Heritage College News

17 August 2017
Term 3 Week 5 2017
From the Principal
Dates to Remember
General Information
From the Narre Warren South Campus
From the Secondary Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the ELC
Heritage Church News
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

From the Principal


Nobody likes a bully!  I recall, when I was at school, the school bully punched me in the stomach for no reason at all!  Perhaps he had a reason but I don’t recall doing anything to annoy him.  I didn’t like him for a long time and nor did a lot of other people.  The good news, however, is that in Year 12, we became good buddies.  So, things worked out in the end.


I also recall that in primary school, I was intentionally not very nice to Jacque and Fiona!  In a way, I was the bully.  Fortunately, as we grew older and I grew a little wiser, we too became friends and got on really well.


There were yet other times where I recall standing by, feeling uncomfortable while other boys teased some girls in Intermediate School.  I recall not being involved in the teasing but also not saying anything to stop it.  I wish I could turn back the clock! 


I wonder if you can recall moments like these in your school days?  Can you remember the class bully?  Can you perhaps recall being a bully yourself?  How did you deal with these situations?  As I reflect on moments in my school life, I can see that I was in all three circles that are seen in schools all around the world.  The bully, the bullied and the onlooker.


So, what should we do if we experience bullying in any of these circles?  How can we as parents create resilience in our children and help them identify bullying when it is happening and know when it is not happening?  How should we as parents deal with bullying situations?  How can we at Heritage College prevent bullying from negatively impacting student learning? What about when bullying does happen at Heritage College, how can we as teachers respond effectively so that it doesn’t happen again?


This Tuesday night, we have an amazing opportunity to listen to a very experienced educator and specialist in this field.  Adam Voigt is a successful teacher and Principal in some of Australia’s toughest locations. He has led Behaviour and Wellbeing across whole school systems and has implemented change in schools as a Leader and a Professional Learning Consultant. Adam appears regularly in Australian media as an educational expert and is a voice for schools, parents and students when he does so.


I would encourage you all to please make a plan to be at the Narre Warren South Campus Chapel on Tuesday at 6pm.  There will be refreshments and of course relevant, inspiring information about how to effectively deal with this “ugly thing” called - Bullying!


Mr Sonny Aiono


Dates to Remember


14th - 18th August

Science Week


17th - 23rd August

Book Fair OCP Staff Room


Friday, 18th August

Start Smart CBA Incursion Yrs 1 and 4-6 NWS


21st - 25th August 

Book Week


Monday, 21st August

Primary School Book Parade


Tuesday, 22nd August

6:30pm Real Schools Parent Meeting

'Bully Proofing Your Child'


24th - 30th August

Book Fair NWS Dining Room


Thursday, 24th August

Years 5/6 Science Incursion


25th - 27th August

Pathfinder Urban Camp


Monday, 28th August

Years 7/8 SEISS Netball/AFL


Thursday, 31st August

Years 5/6 ASV Maths Olympiad

Immunisations Years 10-12


Friday, 1st September

Father's Day Community Walk and Morning Tea


Sunday, 3rd September

Father's Day


Monday, 4th September

Primary School Father's Day Breakfast

NWS Courtyard


4th - 8th September

Secondary Festival of Faith


Tuesday, 5th September

Year 6 Orientation, Periods 3&4


Wednesday, 6th September

Year 7 Immunisations


Saturday, 9th September

5-8:30pm Pathfinder Club Night


11th - 15th September

eSmart Week


Monday, 11th September

Years 5/6 Hooptime


Wednesday, 13th September

Prep Orientation Day 2 NWS/ OCP

Periods 1&2


Thursday, 14th September

Years 3/4 Hooptime


Friday, 15th September 

Years 5/6 SSV District Summer Lightning Premiership


Monday, 18th September

Years 7-9 Girls AFL


Tuesday, 19th September

Staff vs Students Challenge


Friday, 22nd September

Last Day Term 3

General Information

​Primary PB4L Value Awards

'For showing excellence in digital spaces'

