Heritage College News

05 March 2020
Term 1 Week 6 2020

Keep up to date with the latest news at Heritage College. Narre Warren South and Officer Campus.

Principal's Message
Dates to Remember
Get Involved
Meet the Staff
School Notices
From the ELC
From the Narre Warren South Campus
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the Secondary Campus
Combined Campus Reports
Chaplaincy and Wellbeing
Heritage College
(03) 9796 0100
333 Centre Road
Narre Warren South, VIC, 3805

Principal's Message

Nepal Service Trip 2020

At Heritage College, students are taught the foundational values of service, excellence, resilience and respect. Whilst students in primary and secondary years have opportunities to serve in their local communities, graduating Year 12 students experience serving in an International Project in Nepal at the culmination of their studies. 


Throughout the year, senior secondary students work towards this goal by designing and implementing fundraisers to pay for their project. By participating in the Nepal Service Trip, students see how their efforts can directly improve the lives of others.


After VCE examinations are held at the conclusion of the academic year, staff and graduating Year 12 students travel to Nepal. The Nepal Service Trip provides an alternative for students to celebrate their graduation with service rather than 'schoolies' week. Held over 12 days, this year’s trip will be held between Sunday 22 November to Thursday, 3 December 2020.

In partnership with ADRA Connections, projects are planned to improve community access to educational opportunities. Project work is centred around a school and may include building, renovating, resourcing and training. Beyond the standard need for classrooms and amenities, students on the Nepal Service Trips have also helped to provide schools with areas and equipment for play and sports, which international research in education has proven to be essential for learning.


The group travels locally to see what daily life is like for the students attending the school the project is based in, to see how that community works together. These visits are a highlight with residents who are welcoming and eager to share their hospitality. 


“I've been involved in the Heritage College trip to Nepal since 2012 and love every moment of planning and participating in the projects. This year I will host my sixth trip to Nepal. My passion for service was first ignited in university when I had the opportunity to participate in a One Mission Project to Aozora School in Bodhgaya in India as a pre-service teacher. This experience helped me to appreciate how blessed I am to receive a tertiary level education; an assumed right in Australia. I take less for granted now and hope that projects will help other young people to learn what they have, and help improves access to quality education in Nepal.” Elyse Taylor - Nepal Service Trip Team Leader 

If you are interested to know more about Nepal Service Trip, Elyse Taylor, VCE Coordinator, will be at Open Night at Narre Warren South discussing all things Nepal and Senior Years. Alternatively, please email e.taylor@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au.

Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary

Dates to Remember

Calendar Changes

Date Changes

OCP Clean Up Australia Day now on Friday, 6th March. (Previously Friday, 28th February)


Working Bee @ NWS, now on Sunday, 22nd March. (Previously Sunday, 1st March).


Event Postponed

Sod-Turning Ceremony @ OCP (Previously on Thursday, 27th February). New date TBC


New Events

Monday, 16th March

Commonwealth Bank School Banking Visit at NWS

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at OC


Tuesday, 17th March

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at NWS


Thursday, 5th March

Open Night @ NWS, 6:30pm-8:30pm


Monday, 9th March

Labour Day Public Holiday


10th-13th March

Year 10 Camp


Thursday, 12th March

Eastern Primary Schools Sports Day Years 1-3


Friday, 13th March

OCP Book Fair Opens


Monday, 16th March

Commonwealth Bank School Banking Visit at NWS

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at OC


Tuesday, 17th March

Parent/ Teacher Interviews at NWS


18th-20th March

Year 8 Camp


Thursday, 19th March

Year 9 ASV Rogain Day


Friday, 20th March

Halogen Young Leaders Day (Primary)


Sunday, 22nd March

Working Bee @ NWS


23rd-27th March

Year 6 Canberra Tour


Monday, 23rd March

SEISS Years 9/10 Touch Rugby/ Netball


Tuesday, 24th March

SEISS Years 11/12 Touch Rugby/ Netball


Wednesday, 25th March

OCP Book Fair Final Day

SEISS Years 7/8 Touch Rugby/ Netball


Thursday, 26th March

SEISS Swimming Carnival


Friday, 27th March

Year 10 Exchange Students Finish

Last Day Term 1, Finish 12:50pm

School Holidays

Saturday, 28th March - Sunday, 19th April


Sunday, 5th April

Daylight Savings Ends


10th - 13th April

Easter Weekend


14th - 17th

Staff Curriculum and Professional Development Week



Monday, 20th April

First Day Term 2


Tuesday, 23rd April

Year 9 Survivor Camp Prep Day


Friday, 24th April

Primary Inter-House Cross Country


Saturday, 25th April



28th April - 1st May

Year 9 Survivor Camp


Tuesday, 28th April

ASV Primary Cross Country

Get Involved

Open Night 5 March 2020: Save the Date!

