Heritage College News

06 February 2020
Term 1 Week 2 2020

Keep up to date with the latest news at Heritage College. Narre Warren South and Officer Campus.

From the Principal's Desk
Dates to Remember
OPEN NIGHT: NARRE WARREN SOUTH CAMPUS, 5 MARCH 6:30PM-8:30pm
General Information
Combined Campus Reports
From the ELC
From Narre Warren South
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the Secondary Campus
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
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Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805
AU

From the Principal's Desk

1st Day Jitters

Last week saw many families arriving at Heritage College for their very first official school day. Not only were there a whole class of new Preppies, but numerous students across various year levels through the school. I am sure there had been some restless nights leading up to their first day and I imagine parents were just as (if not more) nervous to ensure their precious ones got off to a good start. I hope all those nerves and fears for the unknown were allayed by the end of the day and that everyone enjoyed their first day experience. There has now been a full week of school and routines are starting to become established and embedded in our classrooms, probably at home too.

Just as we have new students and families to the school this year, we have a number of brand new teachers and ancillary staff who have joined our Heritage College family as well. I know there were nerves on the first day of school, even though most staff had experienced numerous first days of work in other schools. 

This is a 'shout out' to everyone. It's amazing what effect a welcoming smile and a simple "Hello" can have on people. Even if you don't know people personally, if they are part of our community, please go out of your way to say "Hi" or shake a hand and say "Welcome to the family". Remember, everyone was new to our college at some point, so if we can make the journey easier or more relaxed and welcoming, then we should do just that.

 

We are charged by the New Testament to do this:  

I wish all our families the most wonderful experience at Heritage College as we settle in to Term 1 of 2020.

 

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Welcome New Staff Members 2020

A big welcome to our newest staff members joining us in 2020 across both campus locations, in primary, secondary and ancillary positions.  

 

This week, we are pleased to introduce Ms Ellen Saunders.

 

Meet… Ms Ellen Saunders, Assistant Director Heritage Early Learning Centre

Tell us a little about you.

I was born and raised in a small town called Sheffield, Tasmania. I grew up with my Mum, Dad and two brothers. When I was 20, I moved to Bendigo, Victoria to do a Diploma of Youth Work, where I met my now-husband. In 2014 I started at Edinburgh College Early Learning Centre,  where I was a Room Leader for the 18m - 3 Year Old Room, completing a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I completed the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management in 2018, and a year later took on an admin role for Adventist Schools Victoria Early Learning Centres completing their staffing and rostering requirements.  This year, I'm excited to join the Heritage College family as the Assistant Director for the Early Learning Centre.

 

What book are you reading, or what would we find on your podcast list?

Currently I'm reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I love learning about how to improve my own practice, about personality types and building teams.

 

Who inspires you and why? What is a quote that has inspired you over

the years?

Mother Teresa says, “It's not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”

 

What would you like the parent community to know about you?

I aim to provide your children with a safe, secure, nurturing environment, to provide adventure-based opportunities for your children to learn and grow. Heritage College Early Learning Centre is a fantastic place for your children to attend and the educators are passionate and purposeful in everything they do. I hope to continue and extend on the amazing environment that the Early Learning Centre has already developed.

 

When you're not at Heritage College, what do you do in your downtime? 

I love to take my dogs for a walk and colour in! 

 

Please join me in making our newest members of staff feel welcome.  We will introduce each new member of staff in the coming week’s newsletters. 

 

Mr Sonny Aiono 

Principal 

Dates to Remember

February

10-14th February

Summer Festival of Faith

 

Monday, 10th February

Year 7 Information Evening, 6:30pm

 

Tuesday, 11th February

NWS P-6 Information Evening, 6:30pm

 

Wednesday, 12th February

Year 9 Information Evening, 6:30pm

 

Friday, 14th February

School Fees Due

 

17th-20th February

Year 9 Wilsons Promontory Camp

 

Thursday, 20th February

Years 3-6 Inter-House Athletics Carnival

 

Friday, 21st February

Bus Fees Due

 

Sunday, 23rd February

Family Fun Day @ OC

 

