Heritage College News

26 April 2018
Term 2 Week 2 2018
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

Dates to Remember


Friday, 27th April

Primary Cross Country Carnival

School Fees Due


1st - 4th May

Year 9 Survivor Camp


Tuesday, 1st May

National Principals Day



2nd - 4th May

Year 7 Camp


Thursday, 3rd May

VCE Careers Expo 9-3pm

AFL Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm




Friday, 4th May

VCE Careers Expo 9-3pm

Bus Fees Due


Sunday, 6th May

VCE Careers Expo 10-4pm


Monday, 7th May

Open Morning NWS 10-12pm


Tuesday, 8th May

Open Morning OC 10-12pm

SEISS Cross Country

ICAS Digital Technologies


Thursday, 10th May

AFL Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm


Friday, 11th May

Mother's Day Community Walk & Morning Tea


Sunday, 13th May

Mother's Day


14th - 18th May

Education Week


15th - 18th May



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

General Information

Welcome to Our New Canteen

Welcome to our new Canteen! My name is Julia and I’m passionate not only about cooking but most of all about healthy cooking! I’m very excited that our canteen’s shelves are not empty anymore but now full of delicious ingredients.


In our busy life we all hurry and often neglect our health. Although we know how important a healthy diet is, sometimes we simply don’t have enough time and choose processed food or fast foods and snacks that are easy and tasty but not necessarily the best choice for our bodies, especially if it’s not just occasional food. Preparing a healthy and nutritious meal doesn’t need to be very time consuming or complicated.


You might have read in the Bible the story of Daniel (Book of Daniel, chapter 1) and the example of how important it was for Daniel to eat healthy food and what difference it made to his health, process of learning, gaining wisdom and strength.


That’s why this year we’re introducing a completely new menu with freshly prepared goodies, homemade style, packed with fresh, healthy and nutritious ingredients.


The sandwiches or wraps you can see on the menu are prepared with freshly made spreads, juicy vegetables that provide essential nutrients and vitamins.


Quinoa salad and savoury muffins are another healthy option for everyone, including those with gluten intolerance.


We’re also introducing simple but healthy snacks like fruit salad or fresh veggie snacks.


This week all students have had a chance to participate in food tasting. We hope that this will help more hesitant tummies to become willing to try some new options.


During the school year we’re also planning to run a couple of special treat days like a Burger or Hot-dog Day, Soup Day and others.


Each term will also have some new items on the menu to meet different needs during cooler and warmer days.


Please remember that now we have a new ordering system. All orders must be placed each Monday by 9:30am.


Canteen days are now:

Tuesday - for Narre Warren South Campus and

Wednesday - for Officer Campus.


Students are not permitted to buy any food over the counter - all food must be preordered. You can also find this information on the reverse page of the menu that will be sent home this week and is below.

We’re excited to open our new Canteen! We hope that our delicious food will become a favourite for your children and that we can count on you for promoting healthy options to all our kids.

Mrs Julia Wawruszak

Canteen Manager

From the School Captains

Welcome back to the second week of Term 2! This week's value is Service.


There are many stories in the Bible and through history about those who gave service, but I would like to acknowledge our ANZAC'S who served at war for us so that Australia would remain a country run under a democracy.  So as the week goes on and ANZAC day comes, we should think about those who fought for us in the war.


A verse in the Bible that relates to service comes from Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” In this verse, we can see that this is exactly what the ANZACS did, they offered themselves, their bodies, so that Australia could be a free country.


So as a Christian community, we should show acts of service to others, because we are children of God. We may not have to serve like the ANZACS did, it could be as small as just lending a helping hand. Last week, the Year 6’s were showing great acts of service by looking out for each other and the students from our sister schools while on our trip to Canberra. Serving others is important.  Milko



We have started Term 2 and the value of Service can be seen on such a day as ANZAC Day. Helping others, just like our soldiers showed that they were willing to sacrifice their lives for our country is important to build character. We admired and respected our soldiers. We also can make sacrifices and care about others when the opportunity arises.
As students, we can show service to our families by sacrificing our free time and helping our parents to clear the table, feed the pet, or mop the floor. I have two verses in the Bible, “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.” Roman 6:13. 7. “He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:7-8
Be blessed as you serve. Ruvesh

New Warm Uniform Options Arriving Soon

The College is excited to inform our community that two new uniform items will be arriving at Noone Imagewear this term.  They use the latest fabrics are designed to help students keep warm during the colder months.  Please note that the arrival dates are approximate and should be treated only as a guide.

