus

Marketing Success!

For the duration of Term Three, the Year 11 VCE Business Management students, pictured below, worked on developing a Marketing Plan, advertisement and product packaging for the launch of a new product, ‘Vegan Chocolate’. While the product itself was not real, it was certainly a real-world experience for them. They had to collect data through a survey done amongst high school students and staff, analyse their data, research competitors, and consider a range of other relevant factors to do with development of a new product.

Their work culminated in a panel presentation and ‘sales pitch’ to myself and Mrs Stark. We tried to pick holes in their plan only to find that they had valid answers for most of our questions. Overall it was a rewarding experience which resulted in a great deal of practical learning.

 

Mr Evan Varty

VCE Business Management Teacher

From the Officer Primary Campus

Library News

Another term has wrapped up really quickly and we are back for the final term of the year. As the year whizzes by I am reminded of the importance of being present and enjoying each moment. As the winter drags on into Spring, the library continues to fill up with students during lunch time.

 

A special mention to the Year 7 students, Grace J and friends, who welcomed, engaged and spent their lunch break having a friendly chat with our Japanese Exchange Student during last terms final week. A library is a special place to show appreciation for the students around us.

 

Another special mention to Emma J (Year 8) who has once again been recognised for her love of books.  Emma is our Star Reader for the Accelerated Reading program for Term 4. Great work Emma, keep reading. Reading opens the mind which in turn opens doors and opportunity.

 

I have developed a great relationship with the Year 1 and Prep class who continue to rave about their ‘real big school library’. They are enthusiastic about the books they borrow and look forward to reading them with family at home.

 

Have a great Term 4!

 

Mrs Ruramayi Stewart

OC Librarian

 

A few pictures of the Officer Campus Library in action last term and this week.

 

Prep/ 1W Learning with Jenny Wells

 

Have Your Say! Primary Presentation Night

We are currently reviewing the start time for our Primary Presentation Night and would like to hear from you, our terrific parents.  We know how much you value your child’s learning, and the recognition we show of their achievements during our Presentation Night at the end of each year.  

 

Therefore, in an attempt to be as inclusive as possible, we are asking you to share with us your preferred time for starting this wonderful evening.  We have four options for you to choose from in our very simple survey; 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm.  All you have to do is visit http://bit.ly/PrimaryPres and complete the Google Form for your chance to have a say (only one response per family please).  

 

It is our aim to make this evening a celebration of your children and their learning, with class displays, special items from each level group, awards and the graduation of our Year Six class for 2017.  We encourage you to participate and help us to make our Primary Presentation Night an enjoyable night for everyone.  

 

Thanking you in advance.

 

Jo Capon

Year 3CM Teacher

Swimming Lessons at Cardinia Life

Students at OCP have loved their swimming lessons so far. Twice a week we attend Cardinia Life for a 45 minute swimming lesson. The students have been highly engaged and enjoying their learning. Some of the students have shared their thoughts on swimming below:

 

Alexis (Yr 4): Swimming is fun and is good exercise for us.

Kaitlyn (Yr 4): Amazing! We get to have fun times with our friends!

 

Daniella (Yr 3): It’s fun and our swimming teacher is really good.

Jean-Pierre (Yr 3): Swimming is fun when we get to have different teachers and we get to have fun with our classmates!

 

Diesel (Yr 2): It is FUN! I like swimming. I like doing bombs into the pool!

Deborah (Yr 2): I like swimming because we get to play games and we also get to have different teachers and we get to know them.

 

Matteo (Yr 1): We play games in our swimming group. I like the game where we get the sinking toys from the bottom of the pool.

Anthony (Yr 1): We learn about how to do a torpedo and we learn how to swim on our backs. Sometimes we use the boards and have a race. It is fun!

 

Benaiah (Prep): I like swimming because we get to dive down under the water!

Akuch (Prep): I like jumping in the water and splashing the water.

Kim Nuske

Year 2/3/4N Teacher

Heritage Church News

 

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