Heritage College News

21 September 2017
Term 3 Week 10 2017
From the Principal
Dates to Remember
General Information
From the Narre Warren South Campus
From the Secondary Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the ELC
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

From the Principal


“Good, better, best - never let it rest.  Until your good is better, and your better is best!”

This is a phrase that I was told by students in 2008, at the New Plymouth Seventh-day Adventist School in New Zealand.  These students knew this phrase intimately and it certainly stayed with me too!  The road to improvement is quite a journey.  This journey is long and requires perseverance and hard work.

Here at Heritage College we recognise the absolute need for dedication and willingness to work hard in order to receive pleasing results. So, what has Heritage College achieved and are proud of so far in 2017?

On our rolling school improvement plan we decided as a staff to focus on sharing our school values more explicitly under the Special Character domain - this we have achieved. Under the area of Learning and Teaching, our teachers have been focusing on teacher planning and assessment, Real Schools and especially PB4L.   All of these areas are adding improvements to our College practices.  We have also focused this year on community partnerships and an ongoing commitment to character development.  


So what is a rolling school improvement plan you ask?  Well, all Seventh-day Adventist schools in Victoria aim to improve their practices and thus their product every year.  In order to do this, staff and leaders assess their professional practices under four domains: Adventist Identity, Learning & Teaching, Leading School Improvement and Community Partnerships.  Once assessments are complete, plans are created that aim to strengthen areas of weakness.  


In many ways, our families can learn from this process too.  What can we take away from this process you ask?  Well, have you ever stopped to assess how your family is going with various parts of family life?  Are you spending enough time with your children on a daily, weekly basis? Are you spending quality time with your spouse on a regular basis?  Have you ever stopped to consider how you can improve particular areas of your life?  What about your Christian experience?  Are you spending quality time with God daily?  If you could select four domains to assess, what would they be and how would you score?  


Whatever it is you may decide needs improvement, just start small and aim for little improvements often, then after a while, you will notice indeed, that your good will become better and eventually, your better...will be best!


Mr Sonny Aiono


Dates to Remember


Friday, 22nd September

Last Day Term 3

Finish 12:50pm


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


Thursday, 19th October

Year 7 MCG Excursion

Last Day Year 12


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

(changed to 1/11/2017)


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 Bathroom Spaces'

Year 2/3/4N - Jeremiah

Year 1/2K - Loretta

Year 4W - Jake

Year 4/5RC - Koang


Year 4W - Evelina, Arshveer and Aishati

Year 4/5RC - Joshua

Last Day of Term 3

Please note that the last day of Term 3 will conclude at the early time of 12:50pm.


Thank you.


Heritage College Leadership

Enrolments 2018

It is that time of year again when we are asking you to let us know if your child/ren are NOT returning to Heritage College in 2018.


As we are already in the planning stages for next year, and have significant numbers already enrolled for 2018, we would appreciate knowing as soon as possible if you plan not to be enrolled for 2018.


I'll take this opportunity to remind you that our terms and conditions require a minimum of one full term’s notice, or an additional term’s fees will apply.


Thank you for noting this.


Mr Sonny Aiono


eSmart Competition

I would like to extend a huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the students who entered the eSmart Digital Safety Competition last week.  My inbox and pigeon hole has been overflowing with entrants.


It has been fantastic to see that so much time and effort has been spent on these entries and that real reflection and learning surrounding digital safety has taken place. You should all be very proud of your achievements.


Winners will be announced at the start of next term during Chapel and Assembly and their entries showcased on our school website, Facebook and newsletter.


Thank you again to all who took the time to create and enter!

Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum and eLearning Coordinator

Homework Policy Review

For some people, homework is a waste of time! For others, homework is an absolute must!  So what is your opinion?  Do you have a theory about homework you would like to share with the Heritage College School Council?  The School Council are currently reviewing our homework policy.  This is your time to have your say.  Perhaps you have some research to support your opinions.  Or you may have some strong feelings you would like to share regarding homework processes and how you see it could change.  

