Heritage College News

17 October 2019
Term 4 Week 2 2019
Staff Spotlight
Dates to Remember
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
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

Staff Spotlight


Dates to Remember


Friday, 18th October

10th & 20th Anniversary - Officer & NWS

School Fees Due


Tuesday, 22nd October

Last Day Year 12

SEISS Years 9/10 Volleyball/Badminton


Wednesday, 23rd October

NWS Prep Orientation Day 3


Friday, 25th October

World Teachers Day

Bus Fees Due


Monday, 28th October

SEISS Years 7/8 Volleyball/Badminton


Wednesday, 30th October

VCE Examinations Commence


Thursday, 31st October

SEISS Athletics Carnival

ASV Primary Spelling Bee

Year 4 Sleepover


Monday, 4th November

Student Free Day

School Closed, ELC Closed


Tuesday, 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day


7th - 8th November

Year 9 Solo Camp


Monday, 11th November

Remembrance Day


Wednesday, 13th November

NWS Prep Orientation Day 4


Friday, 15th November

Report Editing Day

Student Free Day


Wednesday, 20th November

VCE Examinations Conclude

Year 12 Formal


Sunday, 24th November

Nepal Trip Commences


Tuesday, 26th November

OCP Prep Orientation Day 4


Wednesday, 27th November

2020 Year 7 Classroom Orientation


Tuesday, 3rd December

Primary Swimming Carnival


Wednesday, 4th December

2020 Classroom Orientation Years 1-6

Year 6 Celebration Dinner


Thursday, 5th December

Nepal returns


Monday, 9th December

Service Projects Secondary

Presentation Night (NWS)


Tuesday, 10th December

Service Projects Secondary

Presentation Night (OC)

Last Day Term 4


Friday, 13th December

Staff Christmas Function

Staff Finish


Tuesday, 17th December

Offices Close


Thursday, 19th December

ELC Closed

Important 2020 Dates

Thursday, 23rd January

Registration Day

14th - 17th April

Curriculum and Professional Development Week - Student Free Week

General Information

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.

Canteen Closed
Weeks 3/4

The canteen will be closed in Weeks 3 and 4 this term due to unforeseen circumstances.


We apologise for the inconvenience.


Term 4 Menu

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.

Digital Technology Bytes
Week 2

10 Things Every Parent Can Do To Keep Their Kids Safe Online

(Children’s Health, Queensland Hospital and Health Service)

By Laura Easterbrook, Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service.


1. Talk openly with your child about their online activity

2. Keep screens and devices where you can see the

3. Know your parental controls

4. Know who your children’s online friends are

5. Be ‘share aware’ to protect your privacy

6. Keep control of your family’s digital footprint

7. Teach your children to keep their location private

8. Keep track of online time

9.  Be #SocialNetworkSavvy

10. Lead by example


Check out the link below for elaborations on each of these points.

10 Things Every Parent Can Do To Keep Their Kids Safe Online


Mrs Naomi Moss

eLearning and Curriculum Coordinator



Combined Campus Reports

Colour Run

We’re holding the School Fun-Run as a major fundraising event this year!  The event will be held on Friday November 8th, at Officer Campus from 11:15am to 12:55pm, and will be a COLOUR RUN to brighten up Term 4. This is a sponsorship based fundraiser, and we’re looking to raise $15,000 for the Nepal service trip. Keep your eyes peeled for the sponsorship forms which will be sent home with your child. Once you have the form, jump online at schoolfundraising.com.au and create a student profile page. Once you do this and raise at least $1 online, you will be entered into the $20,000 Ultimate Family Experience!


Students who raise $10 or more will receive a reward, and the more money you raise the better the reward, and the more you help the school!


The School Fun-Run is a healthy fundraiser that we hope you’ll get behind. The event sends a message to students about having fun while being healthy, all while helping the school raise funds.


We’re looking for all students to participate and we’re organising a great day for our community, so we’d love everyone to come down to support the kids.


If you have any questions about the Fun-Run please contact Miss Taylor  at e.taylor@heritagecollege.com.au or the School Fun-Run Office on 1800 FUN RUN.


Thanks for supporting the school and we hope to see you at the event!


Miss Elyse Taylor

Event Coordinator

Walk to School October

During the month of October, our Officer Campus Primary and Narre Warren South Campus are participating in the VicHealth Initiative “Walk to School - Building healthy habits for life”. Each class has a large chart where students can record if they walk to/from school each day. This is also a great opportunity for students to ride their bike or scooter to school.


