Heritage College News

05 September 2019
Term 3 Week 8 2019
From the Principal's Desk
Staff Spotlight
Dates to Remember
General Information
Combined Campus Reports
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

From the Principal's Desk

Let Me Think

When you are posed with a tricky problem or difficult question, what do you immediately start doing?  You get thinking - and you don’t even think about it. Researchers have found that people, on average, have between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts every single day.  That’s a lot of thinking!  Whilst the practice of thinking happens a great deal at school, we also want to ensure that students are effectively taught critical thinking skills - how to think - and demonstrate these skills to teachers, pastors or to parents.


In 2020, Heritage College will launch a new initiative ‘thinking skills’ programme, delivered to the entire school, that students from Prep right through to Year 12 will benefit from.  The ‘Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment’ is a comprehensive thinking skills programme designed to be used in the classroom and also at home.


What is involved in the programme?
This innovative programme is designed to improve general thinking practice, metacognition, and student engagement.  Students will be exposed to thinking skills lessons, and students of all levels will be taught how to:


  • scan for information properly and quickly
  • analyse data competently
  • answer difficult questions confidently
  • label difficult words and then to understand the sentence, and much more.

An information evening for families will prepare your child/ren for the program, and also provide you with an opportunity to develop great thinking skills at home. Our school calendar will also be undergoing an adjustment to accommodate staff training in this area. Please note the dates for staff professional development (Student Free Days):


TERM 1 - Week 5:  Monday, 24th of February. Student Free Day - Day 1 of training in FIE.


TERM 2 - Week 1:  Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th April 2020.


Mr Sonny Aiono


12 SEPTEMBER 6-8pm

For over 20 years, Heritage College has provided excellence in values-based education for families in Cardinia Shire. We invite you to experience Heritage College (Early Learning - Year 12) on Open Night, Officer campus, Thursday 12 September from 6-8pm. 


Open Night is an opportunity for new families to discover, existing families to share and previous students of Heritage College to re-connect on campus.

New families can engage in classroom activities, meet with teaching staff in a relaxed environment, and explore the campus with regular tours with school captains and principals.


We welcome all current Heritage College families to attend. There will be free activities for young children, including an animal zoo and jumping castle whilst the older ones can try the challenging rock wall. Light refreshments will be available during the evening, and entertainment will be provided by the Heritage College band.


Register your attendance at: heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/opennight

Staff Spotlight


Dates to Remember


9th - 13th September

eSmart Week


Tuesday, 10th September

OCP Prep Orientation Day 2


Wednesday, 11th September

NWS Prep Orientation Day 2


Thursday, 12th September

R U OK? Day

Open Evening Officer

Years 5/6 Hooptime NWS


Monday, 16th September

Parent/Teacher Interviews NWS


Tuesday, 17th September

Parent/Teacher Interviews OC



Thursday, 19th September 



Friday, 20th September

Footy Colours Day

Last Day Term 3 Finish @ 12:50pm


Sunday, 6th October 

Daylight Savings Starts


Monday, 7th October

Term 4 Starts


Tuesday, 15th October

OCP Prep Orientation Day 3


Wednesday, 16th October

ASV Primary Soccer Tournament


Friday, 18th October

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

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.

Chaplaincy Placement Announcement

For the next six months Delphine Albert will be carrying out her Counselling placement with the Chaplaincy team. 

Delphine is an ex-student of Heritage College and is also now a mum of one of our prep students at Officer primary. 

Delphine will spend her time at the Officer campus and focus on working alongside Janelle Chilton.   

Delphine will be working only with students whose parents have given written consent.


Thanks for making her welcome.  


Mr Sonny Aiono


Canteen Menu
Term 3


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 8

What if my child is cyberbullying others?

This is a really tricky and often uncomfortable thought/idea/discussion to have. The questions, how will I know, what do I do if they are? Will race around our heads and incite stress/anxiety. We all view our children as our ‘babies’ no matter how old they get and often the idea that they might make mistakes and do the wrong thing seems alien, but it is important that we teach our children, no matter how hard the conversation might be, that learning from mistakes, making it right and doing the right thing is always best. 

