Heritage College News

11 October 2017
Term 4 Week 1 2017
From the Principal
Dates to Remember
General Information
From the Narre Warren South Campus
From the ELC
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

From the Principal

Lunch Box Time!

Coles...Woolworths...Aldi...mandarins, bread, luncheon...it all starts again! “C’mon everybody, up you get - it’s school time”, is the call made by many parents at this time of the year and the response from some children is “Hooray”, and yet for others, “Oh no, not school again!”.  Whatever the case is, I’m sure your job as a parent has now kicked into another gear altogether.  Go super parents!  


There are some new super students who have joined the Heritage College family just this term too.  We would like to welcome Tasharni (Year 8), Kingston-Lebron (Year 2), Hailey (Year 2) and Lavon-James (Prep) who have joined us this term.   We hope you have all had a great start to your term here too!  


Did you know that in many ways, school is like this lunch box.  It’s contents are lovingly prepared by someone and then packaged up for the child to enjoy.  Sometimes the children who access their lunch boxes have no idea what is in store and are pleasantly surprised by the contents and others know exactly the content but always look forward to it anyway. Admittedly, there are times when a parent will place something that is really challenging for a child to eat but is really beneficial for the child’s health.  This may not be a welcome piece of food but a really necessary one!


This term at Heritage College we will continue a myriad of fun learning opportunities to enjoy, for students from Kinder, all the way to Year 12!  Admittedly, there are going to be some challenges also in the learning.  Sure, it may not be something a student may want to digest or even practice, but it will be beneficial for the student’s academic health!  
Teachers have some exciting features in store for your children, such as: swimming lessons, Year 6 dinner, Year 12 formal dinner, Year 9 Solo camp, Prep orientation days, end of the year speech nights for both campuses and more exciting yet challenging learning happening inside the classrooms.  So, what surprise is waiting for you in your student learning lunch box?  Let’s enjoy the learning together, that has been so lovingly prepared and packaged for each child.


Mr Sonny Aiono


Nowadays, it's who you know...

I recall walking into a restricted area in a factory not too long ago and someone was about to stop me...then he looked over my shoulder, paused and said to the person behind me, “Afternoon boss!”  I walked right through the entire factory unhindered because of who I was with!  Nowadays, in a lot of cases, it’s who you know that counts!


So who do you know?  I would say that you know many people who are special, important people that allow you access or privileges that you couldn’t get on your own.  My proposal to you, our readers, however is, that you do not need to know celebrities to experience the joy of the “..who you know..” situation.  In fact there are people who you know right now, who are not celebrities, but who you can bless and people who can also bless us here at Heritage College.


At Heritage College, we have spaces available but they are quickly filling.  God is drawing quality enrolments to the College and many of these are because of you inviting families who you already know, to come to the College and enrol.


Here is how you can help our College.  If you know of a family who are wanting to look at a college with a difference, where Jesus is worshiped and where the values of Excellence, Resilience, Respect and Service are encouraged, then invite them to come and enrol.  Once they are enrolled, to show our appreciation, we will gift you $200. This is really a thank you from the College for going out of your way to make a referral.   


So what are you waiting for?  Let’s get out there and share the invites with “...who you know!”


Mr Sonny Aiono


Dates to Remember


Saturday, 14th October

Pathfinder Club Night 5-8:30pm


Monday, 16th October

School at Work - Open Classrooms NWS


Tuesday, 17th October

ASV Years 7/8 Basketball


Wednesday, 18th October

Prep Orientation Day 3 OC 9-12:50pm


Thursday, 19th October

Year 7 MCG Excursion

Last Day Year 12


Friday, 20th October

School Fees Due


Tuesday, 24th October

Years 9/10 SEISS Volleyball/Tennis


25-26th October

Year 9 Solo Camp


Wednesday, 25th October

Prep Orientation Day 3 NWS



Thursday, 26th October

Primary House Athletics Carnival

(changed to 1/11/2017)