As a family, we invite you to discuss this initiative with your child and see how you may integrate this into your normal morning/afternoon routine. Sometimes walking to school is not an option due to the location that we live, and so we have a few suggestions that may get you thinking about how your child could be involved. 


Option 1: Walk/ride from home to school (with parent permission, supervision or assistance)


Option 2: Park your car at a nearby Reserve or Park and walk to school as a family


Option 3: Participate on the dates when teachers will be supervising from two locations:

  • OCP Students are invited to walk to school together (including bus students) on Monday, 28th October from the Officer Recreation Reserve carpark. Drop off at this location will be between 8:30 - 8:45am.

  • NWS students are invited to walk to school together (including bus students) on Tuesday, 29th October from the Wood Road Reserve carpark. Drop off at this location will be from 8am until school commences.

Mrs Kim Nuske

Walk to School Coordinator

Enrolment News

Year 7 2020

Our Year 7 2020 cohort is shaping up to be one of our biggest to date with two full classes of 24. We have 48 spaces, 47 are confirmed and we only have one confirmed place left before we switch over to a waiting list. So if you're thinking of Heritage College Year 7 2020, don't delay - submit your application to secure the last confirmed space.


Prep 2020

Our Narre Warren South Prep 2020 class is filling up with 18 confirmed places already taken leaving around 6 places left. Our future preppies have enjoyed two orientation days and are already starting to form friendships with their peers, rapport with their teachers and are becoming more familiar with their classroom and play area environment which is a great first step in helping them to settle in quickly next year. 


Officer Prep 2020 is also filling quickly with 14 confirmed places already taken. Avoid the traditional rush of Term 4 and disappointment by securing a spot for your Prep today. Enrolling at Officer Campus offers the added bonus of continuing at the same Campus right through to Year 12. The campus features a newly opened MPC and sprawling grounds set in quiet bush surrounds but only minutes away from established housing estates and the retail hubs of Officer and Pakenham, Officer campus is a great choice for your Prep.


Early Learning 2020

There are still spaces for Early Learning 3 and 4 Year Old Programs available. Tours for families with 3 and 4 Year Olds are welcome to tour on Tuesdays at 9.30am, or with older children, can join in the larger campus tours and still experience the Early Learning Centre room on Thursdays at 9.30. Simply book your preferred tour date online. A reminder to all Early Learning families for this year to please submit your application for enrolment for Prep 2020 by the second week of Term 4. 


Tour Heritage College in Term 4 - Last Tour Dates Released for 2019
Head to our website to book a tour date online at Officer Campus (Early Learning - Year 12) or Narre Warren South Campus (Prep - Year 6) or contact our friendly office staff who are ready to assist you with booking a tour. Our tours run every fortnight at Narre Warren South (Mondays) and Officer Campus (Thursdays), facilitated by our Deputy Principals. Deputy Principal (Secondary), Mr Darren Martin, will answer any questions you have regarding VCE/VCAL and his tours are full of information regarding subjects offered and the secondary curriculum at Heritage College. Primary tours are facilitated by Deputy Principal (Primary), Mr Roger Sevenhuysen and are a great opportunity for prospective families to ask questions regarding the curriculum offered at primary level, meet the classroom teachers, discover extra-curricular opportunities available, hear about the history of the Campus and the plans for growth. You'll find our Leadership team to be dedicated, fun and focused on the best outcome for your child when they come to Heritage College.


Siblings joining us next year?

If your child has a sibling joining us in 2020, please remember that each child requires a separate enrolment. Please contact our enrolments coordinator at your earliest convenience as places fill very quickly in the early years' levels. 


New students Term 4

We accept enrolments in all year levels and Term 4 will see some new students join our 2019 cohort across both Campuses. The first day of Term 4 will see two new secondary students, as well as five new primary students, begin their journey with Heritage College. If you see them around campus, please remember to stop and make them feel welcome and help their transition into a new school be a smooth one.


Jackie our Enrolments Coordinator is ready to assist you through the enrolment process and can be contacted by calling 9796 0100 (Option 3).


Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

10th and 20th Anniversary of Heritage College

Save the Date: Friday 18 October 9am-2.30pm


You’re invited back to campus for the day as we celebrate Heritage College serving the community for 10 years at Officer campus and 20 years at Narre Warren South campus this year. 


There will be campus tours at both locations with the principals, and a tour of our newest facilities on campus and walk-thoughts of exciting future developments.  Hear from staff past and present, explore the future on campus together and contribute your thoughts. Beginning at Officer campus and concluding at Narre Warren South campus locations, a shuttle bus will operate between locations for guests. 