Open Night is on again! Thursday 5 March 2020 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Heritage College Narre Warren South Campus, 333 Centre Road, Narre Warren South.


Whilst Open Night provides an introduction for local families in the area, current families are welcome to attend as a show of support. In a late-summer festive atmosphere, enjoy an evening's entertainment on the lawn provided by the Heritage College primary band and relax with light refreshments available from the canteen and visiting food trucks. The little ones will love the activities on the evening, including the jumping castle and the visiting animal farm, whilst the older ones can try the challenging rock wall. School and House Captains, required for service roles such as ushering and directions, will be required to wear the full summer uniform (including Blazer Year 7 and up). 


For currently enrolled families, there’s no need to register online. Simply come for a great night and show your support!


If you are inviting friends for the evening, please ensure they register at heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/opennight so we can provide the very best introduction to campus. 

Sign up for Working Bee 22 March 2020

Enrolled families at Heritage College are invited to attend the upcoming Working Bee on 22 March from 9am-1pm. Students from ELC to Year 6 will receive a credit of $10.00 towards their student lunch account. Students from Year 7 to 12: receive a credit of $20.00 towards their student lunch account.


Working Bee Programme

There are four ‘one-hour’ sessions available to attend.  At the start of each session, a 10-minute induction process will be held to go through for safety measures. 






Working Bee Session One 

All ages 


Working Bee Session Two

All ages


Working Bee Session Three

All ages


Working Bee Session Four

All ages

What to bring

If you have gardening tools such as rakes, brooms and gardening gloves, please feel free to bring them on the day. 


How to register

Register online and tell us what time you can participate by Monday 16 March 2020.


We look forward to seeing as many of our families as possible to be on hand with the first Working Bee at Narre Warren South. 


Mr Sonny Aiono


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.

Avondale College


Your Body Hub, Officer


City of Casey Teen Holiday Program


Meet the Staff

Meet… Miss Hankins, Year 3 Teacher

This week we catch up with another of our amazing Primary team, Miss Kristen Hankins, Year 3 Teacher at Narre Warren South Campus.


What do you teach at Heritage College?

I'm wearing two 'hats' at Heritage College. I am the Learning and Teaching Coordinator and I also teach in Year 3 at Narre Warren South on Thursdays and Fridays.


Why did you choose teaching as a career?

I have a passion for learning and love to see students share in the joy and excitement that comes with discovering new knowledge and skills. Teaching is an incredibly powerful opportunity to not only foster students' skills for their involvement in the society but also share Jesus with them too.


Tell us a little about your background in teaching.

This is my ninth year in the classroom... they go past so quickly! I've only worked at one school previously - Northpine Christian College up in Brisbane. After graduating, I started out teaching in Year 1 and spent three years there, before shifting to Year 6 where I taught for five years. In the last few years, I have taken on a Junior Coordinator role at my previous school.  I loved having a combination of time in the classroom, as well as time supporting other teachers to make education even better. 


What is your biggest challenge in the classroom?

Time management is always a challenge - there are so many things I want to do with students and only a limited number of hours in the school day!


What book are you reading/recently read, or what would we find on your podcast list? 

I love to read about how people learn - a few of my favourites that I've read in the last little while are 'Grit' by Angela Duckworth, 'Natural Born Learners' by Alex Beard and 'Mindset' by Carol Dweck. On a lighter note, I've also been listening to the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan as I drive to and from work. They look like science-fiction which is not usually my genre of choice, but I have been very pleasantly surprised!


Who inspires you and why? 

God has had a huge impact on my teaching journey and a comment that a friend made to me in my first year of teaching has become my daily prayer; 'When they look at me, may they see you, Jesus, only you’. This prayer keeps me humble when I feel success and gives me strength when I feel inadequate. 