Friday, 27th October

Bus Fees Due

World Teachers Day


Sunday, 29th October

Pathfinder Fair Day Practice



Tuesday, 31st October

New Student Orientation Day

(excluding new Preps)


Wednesday, 1st November

VCE Exams Commence

Primary House Athletics Carnival


Thursday, 2nd November

SEISS Athletics Carnival

Primary Spelling Bee Competition


Monday, 6th November



Tuesday, 7th November

Melbourne Cup Day

No School


Thursday, 9th November

Years 7/8 SEISS Volleyball/Tennis


Friday, 10th November

AFL Sporting Schools Program

Years 4-6 / Periods 1-4


Saturday, 11th November

Remembrance Day


Sunday, 12th November

Joel's Piano Concert


Wednesday, 15th November

Prep Orientation Day 4 OC/NWS


Friday, 17th November

Reporting Editing Day

Student Free Day


Sunday, 19th, November

Pathfinder Fair Day / Rally Day


Wednesday, 22nd November

Year 12 Formal


Thursday, 23rd November

Last Day Year 12


Friday, 24th November

VCE Exams Conclude

AFL Sporting Schools Program

Years 4-6 / Periods 1-4


Sunday, 26th November

Pathfinder Waterski Day (invite only)


Monday, 27th November

Library closed for the year

General Information

PB4L Value

Value for Term 4


Enrolments 2018

It is that time of year again when we are asking you to let us know if your child/ren are NOT returning to Heritage College in 2018.


As we are already in the planning stages for next year, and have significant numbers already enrolled for 2018, we would appreciate knowing as soon as possible if you plan not to be enrolled for 2018.


I'll take this opportunity to remind you that our terms and conditions require a minimum of one full term’s notice, or an additional term’s fees will apply.


Thank you for noting this.


Mr Sonny Aiono


From the School Captains

This week's value is Service. Service is something beautiful, something selfless and something this world needs more of. It is too often that generations like mine become less attracted to the idea of service, which is an act of helping or doing something for someone.


There are two ways to serve. The first way: serving others. In the Bible it talks a lot about serving others, and putting others' needs before yours. This could be through doing a good deed for them, or even helping them out with something, something like doing them a favour.


The second way of serving is serving God, and completing a service He has called you to fulfill. God allows us to choose whether to listen to His calls or not. He gives us the option to either be selfish or selfless, and that is the beauty of it. He has no bias, nor any words to make you feel bad about not doing His work, but instead lets us know He is pleased when we do complete the services He asks us to do through abundant blessings.


Hebrews 6:10 says: ‘God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.’ To serve God is to love Him. To love is to serve. So simple, yet so challenging for a humanity so self-centred.


This week I challenge each and every one of you to do an act of kindness with a service mentality for the good of others and not yourself! And also, pray to thank God for His goodness and mercy, let Him impress on you what it is He is calling you to serve as/for. 


Blessed week everyone!


Tylah and Tristan

School Captains

Digital Citizenship

At Heritage College, we want to continue to encourage and develop students of excellence who are committed to being 'Internet Awesome': students who know how to safely and positively interact and conduct themselves online.


While students are at school, they are taught lessons surrounding digital citizenship, keeping safe online and using digital media; however, we know that the lessons can't stop here. 


We'd love to encourage a strong partnership between home and school and know that children feel most supported when there is open communication and support between the two. Upon saying this, we hope to foster with you a family commitment to safe digital citizenship. 


This family commitment to safe digital citizenship starts with a conversation at home and can be reinforced with a pledge from your child and yourselves to practice being Internet Awesome—smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave—when online.


I encourage you to take up the challenge with your child and pledge your Internet Awesomeness!

Mrs Naomi Moss

eLearning & Curriculum Coordinator

Homework Policy Review

For some people, homework is a waste of time! For others, homework is an absolute must!  So what is your opinion?  Do you have a theory about homework you would like to share with the Heritage College School Council?  The School Council are currently reviewing our homework policy.  This is your time to have your say.  Perhaps you have some research to support your opinions.  Or you may have some strong feelings you would like to share regarding homework processes and how you see it could change.  

