Heritage Newsletter

10 May 2018
Term 2 Week 4 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
AU

Staff Spotlight

 

Dates to Remember

May

Thursday, 10th May

AFL Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm

 

Friday, 11th May

Mother's Day Community Walk

 

Sunday, 13th May

Mother's Day

 

Monday, 14th May 

Mother's Day Morning Tea

 

14th - 18th May

Education Week

 

15th - 18th May

NAPLAN

 

Thursday, 17th May

Year 10 SEISS Futsal

AFL Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm

 

Thursday, 24th May

AFL Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm

 

Friday, 25th May

Multicultural Day OC

 

Tuesday, 29th May

ICAS Science

 

Wednesday, 30th May

Secondary Annual Music Concert

Year 9 SEISS Futsal

June

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

GAT

ASV Primary Cross Country

ICAS Spelling

 

Thursday, 14th June

Year 7 SEISS Futsal

ICAS Writing

 

Friday, 15th June

Multicultural Day NWS

 

18th - 29th June

Year 10 Work Experience

 

Wednesday, 20th June

S -v- S Challenge

 

25th - 27th June

Year 5 Camp

 

Friday, 29th June 

Last Day Term 2

General Information

IMPORTANT SURVEY COMING TO YOU!

Parents and students, from time to time Heritage College collects information and feedback from the staff, students and families about the College and ways to improve our practice.  Thanks for being involved by filling out the survey when it arrives to you.  

 

Who has been invited to complete the survey?

The following groups have been asked to complete the survey:

* All school staff working in Adventist Schools Australia

* A selection of students from each school (students in each year level from Year 3 upwards)

* Parents from the elected schools.

 

How difficult will it be?

The survey questions for the staff, student and parent survey were designed in consultation with staff, students and parents and have been tested over many years in a significant number of Australian and International school systems.  The vast majority of feedback indicates that the surveys are easy to understand and complete.

 

How long will it take?

All surveys (staff, student and parent) will take about 30 minutes to complete.  However, time does vary, with some individuals taking less time and others taking more time.

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

Extra, Extra, Extra Read All About It!

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that the Heritage College Officer MPC (Multipurpose Centre), will begin construction next week on Monday!  That's right, Monday, 14th May will be the start of our MPC construction at Officer. 

 
As of Monday, there will be plumbers, carpenters, architects and lots of activity.  

 

Stay tuned for a 'Ground breaking' ceremony very soon!
 
Exciting times!
 
Mr Sonny Aiono
Principal

What is in a Dream?

Welcome back to the 4th week of Term 2! This week's value is resilience.  There have been so many times in the Bible and history where people have shown resilience, but a common story about a person who showed resilience in the Bible was Joseph.

 

Joseph was an obedient son with 12 brothers. When Joseph was in his teens he began to have dreams. Joseph’s dreams were about how he would in future have the power to rule and influence Israel and be in a higher position than his brothers. Because of these dreams that Joseph shared with his brothers, they got jealous and plotted to kill him. With some brothers not wanting blood on their hands they chose to sell him to a passing slave trader.

 

As the years passed bye, Joseph’s dreams ended up coming true, he did save the nation of Israel from starving during an extended period of drought and famine. By reading Joseph’s story you can see that even when his own brothers sold him, he bounced back and did what he believed God’s purpose for his life was.

 

So when you go to school or to work and you come home and have had a bad day, think of Joseph despite his own brothers selling him, he showed resilience, he bounced back and realised that God made it happened for a reason. God has a plan for each and every one of us.

 

Milko

School Captain

PB4L Value Term 2

Week 2

Year 2/3C - Kingston

Year 4/5N - Justine

Prep DH - Diesel for Resilience

Year 1W - Luke for Resilience

Year 2K - Robera for Excellence

Year 3MC - Lantu for Service

Year 4CJ - Atoosa

Year 4/5W - Koang for Resilience

Year 5RJ - Vichara for Respect

Year 6E - Phoenix for Respect

 

Week 3 

Year Prep/1W - Phoebe and Alexander

Year 2/3C - Penelope

Year 4/5N - Mireya

Prep DH - Marti

Year 1W - Chali for Service

Year 2K - Mwakwe and Amariah for Service

Year 3MC - Anjali

Year 4CJ - Sienna for Service

Year 5RJ - Daniella for Service

Year 6E - Hanna for Service

 

Week 4

Prep/1W - Akuch

Year 2/3C - Matteo

Year 4/5N - Faye

Year 1W - Peter for Excellence

Year 2K - Nyabiel for Excellence

Year 3MC - Albert 

Year 4/5W - Michelle

Year 5RJ - Arshveer for Excellence

Year 6E - Nyagoa for Excellence

Entertainment Book Fundraiser

 

SEQTA Parent Portal

 

Digital Technologies Newsletter Bytes Week 4

Games, Apps and Social Networking

Parent info page

 

 
“Games, apps and social networking sites are popular among children and adults alike.
 
Learn about the latest apps, how to protect your information and where to get more safety guidance.
 
