24th Nov - 6th Dec
Year 12 Nepal Service Trip
Tuesday, 4th December
Primary Swimming Carnival
Thursday, 6th December
Year 6 Celebration Dinner
Monday, 10th December
Service Projects - Secondary
Presentation Night - Primary
Tuesday, 11th December
Service Projects - Secondary
Presentation Night - Secondary
Last Day Term 4
Thursday, 13th December
Friday, 14th December
Staff Christmas Breakup
Tuesday, 18th December
Please note that the canteen will be closed next week for the rest of the year and will reopen for Week 2 of Term 1 2019.
Prep/1W - Tyler
Year 2/3C - Keiraleigh
Year 4/5N - Brooke
Prep DH - Diesel and Tegan
Year 1WV - Tibba for Resilience and Madison for Respect
Year 3MC - Albert for Respect
Year 4/5W - Jake
Year 5RJ - Matthias for Respect
Year 6E - Sophie
Did you know that campus news and stories are shared via Heritage College on Instagram? It's a great way to stay in the know about the great things happening at our wonderful school.
If you have photos from an event, you can share them with the Heritage Community by:
If you need any help using our social media channels, don't hesitate to reach out to Fiona Spence, Community Engagement Officer at the office.
Mrs Fiona Spence
Community Engagement Officer
If your child is interested in their fitness, sport and enjoy a challenge, why not register them in the Sanitarium Weet-Bix TRYathlon?
Early bird rates of $49 end on the 20 January.
Online Basics from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner
“Your children’s online world is as much a part of their life as offline, so it is crucial that you are as involved in supporting their online wellbeing as you are their physical health. Your skills in rule setting, support, guidance and respect are just as important to helping ensure your kids enjoy positive digital experiences and to help them gain confidence in asking for advice and support. Knowing they are equipped to make sound decisions and manage risks online is so important, especially with the number of internet-enabled devices that can be used without adult supervision.”
Explore the internet together
Digital education and communication is essential to the safety of your kids online. This will help instill confidence in your kids—and peace of mind for you! Exploring the internet together and talking about the websites, games and activities they enjoy is a good way to start those conversations. Get to know your children’s friends both online and offline and use technology-based solutions to help protect their devices—filters, parental controls and e-security software are all great tools. Remember—there is no substitute for your involvement because no-one loves your kids as much as you do.
Three steps to protecting your kids online. You can help keep your kids safe online using these three basic strategies.
1. Communicate openly with your kids. It’s not possible to supervise your kids 24/7 so finding ways to establish and maintain trust is really valuable.
Talk to them about their online activities, from chatting about their favourite websites to asking who they are talking to and if they are having any online issues.
Give them strategies to deal with upsetting online content, from turning off the screen, telling a trusted adult, and showing them how to block and report people.
Research the age ratings for the games and apps your child uses so you can determine age appropriateness and suitability.
Explore the sites and apps your kids love, play online games together and consider setting up your own accounts with the sites they frequent. This will help you familiarise yourself with the operation of those sites and potential risks. Ask your kids to show you how they work—they’ll love teaching you something!
Set age appropriate rules for using the internet and devices and, where practicable. Seek your child’s input—this will help your child understand risks. As they get older you can review your rules to align with their maturity level.
2. Use technology tools to keep them safe. There are so many technological advances that can enhance the experience for your child online and help keep them safe, both within the site or app and for their devices.
Use parental controls and install filtering software to help block unwanted content and pop-ups and to restrict access to specific content and pages.
Help your child to set up the privacy settings on all sites and devices they use.
Locate the computer in an area of your home that can be supervised. Parents of older children may have an ‘open door’ policy when devices are used in bedrooms and to ensure that screens are facing outward. And make sure you check in regularly to see what they’re viewing.
Consider rules for internet-enabled handheld devices—where and when.
Install and update anti-virus and other e-security software to restrict unauthorised access to data on the home computer. Ensure all security features are turned on and set to automatic scan and regular updates to protect against the latest risks.
Activate safety features on web browsers to protect your devices and personal information.
Show your child how to block and report users or pages on the sites they use.
3. Encourage safe and responsible behaviour. Setting rules for your child’s internet use and establishing clear boundaries and expectations is imperative. Your rules will depend on the age of your kids and the level of responsibility you are willing to give but is underpinned by conversation, education and trust.
Consider a family online safety contract as a tool to negotiate agreement about rules and renegotiate as required. It could cover the type of websites that can be visited, time spent online and acceptable online behaviour. This example from ThinkUKnow Australia can be a good starting point for your own family contract.
Educate your kids about safe and positive online behaviour and encourage them to think before they post, text or share; be respectful online; avoid posting things that may upset others; and understand that content can remain online forever and can be shared by others without permission.
Help them keep their personal information private. This means avoiding using full names, phone numbers, home address, school name and date of birth.
Set their online profiles to the maximum privacy settings. Online conversations, images and videos might be viewed by others and can’t always be removed.
Ensure your child uses strong passwords on devices and explain the importance of not sharing passwords, even with friends.