Our Homework Policy is attached below for your reading.  Perhaps you like the policy as it is and you would be happy to continue with it as is? If you would like to have your say in our upcoming review then please fill out this online google form by clicking this link https://goo.gl/forms/3XsYQrkJp1rARYGf1

The results will be collated and adjustments made as necessary.  Thanks for having your say.

Mr Sonny Aiono

Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 7 has been distributed to students.  Book Club Issue 7 catalogues are bursting with over 350 items! 


• 186 new releases
• Over 185 titles $10 and under
• 76 titles $5 and under 


Issue 7 has an exclusive Bonus Book offer for parents who order and pay via LOOP. Parents who have registered for LOOP could have the opportunity to earn up to three Bonus Books with their Issue 7 order. Just follow the instructions on the order form.


Register for LOOP today, for the chance to earn extra books in time for Christmas! 


All cash orders need to be handed to the Office by 23rd October 2017.   Any queries can be directed to Penny Tan at p.tan@heritagecollege.com.au.


Thank you.


Mrs Penny Tan


AdventCare Bendigo – Respite & Permanent Beds Available

AdventCare Bendigo is located in Golden Square and offers excellent accommodation for people from around the North Central Victoria area.   Offering an exceptional standard of residential care, we are ready to support families with changing care needs.


We offer Respite Care where you or your loved one spend time at the home to provide you with supported care and accommodation for a period of time up to nine weeks a year.  This allows you to experience residential care and to have an assessment of your ability to function at home and your changing care needs.  This also provides your carer or partner with a break so that they can recharge, have a holiday or fulfil another commitment whilst you are cared for. 

Respite Care can be used regularly or prior to a permanent admission so that you are comfortable with living in the home and enjoying the activities it offers.


There are landscaped gardens which offer Residents the opportunity to take walks whilst enjoying their surroundings.  AdventCare Bendigo promotes healthy living through excellent vegetarian meals, and caters for the personal needs and preferences of all residents.


Our activity co-ordinators liaise with residents to arrange social outings and activities. We offer on-site activities, bus outings and church services. 


There is a real family atmosphere amongst staff and residents at AdventCare Bendigo. We welcome you to come in for a complementary guided tour. Please contact us on (03) 5443 7999 or email bendigo@adventcare.org.au.

Refer a Friend


Secondary Art Room Requests

We will be focusing on recycled materials as part of our projects for next term. Could I please ask for families to save the following items and pass them onto either Tamara or Venitta, for me to collect.


Items suggested: plastic soft drink or water bottles (any size), bottle caps/tops, large and small cans/tins. Please ensure these are all rinsed so that they are not smelly! Garden sculpture on its way...stay posted for photos to come next term.


Mrs Sharlene Stratford

Art Teacher

From the Narre Warren South Campus

NWS Campus Swimming Program

Our Term 4 swimming program has started this week with dry theory lessons being conducted at school to introduce students to water safety and fun. Next week, all classes will head to Casey RACE, Cranbourne, to begin their nine-week program. The timetable below outlines times for bus travel and swimming lessons for each class.


Please prepare your child by sending them to school with their bathers under their Sport Uniform every Thursday. Children can also bring to school a pair of sandals or thongs to slip in to before they board the bus, making it easier for changing in and out of wet clothes and uniforms in the change rooms. Students will then put their shoes and socks back on when they return to school.


Other items to remember are: a swimming bag (plastic bag), dry underwear, towel, swimming cap (optional) and goggles (optional).



We encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity to educate our children about water safety and learning the techniques of swimming. It is expected that all children will participate in the program each week.



Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

From the ELC

New adventures!

There was great excitement in the ELC for the start of the school holidays because the new ELC bus arrived just in time for the Vacation Care children to go on the first excursion of the holidays.  


This 12 seater bus will allow the ELC team the freedom to go on excursions and attend inter-campus events. We hope to see you all as we journey around the area.

Miss Ness


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