Friday, 3rd May
Administrative Professionals Day
School Fees Due
Primary Cross Country @ NWS
MFC Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm NWS
Monday, 6th May
SEISS Years 11/12 Basketball
7th - 10th May
Year 9 Survivor Camp
Wednesday, 8th May
ASV Primary Cross Country
Friday, 10th May
Mother's Day Community Walk & Morning Tea (OCP)
Bus Fees Due
SSV District Cross Country (10-12 years or Years 3-6)
MFC Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm NWS
13th - 17th May
Year 6 Canberra Trip
Monday, 13th May
Mother's Day Community Walk & Morning Tea (NWS)
ELC Prep Transition Evening
14th - 17th May
Thursday, 16th May
SEISS Year 10 Basketball
Friday, 17th May
MFC Clinic Years 4-6 9-1pm NWS
Thursday, 23rd May
SEISS Cross Country Carnival
27th - 30th May
Year 12 Exams
Tuesday, 28th May
Year 6 Transition Information Evening (OCS)
Wednesday, 29th May
SEISS Year 9 Basketball
Friday, 31st May
Report Writing Day
Student Free Day
Thursday, 6th June
Monday, 10th June
11th - 14th June
Years 10/11 Exams
Wednesday, 12th June
Year 12 GAT
Friday, 14th June
Multicultural Day OC
17th - 28th June
Year 10 Work Experience
17th - 21st June
NWS Numeracy Week
18th 20th June
Casey Tech School Visit
Thursday, 20th June
SEISS Year 8 Basketball
Friday, 21st June
Start Smart Numeracy Incursion (NWS)
24th - 28th June
OCP Numeracy Week
Tuesday, 25th June
SEISS Year 7 Basketball
Wednesday, 26th June
Start Smart Numeracy Incursion (OCP)
Friday, 28th June
Last Day Term 2
With the recent announcement by the Prime Minister of the forthcoming election, the Australian Government is in a ‘caretaker role’ and decisions are not taken, or advice given, that would bind an incoming government and limit its freedom of action.
Within this context we have been advised that the recognition ceremony for the MPC at Officer will be delayed until the result of the election is known.
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 [email protected].
Term 1 Week 10 Secondary
Year 11 - Ammon for Service
Year 1/2NV - Yashen
Prep DH - Zachary
Year 1W - Jonathan OO for Resilience and Eddy for Excellence
Year 2K - Evie
Year 3MC - Ebissa
Year 5W - Kaitlyn
Year 6E - Jason
My first year of teaching I was placed at a small NSW country school. I still remember how everyone in town knew straight away that I was the new teacher at the local SDA school. Church members would come up to my shopping trolley and see what I was putting in it and they would comment on how many hours they saw my car parked outside the school. All eyes were on me to see whether I would succeed? How was I showing Excellence? What were their expectations and was I living up to it?
It's probably still happening now at Heritage but being a larger community I don’t find out about it. Most of us teachers have experienced the younger students being shocked when they see you at the shopping centre as some believe we live at school!
The PB4L team, together with SRC have started to work on the staff matrix and we would like your opinion too. What is your expectation of staff when it comes to displaying excellence? If you would like to have a say please fill out this short anonymous survey.
Mrs Isabelle Millien
Internal PB4L Coach
Week 4 of this term sparks the beginning of NAPLAN throughout Australia for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) is a series of tests that focus on the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. They cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.
These tests are administered annually by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and will occur during school hours on Tuesday 14th May - Thursday 16th May.
NAPLAN has been known to strike fear and anxiety into the hearts of parents and students alike. Please know that this test is just a snapshot of learning on a particular day at a particular time and does not assess or depict everything that makes your child great. Mary Ginley (1998 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year), in her 1999 letter to her students for the upcoming MCAS (the American equivalent of NAPLAN), put it best when she wrote:
Next week you will sit the [NAPLAN] tests. Before you take these tests, there is something very important for you to know:
The test does not assess all of what makes you exceptional or unique.
The people who score these tests do not know that you can play the violin or paint a picture. They do not know that you take care of your little brother after school, that your friends can count on you or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest days.
They do not know that you write poetry, wonder about space and the solar system, and know that you are caring, thoughtful and try everyday to do your best.
They do not know that you built a shed with your mum and dad or grew vegetables in a garden last summer. They never saw the Integrated Studies project you did last year. They do not know you at all. But we who know you — your mums and dads, your grandparents and teachers, your neighbours and friends — love you and are proud of all you are.
The scores you get from this test will tell you how you did on that day, but they will not tell you everything. They can’t tell you that you have improved on something that you once found difficult or how amazingly special and unique you are.”
So come to school ready to do your best in the NAPLAN tests and with keenness to show the great learning you have achieved, but remember that there is no ‘one way’ to test all of the wonderful things that make you, YOU!
May God bless you all and provide peace and wisdom during your upcoming NAPLAN tests.
The Staff and Teachers at Heritage College
(Note: This has been adapted from Mary Ginley’s original letter in 1999 and St Paul’s Primary School in Gracemere.)
In August/September you will receive your child’s NAPLAN results. If you have any concerns, you should speak to your child’s teacher, as they know your child’s learning best.