Our Homework Policy is attached below for your reading.  Perhaps you like the policy as it is and you would be happy to continue with it as is? If you would like to have your say in our upcoming review then please fill out this online google form by clicking this link https://goo.gl/forms/3XsYQrkJp1rARYGf1

The results will be collated and adjustments made as necessary.  Thanks for having your say.

Mr Sonny Aiono

LOTE Report

Prep - Year 2 students are learning to introduce their family.

Upper Primary and Year 7/8 students are learning to name the animals in Indonesian and writing some descriptions about those animals.

Ebu Scheermeijer

LOTE Teacher

Official Opening Officer Primary

“I now declare the Officer Primary Building, officially open…” were the resonant words of Mr Garry Runge, representative of the Federal Government, as he unveiled the plaque for the opening ceremony on Wednesday.  


Being partly funded by the State Government, the ceremony saw several dignitaries who gave their time to participate and support the official opening at the Officer Campus.  The students at Officer campus performed a rendition of the Australian Anthem and received accolades from the visiting speakers.

Mr Jason Wood, Federal MP for the La Trobe electorate, was unable to make the opening due to an serious knee injury.  However, his Chief of Staff, Mr Garry Runge, shared his support for not only this building but also future projects that Heritage College wishes to pursue moving forward.  Mr Brian Mercer was another guest speaker and shared with us his endorsement of the quality of learning that takes place in a building that is so conducive to excellence for both teachers and students.  The opening was closed with a prayer of the blessing by our Chaplain, Pastor Faye.

With the ribbon cut and the plaque revealed, dignitaries, parents and students were invited to participate in a morning tea which was lovingly prepared by many parents and guided by our Event Coordinator, Mrs Marizanne Stark. A special thank you goes to all of our parents who attended the morning or watched the live stream on Facebook and to all the dignitaries for their valuable time.  Thank you also to all teachers and students who helped organise the physical space for the learning to happen.

Finally, we need to acknowledge the contribution made by the State Government in giving $900,000 to the project.  Kneeler Design Architects were also present at the opening and instrumental in the design of the building.  We look forward to more building projects like this in the future as we continue to grow our College for God’s glory.


Mr Sonny Aiono


Woolworths Earn and Learn Program

As you know, Heritage College has been participating in Woolworths Earn & Learn.


The program has now finished for this year, so a big thanks to everyone who supported our school. We're now at the important stage of the program where the Sticker Sheets are collected and lodged as our Earn & Learn claim. We will then be able to get new educational equipment for our school. The more we collect, the more we can redeem.


So this week, please send in your Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheets and any loose Earn & Learn stickers you may have.


Remember to check your handbag, the car glove box or they may be stuck on the fridge. Every little bit helps. Thanks again for all your support!


Miss Naomi Thomas

Program Coordinator

Willy Ramos Visits

“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance”  Luke 15:7


What a wonderful celebration day it was on the final Sabbath of the Willy Ramos outreach to see several Heritage College students baptized. 14 students stood up on Friday afternoon for a commitment to Jesus during the final chapel and 6 students were baptized on the Sabbath by the Ghetto Preacher himself.  


If you were to ask any student from the College if they liked the presentations and messages, they would all in unison state, absolutely yes! Pastor Willy came with a heart for sharing God to all who would be willing to hear.  He spoke about his life story as a young person growing up in hardship and joining a gang.  Our hearts were touched as he walked us through the pains and heartaches of his childhood and about never hearing his dad say “I love you”.  Instead, our hearts broke as he recounted his dad actually saying to him at one point in his youth, “I would rather you not be alive”.   


Pastor Willy painfully recaptured for us his very own thoughts and feelings of rejection, however resurrected in all of us the joy of the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.  Jesus touched Willy at the lowest time in his life and Willy was saved from death and destruction.  From gang to God and from the Ghetto to the Gospel.  Pastor Willy left us with some resonating phrases that will encourage us to persevere through our tough times.  He often said, “Let your test...be your testimony; and let your mess...be your message!”