There will be delicious morning tea provided, photo opportunities and plenty of activities planned for the day. 

Register your attendance at: events@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au by Friday, 11 October 2019. If you are unable to attend, please complete our Google Form here to share your memories of Heritage College.



Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

Summer Camps

Year 6 Transition Program 2019


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

From the ELC

Newest Member of the ELC

Have you met the newest member of our ELC friendship group??????


Toby is a six week old Chihuahua X Fox Terrier who will be spending his days enjoying the kinder lifestyle with our friends. Having a pet in our centre will provide enrichment to the children’s education aiding them to develop knowledge about nature, ecology and relationships. Toby will help the children learn how to care for another living thing. He will provide opportunities to obtain a sense of responsibility and improve their social and emotional experiences as they learn patience, caring and tolerance. 


They children are already so in love with Toby and enjoy spending time with him!



Living Safely with Dogs Excursion

With perfect timing on Monday we had a visit from the living safely with dogs program. Miss Lisa taught the children how to approach a dog, pat them correctly and identify if a dog is feeling threatened. Through music, stories and contact with Miss Lisa’s dog the children thoroughly enjoyed learning some new skills to use with our friend Toby. 



A reminder that hats are a compulsory item for outdoor play in Term 4. As the UV levels rise with the warm weather we will have to restrict outdoor participation for those who do not have a hat. We have the facilities to store these at kinder if that helps. We will also be applying sunscreen throughout the day so if you wish to supply your own for your child please bring that in also.

From Narre Warren South

Brekkie Club


Cardboard Boxes Wanted in Year 4CP

Do you have a pile of cardboard boxes sitting at home, getting in the way and using up valuable space?  Let Year Four at Narre Warren South take them off your hands. Only have cereal boxes? No worries, we’ll take them too.  Not only will you be helping the environment by allowing us to reuse them, you will also be helping us to be creative as we turn them into some cool tabletop games out of cardboard.  We are super excited to create a new game in our ‘Push and Pull’ Science and Technology unit this term. If you are interested in donating your spare cardboard boxes, please send them to school with your child or give them to Mrs Jo Capon, Year 4CP teacher.  


If you would like to see where we got our inspiration, visit bit.ly/CardboardGames which shows a video of a father in China who created several games for his daughter using just cardboard, wooden skewers and rubber bands.  Keep an eye out near the end of the term for our follow up article with videos and pictures of the games we create. Thanking you in advance.

Mrs Jo Capon
Year 4CP Teacher

Scholastic Book Club
Issue 7

2019 catalogues are here and have been distributed to students. 


All cash orders need to be in latest by October 21st, 2019.  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.


Mrs Penny Tan


From the Officer
Primary Campus

Term 4 Dates to Remember and General Information

Please make a note of the dates and events below that apply to your child/ren.


Uniform Term 4

  • Weeks 1-3: follow the swimming timetable

  • Weeks 4-9: Full Summer Uniform - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; Sport Uniform -  Tuesday and Friday

  • Prep students wear Sport Uniform every day

Traffic Light Lunch Boxes Reminder

  • Recess: fruit, vegetables, salad, yogurt or cheese & crackers (or other ‘green’ foods)

  • Lunch: sandwich, wrap, roll (or other savoury)

  • Water Bottle: labelled with child’s name

When students have healthy ‘brain-food’ we notice that they are able to concentrate longer on learning and participate in learning without becoming tired. 


Events & Special Days in Term 3: Reminders will be sent home closer to each date/event

  • Lunch Orders Orders in weekly on a Monday and food is delivered fresh on Wednesday

  • School Banking Every Thursday

  • Walk to School Comp. Whole Month of October - Walk to school each day!

  • Swimming Lessons - 21st October

  • HC 10th/20th Anniversary - Friday, 18th October

  • World Teachers’ Day - Friday, 25th October

  • ASV Spelling Bee - Thursday, 31st October

  • Year 4 Sleepover - Thursday, 31st October - Friday, 1st November at NWS Campus

  • Long Weekend - 4th and 5th November: Melbourne Cup Long Weekend - No School

  • OCP Music Concert - Thursday, 7th November

  • Remembrance Day - Monday, 11th November

  • Year 6 Transition Day 4 - Tuesday, 12th November

  • Student Free Day - Friday, 15th November

  • 2020 Prep Orientation - Tuesday, 26th November (Day 4 of 4)