For more information about NAPLAN, including fact sheets, FAQs and examples of tests, please visit the NAP website: http://www.nap.edu.au/.
iParent Chatterbox Series: Episode 1
“The first episode of the Chatterbox series explores some of the risky behaviours young people can engage in while online and offers tips on how to manage some of the most common parenting challenges in the online world.” (esafety.gov.au)
Mrs Naomi Moss
Scholastic Book Club Issue 3, 2019 catalogues are here and have been distributed to students.
All cash orders need to be in latest by May 14th, 2019. Don't forget you can order and pay with your credit card online through the LOOP system. Just follow the instructions on the order form. To celebrate reading, Scholastic have special offers available to parents who order via LOOP. Any queries can be directed to Penny Tan at [email protected]
During the last week of last term, I had the best tea party every! It's the only tea party I've been to and the only one I've been invited to. Anyway, what I was saying...
It was time to go into class.
Then we had our Mathematical Tea Party! We invited Mr A, Mrs Capon, Mrs Moss and Ms Robertson.
Children have discovered a new play space on campus. It is amazing to see their creativity take over as planks, posts and rope are utilised in numerous ways. Feel free to drop by and see some of our children's amazing creations during the week, but remember, Friday is 'Demolition Day', where all materials are returned to the rack and a blank canvas is made ready for the new week.
Mr Nigel Eales
Once again the band was in fine form, leading out in our worship time of praise. Do you recognise the new faces and instruments who have joined our team?
Thank you Pr Lagi for sharing about Daniel and how he wouldn’t be pressured in to rejecting God, but staying true to his beliefs.
Mr Roger Sevenhuysen
Deputy Principal Primary
Independent Schools Victoria held a short story competition during Term 1 inviting all young writers to be as creative as they can and write an imaginative short story, up to 1500 words, on a theme of their choice. The competition is open to all Victorian students from all school sectors. I encouraged three of my students to enter as the entry date was during school holidays.
Allegra entered 'The Midnight Cat' a story that all students started in class trying to apply the 7 Steps of writing, and it has been selected to feature on the Short Story Dispenser at the Arts Learning Festival. Congratulations to Allegra as only 40 stories were selected, out of more than 350 entries, so it is quite an achievement.
The Short Story Dispenser will be available for use on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at the Atrium at Federation Square. People can select a one, three or five-minute story by pushing a button, with the story chosen at random. You can find out more about the dispenser here.
Think of all the people who may read Allegra's story right around the world. If you get a chance to visit please do and let us know if you get to read The Midnight Cat.
Mrs Isabelle Millien
Year 3MC Teacher
The Secondary Art Room is in need of newspapers and plastic bottle caps (rinsed) from drink containers of any kind. We would love to receive any bottle caps in ziplock bags making them easy to collect.
Thank you in advance for your donations.
Mrs Sharlene Stratford
Mrs Kylie-Ann Martin & Mrs Ruramayi Stewart
We are very excited to be starting Term 2 at OCP with our new playground and MPC ready for use. Listed below are some key dates and information to help the transition to Term 2 be a smooth one for your family. Thank you for making a note of the dates and information that apply to your child/ren.
Uniform Term 2:
Please note the change in Sport Uniform days below:
Full Winter Uniform - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Sport Uniform - Tuesday and Friday
Prep students wear Sport Uniform every day
Traffic Light Lunch Boxes:
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
Thank you for continuing to provide healthy snacks and lunches for your child. We see a huge difference in their concentration and ability to learn when they have “brain food”.
Events & Special Days in Term 2:
(Reminders will be sent home closer to the dates)
3rd May Primary Cross Country Carnival at Heritage College NWS Campus
7th May Year 6 Transition to Secondary School Information Evening
10th May Mother’s Day Chapel, Morning Tea and Community Walk at OCP
13th May Transition to Prep Information Evening for any 2020 Prospective Preps
13-17th May Year 6 Canberra Trip
6th June School Photos
14th June OC Multicultural Dress Up, Picnic and Parade
24-28th June OCP Numeracy Week
26th June Commonwealth Bank “Start Smart” Incursion at OCP
28th June Last Day of Term 2. Please note a 12:50pm finish time.
Student Free Days
31st May Student Free Day - Report Writing for Teachers
10th June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
As usual, we will send home flyers and reminders as each event gets closer. Please contact us if you have any questions in relation to these events.
Mrs Kylie-Ann Martin & Mrs Ruramayi Stewart
If the excited squeals of laughter and beaming smiles are anything to go by, it would seem the new playground at the Officer Campus is a huge hit!
After watching eagerly throughout its construction, the children were today abuzz with excitement as they swung, jumped, balanced and slid their way across the bright purple and green addition to our campus landscape.
Bouncing on the spot, some children could barely contain themselves as they eagerly awaited their turn to climb the spiders web, wobble their way along the balance beams and skilfully swing like monkeys along the bars.
“It was super-dooper fun!” remarked prep student Bontu, while Galataya from grade two exclaimed that she would, “Play on it for a thousand, billion years!” Children from prep to grade two described the new addition as ‘fun’, ‘excellent’ and ‘thrilling’!
The teacher’s at OCP feel that it is, “A very dynamic playground that gives children an opportunity to develop gross motor skills, social skills and young imaginations in a safe and fun way.”
We look forward to this playground bringing smiles and excitement to children and grown ups alike for many years to come.
Mrs Fiona Spence
Community Engagement Officer