Heritage Newsletter

15 February 2018
Term 1 Week 3 2018
Staff Spotlight
Dates to Remember
General Information
From Narre Warren South
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the ELC
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805
AU

Staff Spotlight

Over the next few months, Heritage College Leadership will be interviewing various staff members and introducing them to our families through the newsletter.  We hope you enjoy getting to know your Heritage College staff that little bit better.

 

So who is this week’s person?  See if you can figure it out before reading the last section.

 

What is your ethnicity?

Samoan

 

Where were you born?

New Zealand

 

Do you have children?

Yes!  Jameer (F) 7 years; Jevon (M) 7 years; Jalen (M) 4 years; Jordan (F) 2 years

 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Auckland NZ

 

What school did you go to?

Robertson Road Primary, Mangere Intermediate, Mangere College

 

What is a funny memory from your childhood?

I was running late to school one morning and so I thought to jump the school fence to get to class faster. I ended up having a big rip underneath my shorts.  I covered it with my school jumper for rest of that day.

 

Tell us something interesting or funny about yourself that nobody knows or that others might find fascinating.

I’m a bit of a clean freak.

 

Favourite food?

Pad Thai

 

Favourite sport?

Volleyball

 

Favourite sports team?

All Blacks

 

Favourite subject when you were at school?

Maths

 

Favourite Bible verse and why?

Matthew 6:33 It tells me what I have to do to have everything - Seek Him first

 

What is your position at Heritage College?

Chaplain

 

How many years or months have you worked at Heritage College?

1 month

 

How many years have you been in your position?

1 month

 

Where have you worked before Heritage College?

South Australian SDA Conference

 

Did you guess?

 

Thanks to…

...for filling out our second “Staff Spotlight” section for 2018.  

 

Some final words of wisdom?

In the words of Ellen White "It is not earthly rank, nor birth, nor nationality, nor religious privilege, which proves that we are members of the family of God; it is love, a love that embraces all humanity." Let us continue to love one another.

 

Next week, there will be another staff member to be introduced to, I wonder who it will be?  Watch this space!

 

Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary

Dates to Remember

February

12th - 16th February

Whole School Festival of Faith

 

Friday, 16th February

Whole School Dedication Afternoon/Evening

School Fees Due

 

Saturday, 17th February

Whole School Sabbath Program

 

19th - 22nd February

Year 9 Camp

 

Monday, 19th February

VCE SEISS Basketball

 

Tuesday, 20th February 

Primary Athletics Carnival

 

Friday, 23rd February

Bus Fees Due

March

Thursday, 1st March

Year 9 SEISS Basketball

 

Friday, 2nd March

Clean Up Australia Day

 

Monday, 5th March

Secondary Athletics Carnival

 

Tuesday, 6th March

Year 10 SEISS Basketball

 

Monday, 12th March

Labour Day

NO SCHOOL

 

13th - 16th March

Year 10 Camp

 

Tuesday, 13th March

SEISS Swimming Carnival (backup 19th March)

 

Thursday, 15th March

ASV Years 1-3 Combined Sports Day

 

Monday, 19th March

Year 8 SEISS Basketball

 

20th - 25th March

Year 11 Avondale Camp

 

21st - 23rd March

Year 8 Camp

 

Wednesday, 21st March 

Harmony Day NWS

 

Monday, 26th March

National Leaders Day

Year 7 SEISS Basketball

 

Tuesday, 27th March

Parent/Teacher Interviews

S -v- S Challenge

 

Wednesday, 28th March

Last Day Term 1

 

Thursday, 29th March

Curriculum Development & PD Day

General Information

Canteen Return

Please note the canteen will resume in Week 4, Monday, 19th February 2018.

 

Watch this space for more news on updates and a new menu.

 

Thank you.

Consent Forms for Excursions

“Mum can you sign this…?”  “Dad, can you sign my form?”  How many times have you heard this over the past several years?  Or how many of you can recall asking this yourself?  This year we are introducing a new “Opt Out” system for excursions.  

 

At the start of the year, parents are required to sign one overarching consent form for all excursions.  This consent form grants the College your permission to allow your child(ren), to take part in all College excursions throughout the year.  

 

Teachers will still inform you of every excursion that takes place and provide you enough information and in plenty of time, so that at any time, you can “Opt Out” of the excursion, and let the teacher know that your child will not be attending, if you feel it necessary.
 

