Heritage Newsletter

31 August 2017
Term 3 Week 7 2017
From the Deputy Principal
Dates to Remember
General Information
From the Narre Warren South Campus
From the Secondary Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
Heritage Church News
From the ELC
Heritage College
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From the Deputy Principal

Competing to Win

Growing up I loved to compete.  Whether it was sport, board games or in academics at school, I relished the thought of coming first.  This is often the thought of many of us.  Those that finish first get the best prize and all of the glory that comes with being ‘the best’.  There are many famous stories of people who have even gone to the lengths of cheating in order to simply win.  However, as a teenager, my perception of winning was soon to be challenged.


It was the 19th September 2000, and the school holidays were in full swing.  My family and I were seated in the lounge room watching the Olympic swimming competition.  It was the heats of the 100m freestyle and a young 22 year old man named Eric Moussambani from Equatorial Guinea was competing in his first games.  Stepping up to the blocks with Nigeria’s Karin Bare and Tajikistan’s Farkhod Oripov for company, his fellow competitors were disqualified for making false starts and Eric suddenly found himself racing all alone in the entire pool.  What happened next has gone down in Olympic history as one of those events where people ask ‘where were you when...’?  


Eric, barely struggled to swim the distance, and finished in a staggeringly slow time of 1 minute and 52 seconds.  You see, Eric had never had formal swimming lessons, arrived at the games without any proper swimming gear and had never before competed in international competition.  Recalling the event Eric states that “I knew that the whole world was watching me: my family, my country, my mother, my sister and my friends. That’s why I was telling myself that I had to keep going, that I had to finish, even if I was alone in the pool. I wasn’t worried about the time. All I wanted to do was finish.” 1


Life itself is often referred to as a race.  We compete to the top of the class, to win the heart of that boy or girl, for that job, to have a better car than our friends and neighbours and to have the larger house.  Sadly, the more we chase the prize, the more unhappy we become with what we have.


So I ask you this question, why do you run?  The Bible suggests that the finishing position does not matter.  Rather, it is about the prize on offer, and about how we run.  2 Timothy 4:7,8 puts it best “This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return.”  


May we run our daily race with our eyes firmly on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) and then the other earthly prizes will lose their appeal.


Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary





1.  https://www.olympic.org/news/eric-moussambani-sydney-2000-changed-my-life

Dates to Remember


Friday, 1st September

Father's Day Community Walk 


Sunday, 3rd September

Father's Day


Monday, 4th September

Primary School Father's Day Breakfast


4th - 8th September

Secondary Festival of Faith


Tuesday, 5th September

Year 6 Orientation, Periods 3&4


Wednesday, 6th September

Year 7 Immunisations


Saturday, 9th September

5-8:30pm Pathfinder Club Night


11th - 15th September

eSmart Week


Monday, 11th September

Years 5/6 Hooptime


Wednesday, 13th September

Prep Orientation Day 2 NWS/ OCP

Periods 1&2


Thursday, 14th September

Years 3/4 Hooptime

Monday, 18th September

Years 7-9 Girls AFL


Tuesday, 19th September

Staff vs Students Challenge


Friday, 22nd September

Last Day Term 3


Sunday, 1st October

Daylight Savings Starts


Monday, 9th October

First Day Term 4


10-13th October

Year 9 Camp


Wednesday, 11th October

ASV Primary Basketball Tournament


Saturday, 14th October

Pathfinder Club Night 5-8:30pm


Monday, 16th October

School at Work - Open Classrooms NWS


Tuesday, 17th October

ASV Years 7/8 Basketball





Wednesday, 18th October

Prep Orientation Day 3 OC 9-12:50pm

Last Day Year 12


Thursday, 19th October

Year 7 MCG Excursion


Friday, 20th October

School Fees Due


Tuesday, 24th October

Years 9/10 SEISS Volleyball/Tennis


25-26th October

Year 9 Solo Camp


Wednesday, 25th October

Prep Orientation Day 3 NWS



Thursday, 26th October

Primary House Athletics Carnival


Friday, 27th October

Bus Fees Due

World Teachers Day


Sunday, 29th October

Pathfinder Fair Day Practice



Tuesday, 31st October

New Student Orientation Day

(excluding new Preps)

General Information

​Primary PB4L Value Awards

'For showing Excellence in Shared Spaces'

Prep/1W - Akuch

Year 2/3/4N - Abdissa

Prep DH - Peter

Year 1W - Mapalo

Year 1/2K - Linda

Year 3C - Euan

Year 3J - Amelia

Year 4W - Vichara
Year 4/5RC - Harrison

Year 5/6E - Hanna

Year 6MJ - Abhay


Year 1W - Shanaei 

Year 3J - Daniel

Year 5/6E - Matthias and Ella

From the School Captains

Hi everyone.  It’s that time of the week again. We are your secondary School Captains back again for another newsletter piece. This week our value is Excellence in Shared Spaces.