A great quick article about this very idea (found on the eSmart website) might help you support your child through these difficult situations.




Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum Coordinator

PB4L Merit Awards
Week 8

Prep W - Meer

Year 3/4C - Keira 

Prep DH - Deanna 

Year 3MC - Emmanual

Year 5W - James

Year 5/6RP - Filip for Service 

PB4L Report
Week 8

Resilience. Bouncing back. Sounds like a good challenge. It almost sounds like it could be fun. Got back on my bike; happy days!

Often we just expect kids to pick themselves up. At least this is probably true when we freely throw around lines like “you’ll be right”, “just try again” or “c’mon, you can do it”. Could it be that somewhere in our subconscious, we see “little” kids as having “little” problems, not REAL adult ones that matter?


When you were a child, what were the issues you faced that would floor you? Teasing? Failure? Self-esteem? Reputation? Neglect? Addiction? Materialism? Anxiety? Familial matters?


It might be startling to realise how these ‘little’ issues aren’t so little at all, but in fact, are the very same problems affecting us today. 


It should be reassuring to know that God is not nearly as dismissive as we can be. Oh to have God’s perspective on things would be tremendous!


“God sees us as we are, loves us as we are, and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He does not leave us as we are.” - Timothy Keller


A child that needs to bounce back doesn’t need a motivational speech. He or she doesn’t necessarily even need the right advice. The child needs to know that someone noticed. Someone understands. That someone cares, especially, in spite of their predicament. 


“Jesus understands every weakness of ours... whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.” -  Hebrews 4:15,16


It is our prayer that every child in the Heritage community can experience this, via parents and teachers alike, but ultimately, to taste true unparalleled grace found in none other but Christ.


Mr Darrell Chang

PB4L Committee Member



Get out and about in Cardinia Shire!


Combined Campus Reports

Heritage College Open Night Thursday, 12th September - Save the date!

As a current family of Heritage College, we invite you to attend the Heritage College Open Night at Officer campus on Thursday, 12th September. Our last Open Night provided an opportunity for families from both campus locations to come together for the evening. Be entertained by the Heritage College band, explore the secondary campus and enjoy food from our canteen and food trucks on site. There will be activities too - the little ones will love the jumping castle and visiting the animal farm, whilst the older ones can try the challenging rock wall.


Join us next Thursday, 12th September 2019 from 6pm – 8pm at Heritage College Officer Campus, 66 Starling Road, Officer.


If you’re a current family of the College, there’s no need to register - simply come for a great night and show your support!


Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

Father’s Day Celebrations

It was pretty cool to have some of the dads of our primary school students join us for our Father’s Day celebration. Officer held their special Father’s Day program last Friday and Narre this past Monday.


A hot drinks van made a special visit both mornings to provide our dads with a hot cuppa.  A massive thank you to Mrs Julia Wawruszak and Miss Naomi Thomas for putting on a special Father’s Day spread.


Also a big thank you to our primary classes who lead out the worship program for each campus.  To our dads, stepdads, grandpas, uncles and senior mentors, thank you for all you do for your children.


Lastly, to all our beautiful students, know that there is one Father that has promised to always be with you, God our heavenly Father. God the Father is the only perfect father and we can trust him completely. You can call on Him anytime!  


Pr Lagi Limu 



Community Walk NWS


Chapel NWS

Year 5 Polly Woodside Excursion

Not Even the Rain...

The threat of rain was imminent but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the Officer and Narre Warren South students as they headed towards the city in a very cosy train carriage. The destination… the Polly Woodside docked near the convention centre.


Sounds of excitement filled the air as the students greeted each other and as we progressed down the line, more and more people filled our cabin. The students, even though feeling the lack of personal space, did extremely well with the situation and somehow we all got to our destination without much of a dint to ourselves.


