Heritage College News

19 September 2019
Term 3 Week 10 2019
From the Principal's Desk
Staff Spotlight
Dates to Remember
General Information
Combined Campus Reports
From Narre Warren South
Years 4, 5 and 6 NWS
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the Secondary Campus
From the ELC
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
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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


Staff Spotlight


Dates to Remember


Friday, 20th September

Footy Colours Day

Donation for the Cancer Council

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.

Basketball School Holiday Program


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 10

Where do I go for help?

If I say the words, triple zero, you all know exactly who will respond; either fire, police or ambulance services will respond and just like that come to your aid. But what if your emergency can’t be solved with this service and requires something different, would you know who to contact if your child was having trouble online? What if they were talking about some pretty dark/scary matters or talking about depression, would you know who to contact then? What about as parents, when you need support, do you know who you can call for advice or someone to talk to? Many of us might call a friend, but what if you need something more?

Did you know that there are many agencies out there that are available for professional  support, advice and help. Here are a few to take note of.


For Immediate Help:

Triple Zero (000)



13 11 14

24 hour crisis support 7 days a week

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Available nationwide to people over the age of 15. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 


For Support for Kids:

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

For people between the ages of 5 - 25, free counselling available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



1800 650 890

If you are aged between 12 - 25, are worried about your mental health and would like to chat to someone, they are available 7 days a week between 9am and 1 am.


For Support for Parents:


1300 30 1300

Parentline provides help through counseling, information and referral that is tailored to meet each callers needs.


Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

Phone counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Raising Children Network

Australian parenting website with comprehensive, practical, expert health and parenting information.



For Reporting:

Report Cyberbullying


Reporting Offensive or Illegal Content



Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network


For more information regarding these services or for direct links to information, please head to: The Office of the eSafety Commissioner website.



Adapted from’ Professional Support and Help’ on the iParent Portal of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner website.

Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum Coordinator

PB4L Report
Week 10

Wow, another term has come and gone, how the year is flyng by. Holidays are within reach and this time is a great time to rest and reset the brain, especially for students.


During this time, I would challenge students to still show our four values of Excellence, Resilience, Respect and Service at home. These values, although emphasised at school still hold value in the wider community.


I encourage parents to challenge their children to try something new, continue mastering a skill or providing a service for someone else.


We wish all students and families a safe two week break with whatever you are planning to do.


Mr David Nuske

PB4L Committee Member

PB4L Merit Awards
Week 10

Prep BV - Rebeca

Year 1/2 BV - Archie

Year 3/4C - Shanali

Year 5/6K -  Mireya

Year 1W - Corneliu 

Year 5/6RP - Israel

Year 6E - Uluak


Week 4

Year 1W - Hosea S

Year 2K - Chali


Week 5

Year 1W - Loti

Year 2K - Fern

Year 3MC - Robera


Week 6 

Year 1/2BV - Jevon

Year 2K - Yeukai

Year 5/6RP - Daniel for Excellence


Week 7

Year 5/6K - Caleb

Prep DH - Stephanie


Week 8

Year 1/2BV - Benjamin

Year 5W - James

Year 5/6RP - Filip for Service

Year 6E - Joshua


Week 9

Year 3/4C - Lexie

Year 2K - Alexandria



Learn How to Play Tennis


Combined Campus Reports

Summer Camps

Captains Message - Tibesso

What has been important to the secondary student community this year?

The Introduction of the PB4L System has seen the recognition of many students voted by their peers through the showings of the four core school values: Excellence, Resilience, Respect and Service. Also lunchtime, Inter-school House sport competitions has seen Juniors and Seniors interacting more through teamwork.


What's your favourite bible verse and why?

John 3:16, You just cannot compromise the love shown by the Father, to give his son, The Lord Jesus Christ as a ransom for this lost and dying world full of sinners who need salvation imparted on them.


What have been the highlights of learning this year?

Year 12 was always going to be a daunting, but also a challenging year full of SACs and Exams at the end of the year. But with the aid of great, personal teachers, learning has been an enjoyable and smooth ride.


How has teamwork been a part of your practice this year?

Having a Co-Captain alongside has been a great asset, because two is always going to be better than one. But teamwork is more than just a hand, its someone that you can rely through moral and social support especially when you are down, you just need somebody to get you back up again.

What can we do looking forward to improve student voice?

Personally to let Students have a greater voice is to keep up the good work of the SRC and through surveys.


What is your message of encouragement for our secondary students, or incoming students in 2020?