This year, I (Tristan) had the privilege of leading the Heritage School Band. We got the opportunity to worship up the front of the Combined Schools Day of Worship. Every member of the team put in their all, everyone took out hours of their own free time to perfect their own parts and to make sure they could perform to the best of their ability. When everyone’s individual parts came together as a whole, the music sounded even better than I had ever anticipated. Everyone was aiming for both personal excellence as well as excellence as a team, and because of that we were able to play some awesome music and lead all the schools into worship.


I want to encourage you all to always work towards your very best, whether that’s individually or in a group!

God bless.


Tylah and Tristan

School Captains



Book Fairs

Scholastic and the Adventist Book Centre (ABC) have recently visited our Primary Schools.  


Miss Wells and her team of helpers set up a beautiful display in our OC Primary Staff Room. Children and parents visited the Book Fair last week and made wish lists of items they would like to take home and enjoy. Approximately $1000 worth of books and novelty items were purchased.


Our Learning Assistants and Marizanne set up the eye catching display at NWS and all children have had the opportunity to go 'window shopping' and make their wish lists this week. As we process final payments and close down our Book Fairs it has been pleasing to see and hear children so excited about books.

We hope all our families appreciate the efforts of our team of staff who worked tirelessly to bring you the Book Fairs at our respective Primary Campuses and provide opportunities for your children to develop a love of books and excitement for reading.


Mr Roger Sevehuysen 

Deputy Principal Primary

Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 6 have been distributed to students.  All cash orders need to be handed to the Office by 4th September 2017.


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.


Any queries can be directed to Penny Tan at [email protected].


Thank you.


Mrs Penny Tan

Book Club Coordinator


New Website

We have a new website that we would love for you to go and take a look at.  Let us know what you think!


PB4L Value

Value for Weeks 7 & 8

'Excellence in Shared Spaces'

Entertainment Book Fundraiser


From the Narre Warren South Campus

Nubian Gents and Feminine Fire

Last Thursday afternoon the Years 4-6 students had the privilege of being entertained by the Nubian Gents & Feminine Fire, a singing/dancing Christian group from New York. The joy that they spread through their dancing and singing was contagious as they invited students to join in the fun.


Nubian Gents shared the message of “Everything is alright” because we have Jesus in our lives. Students got to show off their moves before the Nubian Gents had to leave for another performance.


Thank you to Pastor Faye for sharing an awesome experience with us.



Mrs Isabelle Millien

Year 6 Teacher

Twisted Science - Year 5

Light is the source of all life, as Christians, when the Bible recounts the creation of the world in Genesis 1, God said “Let there be light” and it was so, marking the beginning of life on earth.


Throughout this term students have been studying the amazing and sometimes unexpected properties of light. This unit of work culminated last Thursday with a incursion from ‘Twisted Science’.  


Year 5 students got to explore light using glasses that split light into all the colours of the rainbow, see how light can make an object become invisible when placed in water and use mirrors to multiply an object, just to name a few of the fun activities.  Here is what one student had to say about the learning -


'My favourite part was putting the orbis in the water and watching it turn invisible. The twisted science incursion was a great experience.' Milko

Mr Nigel Eales

Year 5/6E Teacher

Twisted Science - Year 6

Last Thursday, Year 6 students were treated to a fun and exciting science incursion with a focus on static and current electricity.


Eden had the opportunity to create static electricity (little lightening bolts) with a special machine called Vinny. Goy had quick hands when he caught two foil tins when Vinny repelled them and Kyara had a hair raising experience!


Students then worked in pairs to complete a simple circuit, a series circuit and a parallel circuit. They then had to perform a conductivity test to see which materials out of a nail, wood, plastic, copper, paper, pencil tips and alfoil would conduct electricity.  Thank you to Twisted Science for making electricity fun!

Mrs Isabelle Millien 

Year 6MJ Teacher

Year 6 to Year 7 Transition


Book Week Persuasions - My Book is the Best​

During Book Week, all students in the Upper School had to write a letter explaining and persuading their peers to read their favourite book. The letters were then read aloud to their class.


From the class presentations, three students from each of the classes, Year 4/5RC, Year 5/6E and Year 6MJ, had the opportunity to convince the Upper School students that their book is a ‘must read’ at an outdoor recital. Well done to all our Upper Primary students for some really amazing and convincing letters. Congratulations to those students who got to present at our outdoor forum.