Talk to them about cyberbullying behaviour and how to report and manage it. You can get some great advice and resources about cyberbullying on our website.
Explain the dangers of meeting face to face with someone they have only chatted with online.
Encourage your child to talk to a trusted adult if any content they view or if contact with someone online makes them feel uncomfortable.
Taken directly from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner iParent Portal:
Mrs Naomi Moss
eLearning and Curriculum Coordinator
“Our church seeks to be relevant, inclusive and non-judgmental. We acknowledge and respect differences and offer fellowship to anyone who seeks it. We are an active church that practises hands-on ministry.”
333 Centre Road, Narre Warren South.
10-11am - Hot Drinks and Catch Up
11am - Worship Team and Pr Lagi bringing the Word
Pr Lagi Limu
Heritage Church Pastor
We all have things in our lives that we are proud of, achievements, milestones, firsts. For me it’s the achievement of completing two Tough Mudders which if you have been reading the last few newsletters you would heard a few of my experiences along the way. I now have three Tough Mudder headbands, as you receive one for completing multiply events.
As I crossed the finish line and was given my headband it got me thinking. This is just a headband that I wear around my head. But one day I’m going to get to wear a crown around my head.
I have bragging rights over my Tough Mudder headbands but when it comes to the crown that we will receive in heaven, we have no bragging rights. We only get to wear that glorious crown by accepting the gift of salvation that Christ offers to us. We cannot earn our crown, no matter how hard we may try. This then got me thinking about what Jesus did in order for Him to be able to give us the gift of salvation.
The crown of thorns that Jesus wore around His head was only one of the painful parts of His death of the cross. Jesus wore the crown of thorns on His head so that one day He can place a gold crown on my head, if I only accept that wonderful gift of salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 rings truth, I can brag about all the worldly achievements that I acquire but only God get the glory for the plan of salvation.
Mrs Isabelle Millien
Greetings to all! This week's value is respect. A story was once told about respect called “The Wooden Bowl”. A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
What we can learn from this story is you reap what you sow. This is exactly like the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Regardless of your relationship with one another you should always respect care and love them. Thanks and God Bless. Milko
On Monday morning a representative party from Heritage College visited Courtenay Gardens P.S. in Cranbourne North. Courtenay Gardens P.S. is a local government school who have built up an amazing Multi-media Program over the past decade. Each morning, Mr Scott Balliet (Multi-media Teacher) and student leaders from Year 6 produce and host 'The Morning Show'. The show is streamed live to every classroom in the school and viewed by close to 900 students and staff each morning during homeroom.
Our team were invited to observe the production of their show on Monday morning and we spent time asking questions and taking notes. Mr Aiono was even briefly interviewed as a guest on The Morning Show. We hope to start a similar initiative, in a smaller capacity, at Heritage College in the near future.
Mr Roger Sevenhuysen
Deputy Principal Primary
A reminder that this week is the last week of borrowing and ALL book/s will need to be returned by Nov 29th, 2018. The library will be closed starting Nov 30th, 2018 for stocktake.
Congratulations to our Star Readers for Term 4, 2018. (Year 3-6). If you haven't got your prize, please see Mrs. Tan in the library.
3MC - Anjali & Nandani
4/5W - Kaitlyn & Spencer
4CJ - Heavenly & James
5RJ - Aishati & Olivia
6E - Achel & Asha
The library will be closed starting next week to finalize stocktake. Remember to return ALL your library book/s to your teachers or to the front office.
Mrs Penny Tan
St John Ambulance Victoria visited our school on Friday, 23rd November to deliver their free First Aid in Schools Program to our students. The program took an innovative approach to ensure all First Aid lessons were a fun and interactive experience for students of all learning capabilities.
Trained St John presenter, Jess, led students from Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 5 and Year 6 through tailored sessions on the importance of First Aid and what to do in the event of a medical emergency.
Prep-Year 2 students learnt about how to identify when there is an emergency, keeping them-selves safe, and how to call for an ambulance.
Year 5 & 6 students learnt about delivering CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the things they can do to assist in an emergency.
A lot of fun was had by all.
Miss Alicia Wold
Year 1WV Teacher
And then there were two.
At the start of this term 14 students signed up to play in our annual Chess Tournament, each week students would compete with each other in a 3 game guarantee style tournament. Slowly, we have been whittling the teams down to our grand final. Students have really enjoyed having fun playing the game during this competition, and have displayed fairplay and a good Christian spirit.
The school would like to thank all those who took part this year, but naturally there can only be two competitors in the grand final.
Congratulation to Eric and Micah in Year 6E, who will play off this week to see who will be the 2018 Primary Chess Tournament champion.
We wish you both the best of luck.
Mr Nigel Eales
There was excitement in Grade 2 today as some students went to the Home Ec room to make Frogs in the Pond.
They followed the procedures set out, making the jelly and constructing the delicious desserts. They made enough for the whole class who sat silently devouring their Frogs in the Pond.
Mrs Sandra Watson
Term 4 Opening Hours
Please note the following dates and times the shop is open for the rest of the year:
Please note that if you wish to visit the shop outside of the normal operating hours please email:
[email protected] or contact Reception to arrange an appointment.