Monday, 24th February

Student Free Day

Thinking Skills Parent Evening TBC

 

Tuesday, 25th February

Year 8 Information Evening, 6:30pm

 

Thursday, 27th February

Sod-Turning Ceremony @ OCP, 9:30am

 

Friday, 28th February

Clean Up Australia Day

March

Sunday, 1st March

Working Bee @ NWS

 

Monday, 2nd March

SSV District Swimming Carnival

 

Tuesday, 3rd March

Secondary Cross Country Carnival

 

Thursday, 5th March

Open Night @ NWS, 6:30pm-8:30pm

 

Monday, 9th March

Labour Day Public Holiday

 

10th-13th March

Year 10 Camp

 

Thursday, 12th March

Eastern Primary Schools Sports Day Years 1-3

 

Friday, 13th March

OCP Book Fair Opens

 

18th-20th March

Year 8 Camp

 

Thursday, 19th March

Year 9 ASV Rogain Day

 

Friday, 20th March

Halogen Young Leaders Day (Primary)

 

23rd-27th March

Year 6 Canberra Tour

 

Monday, 23rd March

SEISS Years 9/10 Touch Rugby/ Netball

 

Tuesday, 24th March

SEISS Years 11/12 Touch Rugby/ Netball

 

Wednesday, 25th March

OCP Book Fair Final Day

SEISS Years 7/8 Touch Rugby/ Netball

 

Thursday, 26th March

SEISS Swimming Carnival

 

Friday, 27th March

Year 10 Exchange Students Finish

Last Day Term 1, Finish 12:50pm

OPEN NIGHT: NARRE WARREN SOUTH CAMPUS, 5 MARCH 6:30PM-8:30pm

Open Night 2020 is on again!

Whilst Open Night provides an introduction for local families in the area, current families are welcome to attend as a show of support. In a late-summer festive atmosphere, enjoy an evening's entertainment on the lawn provided by the Heritage College primary band and relax with light refreshments available from the canteen and visiting food trucks. The little ones will love the activities on the evening, including the jumping castle and the visiting animal farm, whilst the older ones can try the challenging rock wall. School and House Captains, required for service roles such as ushering and directions, will be required to wear the full summer uniform (including Blazer Year 7 and up). 

 

For currently enrolled families, there’s no need to register online. Simply come for a great night and show your support!

 

If you are inviting friends for the evening, please ensure they register at heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/opennight so we can provide the very best introduction to campus. 

 

Parking 

To ensure that priority parking is available for guests, please ensure you park on the oval, entrance via Montebello Road.

 

General Information

Family Fun Day

Bring the family for a day of fun at the Heritage College Family Picnic Fun Day Sunday 23 February 2020 from 11am-3pm. Enjoy an afternoon on the lawns at Officer campus with games for families such as egg and spoon and three-legged races, teachers v students and 3-on-3 basketball comps. 

 

All families at Heritage College are invited to attend. Light lunch and refreshments are provided. BYO Picnic rugs and chairs. Please return the RSVP slip for catering purposes. 


RSVP by Friday, 14th February.

 

Student Absences

If your child is unable to attend school on a specific day, please email absences@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au by 9:30am with the child's name, year level and reason for absence.  Thank you.

CCTV In Use at Both Campuses

Effective this year, we now have CCTV cameras operating in all areas of our College, at both campuses and on our buses.

We believe the safety of our students, staff, parents and facilities is of utmost importance and feel the addition of cameras at Officer (and NWS since prior to 2019) will be beneficial.

 

If you would like to read the policy, please go to the website https://heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/our-community/publications-policies/policies/

 

Thank you.

 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

New Uniforms

Our school uniform supplier, Noone Imagewear, has new items avaliable to purchase from their Beaconsfield store.

 

These include:

  • White Shirt/Blouse with logo
  • New Junior Hat
  • School bag with new logo 

Please visit their store located at 4/52-62 Old Princes Hwy, Beaconsfield VIC 3807 or call (03) 9769 9093. Alternatively, the items are available to purchase online at https://www.noone.com.au/school/heritage-college/shop.