What is the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?

This is such an easy question - the joy of seeing students happy and actively involved in their learning!


When you're not teaching, what do you do in your downtime?

I like to bake and go jogging, and I've recently discovered I quite enjoy growing things! I don't have a garden of my own so this new hobby is contained in the pots on my balcony.


You can email Miss Hankins at k.hankins@heritagecollege.com.au

School Notices

PB4L Value Awards

Week 2 - Excellence

Year 5/6O - Keira


Week 3 - Resilience 

Prep VK - Kye

Year 1B - Archie, Ellie

Year 4K - Ekamjot

Year 5/6O - Rylee, Kingston-Lebron

Prep DH - Zoey

Year 2C - Malachi

Year 3CH - Sophie

Year 4AC - Kwa, Allegra

Year 5W - Given

Year 6E - Darara

Year 6RP - Railee


Week 4 - Resilience

Year 1B - Phoebe

Year 2/3C - George

Year 4K - Anthony

Year 5/6O - Florentina

Prep DH - Elliston

Year 4AC - Emmanuel

Year 5W - Jake

Year 6E - Liam

Year 6RP - Heavenly


Week 5 - Respect

Prep VK - Jazmine

Year 1B - Alicia

Year 2/3C - Dara

Year 4K - Amariah

Year 5/6O - Mia, Noah

Prep DH - Elijah

Year 2C - Loti

Year 3CH - Rhys

Year 6E - Sanjee

Year 6RP - Eden


Week 6 - Respect

Year 2/3C - Jevon

Year 4K - Korje

Year 5W - Kara

Print Newsletters

If you would like a paper copy of the newsletter, our campus Receptions will have copies available for you to collect each week.

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.

Bus Safety at Officer Campus

A reminder to all parents that the bus loop at Officer Campus is only for buses. We have had some parents park in the bus loop as of late, which hinders our bus drivers from keeping their schedules and following our college safety procedures.

There is ample parking within the car park, which was extended in 2018 to accommodate our growing school community.


Thank you for ensuring the safety of all our school families and visitors. 

2019 Presentation Night

Presentation Nights are a college tradition that happens at the end of the academic year and are a highlight of the annual college calendar. Held at Narre Warren South and Officer campus locations, Presentation Nights provide an opportunity to recognise the values of service, excellence, resilience and respect amongst the student body as well as recognise academic excellence and achievement (including the college Dux). 


Did you know there’s a recap of Presentation Night 2019 on the website? Photo albums are also available on the Heritage College Facebook albums. Take a look at the event news articles with links below: 


Officer Awards Night 2019 



Narre Warren South Awards Night 2019



Mrs Fiona Spence
Community Engagement

CCTV In Use at Both Campuses

Effective this year, we now have CCTV cameras operating in all areas of our College, at both campuses and on our buses.

We believe the safety of our students, staff, parents and facilities is of utmost importance and feel the addition of cameras at Officer (and NWS since prior to 2019) will be beneficial.


If you would like to read the policy, please go to the website https://heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/our-community/publications-policies/policies/


Thank you.


Mr Sonny Aiono


Heritage College Canteen

What’s on Offer?

Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads, Baked Goods, Warm Food, A healthy range of Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free options are available. Students and staff of the college are welcome to use the service. Download the 2020 Menu here.


Where do I place my order?

Order online at www.schoollunchonline.com.au.

Register your information, choose your College campus and healthy menu options, order your kid's lunches, then pay as you go or top up your account regularly. 


Where can I collect my order?

NWS Campus: 

Orders can be collected from the Dining Room at 12:50 pm


Officer Campus: 

Orders can be collected from Reception at 12:40 pm.

Heritage College Uniform News

For those that have been with Heritage College for some time, you may have noticed a gradual change from the old logo (pictured right) to the new (pictured left). While there have been some small colour and font adjustments, the crest and its elements remain unchanged: the open Bible, the Dove representing the Holy Spirit, the wreath that represents the prize of achievement, the crown atop reminding us that God is sovereign and the ribbon with the motto “In Him We Live”. 