After a little stroll down to the convention centre, we enjoyed a very long break that included snack and lunch together. A visit from a family of swans became the main attraction as we waited patiently to enter our venue. Some of the students even gave the little cygnets a name! Eventually, we got in and it was an eye-opener as the students learnt about what life would have been like on a tall ship, especially with inclement weather!


Many students had a marvellous time learning about the names of certain parts of the ship, ringing the bell and what the role of various crew members would be. The most talked about section was the little room that all the ship crew used but only one crew member was in charge of cleaning. All in all, the students learned a lot and were eager to get back to their safe and comfortable homes for the afternoon.


Thanks goes to the Officer students and staff that joined us on our adventure and all those that helped in the running of the excursion. I am sure that many had a great variety of stories that were told when they got home that evening.


Mr Andrew Waldrip

Year 5 Teacher


Student reflections:

If someone asked me, would you like to go on a trip on the Polly Woodside, I would say “No!”. Like me, a sailor? Where did that idea come from? I don’t wanna spend the rest of my day down in a dirty old broken ship. If you went on Polly Woodside and really want to go on a cruise, just saying, pick another boat, no offence. If any of you parents have a job, I’m so glad they didn’t pick this one cause if they did, they have 96% chance of getting killed. So do you really want to go on the Polly Woodside? And don’t even get me started on the toilets. Korje


I would hate to be a sailor on Polly Woodside because the food is horrible! The reason is the cook has no taste in food, the food is plain and there are so much rats and maggots in the food, which gives you diseases. Another thing that I hate is the dangerous chores! Yes, there are chores on the ship like scrubbing the deck and ringing the bell and they’re not really dangerous. But there is one job that is really dangerous that most off the sailors would died from; putting the mast up. I say that because you can possible slip and die! Those are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t be a sailor. Maaseiah


Why would I ever be a sailor! Vomiting over board in my bed, just no way. I’m going to be a sailor, never. I’ll never scrub decks and eat food with rat poo in it. I will almost die tying up the mast and falling off.  You can die by a big wave hitting your ship. I bet you, you will cry. Jacob


Who would want to be a sailor? I don’t want to be a sailor because you could get sick or get a cold, fall off the ship and die, get sea sick and vomit ion the ship, get whipped if you do something wrong or have to work hard. You don’t get to shower that much, there’s no light, it’s too dark. They have to eat gross food, they share beds and lay next to someone’s stinky feet, sharing the same toilet all the time and using the same rope to wipe your bum on. Talulah


Rocking, rocking the whole trip and doing work is life on Polly Woodside. Horrible food and lots of people getting sea sick is life on Polly Woodside. Thunderstorms, stranded on islands, tricky and stinky jobs is life on Polly Woodside. Diseases, rats, insects and poo is life on Polly Woodside. That’s why I’d hate to be a sailor on Polly Woodside. Matteo

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

Term 3 Gymnastics Timetable


Year 6 Families VIP Tour of Secondary

The Secondary years are a big step from Primary School. We look forward to continuing the journey with you and supporting your child to make the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 at Heritage College, Officer Campus.


We warmly invite you to experience the Secondary Campus with us, on a Principals’ Tour with Mr Roger Sevenhuysen (Deputy Principal - Primary) and Mr Darren Martin (Deputy Principal - Secondary). 


On a walking tour of the campus, you will experience the classrooms in action, view the learning spaces and samples of student work. The tour will also give you the opportunity to connect with Mr Martin and become familiar with the layout of the campus where your child will attend. Our College Bursar will also be on hand later with any queries regarding bus fees and charges.


The tour for current Year 6 families is scheduled for the following date:


Thursday 19th September 2019 from 11:30am

Heritage College, Officer Campus

66 Starling Road, Officer


If you would like to attend the tour, please arrive at Officer campus reception prior to the start time.

From Narre Warren South

Book Fair Extravaganza

Last week's Book Fair was a great success with just over $2,150.00 in sales giving us a commission of $650 free books for our library. 