Ms Janet Robertson and Mr Nigel Eales

Upper Primary Teachers

From the Secondary Campus

Revise for your VCE Exams with SWOT

If any students undertaking a Unit 3&4 subject wish to take advantage of this fantastic exam preparation offer, they must fill out their details on the Google Sheets form that was emailed to students and pay their money to the office (name and SWOT on the envelope) before Thursday, 14th September.


Miss Jody Lawson 



Year 7 Student Excels in National Test

Heritage College wishes to congratulate Mackenzie Molloy for her achievement of 'Credit' in the recently completed ICAS Writing assessment.  This places Mackenzie in the top third of all participants; a fantastic achievement.  Well done Mackenzie.


ICAS is nationally recognised and is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement.  ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students. The assessments comprise of Digital Technologies, English, Science, Spelling and Writing tests.


Applications for all 2017 assessments are now closed.  If you wish for your student to have the opportunity to sit these tests in 2018 please contact the College in the new school year.


Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary

Epworth Sleep Centre Incursion

How well did you sleep last night? A staff member from the Epworth Sleep Centre visited Officer Campus on Thursday to teach Years 11 and 12 students about the best sleep habits to maximise their physical and mental abilities, and assist Psychology students in their studies of how our consciousness changes during sleep.


Did you know that while adults need between 7-8 hours of sleep per night, adolescents need closer to 9 or 10? Melatonin is secreted later in the evening for adolescents, which means that they often don’t feel sleepy until around 11pm. Having to wake up early for school means many don’t get enough sleep. The best way to shift this cycle forwards is to maintain a regular bedtime and wake time, and limit weekend sleep-ins to no more than 2 hours past normal. Exposure to bright light first thing after you get up will also help to reset your biological clock. Exposure to bright blue-toned lights at night, such as those emitted from phone and computer screens, will also serve to wake you up, so avoid using devices for an hour before bedtime, if possible. If you need to use them longer, switch your device to “night mode” where the light is more red than blue. Students experimented with red and blue-toned lights and glasses used to help patients with insomnia to readjust their circadian rhythms.  


In Psychology class, Shwetha kindly agreed to be our test subject, and was hooked up to an electroencephalograph to measure her brain activity, an electromyogram to measure her muscle tone and an electrooculogram to measure her eye movement. In all of this gear, she amazingly was still able to fall asleep in the next room, while we observed a live feed of her physiological changes as she shifted between wakefulness and various stages of sleep. Did you know that when you dream, your brain activity is the same as if you were actually awake, acting out your dreams?  This means that we can enhance our learning, simply by imagining we are doing the things we want to learn.

Mrs Camilla Christian

Psychology Teacher

From the Officer Primary Campus

Showing Excellence

Ruby, Akuch and Abdissa showed Excellence at School this week. Well done!


Mrs Kim Nuske

Year 2/3/4N Teacher

Heritage Church News



From the ELC

Book Worms and Einsteins

There has been lots of commotion in the ELC over the last couple of weeks. We had a new little boy join our family, which was exciting for our other boys as they are out numbered at the moment. He is settling in well and is slowly getting to know everyone.

First up was Science Week, where the children had the opportunity to engage with various activities that involved experimentation, hypothesising and investigating. They were particularly fascinated with the magnifying apparatus and eagerly looked at things with a new perspective.  They even examined each others hands, who knew there were so many extra lines on them! They also participated in making a volcano explosion and got to experience interacting with an interesting substance, which was both solid and liquid at the same time! Miss Ash started up an egg experiment, with one placed in water and the other in vinegar, the children then speculated what would happen, some thought “the egg in vinegar would crack”, while another thought “it would disappear”.


Book week was also upon us last week and the ELC had so much fun dressing up on Monday and joining in with the primary school parade. We had a lot of princesses and a spiderman! On Tuesday, the children also went up to the OCP to spend part of the morning with Miss Wells’ class making crafts and engaging in various activities that revolved around a book about a wombat. They made lots of crafts and there was also some snow to make a winter wonderland. The ELC kids had so much fun being with the primary, who are all very caring for our young ones, so the class came down to visit the ELC on Thursday as well. Miss Wells read a book about a pigeon and we all proceeded to make birds nests as a cooking experience and did some bird crafts too.


My goodness what an exciting week, there was even a bush kinder session in there somewhere! We are looking forward to this week, making father's day presents, more bush kinder and joining in with Mrs Horne’s art class too. So much to do, so little time.


Miss Ness & Miss Ash

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