Heritage Newsletter

07 December 2017
Term 4 Week 9 2017
From the Principal
Dates to Remember
General Information
From Narre Warren South
From the Secondary Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the ELC
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
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Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805
AU

From the Principal

A Baby is Born

Have you walked into a mall recently?  What are the songs you usually hear?  That’s right - it’s all about the season!  As I was growing up, the songs I would hear in every mall and supermarket at this time of the year were all about Christmas.

 

I really enjoy this time of the year and the general positive attitude and sense of giving that envelopes the world.  Despite our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ being officially born sometime during the middle of the year, the reminiscing of the nativity story is still one that touches the hearts of people from all nations, without question.

 

I was reading just this week about the angel that came down to announce the arrival of the new born baby. It got me thinking, and I’d like you to go on an “imagination journey” with me.  Imagine an angel in heaven who has just been looking at the celestial hourglass (or at least that is how my imagination pictures it), as the final granules of sand fall to the bottom half of the glass, thus indicating that “Jesus is being born now on earth”.  Imagine all of the angels celebrating and singing songs, “A baby is born, a baby is born…”.  Imagine the billions of angels singing songs of praise.  Imagine now Gabriel the archangel, with massive gargantuan wings walk to the edge of heaven, preparing to launch himself down to earth.   He has just been appointed the role of coming down to earth to join in the celebrations with the humans, to rejoice with those who are rejoicing over the birth of Jesus. 

 

As this angel swiftly descends to planet earth, tears cascade down his angelic cheeks as the silence is almost deafening - nobody is ready!  Nobody knows that Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world, has been born.  What a sad, sad situation.  Imagine how the angel felt.  Actually, imagine how God the Father felt.  God the Father, gave His only son to the world as a special gift, and yet the world, didn't even know the gift had arrived. 

 

Imagine buying a special gift for your mum and placing it under the tree waiting for the day to come where she can unwrap the gift and see how much you love her.  However, on that special day, mum walks past the gift and doesn't even notice it is there.  Why, she even bumps into the gift and eventually squashes the gift with the only excuse being, “Well, I didn’t know it was important.”  How would you feel?  You put in so much effort to get the perfect gift and now, it appears, that mum doesn’t even care.

 

Of course this is not how it will be in our homes, but we know that this is exactly what it was like for God the Father and for Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ was born on earth over 2,000 years ago and what a special day that was for all people, nations, kindreds and tongues.  Let us today not forget the special gift that was given to humanity over 2000 years ago and let us celebrate His birth by giving to others and showing each other that we care. 

 

I want to thank you all for a special 2017.  Congratulations to our Year 12 students for completing a significant part of your lives.  Farewell to those who are leaving us (please come back and say hello!) and to all those returning - please stay safe, lookout for each other, please swim between the flags or for children, please stay close to your parents, especially whilst at the beach, and enjoy each other this holiday season. 

 

I know we will see you at the Presentation Nights, but until then, and if we do not get to see you, may God bless you all as you take your holidays next week.

 

Let’s remember the reason for the gift of Jesus Christ this holiday season!

 

See you next year, God bless!

 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

Dates to Remember

December

Monday, 11th December

Meet your New Teacher (Primary)

Service Projects - Secondary

Presentation Night - Primary

 

Tuesday, 12th December

Service Projects - Secondary

Presentation Night - Secondary

Term 4 Finishes

 

Friday, 15th December

Term 4 Finishes for Staff

 

Tuesday, 19th December

Offices Close

January 2018

Wednesday, 24th January

Registration Day

 

Wednesday, 31st January

First Day Term 1 Years 7 and 12

February

Thursday, 1st February

First Day Term 1 Years P-6, 8-11

General Information

Staffing 2018

We have a special announcement for one of our Secondary teachers.  Mrs Ana Ferry has accepted a new position as Head of Secondary at Edinburgh College.  Edinburgh College is another Seventh-day Adventist Christian College in Lilydale.  

 

We would like to congratulate her for the appointment and we wish her all the best for the new role.  At least we know that we will see her again next year through the different combined events that will take place.  This obviously leaves a gap in Ana’s role which we will be interviewing for and filling before the end of the year.  Unfortunately, this announcement will be made at the start of the new year.  Thanks for your patience with this.

 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

Welcome

We would also like to congratulate and announce the appointment of our new teacher for the Officer Primary campus for the Year 2/3 class next year.  The teacher’s name is Mr Darrell Chang who is an enthusiastic and vibrant classroom practitioner who really loves the Lord and is keen to share his journey with the students and lead them to excellence in their academic journey.  