  • Heritage College scarf
    • Available from the 30th of April
    • Retail price of $14.50
  • Heritage College Long sleeve sports polo
    • Available from mid-May
    • Retail price of $49.95

Mr Sonny Aiono


Entertainment Book Fundraiser


Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 3 Catalogues are here and have been distributed to students.  All cash orders need to be handed to the Office latest by May 1st, 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

SEQTA Parent Portal


Digital Technologies Newsletter Bytes Week 2

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 Ambition Parent Discussion Guide

“This sheet is intended to help you have a discussion with your child about how to study in the most effective way. Below, we have a number of useful study applications and suggested questions that you and your child can ask each other about how you both learn to do new things and manage your time. By sharing your experiences with your child, we hope that you both improve your productivity in both study and work. Each question should be answered by your child AND yourself.”

Discussion guide


Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum and eLearning Coordinator


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.




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

From Narre Warren South

Year 6 Information Evening: The Transition to High School

Tuesday evening marked the occurrence of the information evening for Year 6 students and their parents to discover about how to make the transition to High School.  A great attendance is reflective of the importance that this step is to the educational journey of our children.


Those in attendance learnt about what High School looks like at Heritage College on the Officer Campus including:

  • Values infused programs
  • Core and elective subjects on offer
  • Online textbooks
  • Recommended student devices
  • Opportunities for student leadership
  • The new Multipurpose Building (build starting 2018)
  • Available scholarships
  • Upcoming programs for the Year 6 students to experience Year 7
  • and more...

Feedback from parents and students attending the evening was overwhelmingly positive and included statements such as:

  • "We were considering moving our son to another school for Year 7 but now we want him to attend Heritage."
  • "We had no idea as to the subject offerings which our daughter could choose from in Year 11 and 12 at a small school like ours."
  • "Thank you for your time and effort in running this evening for us.  Over the past two years the school has changed for the better."

Families in attendance also received vouchers for both free online textbooks in 2019 and a free High School cap.


If you were unable to attend or would like to know more about our Secondary Campus please feel free to browse the Google Slides presentation using the link below, or contact our team via the office.


Google Slide Presentation can be accessed via: https://bit.ly/2JkIZvG


Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary

Coal Creek Excursion

On Monday, the Year 1 students from Officer and Narre Warren South travelled back in time, 100 years, to explore the little mining town of Coal Creek. There was so much to see!


We saw what it was like to live 100 years ago, made damper, participated in a school lesson, had mini chapel in the church and went shopping at Coal Creek General Store! This trip helped us further understand what we were learning about in our Integrated Studies unit 'Who Are We', when we looked at how time has changed the way we do things.

Miss Alicia Wold and Miss Jenny Wells

Year 1 Teachers

Berwick Dawn Service




Year 6 Students Lead the Way to Canberra

Our Year 6 students made their way to Canberra last week, as part of the annual pilgrimage to our Nation's capital.  Twenty two Heritage College students, along with fifty other Year 6 students from Edinburgh and Nunawading Adventist Schools, displayed energy and excitement about the trip. Regular pit stops broke up the ten hour long journey and before the students knew it, they had reach our destination, Canberra.


Getting there late in the afternoon, students got to burn off some energy trying rock climbing at an indoor rock climbing centre that night. The following morning our first stop was the National Capital Exhibition.  Here students gained an understanding of why the ACT was placed halfway between Sydney and Melbourne and viewed models and maps of this unique and well planned city. With this knowledge of the city, students spent the next three days going to many of the interesting and educational attractions that Canberra has to offer.


