Heritage College News

13 February 2020
Term 1 Week 3 2020

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

Principal's Message
Dates to Remember
Get Involved
Meet the Staff
School Notices
From the ELC
From the Narre Warren South Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the Secondary Campus
Combined Campus Reports
Chaplaincy and Wellbeing
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

Principal's Message

Festival of Faith

This week has been a spiritually uplifting week for our College as we come to the conclusion of the Summer Festival of Faith across all campus locations.   


The guest speaker for this week is Mr Paul Westerland.  He is an amazing speaker, youth leader, and servant of God.  I first met Paul in New Zealand, and recall him as a musically gifted and respectful who often sang in Church with his family.  Now to see him at Heritage College sharing his life story with the students is truly a blessing from God. 


This week, students have feasted on faith-filled stories, engaging experiences, heavy history, powerful perspectives of true worth and identity, and presentations of a life lived for God by a messenger who claims not to have it altogether, who claims not to have all the answers, but who knows who to “connect” with, and make it through the challenges of life. 


We are very grateful for Paul’s time and energy this week, his investment into the students and passion for young people.  Paul’s final message to the students will take place on Friday. We would like to wish him all the best for his future endeavours and for him to know that he is always welcome to the Heritage College family.


The impact he has had on the students can be heard in discussions around the college.  One student has responded by writing a poem of how she perceived the messages shared this week (see the combined campus news page in this newsletter). 


Have a great week and may God richly bless you and your family.


Mr Sonny Aiono


Dates to Remember

Calendar Changes

Event Postponed:

Sod-Turning Ceremony @ OCP (Previously on Thursday 27th February). New date TBC


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


Friday, 28th February

Clean Up Australia Day


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

Get Involved

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.


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. 



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


Home and School Committee

We are looking for parents who would like to help plan family events for the school year - would you have some spare time to lend a hand for a Famly Picnic Fun Day, planned for February 23rd?


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


Pania and Carmel

Home and School Committee

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.



Avondale College


Meet the Staff

Meet… Miss Lindsey Birch, Primary Wellbeing Coordinator

Tell us a little about you.

I'm originally from Queensland (so I get cold very easily).  My family became missionaries to the Solomon islands when I was a teenager.  After many adventures to various islands (Fiji, Vanuatu, and later, Hawaii), I studied a Chaplaincy degree at Avondale College before joining the team here at Heritage College last year.


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

I just finished a book called 'Building a Discipleship Culture' by Mike Breene. I love learning more about the Bible - whether that be theology, ministry, history, or even a well-research novel based on the life of a Bible Character.  My very favourite author is Terri L. Fivash who has written the best stories based on the lives of Joseph, Ruth and Boaz, and King David.


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

I love this quote by Padesky, "Because sometimes if you are too confident of where you are going, you only look ahead and miss detours that can lead you to a better place."


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

I can't wait to get to meet you!  Starting soon, we'll be able to catch up in an after-school, parents-only space on campus.  Then you'll get to experience first-hand why your kids might say, "that Miss Lindsey - she's really fun!"


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

I love to sew! I also love going out in nature, journaling (which sometimes turns into poetry), singing at the top of my lungs, and hugs.  Lots of hugs.


School Notices

PB4L Value Awards

Week 2 - Excellence

Year 2/3C - Jayde

Prep DH - Kyrie 

Year 2C - Mason

Year 3CH - Fern

Year 5W - Nyasha

Year 6RP - Dannica


Week 3 - Resilience 

Year 5W - Given

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.

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.

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.

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


Heritage College New Canteen

Our new canteen structure across the college is in full swing. Students and staff have already taken delivery of orders made online and been treated to the delicious meals on offer. 


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 do I place my order?

Order online at www.schoollunchonline.com.au.

Register your information, choose your College campus and healthy menu options, order your kid's lunches, then pay as you go or top up your account regularly. 


Where can I collect my order?