I would just like to say, don't let anyone define you, everybody is unique in their own way. "Anytime you feel jealous or envious, you reject your uniqueness. It's a criticism of God's plan for you" - Rick Warren.


Exams are coming up in Semester 2. Do you have some tips on how to prepare for exams and tests for students in other year levels?

Just have a balance in your life, don't stress yourself out through intense study, instead study smarter rather than study harder. We were designed by the Heavenly Father to have rest, see John 11:12 and Proverbs 23:4-5.


What have been the BIG failures (and failures are ok) this year? What did we learn?

BIG failures aren't as bad as many say, it is just a setback. A famous quote goes "A person who falls and gets back up is much stronger than a person who never fell", this quote shows goals can be achieved when you experience setbacks and come back more stronger and prepared.


What have you loved most about being part of the Heritage College community? What will you miss?

I have loved every moment I spent my schooling years at Heritage College. I will miss having the roles I shared at school such as House Captaincy in 2018 and School Captaincy in 2019. I would lastly like to thank the Heritage College Community for creating a great Christian environment for everyone to feel comfortable, welcomed and valued. Heritage, Peace Out!

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

From Narre Warren South

Knitting Club

The knitting club has been a wonderful time for all involved. The Prep children have especially loved learning this new skill and making long finger knitting designs. A BIG thank you to Mrs Julia and Mrs Waldrip for helping the children. I would also like to say a special thank you to Mrs Watson who kindly made the children knitting bags for them to keep their knitting in.


Next term the knitters club will be meeting in the dining room on Wednesdays at 1pm, so please come along, we have knitting needles and wool for all!


See you all next term.


Mrs Cate Parkinson

SSV Division Athletics

What a beautiful day to spend trackside at our Casey South Division Athletics Carnival. Seven Heritage College athletes qualified to represent our District at the carnival on Wednesday, 18th September at Casey Fields and they can hold their heads high; competing with the best athletes in our local area and participating at their best, under pressure.


Josh - 4th
Jalane - 6th
Natoli - 1st and 1st
Kenna - 2nd
Caleb - 4th
Given - 8th
Uluak - 5th


Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary


Hoop Time was very tough and fun. Most of the teams we beat but some very hard working and focused. In the semi final we lost to a team with reps but we still tried our best. Uluak


Hoop Time was amazing we were on fire we had so much fun that day we made it so in joyful time. Nyamer


Hoop Time was great as we all participated. We played against tough schools and won most of our games. Vichara


Hoop time was a fun experience with my friends scoring points for my team the all stars trust having fun. Josh


Hoop time was a fun experience for all the people who made in the teams. Future stars and All Stars had a good and thought basketball players. With some people being rough and rude we showed the Christ like spirit to others. Jalane


Hoop time was a fun experience and definitely one that will stay with us for a long time. When we arrived we played with the Christian spirit and showed good sportsmanship just like Christ would have done. Overall the boys went into the semi finals and came third and the girls came fifth. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to do it again. Arshveer


Hoop time was amazing and fun. I enjoyed it and it was a great experience. Everyone played in such a good spirit and I definitely loved every part. Basketball was really good and we came third. Olivia


Hoop time was very inspiring for me because it showed me how to be resilient and how to be a good teammate to my club, it showed my team and I how to be good sportsmanship to each other and how to show respect to the opponents when we lose or win! Evelina


Hoop time was an very enjoyable time, it was fun to meet new people and  play basketball. Daniella


It was a mental battle to keep yourself going and the only thing that can help you is your mental battle with your brain. Even though we lose we try and try again until we succeed. Joaquin


Hoop time was awesome and everyone was full of energy, we all did our best and tried our hardest plus there was so much food. Asinth

From the Library

Congratulations to the Star Readers for Term 3.


Have a great holiday and we will see you next term. 


Mrs Penny Tan


Lost Property Rack

Please make sure to check the lost property rack before the end of the term as any items there will be washed and donated or thrown out.


Thank you.