I would like to congratulate all those who not only stood up and were baptised, but also those who through the week had made some quiet changes in their own lives as a result of the moving of the Holy Spirit upon their hearts.    


I would also like to thank all students who were involved in all of the preliminary aspects of the worships during the week and also who helped out on the final Sabbath.  Also I would like to thank the Heritage College Church volunteers who worked endlessly to ensure that the week was a success.  Pastor Faye especially was instrumental in the success of the week and finding funds to actually be able to host our international guest speaker.  


So, congratulations one and all for making this past week a week of faith building, personal reflection, lifestyle challenge and pressing together as one.  God bless one and all and please continue to pray for Pastor Willy and all our students who committed themselves to God this week.   

Mr Sonny Aiono


Refer a Friend


'The Sound of Music'

The hills were certainly alive, with the sound of music last night as the primary and secondary students performed for parents and friends at the annual Heritage College choir presentations.


The primary choir presentation started with a magnificent vocal display by Scarlett Clayton. Scarlett authored the lyrics, composed the music and then sang her very own song to a packed chapel of eager, encouraging parents. The children then launched into an exhibition of well known Christian choruses including “Smile Awhile”, “He’s Able”, “This Little Light of Mine” and others.  The choir extended the panorama of items by sharing songs from other nations and then finishing with “The Lord’s Prayer”.  

We would like to thank all the students for being a part of the choir for the year and persevering through all the practices and presentations.  Also a special thanks to Miss Kammermann and Miss Jackson for instructing and guiding the children to a wonderful array of vocal excellence.


The secondary music presentations last night were also a remarkable!  Each song and musical piece adding to the resonant sounds of teenage musical excellence.  The secondary students also have their very own singer songwriter in Zoe Ellins.  Zoe performed a marvellous song in acapella and then sang another cover later in the night.  There was also a presentation by the girl group “Trinity”.  This group performed for the last time at Heritage College - or maybe, we can ask for their return later in the year.  Two of the students in the group are Year 12 (Tylah and Irae), and they will be completing their time here at the conclusion of the year.  Others who filled the stage with music included Ryan Wells, Alana Saluni, and many many more.  

It must be said however that a concert is just not the same without support - so thank you to all of our parents who came out to the Narre Warren South campus to support and encourage our students.  Who knows - a star may have been born tonight!  Only time will tell.


Thanks also to Mrs Rogers for organising and guiding the students in their performances.  The students’ thanks to Mrs Rogers all through the night shows the significant impact Mrs Rogers has on their confidence and ability.  Well done one and all for a successful evening.  


Mr Sonny Aiono


Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open during the holidays to assist you with the transition from Winter to Summer uniform in Term 4. 


We have limited supplies of some items.


Please feel free to come to the Narre Warren South Campus on Wednesday, 4th October from 1-2pm.


Thank you.


Ms Crystal Corocher

SH Uniform Coordinator

Secondary Art Room Requests

We will be focusing on recycled materials as part of our projects for next term. Could I please ask for families to save the following items and pass them onto either Tamara or Venitta, for me to collect.


Items suggested: plastic soft drink or water bottles (any size), bottle caps/tops, large and small cans/tins. Please ensure these are all rinsed so that they are not smelly! Garden sculpture on its way...stay posted for photos to come next term.


Mrs Sharlene Stratford

Art Teacher

Exciting Changes

Change is always good!  A few weeks ago, I wore a different coloured suit to Church and someone commented that they had never seen me in that colour before! Obviously it was something other than black!  How about you...do you like change?