 

Mr Chang is a physiotherapist by trade and though he enjoys physiotherapy he appreciates the classroom more.  I’m sure he will share his story with the community in the new year.  

 

Mr Chang will be at the Officer Primary campus next Monday for our “Meet the new teacher” afternoon.  Mr Chang will be able to talk with the students and facilitate some activities so that the students can get to know the teacher and each other more.   We wish him all the best as he joins the College family.

 

We would also like to welcome Mrs Bronwyn van Dyk who will be joining us also at OCP as a 0.2 release and at NWS as 0.2 release.

 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

Home and School Committee 2018

I am happy to announce that there will be a Home and School Committee that will begin in 2018.  This idea has been tabled at School Council and at School leadership to take place next year and we are excited to have this important committee at our College.  

 

Thank you to all those who filled out the google form stating their interest in joining the Home and School Committee.  If you are interested and have not filled out the form please do so by clicking the link and indicating your interest:

 

https://goo.gl/forms/7Gmwy73uyHtSjBvq1

 

Next year there will also be a sign up booth at our Registration Day on 24th January for anyone who has missed these updates.  I’m looking forward to a vibrant presence of parents to help make our College better.

 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

Job Opportunity

Ever thought about running a canteen for your child’s school?  Heritage College has an opportunity for one of our parents to run the College canteen in 2018.  This is a paid role and will require the successful applicant to provide canteen services to both campuses - Monday at Narre Warren South and Wednesdays at Officer.  The successful applicant will need to have a valid Working with Children Check, apply to have a food handling licence and be able to drive to both campuses.  

 

If you are interested please send your resume with a covering letter to:
 
Thank you.
 
Mr Sonny Aiono
Principal

PB4L Value for Term 4 
Service

Year 2/3/4N - Faye and Abdissa

Year 1/2K - Ethan

Year 3C - Jayden

Year 3J - Emanuel

Year 4W - Tom

Year 4/5RC - Mannat

Year 5/6E - Beirut

Merit Awards

Year 3J - Sanjeevanjot

Year 4/5RC - Koang and Nyamer

Christmas Program

 

PARENTS! PARENTS! PARENTS!

Ladies and gentlemen, this is an opportunity for you to have your say!  Please, could you spare 5 minutes to quickly have your say and tell us how you can contribute in 2018 to your school, Heritage College.  

 

Click the following link for the Volunteer Form.  
 
Thank you.
 
Mr Sonny Aiono
Principal

Second Hand Uniform Needs

Our secondhand hand uniform ‘shop’ is in need of supplies. If your child has grown out of any uniform item, of any size, that still has some life left in it, we would appreciate it if you would consider donating it to our cupboard.

 

We have families that may benefit from purchasing secondhand uniform items to help with their financial situation.

 

Please ensure the uniform item is clean when presenting it to the Administration Office on your campus. 

 

We thank those families who have already donated items and we appreciate your generosity.  Please support us as we continue to provide this service to our College community.

 

Thank you.

 

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Vacation Care Program January 2018

 

From Narre Warren South

Brekkie Bar

 

End of Year Procedures

Term 4 is coming to a close. As we plan for the end of the school year, I would like to highlight some procedural changes that we are initiating across the Primary School this year.

 

Term 4 Week 9 - Class Celebrations

Class teachers will inform you with plenty of notice of any class celebrations occurring at the end of the year.

 

Term 4 Week 10 - Monday, 11th December 

  • Students are to wear sports uniform in order to keep their Summer Uniform clean for Presentation Night
  • Periods 1-3: Speech night rehearsals
  • Period 4 - Meet the new teacher, classmates and room swaps
  • 12:50-1:30pm 'Sausage sizzle' lunch supplied by the College for all families  (Children may bring their own lunch if they wish)
  • Parents may choose to sign out/take children home early to prepare for Presentation Night
  • Periods 5 & 6 - Classroom clean up / Final preparations of MPC for Presentation Night
  • Regular school finish and bus runs as normal

Primary Presentation Night from 6:30pm

Please note that Presentation Night will be starting at 6:30pm this year - thank you to all families who took part in our ‘starting time’ survey. Please arrive by 6:15pm to ensure all students have plenty of time to ready themselves for their items and are seated by 6:30pm.

 

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 6 class for 2017.  We encourage you to participate and help us to make our Primary Presentation Night an enjoyable night for everyone.