At times throughout the year, if there is an extraordinary event or aspect of the excursion that requires consent, a regular consent form will be sent home.  These circumstances may include international trips, such as the Nepal service trip, or even an excursion to watch an educational movie or performance that may actually require parental consent.  Other than these situations, your child will be covered by your overarching consent form.  

 

This new system has been verified through our Head Office and also through ‘Independent Schools Victoria’ (ISV) and is also practiced at other colleges in Victoria.   
 
We welcome your feedback for this new system. Please click the link below and fill out the form if you would like to drop us some ideas, queries or feedback.  

 

https://goo.gl/forms/A2gHrlrczkLqbBEo2

 

Thanks for your partnership in this.  

 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

New Beginnings
From the School Captains

New Beginnings. These two words can be daunting for some, and a reason to be excited for others. You may be starting a new job, moving house or even just heading into a new year level. No matter how momentus or how trivial, new beginnings are bound to happen, but it is our perception that labels it to be intimidating or not.

 

New beginnings should not be feared because we have the Lord on our side. With God looking after us and guiding our paths, we can confidently approach the challenges that face us this year. In order to have this level of confidence, we need to have our full trust in God. An exceptional example of this trust is the story of Moses, which is found in the book of Exodus. Moses faced many challenges and new beginnings throughout his lifetime, in which God gave him an immense amount of responsibilities. Moses’ consistent faith and trust in God is an inspiration to us today. We know that everything will turn out okay because we have a God who loves us, who is watching over us and has a plan for us.

 

A Bible verse that we would recommend keeping close to you, especially in these exciting and sometimes formidable times, is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

Through this newsletter article, as Secondary School Captains, we want to encourage you all to approach whatever comes your way this year as an opportunity to flourish and achieve great things. We also hope we were able to achieve just that, in our challenges this year.

 

Simridhi and Adam 

School Captains

Friday Evening Dedication and Dinner

Every year, Heritage College carries out a dedication prayer for the College.  This is usually a fantastic time to connect with the College community (family, friends and students).  This year we would like to invite you, our parents and families, to a dedication of our College on Friday afternoon, the 16th of February, starting from 5:30pm.  We invite you to please bring a plate from your country to share for dinner.  The college will provide food from Australia (Barbeque), and water for everyone. 

 

Here is the program:

Friday 16th February
5:30pm  Arrive
6:00pm  Start dinner
7:00pm  Dedication Programme
7:30pm  Depart                     
 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

 

 

From Narre Warren South

Car Park Safety - Call for Volunteers

To ensure the safety of our children and alleviate some of the time pressures from our teachers, we are seeking volunteers to assist with ‘Lollipop’ duty of a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

 

Our NWS Crossing is an area of high risk in the afternoons as students and families cross the road and cars circle our car park. We already have a teacher stationed on the crossing in a hi-vis vest and a stop sign to monitor the flow of pedestrians and cars.

 

We are seeking parents / grandparents who would be willing to volunteer 20 mins on a given afternoon on a short term / long term or rotating basis to assist with monitoring the crossing. We will kit you out with a vest and stop sign and the teacher on duty will give directions and instruction as required.

 

We thank the Danha and MacRae families for already volunteering their valuable time on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

 

If you are able to assist with this vital role please feel free to contact our office or email me your availability.

 

Email: [email protected]

 

Thank you.

Coles Sports for Schools

 

Primary Athletics Carnival

 

Clean Up Australia Day

 

Primary School Nurse Program

 

From the Officer Primary Campus

Primary Athletics Carnival

 

From the ELC

ELC Update

Two weeks ago, the new kinder children began their adventure with Heritage ELC. Sometimes it is hard to leave mummy or daddy, but everyone is being very brave and settling in nicely. The children from last year welcomed the new ones and it has been smooth sailing since then.

 

These last couple of weeks have flown by, as usual, with our jam packed program. We have learnt about baby Moses, role playing the story and digging a river in our sandpit to ‘hide’ baby in the long grass. We learnt that God’s people look after each other, which we are all doing a great job of within the kinder environment.

 

As well as our encounters, we have been learning about the letter A, practicing writing on the whiteboard, if we wanted to. Everyone has been willing to have a go and our writing of the letter improved over the week.

 

This coming week we are attending festival of faith with the big school and learning about worm farms, composting and the letter W.  

 

Miss Ness

ELC Teacher

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