  • 2020 Year 7 Orientation - Wednesday, 27th November - Full Day

  • Swimming Carnival - Tuesday, 3rd December

  • 2020 Orientation Day - Wednesday, 4th December: Current Prep-Year 5 students

  • Year 6 Celebration - Wednesday evening, 4th December (Students and Parents invited)

  • Combined Assembly - Friday, 6th December: Includes Chapel, Assembly & Lunch provided

  • OCP Water Fun! - Monday, 9th December

  • Last Day Term 4 - Tuesday, 10th December

  • OC Presentation Night - Tuesday, 10th December (6pm start)

If you know of family or friends who are interested in enrolling their child at Heritage College Officer Campus, please encourage them to make contact with the College as classes for 2020 have limited spaces. 


Mrs Kim Nuske


Swimming Lessons Term 4

** Due to our regular early finish on a Friday, these lessons will run 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, allowing time for students to return to campus before the end of the regular school day.

Swimming Lessons Week 1

Prep-Year 2 students have loved their swimming lessons! A huge thank you to the classroom teachers, swimming teachers and volunteer parents for their time and dedication to having these lessons and supporting along the way! 


Mrs Kim Nuske


Library News

We hope that students have had a fantastic break and we look forward to hearing about any good books that have been read during the holidays. The library team are excited heading into Term 4, with new books appearing that have been requested by staff and students.  The beginning of Term is also a great time to round up any books that may be overdue. 


Keep an eye out for the latest Scholastic book catalogue!  Issue 7 is Scholastics bumper Christmas edition and is packed with great Christmas gift ideas and many wonderful books.  These catalogues will be heading home with students soon but if you would like a sneak peak you can find all the goodies here:




Orders are due by October 24 and can be made via the LOOP app or the Scholastic website at:




Thank you for your support!


Mrs Kylie-Ann Martin


Last Day of Term 3

The Preps and Year 1/2 class had some fun on the last day of Term 3. In the video, Mrs Nuske is playing the Pirate Game that they absolutely love!

From the Secondary Campus

Welcome to Term 4

The Finish Line is in Sight

It’s Term 4 already, and with it, brings a number of exciting changes to the school year - it’s Daylight Saving which means longer, warmer days heading into Summertime - and the school year is nearly done! It also means that over the next two weeks we officially see the Year 12 cohort finish the last of their exams in preparation for taking the next big step: finishing school and beyond. When you see the Year 12’s on campus at Officer, remember to offer a word of encouragement. It’s a long journey, and the finish line is well and truly in sight!


True Pioneers

It’s time for reflection, too, as we celebrate the milestone of the 10th and 20th anniversary of Heritage College within the Casey and Cardinia communities. We enjoy the benefits that the campus and college provide today due to the long hours, hard work and perseverance that those who have gone before us have sown and demonstrated. Join us on Friday 18 October from 9.30 am as we celebrate the many talents of those who have gone before us, welcome back staff and students from graduating years of 1999 and 2009, and hear from special guest speakers on ‘What it means to be a Pioneer’. All families are warmly invited to attend the official ceremony at Officer Campus from 9.30 am, and Narre Warren South campus from 12:30 pm.


Uniform Updates
There have been some minor adjustments to the College uniform that we are excited to announce during discussions in Term 3 with our supplier, Noone Imagewear. Keep an eye on next week’s newsletter for details.


With the planned events on campus, we look forward to celebrating our vibrant Heritage College community together with students and staff, both past and present.

Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary

Years 7/8 ASV Basketball

ASV Combined competition

Adventist Schools Victoria hold the Interschool Basketball Competition each year, where all schools in the ASV Network participate, including Nunawading, Edinburgh, Heritage and Gilson College (Mernda and Taylors Hill campuses). This year, 15 Year 7&8 Heritage College students participated in the team competition held at Gilson College - Taylors Hill campus during the week.



Heritage College competed well in the competition with the boys winning their game against Gilson College - Mernda,  and the girls’ team winning two out of their four matches against Gilson College - Mernda and Nunawading Christian College. 


The final girls match was held between sister schools and friendly rivals, Gilson College and Edinburgh College with a convincing win by Gilson College with 16 points to 6. Gilson College and Edinburgh went head to head again in the boys match ending with Gilson College taking home the win with a close 23 - 21 victory.


The Most Valued Players (MVP) for Heritage College were Ciera Erika (girls) and Devonte Fred (boys).


Well done to all who competed in this year’s ASV Tournament!


Mrs Palolo Lafatele


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