Heritage College News

19 July 2018
Term 3 Week 1 2018
From the Principal
Staff Spotlight
Dates to Remember
General Information
From Narre Warren South
From the Secondary Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

From the Principal

Welcome Back to another grand term at Heritage College.


Well, here we are again back in the business of learning.  Week 1 has been a great re-introduction to school life for all students and staff.  So how were your holidays? Did you get some quality time with the children? Did you manage to get a break at all?  How many late nights did your children have?


So what have I been up to?  Well my holiday was spent doing a lot of cleaning around the house and also catching up on some reading.  I have been reading this book by Dr Ramesh Manocha. It can be downloaded from Amazon for about $18.00 and it will be money well invested.  This book shares information about these great topics:
  • Teen sleep habits

  • Learning difficulties

  • Healthy habits for a digital life

  • Understanding the teenage brain

  • Friendship and social skills

  • Cyberbullying and so much more.  

This is a great book that can be used even just for reference to further research or study.  One of my greatest takeaways from this book is that the teenage brain is really under ‘deconstruction’.  According to Dr Manocha, the brain begins a ‘pruning’ of the neural pathways that are no longer in use or useful.  Also, another fascinating fact, is that the teenage body, reduces the secretion of the sleep hormone ‘melatonin’ from the ages of 13 to 19!  


This means that teens naturally do not feel tired early in the night.  Yes that’s right, teens naturally will stay up later because their bodies are changing.  Challenge #1:  Even though their bodies can stay up later, it doesn’t mean they do not need sleep.  Therefore, we need to help them to regulate their sleep behaviour so that their bodies can get their required rest and their brains can get their necessary time to process the learning from the day.  


Challenge #2:  Somehow, we also need to work with our young people to regulate the use of devices. Interestingly enough, the blue light from devices can inhibit the secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin too.  So, if our young people are using devices in their rooms until very early hours of the morning, they actually do not ever get the proper sleep cycles they need to help their bodies and minds to recuperate and recover.  Have you ever had a grumpy teenager?


There is a lot in this book that I recommend reading however to help summarise I created the document below.  I hope you get the time to read the book and even more so, to implement the ideas and suggestions held within.  


May God bless you all as we move into another term and I look forward to catching up with you all over the course of the next several weeks.

Mr Sonny Aiono


Staff Spotlight


Dates to Remember


23rd - 27th July

Whole School Festival of Faith


Tuesday, 24th July

Year 10 Information Evening & Subject Expo


Friday, 27th July

School Fees Due


Tuesday, 31st July

Open Morning NWS 10-12pm

ICAS English


Wednesday, 1st August

Prep Orientation Day 1 NWS


Friday, 3rd August

Bus Fees Due


Tuesday, 7th August

Open Morning OC 10-12pm


Wednesday, 8th August

SSV District Primary School Athletics


Thursday, 9th August

Combined Schools Day of Worship - Primary


Friday, 10th August 

Combined Schools Day of Worship - Secondary


13th - 17th August

Science Week


Tuesday, 14th August

ICAS Mathematics


Wednesday, 15th August

Prep Orientation Day 1 OC


Thursday, 16th August

VCE SEISS Touch Rugby or AFL/Netball


Friday, 24th August

Student Free Day

Professional Development Day for Staff


27th - 31st August

Literacy and Numeracy Week


Monday, 27th August

Book Parade NWS


28th - 31st August

Year 9 Rafting Camp


Tuesday, 28th August

Years 9/10 SEISS Touch Rugby or AFL/Netball


Friday, 31st August

Father's Day Community Walk & Morning Tea

General Information

Entertainment Book Fundraiser


'Building a Resilient Child'

Parent Information Session

Tuesday 7th August

6:30pm at NWS in the Chapel

More information to come

Digital Technologies Newsletter Bytes Week 1

Encouraging Healthy Technology Use in Young People

If you have 5 minutes, why not check out what Greg Gebhart the Senior Education Trainer at the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner has to say about ‘Healthy Technology Use’.


“What is the impact of technology on young people's brains, and what can parents do to encourage healthy technology use? Greg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer at the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner discusses current trends in young people's tech use, what research tells us of its impact, and strategies to promote a healthier, more balanced engagement with technology in their daily lives.”




Mrs Naomi Moss

eLearning and Curriculum Coordinator



From Narre Warren South

Pillars of Strength

Isn't it exciting to see our new PB4L pillars standing tall along the driveway as we enter NWS Campus? What a great reminder to all members of our college family to display our four values as we go about our daily routines.

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

From the Secondary Campus

New Uniform Procedures

If your child is unable to wear their uniform correctly, please send a paper note, or an email to your child’s Homeroom teacher explaining the reason and providing an outline of when this will be rectified.  