For my Encounter assignment I decided to do three different diary Entries. The first one was about what the Prodigal Son was thinking on his way to his father and the second and third were what the father was thinking before and after the day of his son’s arrival. I decided to do the diary entry because it was a way I could relate with my spiritual Journey in life. Spirituality to me is a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience—something that touches us all. In life, we often go our own way of thinking that we are always right.
We don’t listen to the wise advice that gets given to us and we are ignorant rather than just take it and be grateful. In life I’ve went my own way and turned away from God and others who were trying to help me when I was in the dark.
I wish I’d rather been more appreciative than hesitant. I now know it’s temporary not permanent and that’s why God puts obstacles in our lives to teach us lessons and to not relive history.
God’s forgiving, even though he hates sin, but he loves the sinner. He paid the price and guides us along our struggles like he did with the Prodigal Son as God has a plan for us as it says in Jeremiah 29:11. Rufe
Year 8 Encounter Studies ‘The Prodigal Son.’
We were given a choice of the way we would like to present our assignments and I chose to make the robe in which the father would’ve given the son.
My robe consists of two main colours blue and white. The blue symbolises the son’s faith path and heaven while the white symbolises purity, cleanliness, cleansing and perfection. The stitching styles are also symbolic.
Throughout the design there are two main stitching styles - straight to symbolise a straight path and zig zag to symbolise his party life where he squandered his money.
While there are also two “paths” to represent the son veering away more and more from God. So if you follow the blue path that starts with the blue diamante on the back of the robe it starts straight, then veers away, zig zags, and then once it reaches the bottom it turns white and so it symbolises his cleansing stage which was when he hit the bottom of his life.
Then the diamanté’s on the straight white stitching represents doubt/pit holes to going home. While the other diamanté’s represent a path back to heaven/God at the top of the robe.
Other little details were a diamanté heart which was to represent a wealthy heart not just hands; like before and blue cuffs of fabric around the arms represent that his path is in control and in his hands now.
I really enjoyed this assignment and learning about the Prodigal Son.
I also especially enjoyed taking it into my personal experiences and comparing them. Jessica
The Prodigal Son is an impactful parable that Jesus told. The main message of it all, in my opinion, is that everyone deserves forgiveness, just as God forgives. God is the epitome of unconditional love and I realised that more through this unit. My banner has a lot of hidden symbolism on it, but the main gist of it all is that through mistakes/mess ups in life, there will always be more positives, even if there will always be more positives, even if it doesn’t seem like it. We are the lost lambs and Jesus is the shepherd that finds us time and time again. Grace
Term 4 Opening Hours
Please note the following dates and times the shop is open for the rest of the year:
Please note that if you wish to visit the shop outside of the normal operating hours please email: [email protected] or contact Reception to arrange an appointment.
If your child has collected 10 Dollarmites tokens and would like to redeem them for a School Banking reward item this term, please fill in your child’s redemption slip and bring it along to one of our School Banking days before 30th November 2018. This will ensure the reward item will arrive before the school holidays.
Our final School Banking day for 2018 is Thursday, 6th December. Any Dollarmites tokens that are not redeemed this year can be used in 2019.
Mrs Krystelle Kothe
School Banking Coordinator
It has been exciting to see our OCP Year 5 students plan and present applications and speeches to apply for positions of Student Leadership in 2019. I think you will agree that we have a fine group of students from which to choose our very first OCP School Captains.
Our Primary students and staff have voted and now all we need do is wait until Presentation Night where names will be announced.
We wish all our candidates the very best and know that whoever is announced will do a super job, and those who do not receive a position of leadership will still be leaders in our school in their own right.
Mr Roger Sevenhuysen
Deputy Principal Primary
The OCP Choir will be singing three items at the Pakenham Carols by Candlelight program on Dec 8th. All families are invited to attend this evening which is sure to be a great family night out.
Kinders at Orientation Day
Soon we will say farewell to our 4yr old Kinders who will be entering into Big School (Primary) next year! Last Wednesday it was very quiet in the ELC as our 4yr olds spent the morning at Orientation, some at Heritage Officer and others at Narre Warren South. For most children and families, starting school is a very big, exciting step. Please feel free to approach one of our ELC staff if you are in need of further support that will assist your child to prepare for school, to make the change and to have a positive start to school.
ELC families are all invited to our End of Year Graduation/Presentation Night on Monday, 10th December at 6:15pm at the Narre Warren South Campus, 333 Centre Road. This night is an opportunity for the children to celebrate all they have done during the year. It is also a time for us to say goodbye to our kinder kids who will be embarking on their school journey next year. Please arrive on time as the ELC will be first to present.
As we make preparations for the end of year, our Kinder kids have been working on a special project for Presentation Night. We have been practicing the song “Drummer Boy”. Can you guess what project they’re working on? You’ve guessed it! Drums! A special thank you to all who have donated tins for this project.
Our Kinder Kids are excited to venture out on an excursion to a Berry picking farm next week.