All information provided is factual and it is up to each individual to decide whether an app, game or social networking site is appropriate for themselves and their family.
 
Any app or game that allows users to interact with others, including people they may not know, presents a potential risk of unwanted contact.” (Office of the eSafety Commissioner)

 

Digital Insight Parent Discussion Guide

“This sheet is a resource that will help you to have a structured conversation with your children about difficult topics. It includes example sentences and answers which can help you navigate a conversation about digital security and privacy with your child. The following discussion points are important and often difficult topics to broach. Each discussion point below may be useful for your child and yourself in discussing cyber-security and an opportunity to do further online research together.”

Discussion guide

 

Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum and eLearning Coordinator

NAPLAN

Next week sparks the beginning of NAPLAN throughout Australia for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) is a series of tests that focus on skills in the areas of Reading, Writing, Language (spelling, grammar, punctuation) and Numeracy. These tests are administered annually by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).  Tests will occur during school hours, from Tuesday, 15th May - Friday, 18th May.

 

While I’m sure that many of you will have read the letter that went viral last year regarding NAPLAN, originally written by Mary Ginley (1998 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year) in 1999 regarding the MCAS in America,[1] [2]  I thought it quite relevant to share again as a reminder that NAPLAN is just a snapshot of learning on a particular day at a particular time and does not assess or depict everything that makes your child great[3] !

 

“Dear Students,

Next week you will sit the NAPLAN tests. Before you take these tests, there is something very important for you to know:

 

The test does not assess all of what makes you exceptional or unique.

The people who score these tests do not know that you can play the violin or paint a picture. They do not know that you take care of your little brother after school, that your friends can count on you or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest days.

 

They do not know that you write poetry, wonder about space and the solar system, and know that you are caring, thoughtful and try everyday to do your best.

 

They do not know that you built a shed with your mum and dad or grew vegetables in a garden last summer. They never saw the Integrated Studies project you did last year. They do not know you at all. But we who know you — your mums and dads, your grandparents and teachers, your neighbours and friends — love you and are proud of all you are.

 

The scores you get from this test will tell you how you did on that day, but they will not tell you everything. They can’t tell you that you have improved on something that you once found difficult or how amazingly special and unique you are.”

 

So come to school ready to do your BEST for the NAPLAN tests and to show the great learning you have achieved, but remember there is no ‘one way’ to test all of the wonderful things that make you, YOU!

 

May God bless you all and provide peace and wisdom during your upcoming NAPLAN tests.

 

Blessings,

 

The Staff and Teachers at Heritage College

(adapted from Mary Ginley’s original letter in 1999 and St Paul’s Primary School in Gracemere)

 

In August–September you will receive your child’s NAPLAN results. If you have any concerns, you should speak to your child’s teacher, as they know your child’s learning best.

 

For more information about NAPLAN, including fact sheets, FAQs and examples of tests, please visit the NAP website - http://www.nap.edu.au/.

 

Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum and eLearning Coordinator

Movie Night Fundraiser

 

From Narre Warren South

From Year 2K

We are excited that we have some students in our class who are excelling at reading and are now in our extension group with Mrs Tan.

 

The students are on the Accelerated Reading Programme, which is sponsored for by the school. It is a fantastic programme that extends the reading ability and helps with student comprehension. They are very excited to be a part of the programme and are enjoying some great books they borrow from the library. With continued assistance from home, other students will soon be joining them.

 

Mrs Rachel Aiono

Year 2K Teacher

SSV District Cross Country

31 students aged 9-12 years represented our college at the Narre Warren District Cross Country this week. School Sports Victoria (SSV) membership gives our middle – upper primary students the opportunity to compete in sports with other children from a range of Independent, Catholic and Government Schools in our local community and state-wide.

 

 

We invited our Top Five runners from each age group / gender to test their endurance and grit among the best in our local community. All 9/10 year olds ran 2km and our 11 and 12+ year olds toughed it out over 3km. God blessed us with a perfect Autumn day; the sun was shining, skies were blue and there was no wind. The competition was intense with up to 70 competitors in each race, all vying for a top 10 place. The top 10 finishers in each race have the opportunity to run in the ‘Casey South Division’ Carnival on Thursday, 31 May at Casey Fields, Cranbourne.

 

As well as displaying excellence, by doing their best, Heritage College students also showed resilience by bouncing back and persevering to the finish line, even when the going got pretty tough out on the course. Thank you to service-mindedness of Ashleigh and Brodie (Year 12) who volunteered their time and sacrificed much of their day to fulfil roles of course marshals for each race.

 

We had approximately one third of students finishing in the Top 20 for their race, but of course it was only the Top 10 who could progress to the next level.

 

Congratulations to Serena 4th, Mireya 7th, Natoli 10th, Koang 10th and Filip 10th who all qualified to represent our college and district at the Casey South Division Cross Country in three week’s time.