 

Ms Ellen Schwalger

Administration

Print Newsletters

If you would like a paper copy of the newsletter, our campus Receptions will have copies available for you to collect each week.

Parent Feedback

Do you receive the Heritage College newsletter each week? We would like to hear from you.

 

We would like to know how you think we can improve. What do you read? What would you like to see more of? Who would you like to hear more from? What needs to go, what can we include? What format is the best for you? 

 

Let us know your thoughts by emailing feedback@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au.

ZUU

 

2019 School Fun Run Prizes

The School Fun prizes from the 2019 Colour Run are now available for collection at the front office of your child's campus.

School Banking

 

CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund)

Do you have a Centrelink Healthcare Card?

If so, you may be eligible to receive assistance from the Victorian Government towards your child's camps, sports and excursions.

Read the flyer below for more information, and please visit your campus reception to fill out the application form.

Home and School Committee

We are looking for parents who would like to help plan family events for the school next year - would you have some spare time to lend a hand for a Famly Picnic Fun Day, planned for February?

 

Please complete this quick Google Form to register your interest as part of the planning team.

 

Pania and Carmel

Home and School Committee

Heritage College on Facebook

Did you know that Heritage College has received over 900 likes and is growing each day? 

 

We welcome contributions by our parent community on our Facebook page. Remember if you ‘Like’, ‘Comment’ and ‘Share’, then our content has a higher chance of being seen by others in your friendship groups and beyond. 

 

We also welcome parent reviews on our Facebook page, so if you love your school, let us know and leave us a star rating.

 

Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

Kumon

 

Combined Campus Reports

PB4L AND STAND TALL FUN DAY 2020

Monday the 3rd of February saw the two campus locations combine for the annual Stand Tall Fun Day and campus dedication to kick off the academic year. 

The morning assembly included an official welcome to the newest members of the campus, as four exchange students from Japan join the college to experience life on campus. Please make sure to stop by and introduce yourselves as they practice their English Language speaking skills.  

For this year’s service activity, students packed bags filled with hygiene essentials and non-perishable foods which will be distributed to the homeless in partnership with Casey Church. A short video was shown about homelessness in the city of Melbourne, hearing testimonies of people who have experienced homelessness in their life. Small gifts and handwritten notes were also prepared for local volunteer firefighters in response to their service to the community. We are looking forward to distributing these shortly. 

Each tribe had an opportunity to go head to head in Capture the Flag and other physical challenges. The afternoon finished with an assembly, led by Ps Lagi. 

Stand Tall Day 2020 marked a great start to the school year, reminding everybody on the day of the college values of excellence, resilience, respect and service.

 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal 

Heritage College New Canteen Begins Week 3!

What’s on Offer?

Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads, Baked Goods, Warm Food, A healthy range of Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free options are available. Students and staff of the college are welcome to use the service. Download the 2020 Menu here.

Where can I collect my order?

NWS Campus: 

Orders can be collected from MPC foyer at 12:50 pm

 

Officer Campus: 

Orders can be collected from Reception at 12:40 pm.

 

Ms Ellen Schwalger

Administration

Scholastic Book Club

Welcome back to another year full of fantastic books available through the Scholastic Book Club.  This is something we have previously offered across both of our primary campuses and are now also extending to our ELC at Officer.

 

Twice a term during the school year, your child will receive a Club catalogue with a different selection of books offered across a variety of age groups.

 

With a variety of different books both fiction and non-fiction, there is something for everything.  Some books are as low as $2 so keep an eye out for those.

 

It is easy to order. The Book Club LOOP platform for parents allows you to pay by credit card. Your child’s order is submitted directly to school safe and sound and the books will be delivered to class. You can place your child’s order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.  Cash payments can also be, please refer to the back page of the scholastic issue.

 

Each order helps earn reward points that our libraries are able to use to grow and add to our libraries.  We truly appreciate the support each year, however this no obligation to order.