Officer Prep/1W - Benaiah

Officer Year 2/3/4N - Hudson

Prep DH - Evie

Year 1W - Brandon

Year 3C - Wade

Year 3J - Kian

Year 4W - Ramkel
Year 4/5RC - Jacob

Year 5/6E - Sophie

Year 6MJ - Faith


Year 1W - Gatlat

Year 3J - James and Israel

Year 4/5RC - Rose

Year 5/6E - Durety and Leah 

Year 6MJ - Joel, Yadveer and Goy

From the School Captains

Our value or topic for this week is 'Excellence in Digital Spaces'. I struggled to understand what this meant, but after some thought I finally came to somewhat of a conclusion. Excellence within Digital Spaces can also be thought of as how you go about using your devices. Is it for homework? Is it for Facebook? Instagram? Maybe all of them. Making sure you use your devices wisely is crucial. During school you are expected to use your devices for studies, and nothing else. At home, for homework and whatever leisure you desire to do. Setting out appropriate times for work on your devices is very important. Knowing limits and boundaries is also.


This topic challenged me to think how I go about using my device, whether I’m using all the time I have at school on my device wisely or not, and I am proud to say that I feel like 85% of time (still working on that 15%) at school, on my device, I am on track, so that’s that. But in a more personal sense, this topic also made me question if I was using social media wisely, as it can be very challenging sometimes. It made me think, ‘if someone came on my Facebook or Instagram, if someone even viewed my Snapchat for the very first time… would they get a realistic version of me? Or someone I’m not?’ It’s so easy to get carried away with what we like/share/post or even say to people...But in the days of NOW 2017, we must be well aware of what we say, like or share; whether it affects others negatively or positively. It’s so easy for us to affect others these days.


So, after all this thinking, I challenge each and every one of you to be more WISE online, and to have an affect of EXCELLENCE on others. This will not only benefit you, but it will implement a ripple affect of excellence, benefiting your family, friends and so many more. Use your time at school on your devices wisely, especially you Year 12’s (hold on, only 5 more weeks of this term, 7 or so until the END!) To achieve the BEST you can, and to be the BEST person you can be, think before you act on your devices guys!! And most importantly, include God in everything you do while you’re at it!


1 Corinthians 10:31-33

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.



Tylah and Tristan

School Captains

New Website

We have a new website that we would love for you to go and take a look at.  Let us know what you think!


Royal Australian Mint

To help celebrate the Children’s  Book Council of Australia Children’s Book Week 2017, the Royal Australian Mint, in partnership with Woolworth supermarkets, is releasing three adorable $2 coins that depict iconic moments from Possum Magic, the beloved Australian literary classic by Mem Fox.


The coins will be released through Woolworths supermarkets nation-wide (each Tuesday for the three-week period from 15 August 2017) and may be found in your change when you do your shopping, or even weeks or months to come as they enter general circulation. The coins can be stored in the collect and keep folder that you can collect from the main office at both campuses (small quantity available, while stocks last). What a great way to start a coin collection!

For more information on this program visit www.ramint.gov.au

NAPLAN Results

NAPLAN results for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be posted home in the next week or so.  Please keep a look out for these in your letterboxes.

PB4L Value

Value for Weeks 5 & 6

'Excellence in Digital Spaces'

Book Week 2017


Real Schools Parent Information Session - Bully Proofing Your Child

Tuesday, 22nd August at 6pm

Narre Warren South Campus Chapel

333 Centre Road


The session will focus on building a positive culture to proactively combat bullying situations. The approach being highlighted is ‘Restorative Practices’. Adam Voigt will explain what this entails and how Heritage College is using it to drive positive culture change. Adam Voigt will also give practical advice, tips and strategies to parents on:


1. What to do when your child comes home and tells you they are being bullied

2. What to do if you find out your child is doing the wrong thing at school


Through this session, we hope to empower parents with strategies to use with their children; to work with children in “...changing negative behaviours and putting them on a path to be successful, compassionate, empathic people as they move forward in their lives.”

Adam Voigt


Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum and eLearning Coordinator

Real Schools 


Entertainment Book Fundraiser


From the Narre Warren South Campus

Father's Day Breakfast


Year 6 Water Wheel Experiments

This term in Integrated Studies, Year 6 students are learning about different types of energy. In groups of three, they had to design and construct a water wheel, either testing different blades or different weights. Students tested their designs in the cold wind, with some succeeding and others failing.  The students then wrote a report about the whole process and what they would do differently next time.