Please ensure that the note or email you send has these very two important points:


a) What is the reason for the non-uniform item.


b) When will your child have the correct uniform item.



If your child wears the incorrect uniform to the College without a note or email the staff will follow the process below:


1. On the first instance, you will receive an email from your child’s Homeroom teacher.

2. Should this happen a second time, you will receive a second email from the Homeroom teacher.

3. On the third occurrence, you will receive a phone call from the Homeroom teacher informing you that the matter is being referred to the Deputy Principal and that a suspension is likely until the uniform can be worn correctly.


If your family is experiencing financial difficulties in providing the proper uniform items, please inform our Administration team either through email or a letter.   In addition, feel free to make an appointment to speak with the Principal and the College Bursar so we can support you and your child.
Mr Darren Martin
Deputy Principal Secondary


Device Borrowing Now Available

There are some circumstances which occur whereby students do not have access to a device because it may be broken, lost or the battery is out of charge.  Should this occur, students are now able to borrow a school owned iPad from the Reception desk (located in the ELC building).


Students are allowed to borrow a device either before school, or during their breaks at recess and lunch.    Students may also request of their teacher to be sent to Reception during class time to borrow, should the need arise although this is not the preferred option.


These loaned iPads are required to be returned at the end of the school day.  Should students fail to return them, please note that you will receive an email from the College informing you that a fine of $439 will be added to the family's school account until it is returned in the same condition which it was borrowed.  This will also affect students borrowing from the Library.


Mr Darren Martin
Deputy Principal Secondary

Reminder: Senior Pathways Expo Evening

We look forward to see all Year 10 students and their parents at the upcoming Senior Pathways Expo this coming Tuesday, 24th July. It is not to be missed.


This evening aids in determining pathway and subjects choices in Year 11 and beyond. You will be able to compare the VCE and VCAL pathways and get teacher input which will help make an informed devision about what would be the preferred choices for your child.


Come armed with any questions that you may and enjoy hearing the staff talk passionately about their specific subject areas.


Drink and nibbles will be available.


Mr Darren Martin
Deputy Principal Secondary

From the Officer Primary Campus

Events and Special Days in Term 3

Information letters will be sent home closer to dates when required

  • Festival of Faith (FOF)! Week 2!

    • Each morning from 10 - 10:50am at NWS

    • Students will travel by school bus each morning with their class teacher

    • Mon-Thurs: OCP students will spend Recess at NWS and then return to OCP for regular classes.

    • Friday: OCP students will stay at NWS until the completion of their gymnastics lessons and then return to OCP.

  • Gymnastics Lessons

    • Each Friday at NWS campus

    • Prep/1 Lesson: 10:40am

    • Year 2/3 Lesson: 11:30am

    • Year 4/5 Lesson: 12:20pm

    • Note: lesson start  times during Week 2 will be altered due to our FOF program.

  • Year 3, 4 & 5 - Hooptime Basketball

    • Junior Team (Yr 3/4) competition date: 30th July

    • Senior Team (Yr 5) competition date: 15th August

  • Enrichment Program

    • Year 2, 3, 4 & 5 Students - Fridays from 1:30-2:15pm

    • Choice of:

      • OCP Choir

      • STEM Projects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

  • Combined Primary Schools Day of Worship - 9th August at Nunawading Christian College

  • Science Week: 13-17th August

  • Scholastic Book Fair Shop at OCP: Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd August

    • Author Visit: Catherine Bateson - OCP will travel to NWS campus for this event on Monday, 20th August

  • Literacy & Numeracy Week: 27-31st August

    • OCP students will attend our first Officer Campus Parade!

    • More information will be sent home closer to the date

  • Father’s Day Celebrations & Community Walk:  Friday 31st August

  • Football (AFL) Clinic run by Melbourne FC for Year 4/5 students

    • 4 sessions running on a Wednesday from Week 2-6, starting at 12pm

    • 25th July, 1st August, 8th August, 22nd August,

  • Footy Colours Day - 7th September

    • Wear Football (or Sports team) colours for the day. All donations will go towards the Fight Cancer Foundation’s education program for kids to continue their education during treatment and recovery.

  • SEISS Athletics Carnival (selected students only): Tuesday, 7th August

  • 2019 Prep Orientation Days

    • Day 1 - 15th August

    • Day 2 - 5th September

    • Note: If you know of future Prep students who intend to enroll in the OCP 2019 Prep class, please contact the school to register for the Orientation Days. We thank you in advance for sharing these dates with your friends and family who may have young kids getting ready for their 2019 schooling.

  • ASV Primary Basketball Tournament: September 11th (more information closer to date)

  • Finish time for final day of the term: 2:15pm on Friday, 21st September

  • Term 4 Start Date: Monday, 8th October


Student Free Days

  • 24th August - Pupil Free Day (Teacher’s Professional Development Day)

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