 

Issue 1 for 2020 should have made its way home.  Alternatively, you will find below a link to view the PDF version online.

https://www.scholastic.com.au/media/5451/bc_120.pdf

 

Please have orders in by the 12th of February.

 

Happy Reading,

Your Library Team

 

 

From the ELC

First Day of 4 Year Old Kinder

A very warm welcome back to all students and families returning for 2020 at Heritage College Early Learning Centre. We hope that you have enjoyed the break and had some time to spend with family and friends. 

 

The First Day of 4 Year Old Kinder was all about meeting new friends, finding our way around the new spaces and getting to know the teachers. There’s plenty of exciting new spaces to discover, songs to learn and routines to settle into. Our 4 Year Old group were happy to spend most of the day playing and reading stories with our educators. A little later this term, we will venture out onto campus a little more, learning how to move about in groups and discover the larger campus surroundings. 

 

It's going to be a great year!

 

Miss Vanessa

 

Enrolling for 2020

If you’re joining us for 2020, or know someone who is interested, we now have our updated fee schedule available on our website. You can find the link here: https://heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/learning/elc/

 

Miss Vanessa

Early Learning Centre

From Narre Warren South

Narre Warren South Campus Parent Information Evening

We look forward to seeing all our wonderful NWS parents next Tuesday at 6:30 in the Chapel for our parent Information Evening. This is the perfect opportunity to find out what's new and happening at our school this year and also meet your child's classroom teacher and visit their classroom. Hope to see you all there.

 

Mrs Jo Capon

Year 4AC Teacher and 3IC

From the Library

Welcome back to school.  The library is open during lunchtime every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

If you have any enquiries, feel free to email me at p.tan@heritagecollege.com.au.

Performing Arts Announcement

This year kicks off with another exciting announcement as Performing Arts takes place as an ongoing part of the curriculum program at Heritage College. 

 

The new offering of Performing Arts at Heritage College will cover Music, Drama and Dance and engage students in rich learning experiences each week where they can build, strengthen and grow their talents to confidently perform in a variety of ways.
 

What does the Performing Arts Program involve?

The new program this year will see Years 4-6 doing Performing Arts in Semester 1 and Years P-3 doing Performing Arts in Semester 2. Each week they will attend a session with Mrs Nobes as part of their core teaching. There will be a showcase at the end of each semester to allow parents to come along and see what their children have learned (dates TBC).

When are the Practice times for Band and Choir?

NWS campus:

  • Band - lunchtimes on Mondays

  • Choir - lunchtimes on Wednesdays

Officer Campus:

  • Band - lunchtimes on Thursdays 

  • Choir - lunchtimes on Fridays

Are there any performances planned?

Open Night on Thursday 5 March is the first performance of the year, where students from the Narre Warren South campus band will perform. Other events include Open Night at Officer campus, church visits, end of semester Showcases and Chapel. Bands, Choirs and class groups will also have opportunities to share what they have been learning at Chapels.

 

Can students audition? 

Performing Arts is a core subject that each student will be involved in as part of the curriculum. 

 

Band and Choir are extracurricular activities that provide students with the opportunity to share and grow their talents for playing an instrument or singing, as well as allow them extra opportunities to build confidence in performing in front of others. 

To join Band, students will need to demonstrate that they can confidently play their instrument and read sheet music or chord music (depending on their instrument). Students are welcome to speak with me if they are interested in joining the band and are given a trial period to allow them the opportunity to see if it is something they feel confident in committing to.

 

To join Choir, students need no prior vocal skills. They can simply come along and join in. A trial period of two weeks at the beginning of the year will allow students the opportunity to decide whether or not the Choir is something they wish to commit to for the rest of the year. 

 

A commitment to attending practice each week and attending performances (whether they are on or off campus) for both Band and Choir is essential.  

 

We look forward to building our wonderful Band and Choir in a new way thanks to the new program planned for this year! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at a.nobes@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au. 

 

Mrs Alicia Nobes

Performing Arts Program Leader for Primary

Lost Property

Please come and check the lost property rack at Narre Warren South campus. We have lots of items on there from last year.