NWS Campus: 

Orders can be collected from the Dining Room at 12:50 pm


Officer Campus: 

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

Heritage College Uniform News

For those that have been with Heritage College for some time, you may have noticed a gradual change from the old logo (pictured right) to the new (pictured left). While there have been some small colour and font adjustments, the crest and its elements remain unchanged: the open Bible, the Dove representing the Holy Spirit, the wreath that represents the prize of achievement, the crown atop reminding us that God is sovereign and the ribbon with the motto “In Him We Live”. 

Over the course of 2020, some uniform elements will be updated to include the updated Heritage College logo. You may have seen the front gates at Narre Warren South campus now reflect these changes. Eventually, all items of the uniform range will also be changed over to reflect the updated logo.  We estimate this process will be completed by Term 4, 2021. For now, there are a few things changing in Term 1. 


Spray Jackets (will be retired from Uniform Line end Term 1, 2020)

As of the end of Term 1, 2020, the old Spray Jacket will be retired from the official Heritage College uniform line.


A term’s grace period applies for wearing the old Spray Jackets. Old Spray Jackets can be returned to reception any time before the end of Term 1, 2020 - look out for the giant purple bins! All jackets returned will be recycled via a local retailer who specialises in garment sustainability.  


Summer Uniform: New shirt for boys released

An updated shirt is available for purchase via the official uniform supplier, Noone Imagewear. The difference between the old and the new is that the new shirt contains an embroidered logo and may be worn untucked.  


Questions on school uniform can be directed to your child’s classroom teacher and your deputy principal. 


Mr Sonny Aiono


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


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.



Please have orders in by the 12th of February.


Happy Reading,

Your Library Team


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.

From the ELC

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 the Narre Warren South Campus

Narre Warren South Campus Parent Information Evening

There is always an air of excitement when you kick off a brand new school year. We appreciate the families who set aside an hour or so of their Tuesday evening this week to visit the school and discover some exciting things happening in our college community. Children were excited to introduce Mum and Dad to their teachers and give them a tour of their classrooms. Thank you to our dedicated teachers who have worked tirelessly to create engaging learning spaces for their students. 

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal, Primary

The Knitting Club

The Knitting Club will begin again for 2020 at 1pm tomorrow, Friday 14th February and all children are welcome to join. 


Mrs Cate Parkinson

The Knitting Club Coordinator



Celebrating Mr & Mrs Nobes' Wedding

The staff at Narre Warren South campus held a special celebratory morning tea for the new Mrs Alicia Nobes (nee Wold), who had her wedding over the summer holidays.

Please join us in congratulating Mr and Mrs Nobes. We wish them all the best in their new and exciting journey.

Brekkie Club

Breakfast Club happens every day of the week at Narre Warren South, where student leaders serve others a hearty breakfast of healthy food.

Mr Nigel Eales

NWS Breakfast Club Coordinator

From the Officer
Primary Campus

Flat Stanley Project

The Year 1 Class is working on a fun geography project after reading the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. In the book, a young boy Stanley gets flattened by a bulletin board in his bedroom. He is fine but now he is flat! Luckily for him, that means he can be folded up and put into an envelope and sent anywhere in the world.

This gave the Year 1's an idea! They have created their own Flat Stanley to send around the world. We have been learning how to write friendly letters which they have put with their Stanley in an envelope. All of the letters have been posted, so now we sit back and wait for our Flat Stanley’s to return from the numerous places around the globe. We are then going to learn about these places and find them on a map.

We will keep you updated on where Stanley has been.


Mrs Courtney Bennetts

Year 1B Teacher

From the Secondary Campus

Exchange Students Meet the Principal

Japanese exchange students Fumiya, Takya, Megumi, and Noemi met with Deputy Principal of Secondary Mr Darren Martin during the week. The students, with the support of Exchange Program coordinator Jenny Toepperwein and Year 10 Coordinator, Mr David Nuske, spend ten weeks on campus immersing themselves in English, improving their fluency and learning about Australian culture.