Over the course of 2020, some uniform elements will be updated to include the updated Heritage College logo. You may have seen the front gates at Narre Warren South campus now reflect these changes. Eventually, all items of the uniform range will also be changed over to reflect the updated logo.  We estimate this process will be completed by Term 4, 2021. For now, there are a few things changing in Term 1. 


Spray Jackets (will be retired from Uniform Line end Term 1, 2020)

As of the end of Term 1, 2020, the old Spray Jacket will be retired from the official Heritage College uniform line.


A term’s grace period applies for wearing the old Spray Jackets. Old Spray Jackets can be returned to reception any time before the end of Term 1, 2020 - look out for the giant purple bins! All jackets returned will be recycled via a local retailer who specialises in garment sustainability.  


Summer Uniform: New shirt for boys released

An updated shirt is available for purchase via the official uniform supplier, Noone Imagewear. The difference between the old and the new is that the new shirt contains an embroidered logo and may be worn untucked. 


Questions on school uniform can be directed to your child’s classroom teacher and your deputy principal. 


Mr Sonny Aiono


New Uniforms

Our school uniform supplier, Noone Imagewear, has new items avaliable to purchase from their Beaconsfield store.


These include:

  • White Shirt/Blouse with logo
  • New Junior Hat
  • School bag with new logo 

Please visit their store located at 4/52-62 Old Princes Hwy, Beaconsfield VIC 3807 or call (03) 9769 9093. Alternatively, the items are available to purchase online at https://www.noone.com.au/school/heritage-college/shop.


Ms Ellen Schwalger


Scholastic Book Club

We would like to thank families who ordered from Issue 1 of the Scholastic Book Club.  Please note that orders have been processed and will be with you soon. Sometimes orders can take up to 2 weeks to arrive. 


We hope you enjoy the new books you have added to your personal libraries at home. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at librarystaff@heritagecollege.com.au


Happy Reading,

Your Library Team


School Banking


CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund)

Do you have a Centrelink Healthcare Card?

If so, you may be eligible to receive assistance from the Victorian Government towards your child's camps, sports and excursions.

Read the flyer below for more information, and please visit your campus reception to fill out the application form.

From the ELC

Learning about E

Using sensory experience of singing, saying, writing and making, Miss Vanessa and the team have used songs to explore the letter ‘E for egg’ with the children.  Have you heard ‘E is for eggs, e-e-eggs’ around the house lately, thanks to this catchy tune?

“🎶They’re round all around and bigger at the bottom- they’re smaller at the top and we’re glad that we’ve got them- because they’re egg-shaped - and they’re eggs 🎶”


Bush Kinder

Beginning in Term 2, the 3 and 4 Year Old Early Learners begin their first steps exploring the outdoor environment by visiting the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens every Thursday. During Bush Kinder, the 3’s and 4’s share Morning Tea together, then it’s off to explore under the safe supervision of Miss Vanessa and the team.


Outdoor exploration is vital for little learners to take risks, discover and explore the world around them. If you’re interested to learn more, have a chat with the team when you drop your little one into Kinder on any day.

Vacation Care Survey

Vacation Care surveys are being distributed this week. If you participated in the Summer program, we would love your feedback! Please take a moment to tell us about your experience. Check your inbox or Seesaw for details.

ELC Tours

Early Learning Centre Tours are running weekly every Tuesday 9.30am. Visit our facilities, view the rooms, see the programs in action, ask about before/after school care and view the next Vacation Care program available. You can book a tour online by visiting www.heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/tours.

Enrolling for 2020

If you’re joining us for 2020, or know someone who is interested, we now have our updated fee schedule available on our website. You can find the link here: https://heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/learning/elc/


Miss Vanessa

Early Learning Centre

From the Narre Warren South Campus

Year 2C Art with Mrs Horne

Students in class are experimenting with water colour in Mrs Horne’s art class this week.  Beginning with sketching an illustration inspired by the children’s book ‘The Parrot Tico Tango’, students are beginning to explore technique in brush strokes and colour combinations. Upon finishing their water colour work, the students will scan in their work and use the Enlight Pixaloop App to create short animations of their artwork. 

Visual Arts is a vital element of the Australian Curriculum. In class, students are asked about concepts such as ’symmetry’ and ‘patterns’, using new terms to build vocabulary. Elements of literacy, maths and even cultural studies are incorporated into weekly lessons. In addition to developing skills such as hand-eye coordination, creative expression enables many other crucial skills to be developed.

