Heritage Newsletter

30 November 2017
Term 4 Week 8 2017
From the Deputy Principal
Dates to Remember
General Information
From Narre Warren South
From the Secondary Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the ELC
Heritage College
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Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

From the Deputy Principal

Moderation in All Things - Digital Technology

Aristotle coined the phrase, “Moderation in all things.” Oscar Wilde followed with his own, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”


I often think of food when I hear phrases talking about moderation. How much food should I eat? What types of food should I eat moderately? I have learned over years of experience that a low-carbohydrate and low-sugar diet works for me. That means, I eat less potatoes, rice, pasta and bread than I once did. I also eat foods with low or no added sugars. This works for me and helps keep the ‘bulge’ in check.


For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends we get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of each. But again, what does this mean for me? I find that I have to get up and move throughout the day. Unlike many, I love to exercise and go for a run. My family attend boot camp once a week and I try to go for a run twice a week. If I don’t exercise I feel lethargic and my body starts to tell me to get up and move.


We should also moderate our use of Digital Technology(DT). I have no doubt DT can add value to our lives through information availability and accessibility, but it can also come at a price. DT can promote “desensitization, aggressive behaviour, and gender inequity because of the prevailing content aimed at consumers.” (Adventist World – Nov 2017) Our children (and adults for that matter) are affected because of their impressionable, developing brains.


Studies have shown a decline in working memory and attention correlated with texting and online use, as well as affecting the quantity and quality of our sleep. Other research suggests that even sleeping with a device close to our heads can disrupt our sleep patterns.


Adventist World Magazine, November 2017 edition has supplied us with:


6 TIPS for Digital Balance

  1. Create a personal and family DT policy.
  2. Take a DT-use inventory
  3. Designate DT-free zones
  4. Create intentional DT timeouts
  5. Don’t sleep with mobile phones nearby
  6. Learn more about these issues

Digital technology is not going away; in fact, it is increasing in its pervasiveness in our lives. We should embrace DT, but like so many other areas off our lives, be careful to set clear boundaries for its use.


Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Dates to Remember


Friday, 1st December

Pathfinder Investiture

AFL Sporting Schools Program

Years 4-6 / Periods 1-4


Wednesday, 6th December 

AFL Sporting Schools Program

Years 4-6 / Periods 1-4


Thursday, 7th December

Year 6 Celebration Dinner


Saturday, 9th December

Student Baptism


Monday, 11th December

Service Projects - Secondary

Presentation Night - Primary


Tuesday, 12th December

Service Projects - Secondary

Presentation Night - Secondary

Term 4 Finishes


Friday, 15th December

Staff Christmas Brunch

Term 4 Finishes for Staff


Tuesday, 19th December

Offices Close

General Information

PB4L Value for Term 4

Prep/1W - Matteo and Jayde

Year 2/3/4N - Alexis

Prep DH - Alexandria

Year 1W - Jacy, Josh and Julian

Year 1/2K - Rachelle

Year 3J - Daniel and Gok

Year 4W - Aishati

Year 4/5RC - Sunny

Year 5/6E - Durety

Merit Awards

Year 3J - Sanjee and Liam

Year 4/5RC - Koang and Michelle

LOTE Report

We are studying the topic of FOOD this term.  We are learning the names of dishes, ingredients, reading recipes and cooking a well known dish, Nasi Goreng.


The students had fun.

Mrs Lian Scheermeijer

LOTE Teacher

Christmas Program


From the School Captains

Wow, just two more weeks till school is finished, that's crazy!


A quote by Howard Zinn is, “Small acts, multiplied by millions of people can change the world.” Meaning, when someone sees you pick up that one little piece of rubbish that wasn’t even yours, they might go off and pick up rubbish of their own, then someone sees them and so on and so forth.


The ripple effect is very effective; it can make a gigantic difference from one person to another so this week we should all try and do an act of kindness and see if we can see a ripple effect in the school.


Eden and Max

School Captains


Ladies and gentlemen, this is an opportunity for you to have your say!  Please, could you spare 5 minutes to quickly have your say and tell us how you can contribute in 2018 to your school, Heritage College.  


Click the following link for the Volunteer Form.  
Thank you.
Mr Sonny Aiono


Heritage College has been very blessed over many years to have attracted wonderful staff who have made such a significant impact on our College community.  


Unfortunately,  there are sad times when we say goodbye.  This year, we have a number of amazing staff who will be leaving us at the conclusion of the year.  We would like to take this space in our newsletter to farewell the following staff and to thank them for the incredible knowledge, skills, resources, activities and experiences they have shared with us here at Heritage College.