Secondary Swimming Carnival

Students from Years 7 - 12 travelled to the Pool in the Park Doveton for the recent Secondary Swimming Carnival 2020.


The day was filled with enthusiasm as students warmed up for their swimming heats. Students performed in 50m freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and age relay finals. Students also had the chance to perform for the House colour with the novelty events including the Sunken Treasure and Pool Noodle Relay. 

The day concluded with students have some fun in the sun on the waterslide and play pool where they kept cool from the summer heat.


This was the closest swimming carnival ever making it exciting for competition. Landy came in at 4th, Court came 3rd, Elliot came 2nd and Jackson came 1st by a margin of only 1 point!


All students showed excellent sportsmanship through encouragement and participation. Our college values of excellence, service, resilience and respect were exhibited by all and made for a positive experience throughout the whole day.

Mr Reuben Sleight
Year 7-12 Sport Coordinator


Year 7 Information Evening

A number of Year 7 Parents and students attended the recent Parent Information Session, held Monday 10 February. Mrs Sione spoke about expectations, uniform and routines in starting secondary school. Although the choc-chip biscuits disappeared quickly over the course of the evening, parents took the opportunity to have conversations with staff about subject areas and choices available for their child in Year 7.  

If you were unable to be present on the night, please know that you were missed. To keep up to date and view the information presented at the Year 7 information evening you are welcome to view the presentation here.


We look forward to journeying with you through the first year of high school.


Mrs Palolo Sione

Year 7 & 8 Coordinator

Combined Campus Reports

Festival of Faith recap and highlights

Mr Paul Westerlund joined the Heritage College community as guest speaker for the Summer Festival of Faith 2020. Paul has been speaking to primary and secondary students at both campus locations on realising your greatness and connecting to God.


Student Reflection

Festival of Faith...to me
(By Eden, Year 9)


The speaker stood at the front

And waited for silence

Everyone looked up

And he said he loved us


All of us as individuals

As students of this school

As children of a loving God

He said, "I love you."


We are valued

We are held

We are worthy

Of love


That intro right there

I felt that

A simple phrase

Causing mental combat


If someone high up says go

If they say I love you 

Who am I to say no?

Who am I refuse?


But... who am I to be held

Who am I to deserve

This unending love

This life eternal


Young people today

Go through phases

They make mistakes

And it's okay


They say who am I?

To feel worth

To be pretty

And make others insecure


But the speaker's question

That hit me hard

Was a waking shot

It was who are you not?


Who are you not be loved

Why do you not deserve it

Why do you have to feel worthless

When really you are worth it


He pulled out a red bill

He said who wants this?

Hands were thrown in the air

So he crumpled it up, but the hands stayed still


He was dumbfounded

So he threw it on the ground

Spat on it with his mouth

But the hands stuck around.


He started to explain

He said this bill is you

When you go through trials and pain

When you struggle with heartbreak


When you are put down

Spat on, and thrown to the ground

The hands in the air are like God

He loved you then and he loves you now

Chaplaincy and Wellbeing

Wellbeing Corner

My name is Lindsey Birch, and along with my colleague, Delphine Schlegel, we are the Primary
and Secondary Wellbeing Coordinators. The new year has started with a bang. I hope you’re all
enjoying the transition back into school after a long break. The New year period is often a time
where many people reflect on the past and decide to make positive changes for the future. In the
Wellbeing department, we’ve also been planning some positive changes for the year ahead!
Firstly, we’d like to introduce the 'Wellbeing Corner'. This is a new regular part of the newsletter
where we discuss issues relating to positive mental health, raising children in the digital age and
tips for spiritual enrichment at home.

Another change to keep an eye out for is a regular time and place for parents to gather together
after school at both campus locations. We’ve noticed that some parents like to arrive early for after school pick-up and we’d like to make your waiting time more enriching. We will provide a student free environment with refreshments and a member of the Pastoral care/Wellbeing team to chat with. We will provide more details as they come to hand.


Lindsey Birch

Primary Wellbeing Coordinator

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