Brekkie Club


Years 4, 5 and 6 NWS

Father’s Day Walk

The best thing about the Father’s Day Walk was that we got to meet new faces and we all got to celebrate Father’s Day together! Kena W


Outback - The Diary of Jimmy Porter

Grade 4 enjoyed this book as a serial read during their library lesson. I have never experienced an ending that had me on the edge of my seat! Mrs Cate Parkinson 


Do you have a diary? Do you love the outback? If you do, you’re going to love this book. It has a lot of twists and turns with heaps of cliff hangers or you could say ‘plot twists’! Anjali 


I loved the book because it was very interesting. I loved the beginning as well as the ending. Jimmy Porter went on a long journey and I loved how we made the dioramas. Nandani 


I enjoyed this book so much because the story builds tension. I totally recommend you read this book. Rachelle T


Grade 6 Transition Program

It was fantastic cooking Anzac cookies with friends and learning how to was overwhelming. Science - being close to the fire like that and burning things - fun!  And making snacks (Wizz Fizz)! Juni


Cooking was really good. I never cooked liked that. I learnt so much!  Michelle 


Economics - I was both excited and nervous for our economics lesson but when it was over, I truly enjoyed it! Tiana 


Term 3 Transition Day Reflections

It was very interesting, I learnt a lot, especially cooking. Personally, I enjoyed measuring  and mixing all the ingredients and seeing how the batter turned into an Anzac biscuit. Reign


Transition day was a exciting experience to enjoy officer for next year to learn baking cookies learn music and humanities and learning about ancient Egypt. Jason


Transition Day(s) for Term 3 was a great experience to High School life for Year 7.  My favourite day was when we made Anzac Cookies. Vichara


Transition Day was very enjoyable, especially when we got to bake cookies and eat them. My least tasteful part was when the wizz fizz went down my throat and killed me. Uluak


My transition day was a special day to get to know the high school and I loved the sports. Josh


The transition day to Officer campus secondary was fun and exciting. The cookies tasted great and the science in your mouth wizz fizz was also amazing. In music we made new music with our friends and it was very enjoyable. In humanities we made stones which hade or names on them like the Egyptians. Overall I enjoyed it and I can’t wait for next year.  Arshveer


Transition day was the best we were able to bake cookies and wiz fizz, I can’t wait to go year seven.  Daniella


Transition day at officer campus was very exciting and we learnt a lot of things about high school. I can’t wait to go back to officer and enjoy another learning experience. So far we have learnt about cooking, humanities, music and science. Olivia


Transition day in officer term 3 was an exciting and an educational journey for us (the future year 7’s). We made so sweet treats learn music history and humanity. I am really excited to go to officer next year. Jalane


It was very fun feeling like a proper high schooler and getting to know the place better, seeing the Nubian Gents, the Treasure Hunt and getting to do the high school classes in general was very amazing. I’m excited for next year! So yeah. I can’t wait! Next year is right around the corner, and although it’s very sad having to grow up, we can look towards the future. Jesse


Transition day is amazing we get to have a peek of high school and this term. Was amazing. Nyamer 


In Transition day my favourite activity was cooking ANZAC cookies. I learned a lot of subjects and teachers. I hope in term 4 will be even better. Hailey


At first, I thought officer was was one of those schools that have a whole lot of exams and assignments, but when I had my first transaction day it was really enjoyable and really unexpected, I was having a moment of a lifetime, we made wizz fizz and we made Anzac cookies, we then made up some music of our own. Humanities was very interesting and cool, we made a clay tablet and wrote our names in Egyptian. Evelina


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

  • 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!

Swimming Lessons Term 4

** Due to our regular early finish on a Friday, these lessons will run 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, allowing time for students to return to campus before the end of the regular school day.

From the Secondary Campus

Teenage School Holiday Program


From the ELC

Our School Community

This week the children really took advantage of some of the many benefits of attending an early learning centre that is attached to an independent school.


They visited the climbing trees, splashed in the shallows by the pond, ran all over the soccer ground, scaled a new playground, explored a new sandpit and really got to enjoy some of the beautiful nature that our school ground provides.


We feel so blessed to be a part of the wider Heritage College community and appreciate the way our little ones are embraced in to the school. Whilst our children have a small nurturing environment inside the ELC walls they are included in all wider school activities such as chapel, assemblies and special events which really develops their understanding that they belong to a larger community.


What a beautiful arrangement this is for our children. Just look at them enjoying some new adventures.

Miss Loren

Vacation Care

There are still spaces left in our Term 3 Vacation Care program!!


During Week One ‘Springtember’ the children will enjoy some sand art craft activities, unleash their inner masterchef as they make their own pasta – from scratch! Enjoy a sports themed day in preparation for the AFL Grand Final and reflect on how best to care for God’s Earth with a sustainability themed movie and planting experience! So much fun!


During Week Two ‘Intergalactic Space Kids’ children will jet off on a space themed week including science experiments, crafts, movies, slime making, t-shirt decorating, film making before finally wrapping the week up with an excursion. Wow!


Who knew we could squeeze so much fun in to two weeks? Please do not hesitate to contact us on elcadmin@heritagecollege.com.au for any further information or to make a booking for your child. New faces are always welcome!


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