 

Thank you to the many families who came along in support of our squad and cheered on Team Heritage. We had a terrific day and I am proud to announce that our college finished 8th overall in the final standings. We also had 5 out of 30 competitors advance to the next stage and everyone who participated gave it their all and can hold their heads high for a job well done.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

From the Secondary Campus

Year 7 Adventure Camp - Forest Edge

Zebras, Oinks and Donkeys were the names of our three team mascots for Year 7 Camp 2018. Forest Edge was full of autumn leaves and warm weather, for most days, and the students and staff enjoyed bonding and creating memories to last a lifetime. Throughout the camp ALL students showed resilience in team challenges, respect and service for each other's spaces and excellence in getting themselves ready for each activity and setting up for breakfast, lunch and dinners.

 

Below are some reflections from our Year 7’s about their camping experience:

 

I really liked the river sledding because it was relaxing and peaceful. I wish the water was warmer. Vicky

 

I like doing the team activities because that’s when our teams worked as a team.  Ciera

 

The team challenges were different, challenging and included everyone. I wish we could’ve played ‘capture the flag’ longer. Faith

 

One positive thing I really enjoyed while on Year 7 camp was taking care of our group mascot, as well as river sledding. Merelle

 

High ropes, flying fox and capture the flag because it was really fun. I wish there was less moths. Braiden

 

Flying fox was really fun. More sleep. Max

 

River sledding was really cool because the water was cold but that made it really fun. I wish that we could play capture the flag until like 1am. Joel

 

Capture the flag was really fun. It got our whole team making strategies to get the flag. Reese

 

My positive is high ropes but it was a little scary at first. I wish we played capture the flag every night at camp. Devonte

Mrs Palolo Lafaitele

Camp Organiser

Young Visitors to the Year 11 Psychology Class

Year 11 Psychology students are studying Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Piaget believed that all people develop their cognitive abilities in a series of age-based stages.

 

The Psychology students have had three special visitors this Monday, Felicity (7 months old), Mischa (2 years old) and Beka (3 years old). The visitors participated in different activities to observe their cognitive development.

 

It was discovered that Felicity preferred to look at face patterns and writing than other patterns or plain colours. She did not have an understanding that objects still exist when she can’t see them. Mischa could easily find objects that had been hidden from her, but she still believes that inanimate objects have feelings, being quite happy to offer a drink to a baby doll, as well as a truck. Beka was a bit too shy to fully show her abilities, but she knew that it was silly to give a drink to a truck!

Mrs Camilla Christian

Psychology Teacher

Your Body at War Excursion

The Year 12 Biology class were lucky enough to be one of a few schools to participate in the Gene Technology Access Centre’s Your Body at War program to celebrate World Immunology Day.  We were able to listen to scientific talks and meet with eminent Australian scientists Professor Phil Hodgkin and Sir Gus Nossal. It was exciting to speak to and question Sir Nossal who had worked on developing the clonal selection theory that is part of our VCE Biology course.  Students also participated in experiments identifying diseased and healthy cells using ELISA Assays and microscope slides. During lunch they participated in careers talks with a range of scientists also discussing such things as antibiotic resistance and cancer treatment.

 

And what was Sir Gus Nossal’s advice for our students on how to come up with novel research ideas? “The best way to come up with new ideas is to speak to others”.

Miss Jody Lawson

Biology Teacher

From the Officer Primary Campus

Cross Country Champions at OCP

Well done to our medalists for their excellent long distance, cross country run last Friday! Congratulations on showing determination and skill as you raced against your peers.

Mrs Kim Nuske

3IC OCP

SSV District Cross Country

31 students aged 9-12 years represented our college at the Narre Warren District Cross Country this week. School Sports Victoria (SSV) membership gives our middle – upper primary students the opportunity to compete in sports with other children from a range of Independent, Catholic and Government Schools in our local community and state-wide.

 

 

We invited our Top Five runners from each age group / gender to test their endurance and grit among the best in our local community. All 9/10 year olds ran 2km and our 11 and 12+ year olds toughed it out over 3km. God blessed us with a perfect Autumn day; the sun was shining, skies were blue and there was no wind. The competition was intense with up to 70 competitors in each race, all vying for a top 10 place. The top 10 finishers in each race have the opportunity to run in the ‘Casey South Division’ Carnival on Thursday, 31 May at Casey Fields, Cranbourne.

 

As well as displaying excellence, by doing their best, Heritage College students also showed resilience by bouncing back and persevering to the finish line, even when the going got pretty tough out on the course. Thank you to service-mindedness of Ashleigh and Brodie (Year 12) who volunteered their time and sacrificed much of their day to fulfil roles of course marshals for each race.

 

We had approximately one third of students finishing in the Top 20 for their race, but of course it was only the Top 10 who could progress to the next level.

 

Congratulations to Serena 4th, Mireya 7th, Natoli 10th, Koang 10th and Filip 10th who all qualified to represent our college and district at the Casey South Division Cross Country in three week’s time.

 

Thank you to the many families who came along in support of our squad and cheered on Team Heritage. We had a terrific day and I am proud to announce that our college finished 8th overall in the final standings. We also had 5 out of 30 competitors advance to the next stage and everyone who participated gave it their all and can hold their heads high for a job well done.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

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