These books are already being catalogued by our librarian and will soon be available for loan.  See picture of all the titles chosen. 


Thank you to all students and parents who purchased from our Book Fair and made this possible.


Mrs Sandra Watson

Book Fair Organiser

Pet Responsibility

Children had the opportunity today to learn about keeping safe around dogs and looking after pets. Peter from Pet Responsibility brought along Willow, his Australian Shepherd, to demonstrate to us how we can be safe around dogs. Peter also explained to us how microchips work to allow vets to help dogs and cats find their owners when they are lost.


Check out the photos and videos for the steps to follow when approaching a strange dog and its owner. Hopefully we can all remember to be safe and respectful next time we want to pat someone's dog. 


Ms Alicia Wold

Year 1W Teacher

Competition Winners

Thank you to all the students who entered the Colouring Competition and the Design Your Own Book Cover Competition.  The winners, who each received a $15 voucher to be spent at the Book Fair, are:


Colouring Competition

Prep - Leilani, 

Grades 1/2 - Alexandria


Design Your Own Book Cover Competition

Grades 3/4 - Emmanuella

Grades 5/6 - Juni




Mrs Sandra Watson

Book Fair Organiser


Book Fair NWS

Brekkie Club


From the Officer
Primary Campus

Term 3 Dates to Remember and General Information

Welcome back to school and the start of another new term. The staff at OCP have been busily planning lessons, excursions, outings, sport events and much more for Term 3. Please take note of the dates and events that apply to your child.


Uniform Term 3:

  • Full Winter 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

  • School Banking Every Thursday

  • Gymnastics Lessons 3rd, 10th & 17th September @ OC MPC

  • 9-13th September - Digital ‘eSmart’ Week

  • 10th September - 2020 Prep Class - Orientation Day 2 of 4

  • 12th September - Open Evening at Officer Campus

  • 17th September - Parent/Teacher Interviews @ OC in the MPC

  • 20th September - Footy Colours Day

  • 20th September - Final Day of Term 3 Finish @ 12:50pm

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 school as classes for 2020 are filling up fast already!


The Prep class enjoyed some sunshine after the Father's Day program last week. What a beautiful day, a beautiful outlook and a wonderful bunch of students!


Mrs Kim Nuske


Hooptime Success!

Congratulations to the OCP Years 5/6 Hooptime team, the Heritage Cats, who made it to the Grand Final for Hooptime this year! This team of ten OCP Years 5/6 students have dedicated their time and energies into training with their coach, Brett, in preparation for this event.


After winning all four of their draw games, the Heritage Cats made it into the semi-final where their team work and keen eye for shooting came in handy! A very exciting win in the semi-final meant that they made it to the final where they came runner up.


Well done to all the players who showed outstanding sportsmanship and teamwork! Also, a massive thank you to Brett who coached these students each week during PE lessons. Go team Heritage!


Mrs Kim Nuske


Father's Day at Heritage College

Primary students from Heritage College, Officer Campus hosted the annual Father’s Day morning tea for fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, uncles and special men in their lives. Guests enjoyed a lively connection and conversation over a scrumptious breakfast, participated in Chapel (with plenty of dad jokes) and classroom activities followed by fun photo opportunities together with their children and families.


Thanks to @Kafaloft for serving great coffee on the morning!


Mrs Fiona Spence

Community Engagement Officer

News from The Second-Hand Uniform Shop

This term in the shop we have a lot of new second-hand items. We have three high school blazers in near new condition. These are only $80 each, a great price.


If there is something you are after, come by and have a look.


Opening hours are: Tuesday 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-3:10pm.

From the Secondary Campus

Secondary Music Concert


Years 7/8 LOTE

Students drew then wrote about their house in Indonesian.


News from The Second-Hand Uniform Shop

This term in the shop we have a lot of new second-hand items. We have three high school blazers in near new condition. These are only $80 each, a great price.


If there is something you are after, come by and have a look.


Opening hours are: Tuesday 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-3:10pm.

Teenage School Holiday Program


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