 

Tuesday, 12th December 

  • All day - clean up day and room swaps for furniture and equipment
  • Students may wear casual, old clothes so as not to spoil their uniform
  • Regular school finish and bus runs as normal.  There is no early finish as Secondary School is still running their regular Community Service and afternoon activities program
  • Secondary Presentation Night from 7:00pm

Thank you for noting these changes to our end of year program.

 

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen      

Deputy Principal Primary

New Prep Outdoor Space

Our NWS Prep Outdoor Learning space saw another development this week with an access door installed. We are excited by the prospects of this space for 2018.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

From the Secondary Campus

Pink Day!

With funds from the bake sale and free dress day combined, the Year 7B girls have raised approximately $195 that will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

The day was widely supported across the campus with some great outfits. It has been amazing to see the commitment of the Year 7 students as they raised money for their different nominated charities in Encounter class this Term. 

 

We have really appreciated the support of staff, students and parents for these amazing events.

Mrs Camilla Christian

Year 7 Encounter Teacher

End of Year Service Days

Service is one of the four key values upheld by Heritage College.  With this in mind, on Monday, 11th and Tuesday, 12th December, we have again organised for the staff and students in our school community to be involved in serving our local community.  In addition to serving, each afternoon there is an element of fun and celebration to reward the students for their efforts throughout the year.

 

Students have already received an email with a link to an online selection form that lists all of the service options offered this year.  They need to complete this selection form no later than Wednesday, 6th December.  Students will elect their preferences and be placed in activities accordingly.

 

On both days, students will be transported from their community service activity to the location for the afternoon’s fun activity.  The program for these two days is briefly outlined below.

 

Thank you for your support of this important event in our school calendar.  Please do not hesitate to communicate with the College if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 Monday, 11th December

Morning Activities
  • Making Hampers for those in Hospital
  • Officer Scout Park Assist
  • The Making and Baking of Biscuits
  • Officer Campus Pride
Afternoon Activities
  • Unusual Sports at Cardinia Life

 

Tuesday, 12th December

Morning Activities
  • Delivering Hampers for those in Hospital
  • Myuna Farm
  • The Delivery of Christmas Biscuits
  • Loving Lakside
Afternoon Activities
  • Trampoline Fun for Everyone at Jump Crazy

COST:  The cost for the two afternoons of organised fun activities is $20 per student.  This amount is payable to Reception or to your child’s Homeroom teacher.  Students that have not paid either before or on the day will not be able to participate in the afternoon activities. 

 

UNIFORM:  Students are encouraged to wear Sports Uniform on both days.  If a student’s uniform is not worn correctly, they will not be permitted to represent the College in the wider community and will undertake service activities on site.

 

ATTENDANCE:  As with any other day in the school year, our last two days require compulsory attendance. It is important to note that students that do not attend the morning community service activities will also not be permitted to join the group for the afternoon activities.

 

BUSES:  Please note that bus runs will occur as normal both before and after school each day.

 

Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal  Secondary

Presentation Night Information

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and the College will soon be celebrating and highlighting the achievement of the students.  We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few details.

 

Venue: NWS Multipurpose Centre

Date: Tuesday, 12th December 

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Doors Open: From 6:30pm

 

The College requests that students arrive at the MPC at 6:45pm and move directly to find their Homeroom teacher.  Students will be seated in their Homeroom groups for the entire program.  Year 12 students will be meeting their Homeroom teachers in the Library located through the door directly to your left as you enter the MPC.  Please note that this room is for students only.

 

The College asks that all students wear their full school uniform with pride.  Years 7 to 11 students are expected to wear full Summer uniform while Year 12 students are expected to wear full Winter uniform.  Students that are not wearing the proper uniform may not be permitted to take the stage to receive their award.

 

As is tradition, student reports and the school yearbook will be handed out on the night.  Names of all awardees are being withheld until the night.  However, parents whose children are involved in the program will receive an additional letter.

 

We will also have displays from all our year levels and subject areas so come along and see the great work your children have achieved this year.

 

Come along and enjoy the surprises, support the winners and reflect on what has been a positive year for all those who are a part of our Heritage College family.  We look forward to spending the evening with you and your family.

 

Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary

From the Officer Primary Campus

Primary Presentation Night from 6:30pm

Please note that Presentation Night will be starting at 6:30pm this year - thank you to all families who took part in our ‘starting time’ survey. Please arrive by 6:15pm to ensure all students have plenty of time to ready themselves for their items and are seated by 6:30pm.

 

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 6 class for 2017.  We encourage you to participate and help us to make our Primary Presentation Night an enjoyable night for everyone.

 

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Secondary

From the ELC

 

Vacation Care Program January 2018

 

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