Heritage College will be undergoing a few changes, here are two of them:
a) At Narre Warren South, at the end of the year, we will be moving the prep rooms from their current location into the Year 3 rooms and vice versa.  This will allow the prep rooms to spread out a bit more and have an outdoor learning space developed.  So what will that look like?  Again, please continue to watch this space for more developments as they take place.  This means that Year Prep and Year 1 will be beside the playground where 3C and 3J currently are and the 3C and 3J classes will move to the current prep and Year 1 class.


b) At Officer Primary Campus we will be adding another classroom.  This classroom will be a Year 4, 5 and 6 class.  This will mean the class structure for 2018 will be Prep/1 in one class; Year 2/3 in another class and Year 4/5/6 in the new class.  So, who will be teaching these classes?  We will send out another notification via the College newsletter so that all parents from both campuses can see the teaching structure for both Officer and NWS.  So, more on 'who?' in the near future.


Exciting times ahead!  


Mr Sonny Aiono


PB4L Value

Value for Weeks 9 & 10

'Excellence in Bathroom Spaces'

From the Narre Warren South Campus

One Fantastic Day

It was a great day at the Basketball Victoria’s Hoop Time competition as both of the Heritage College Rookie and Future Star teams swept the competition by winning all of their games. From start to finish, both teams had mainly comfortable wins leaving our Future Stars team with the possibility of heading into the Regional Championships.


We should all be proud of the achievements of our students but more importantly how they handled themselves on and off the court. The students showed all of our PB4L values, Respect, Resilience, Excellence and Service on the day. In particular Nyamer, who showed great sportsmanship by allowing another team member, who was upset that they couldn’t be on the court for longer, take her spot. In the end, every student had fun, and they left with a happy feeling of a successful day.


I would like to thank all the parents that turned up on the day to support their child and our school in this event, it made it very special for us all. I would like to especially thank Mr Van Diemen, Mr Ngwenya, Miss Ngo (Pre-Service Teacher) and Tara Vano for helping to keep things running on the day. Thank you once again for your support and we can only hope for more success in future school basketball competitions.

Mr Andrew Waldrip

Hoop Time Coordinator

From the Library

Congratulations to the Star Readers for Term 3 (Years 3-6). 


3C - Sienna, Jayden C

3J - Kaitlyn, Aadesh

4/5RC - Eric, Mannat

4W - Mathias, Amish

5/6E - Jeremy, Michelle 

6MJ - Ciera, Eden 


Hope you all enjoyed reading the new books we had available in Term 3. 


There will be more coming in Term 4.  Happy Holiday!!


Mrs Penny Tan


From the Secondary Campus

Aladdin Visit

The Music and Drama students have been excited for months, knowing that the yearly excursion to a musical happened in Term 3.


Twenty excited students travelled by train to central Melbourne, ate lunch and watched the spectacle of Aladdin at Her Majesty’s Theatre, the genie who made wishes come true.


Last week, when Willy Ramos spoke, he reminded the students that unlike Aladdin, God couldn’t be used like a genie, He worked in His own way, in His own time.


It’s fun to watch professionals act and sing in musical spectaculars like the fantasy of Aladdin, with its colourful sets and awesome onstage tricks that fooled the eye.

Mrs Marcelle Rogers

Music Teacher

From the Officer Primary Campus

Pyjama Day!

This week the OCP students enjoyed a day of pyjamas and pancakes! Students were surprised when they arrived at school to a pancake breakfast and all students enjoyed sitting with their friends and classmates to enjoy a delicious surprise!

Mrs Kim Nuske

Year 2/3/4N Teacher

From the ELC


4 Year Old Kinder

We would like to take this opportunity to let you all know that bookings are now open for 4 year old Kindergarten at the Heritage College Early Learning Centre.  Children who attend the ELC participate in activities with the Officer and Narre Warren Primary School children and therefore have the advantage of a whole year of transition type time with the Primary Schools.  This gives them the advantage of being at home in the Primary Schools before they start Prep.


All children are welcome, those with siblings at Narre Warren South are also welcome. Heritage College ELC and OSHC are available for all who attend Heritage College, including those at Narre Warren South.  There is a shuttle that leaves Narre Warren South and brings some students to Officer so if you need After School Care or Before School Care please feel free to contact us to enroll.  Contact Heritage College ELC on 5943 2908.

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