Some of the highlights included visiting Parliament House, challenging their fear of heights on the big drop slide at Questicon and going to the Governor General house, Government House.  These were just a few of the key highlights. Here are some more thoughts from our Year 6 students about the trip;


“Rock climbing was the most exciting thing that happened on that first day.” Achel


“At the Australian War Memorial we learnt about the wars that went on in different countries scattered across the world, it was very interesting.” Eden


“The robot in the foyer of Questacon was fascinating, it did the coolest things.” Micah


I’m sure that the memories gained from this year’s Canberra trip will remain in the minds of our young people for years to come. The teachers and support staff that went to Canberra came back very tired, but richly blessed by the experience of building relationships with our young people. We that the Lord for our safety and the amazing warm, sunny weather that we had all week.


Our students need to be affirmed for the ‘Christ-like’ manner by which they conducted themselves throughout the week; it was noted by staff at the various places we visited.


I’d like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Government’s ‘PACER’ rebate program which helps financially support all students that take part in educational programs to our Nation’s Capital.

Mr Nigel Eales and Ms Mary-Jane Jean

Year 6 Teachers

From the Secondary Campus

Officer ANZAC Dawn Service

Before the sun rose on ANZAC Day morning more than 1000 people gathered at the Officer Memorial Gates to mark the national day of commemoration.


The ceremony included a commemorative address by Cr. Brett Owen, the reading of the poem 'To the Sunburnt Ear', the laying of wreaths, the sounding of the Last Post, one minute's silence and the national anthem of Australia.


Attending the ceremony were the Secondary School Captains, their families and a number of the teaching staff.  The captains lay a wreath on behalf of our school community.


We trust that you and your family took the time to enjoy the public holiday and appreciate the freedom that we share in Australia, and we encourage you to join us next year in attending the dawn service at Officer.  "Lest we forget".

Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary

We Will Remember Them - ANZAC Day Ceremony

Tuesday morning our Officer Campus gathered as one to honour the fallen men and women who gave their lives so that we could live in freedom. Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present.  The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. 


Our Secondary School captains played the important part of lowering the flag to half mast and reading The Ode. A wreath each was laid on behalf of our Early Learning Centre (ELC), Primary and Secondary Campuses. It was beautiful to see and hear all our staff, students and parents be so respectful during The Last Post and One Minute Silence. The national anthems of both Australia and New Zealand was sung acapella, led by Ms Taylor - it was a beautiful way to end our program.  Thank you to all who participated in the event. 


Lest We Forget


Mrs Palolo Lafaitele


Cross Country Carnival

Tuesday marked the day of our school Cross Country Carnival at the GWS Anderson Scout Park and what an event it was. The day was commenced with our traditional Anzac service led by Mrs Palolo Lafaitele in which everyone felt a sense of warmth as we remembered the heroic feats of our fallen WW1 soldiers.


After a satisfying start to the day, the secondary students headed off to the course where they would run in conditions that were near perfect. Starting with the young guns, the Year 7 students ran this course for the first time and enjoyed the undulating lush terrain that was surrounding the park. Throughout each Year level there was a series of mud, sweat and tears that encompassed the athletes and even a few food bets thrown around if students could beat teachers on the track.


Amidst some injuries and sore legs, the day had a positive vibe and overall the students had a great day enjoying the outdoors. The points that separated 2nd, 3rd and 4th were relatively close; however, the inconceivable and dominant winners on the day was the Court House!


Congratulations to everyone from Court for putting in such a tremendous effort and hats off to everyone who competed in this successful day.


Mr Reuben Sleight


From the Officer Primary Campus

Brekkie Club

Thank you to the generosity of some of our OCP families for providing brekkie options for our little ones. Breakfast is so important to get us off to a good start each day and help us function / think in class. What a beautiful service our Mums are providing.

Thank you!

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

School Banking Report

Our Heritage College Officer Primary students who participate in school banking, received their rewards from Commonwealth Bank to encourage regular saving habits.

Mrs Krystelle Kothe

Officer Primary School Banking Coordinator

Coal Creek Report

On Monday, the Year 1 students from Officer and Narre Warren South travelled back in time, 100 years, to explore the little mining town of Coal Creek. There was so much to see!


We saw what it was like to live 100 years ago, made damper, participated in a school lesson, had mini chapel in the church and went shopping at Coal Creek General Store! This trip helped us further understand what we were learning about in our Integrated Studies unit 'Who Are We', when we looked at how time has changed the way we do things.

Miss Alicia Wold and Miss Jenny Wells

Year 1 Teachers

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