Mrs Isabelle Millien

Year 6MJ Teacher

Science Week Reports

The science experiment of the 'egg drop' was completed with a lot of fun and enthusiasm. Students had a 'pair' challenge of creating a protective case out of only paper, sticky tape and glue to prevent the egg from cracking. Year 4/5RC succeeded with four eggs, Year 5/6E succeeded with one egg, and Year 6MJ succeeded with eight eggs. Well done to all classes! 

Miss Mary-Jane Jean

Year 6 Teacher


To kick off Science Week, Prep DH and 1WA made butter!  We discussed what we needed (marbles, containers and cream), hypothesised how it would turn out, and raced against each other in groups to see who could be the first to make butter.  After lots of vigorous shaking we were feeling quite worn out and achy armed! But we persevered and after only a few minutes, we opened our containers to see...BUTTER!!  We can’t wait to try lots of other experiments this week!

Prep DH and Year 1WA Teachers


Not So Heavy

National Science week, for the Upper Primary school at Narre Warren South, has started off with a bang. Students put on their physicists thinking caps to understand how different forces can act and react.

They attempted to get the whole class to stand on a platform of balloons, investigating the distribution rule and lifted a weight (the teacher), three times heavier than a student, using a simple machine - a beam and a fulcrum. Teachers in the other upper school classes had students building towers out of paper and working out ways to protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a height. Science is so much fun!

The challenge was to build a tall and strong tower out of newspaper and 1 metre of masking tape.  The tower had to withstand the wind and push test.  Here are some of successful towers.


Mr Nigel Eales

Year 5/6E Teacher

Year 6 to Year 7 Transition


Claire Saxby, Australian Author, visits Heritage College

Claire Saxby, Australian author who writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children, visited our school this week as part of our Book Week celebrations.


Claire has nearly forty books in print, with more in production. Her poetry appears in magazines, anthologies, on train walls and in museum resources. Claire has been writing for children for about 15 years.


Claire came to our school this week to share her knowledge of how ideas are formed and turned into stories. Younger students were introduced to songs, poems and how Claire researches animal characters for her stories.


It is always exciting to hear an author read a story they have written. Our students certainly enjoyed having an Australian author visit our school.


Mrs Yolanda Horne

Art Teacher

From the Secondary Campus

SEISS VCE AFL/Netball Report

On Monday last week our VCAL/VCE students took to the stage at the annual SEISS carnival at the Dandenong Showgrounds.


Our boys braved the icy wind and bitter cold to play AFL outside and our girls performed skilfully inside the stadium playing netball.


The boys played with grit and audacity, and even though they didn’t make it to the final, they held their heads high and represented our College values with pride.  Special mention to Seth, who upheld our value of Service by offering to play for another team who was missing a player in the final.  


The girls played a very strong final game of the day forcing the match to a nail biting finish. Unfortunately, they also didn't make the final but showed resilience with the loss. It was a fun and successful day that saw no significant injuries to our players.

Mr Reuben Sleight

Sport Teacher

Combined Schools Day of Worship

Last Friday, all the Secondary Seventh-day Adventist schools in Victoria came together for a service at Nunawading Christian College. The service consisted of music, testimonies, performances, musical items and a spoken word, shared by speaker for the day, Simon Gigliotti, Assistant Director of VicYouth.


This year, Heritage College was the worship band, so I got the chance to be involved as a guitarist of the band along with being a part of a separate musical item.


Overall, it was a blessing to be part of such an evangelistic event. It was humbling and eye opening; I certainly look forward to next year. 


Year 10 Student

Celebrating Student Baptism

Last Saturday, one of our Year 7 students Mackenzie Molloy (last year’s Heritage College Year 6 School Captain), publicly declared her commitment to Christ through baptism. Mackenzie shared on the day, that it was at a Summer Camp that she first considered  giving her heart to Jesus and that she had been having Bible Studies at her home church in Wantirna for quite a few months.


As a Christian school we are also able to provide opportunities to support and nurture student faith journeys through our classes and Chaplaincy team.


We would like to congratulate Mackenzie on her decision and know that she is supported in her ongoing faith walk.

Officer Campus - Secondary Staff

Senior School Expo Night 

On Tuesday, 8th August, Years 9 and 10 students took their next step along the road to their future at the Senior Subject Expo.