 

If items are not claimed within the next week, we will be sending school clothes to the second-hand uniform shop for reselling and binning all other items on Friday, 14th February. 

Brekkie Club

Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 8:15am - 8:45am

 

What's on Offer

Cereals, Toast, Spreads

 

Location

Dining Room

From the Officer
Primary Campus

Performing Arts Announcement

This year kicks off with another exciting announcement as Performing Arts takes place as an ongoing part of the curriculum program at Heritage College. 

 

The new offering of Performing Arts at Heritage College will cover Music, Drama and Dance and engage students in rich learning experiences each week where they can build, strengthen and grow their talents to confidently perform in a variety of ways.
 

What does the Performing Arts Program involve?

The new program this year will see Years 4-6 doing Performing Arts in Semester 1 and Years P-3 doing Performing Arts in Semester 2. Each week they will attend a session with Mrs Nobes as part of their core teaching. There will be a showcase at the end of each semester to allow parents to come along and see what their children have learned (dates TBC).

When are the Practice times for Band and Choir?

NWS campus:

  • Band - lunchtimes on Mondays

  • Choir - lunchtimes on Wednesdays

Officer Campus:

  • Band - lunchtimes on Thursdays 

  • Choir - lunchtimes on Fridays

Are there any performances planned?

Open Night on Thursday 5 March is the first performance of the year, where students from the Narre Warren South campus band will perform. Other events include Open Night at Officer campus, church visits, end of semester Showcases and Chapel. Bands, Choirs and class groups will also have opportunities to share what they have been learning at Chapels.

 

Can students audition? 

Performing Arts is a core subject that each student will be involved in as part of the curriculum. 

 

Band and Choir are extracurricular activities that provide students with the opportunity to share and grow their talents for playing an instrument or singing, as well as allow them extra opportunities to build confidence in performing in front of others. 

To join Band, students will need to demonstrate that they can confidently play their instrument and read sheet music or chord music (depending on their instrument). Students are welcome to speak with me if they are interested in joining the band and are given a trial period to allow them the opportunity to see if it is something they feel confident in committing to.

 

To join Choir, students need no prior vocal skills. They can simply come along and join in. A trial period of two weeks at the beginning of the year will allow students the opportunity to decide whether or not the Choir is something they wish to commit to for the rest of the year. 

 

A commitment to attending practice each week and attending performances (whether they are on or off campus) for both Band and Choir is essential.  

 

We look forward to building our wonderful Band and Choir in a new way thanks to the new program planned for this year! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at a.nobes@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au. 

 

Mrs Alicia Nobes

Performing Arts Program Leader for Primary

From the Secondary Campus

Year 7 Information Evening

 

Year 7 Camp Wrap Up

A three day camp on the First day of Year 7 2020? That’s right! Wednesday 29th January saw the Year 7 cohort and five staff members head to Forest Edge Christian Camp (Neerim South) for three days and two nights. 

The annual Year 7 Forest Edge camp encourages a smooth step from Year 6 to Year 7 by developing friendships and memories that students carry with them through the rest of their schooling years. Students are split into groups and allocated mascots for the camp. The three mascots this year were Courageous Crabs, Persevering Pandas and Zealous Zebras.

Each day students took part in challenges and activities that encourage teamwork and nudge them outside comfort zones. Many students faced fears (some of heights, some of... March flies?). Below are some student feedback responses of the camp:

 

"The best thing about camp was everyone just giving everything a go." Nikita

 

"The flying fox was my favourite because when I was in the air I felt like I was flying in the sky." Hailey

"The high ropes and flying fox was cool. I like trying new things and getting over my fears. Being high up, it was like I was floating." Regan

 

"The flying fox was the best because I liked being high up and seeing everything around me." Michelle

 

"River sledding was my favourite because it was so hot and it cooled me down." Nastasia

Although the weather was over 30 degrees each day, students demonstrated resilient behaviour and on more than one occasion were commended on their respectful nature by staff at Forest Edge. 

Our teachers look forward to the year ahead, continuing to build and develop students this year.

 

Mrs Palolo Sione

Year 7&8 Level Leader

 

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