Heritage College News

08 February 2018
Term 1 Week 2 2018
Staff Spotlight
Dates to Remember
General Information
From Narre Warren South
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the Secondary Campus
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

Staff Spotlight

Do you know everyone who works at Heritage College?  How well do you know them?


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 person?  See if you can figure it out before reading the last section. 


What is your ethnicity?

7th generation English descent Kiwi


Where were you born?

Gisborne NZ


Do you have children?

Yes, a beautiful 21 year old daughter and 2 grandsons aged 4 and 1


Where did you grow up?

I haven't - do I have to?


What school did you go to?

Mangapapa Primary, Ilminster Intermediate and Lyton High School all in Gisborne NZ


What is a funny memory from your childhood?

Having to be cut out of a rubbish bin my brother and his mates had dropped me into, at a Scout meeting (I was about 7).


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

My mum still jokes I flew a plane alone before I was allowed the family car alone


Favourite food?

Roast Kumara (real NZ sweet potato)


Favourite sport?

Rugby Union


Favourite sports team?

All Blacks forever


Favourite subject when you were at school?



Favourite Bible verse and why?

Mathew 28:6 - With Christ's resurrection and completion of that promise, all of the rest of his promises can be believed and faith held in.


What is your position at Heritage College?

Garden and Grounds and Bus Manager


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

Almost 6 years


How many years have you been in your position?

I do move sometimes honest...almost 6 years in various forms


Where have you worked before Heritage College?

Salvos, Asixa (truck driving), auto parts sales nearly 20 years at various places, spraying trees under powerlines, door to door insurance sales, bulldozer mechanic, hay farmer, wheel aligner/tyre sales, and quite a few more...left school as an agricultural cadet at rural produce store.


Did you guess?


Thanks to...

...for filling out our first “Staff Spotlight” section for 2018.  Next week, there will be another staff member to be introduced to, I wonder who it will be?  Watch this space!


Mr Sonny Aiono


Dates to Remember


12th - 16th February

Whole School Festival of Faith


Monday, 12th February

Year 7 Information Night


Tuesday, 13th February

NWS Information Night

Year 9 Information Night


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


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



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.

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 1 have been distributed to students. .  All cash orders need to be handed to the Office at the latest by 13th February 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.


Thank you.

Exploring Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) Week


Hi everyone, my name is Ruvesh Dharmaratne and I’m the male Primary School Captain for 2018.
I have been at Heritage College for two and a half years and it has changed my life. The kind teachers and students, the engaging education and positive attitudes are all things that I have experienced here at Heritage College. They are the outward signs of our school that are underpinned by our school PB4L values; Excellence, Resilience, Respect and Service.
I’d like to share a Bible verse with you, Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as not for the men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ”. So, I say we all must put our best effort forward, so we reach our best to serve God.

Greeting to our school community. My name is Milko Felema and I am Heritage College’s new female School Captain for 2018.


I have been at Heritage College since Prep and I have really enjoyed my time at the school because of the teachers and students who have encouraged me in whatever I do, to be the best I can be.


This week during the afternoon classes, students have been moving to their House groups to learn what our school PB4L values look like in various spaces around the school.


From a Christian viewpoint, the value Excellence is something we should all strive for, because in the beginning God created an excellent world. But sin entered the world and humanity’s Resilience was put to the test. We should all Respect the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and finally, we are restored to Serve others until Jesus comes to make all things new.


So, students should do their best, bounce back from hard times, think about others and help others. In this way, we can keep our school excellent. Timothy wrote it this way, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”.

Festival of Faith


“What a beautiful name it is, the name of Jesus…”
“Father Abraham, had many sons…”
“Let us pray…”
“The Bible says…”
“And everybody says….AMEN!”
These are the sounds of our annual Festival Of Faith! 