Following on from careers guidance throughout this year, which has included aptitude and interest tests, the Spotjobs Career Expo and work experience, Year 10 students were encouraged to explore the subjects on offer in the VCE and VCAL programs for their senior secondary studies. The subjects on offer include a wide range of sciences and a growing number of humanities and arts subjects, and our staff look forward to extending the options in the future.


Both the academically driven Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the hands-on Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) pathways are designed to help set students up for successful careers in the future. The choice between these two pathways is a critical step for students. It is recommended that students consider the following questions as they make this decision:

  • Does my future career require a university degree?

  • Do I enjoy or am I good at studying and sitting examinations?

  • Am I passing my Year 10 coursework?

If the answer is ‘yes’, you can and should consider undertaking the VCE.

  • Do I learn better in practical subjects?

  • Can I learn my future career as an apprentice or trainee?

  • Do I understand my classes but find it hard to show this in examinations and tests?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, you should consider the benefits of undertaking VCAL.


The most important thing to remember is that no matter which certificate you select, with patience and application, you can work towards any goal you wish in the future; it may just take a little more time.


Best of luck as you make your choices Year 10!

Miss Elyse Taylor

Years 11/12 Level Leader

New Faces on Campus - Stan the Man

Stan Ellis has been at this school since the start of the year even before we students all came back to Heritage College for our new academic year.


Stan has been working mostly around the primary school area as part of Sir Bob's maintenance team. Stan’s highlights so far have been the completion of building a sand pit for the little ones as well as a sporting equipment shed.  Currently Stan has  begun building three garden beds at the back of the Primary area.  


Before working at our school, Stan worked as a qualified plumber and a farmer and there were lots of other things too.  Stan loves the team effort around campus and says that  "everyone pulls together here and it’s a great positive environment to work in".

His hobbies are feathered birds, he likes finches and canaries and as a kid he had pet turkeys which always seemed to get a bit nervous around Christmas time!!


As a teenager Stan attended meetings at the annual church ‘Big Camp’, and says the pastor who presented then, was probably the most positive influence on his Christian faith journey as a teenager. The minister 'knew everything he talked about’ and had Bible verses to back up his preaching, with memorised Bible texts. At first, Stan  couldn’t  believe the minister’s Biblical  accuracy, so he would quickly check in his bible and  yes the minister was accurate every time.


Stan has four kids, including Mrs Nuske, the Year 2-4 teacher at Officer Primary. He says this keeps him very busy. Stan’s favourite food is fruit  and he also loves ‘a mean roast lamb dinner’ cooked on occasion.


Thanks for being an important new member on our Officer Campus team!


Interviewed by James from VCAL Literacy

and Mrs Bower

University Open Days


From the Officer Primary Campus

Science Week

Students from Prep to Year 4 participated in fun science experiments on Monday morning to begin Science week. Students made butter by hand, built towers from spaghetti and marshmallows, observed chemical reactions to create 'elephant toothpaste', and made their own bubble machines!


A great start to a fantastic week of learning about Science!

Mrs Kim Nuske

Primary Teacher

From the ELC

A Gift for You


Jam Packed Full of Fun and Learning!

As per usual, life in kinder is jam packed. The little ones have been exploring shapes and making lots of different pictures with them. We have been learning the days of the week and months of the year. As part of our connection to the world and people around us, the class has been learning about the Chinese culture, which is where one of our friends is from. Soon we will get a glimpse into some of the other cultures present, such as Mauritian, Peruvian, South African, and of course Australian.


The older kinder children also had their first ever prep orientation day with Miss Wells. It was such an exciting morning, everyone was buzzing about and couldn’t wait to get up to the primary school. They made lovely hats with eyes and engaged in many activities in the classroom environment. It definitely helps being on campus and joining in with the primary events and chapel, everyone did so well and settled in great.


Our encounters unit at the moment is ‘The Ten Lepers’. Miss Corine, put on an amazing dramatic show, telling us that only one of the ten healed lepers went to Jesus to thank him. We must always remember to thank God for all the wonderful things he has blessed us with. The children also got to draw with their foot, because the lepers couldn’t use their hands that were diseased. They loved that experience; they really got to feel what it would have been like to not use their hands anymore, so we must be grateful for all that we have and can do.


This week we look forward to science week! There are lots of experiments and funky activities planned. Stay tuned….

Miss Ness

ELC Teacher

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