Pastor Faye Stothers

Pastor Faye’s  spiritual leadership  over our college for many years, has seen the most baptisms in Victoria.  She has worked as our College Chaplain and the Pastor of our Heritage College Church since 2008, with her positive and supportive influence impacting so many aspects of our college family’s life.   We wish Pastor Faye all the very best in her future endeavours. 
Mrs Marizanne Stark
Mrs Stark has been an integral member of our school family. She has been fundamental in so many of our College events, always providing the ‘sparkle’ we need to make Heritage College look great and attract prospective enrolments. We also wish Mrs Stark the very best for her future endeavours.  

Mrs Chloe Kent

Mrs Kent has worked in the Primary School for the last four years at our Narre Warren South campus.  We will still see Mrs (Kent) next year, but not in a full time role.  We wish her all the best in the next chapter of her adventure with her husband.  


Mrs Marcela Orellana

“Are you hungry?”  Mrs Orellana is the one who has been responsible for putting a smile on your child’s face every Monday and/or Wednesday at both primary and secondary canteens.  Mrs Orellana has been running canteen for over 10 years at both campuses and she will be missed indeed.  

Mrs Ashlyn McMahon

Ashlyn McMahon has been a valuable staff member at our Heritage College Early Learning Centre and Narre Warren South Campus Primary School.  She commenced in February 2017 as the Out of School Care Hours Care Co-ordinator and also taught for one day a week, sharing a class with Mrs Capon. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.



It is never easy to say farewell to a family member.  We encourage our families to take a moment to farewell our five wonderful staff members, who are moving on to a new journey in their lives.  We will miss them all and we pray all the very best for 2018 and beyond.  

God bless!
Mr Sonny Aiono

Second Hand Uniform Needs

Our secondhand hand uniform ‘shop’ is in need of supplies. If your child has grown out of any uniform item, of any size, that still has some life left in it, we would appreciate it if you would consider donating it to our cupboard.


We have families that may benefit from purchasing secondhand uniform items to help with their financial situation.


Please ensure the uniform item is clean when presenting it to the Administration Office on your campus. 


We thank you in advance for your generous donations as we provide this vital service to our college community.


Thank you.


Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Vacation Care Program January 2018



Please note next week will be the last week for Canteen.


Thank you.

CFA Notice


From Narre Warren South

NWS Campus Swimming Program


Swimming Fun Day (last day of swimming) will be on Thursday, 7th December.

Brekkie Bar


Integrated Studies Visits

Last week Years 4-6 students had their last cultural visits as part of their Integrated Studies unit learning about different cultures and economies around the world.


Irene came and shared about her Malaysian culture and beautiful food from different groups in Malaysia, both Asian and Indian. Lina also shared her Italian culture and showed students the difference between traditional dancing and more modern dance. Thank you to all those who came and shared their culture with us.

Mrs Isabelle Millien  

Year 6MJ Teacher

From the Library

CONGRATULATIONS to the Star Readers of Term 4.


3C - Kenna 

3J - Gok 

4/5RC - Kate 

4W - Amish

5/6E - Durety and Michelle 

6MJ - Faith and Eden


Mrs Penny Tan


Spelling Bee Winners

On Monday 27th November the Spelling Bee winners were presented during assembly with their prize money.


Years 3 and 4 Winners

1st place - Justine - $15

2nd place - Kenna - $10

Tie for 3rd place - Aishati - $5

Pavneet - $5


Years 5 and 6 Winners

1st place - Eden - $45

2nd place - Reese - $15

3rd place - Ryan - $10

4th place - Eric - $5


Eden received such a large amount because she came 3rd in Year 5 and 6 out of 7 schools entered from around Australia.


Well done everyone!

Mrs Aloma Camps

Spelling Bee Coordinator

From the Secondary Campus


Year 7 Service Project

Year 7 Encounter classes have demonstrated that a little time, money and effort can go a long way. The classes have been challenged to create a service project during Term 4 of this year, with the aim of helping others.


Many ideas were floated and planned, and they settled upon raising funds with a bake sale to support different causes. The sale was a success, with $259.75 being raised last Thursday. 7A have chosen to donate their share to purchase sports equipment for the primary school.


7B boys are purchasing several chickens for struggling families from the ADRA gift catalogue. As the chickens grow they provide eggs for food and income, and fertiliser for people’s gardens.

7B girls will be combining their profits with those of the pink free dress day, coming up this Thursday to donate to breast cancer research. The classes would like to thank all the parents who provided food and money for this worthy cause, as well as students and teachers who donated, assisted and purchased food to support these worthy causes.


It is so heart-warming to see students who are passionate about helping others in such meaningful ways as these.

Mrs Camilla Christian

Year 7 Encounter Teacher

From the Officer Primary Campus

Garden a Plenty!

Students at Officer Campus Primary enjoyed planting vegetables and fruit in their own veggie garden. Each morning students water and care for the plants and have enjoyed watching the plants begin to grow and bear fruit. 

Mrs Kim Nuske

Year 2/3/4N Teacher

From the ELC


Vacation Care Program January 2018


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