Every year the students at Heritage College have opportunities to connect with God in a very special way.  Next week, (Week 3), we will be holding our annual Festival Of Faith (Part one).  Students from prep all the way to Year 12 are involved.  If you have the time, please come along and join in the fun and Spiritual growth at the respective campuses.
Here is the program:
Narre Warren South Campus and Officer Campus Primary
Every day for Week 3, worship starts at 10:00am in the Chapel (all welcome).
Secondary at Officer
Every day for Week 3, worship starts at 12:00pm in the Chapel (all welcome).


There will be singing, ice breakers, interviews, prayers, a Bible message from Pastor Lagi and praise to God every day.  If you are free at these times, please feel free to come along.  Simply sign in at the front office and walk on down to the Chapel areas.  We would love to see parents and families there.   
Mr Sonny Aiono

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.  




Thanks for your partnership in this.  


Mr Sonny Aiono


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


Festival of Football


PB4L Culture Week

This past week all Heritage College students have been partaking in a PB4L culture week - rolling out our new logo 'We stand tall' in our values of Excellence, Resilience, Respect and Service.


NWS Court

Students participated in team building exercises within their house groups, as well as allowing them to display their creativity by planning and creating a short video, based on a school value.


NWS Landy

Students were also given a passport which included all the different areas and how our values can be shown in these spaces. These were signed by students as a sign of acknowledgement of being read and agreeing to meet the expected behaviour.


NWS Elliot

The idea behind this week is to encourage and foster a sense of ownership amongst students of the school values. What does this mean for you as a parent? You will soon be seeing your child's passport coming home, all we ask is that you read through the passport, congratulate your child, sign the back page and give it to your child to return to their homeroom teacher.

PB4L Team

From Narre Warren South

First Day Fun!

Like little ducklings going into the pond by themselves for the first time, the Preps bravely waved goodbye to their mums, dads and grandparents and walked into their first day of big school, and took to it...like a duck to water.  

We had a wonderful day investigating, learning our first letter, measuring, playing, reading, and making new friends!


It was great to see children from the older classes keeping an eye out for them in the playground, making them feel safe and welcoming them to our Heritage family.  We're looking forward to getting to know all of our Preps and their families this term.


Miss Tanja Dennis

Prep Teacher


From the Officer Primary Campus

Get involved in the School Banking program

Heritage College is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.


School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.


The rewards available during 2018 are:

  • Twister Power Handball
  • Secret Scratch Pad
  • Sparkle Glitter Pens
  • Glow Light
  • Mighty Boom Handball
  • Heat Reactor Pencils
  • Slushie Maker Cup
  • Zoom Flying Disc

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.


Getting involved in School Banking is easy!


All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 


1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.


2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.


If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.


School Banking day is Thursday. Each week you need to bring your bankbook to school each Thursday. Year 4/5 banking monitors will collect the books and put them into the grey banking envelopes ready for collection.


If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2018 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking.


Thank you.


Mrs Krystelle Kothe

OCP School Banking Coordinator

Year 4/5N Report

Heritage College, Officer Campus Primary (OCP), have started the year with an excellent group of students. 61 students walk through the door each morning ready for their learning and excited to be with their friends. We welcome many new families to our primary campus and hope that they are settling in and feeling at home.


We also welcome Mr Chang, who is teaching the Year 2/3 class at OCP, and has already taken his students on many outdoor learning experiences on our very own campus. Students in Year 2/3 enjoyed a scavenger hunt, where they collected photos of their group in a variety of poses and places around the school. This was an excellent team bonding activity and encouraged students to get to know each other in a positive way.

The Prep/1 class enjoyed their first buddy session with the Year 4/5  students on Friday as they began to learn some balls skills such as throwing and catching. Thank you to the excellent Year 4/5 students who showed outstanding leadership and patience!


We look forward to many more fun, engaging and exciting learning experiences here at OCP. 


Mrs Kim Nuske

Year 4/5N Teacher

From the Secondary Campus

Ready, Set, Goooooo!  Secondary Swimming Carnival

Look who's baaaaackkkk....!!!!!  Just kidding!  ;)

Watch this space for a full report next week.


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