Mrs  Yolanda Horne 

Primary Art Teacher

In the Library with Prep and Year 6

Last week in the Library, the Year 6 students spent time reading to Prep students. At this early age, Prep students enjoy being read to and connecting with senior students on campus. It was a delight to watch and an opportunity for the older students to show the value of service and welcome Prep students to the Heritage College community. 

As educators, we look forward to creating more cross-class reading sessions to encourage the love of reading, enjoy the Library space together, and above all, provide students with an opportunity to bond over good books. 


Mrs Penny Tan 

Library Teacher NWS

Clean Up Australia Day

NWS Campus participated in Clean Up Australia Day on Friday, 28th March. Students helped clean the school grounds and surrounding areas by picking up rubbish.

Thank you to all our students for reflecting our College values and looking after our environment.

School Banking Visit

The Narre Warren South campus will be having a visit from Deb, from the Commonwealth Bank, and Pat the Dog on Monday, 16th March during the morning assembly.


Parents are welcome to attend, and Deb will be available to answer any questions you have about school banking.


How School Banking Works:

It's easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Bring your deposit to school in your Dollarmites deposit wallet on your weekly ‘School Banking Day’ to collect a silver Dollarmites token
  2. Once you collect 10 tokens (if receiving physical tokens)(maximum one token per week) you can choose a reward by placing the redemption slip or card and 10 tokens in your Dollarmites deposit wallet and bring in on School Banking Day
  3. Kids can track their savings progress in the CommBank Youth app

From the Officer
Primary Campus

Clean Up Australia Day - NEW DATE


OCP News

Banking: Thursdays  

Bring your bank book on Thursday morning and place it into the Grey Banking Pouch for your class. Mrs Limu is our Banking Coordinator and will collect and manage the banking each Thursday.  Bank Books will be returned to students by the end of the day.

If you would like to join school banking or have any questions about banking, please email: h.limu@heritagecollege.vic.edu.au


Dates to Remember

  • 9th March: Public Holiday (no school)

  • 12th March: Year 1-3 ASV Eastern Schools Sports Day

  • 13th - 25th March: Scholastic Book Fair Shop at OC

  • 20th March: Halogen Young Leaders Day for OCP & NWS Student SRC, House Captains and School Captains

  • 23rd - 27th March: Year 6 Canberra Tour

  • 27th March: Last Day of Term 1 - 12:50pm finish time for students

  • 20th April: First Day of Term 2 for Students

Recess & Lunches

Thank you for providing healthy Recess and Lunch for your child. We follow the Traffic Light Lunchbox system. This enhances student learning by ensuring their brain and body have the required nutrients for best learning! 

  • Remember to provide a Recess piece of fruit or snack even when you order a lunch order. 

Lunch Orders

Ordering lunch from School Lunch Online is becoming a very popular option for the students at OCP! Thank you to Mr Matt who ensures our kids receive their orders each day!


Uniform Term 1

  • Full Summer Uniform on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • Sports Uniform on Tuesday and Friday

  • Prep students wear Sport Uniform every day


Contact Emails for Teachers


Prep Teachers: Mrs van Dyk & Mr Kimpton: 




Year 1 Teacher: Mrs Bennetts



Year 2/3 Teacher: Mr Chang



Year 4 Teacher: Miss Keecher



Year 5/6 Teacher: Mr Orellana



Assistant to the Deputy: Mrs Nuske



Deputy Principal (Primary): Mr Sevenhuysen


Student Awards

Congratulations to all of the boys and girls who received an award at Assembly this week.

Years 3-6 Athletics Day Student Recounts

We all used teamwork and at the end we all finished the races. My highlight is that the best team won, go Landy.



I am so proud of everybody for being resilient, whenever somebody fell they got back up and tried again and that is what resilience is all about.

Madison T

The athletics carnival was one of the best we have had, my favourite part was the relay. We got to race the other houses and we had so much fun, thanks Heritage College for an amazing day.



I’m so proud of Jackson for coming second. The highlight of the athletics day was everyone participating in every event. 


Good job Landy, good teamwork. I’m so proud of Landy for coming first and well doing for participating. The highlight of the athletics day was that everyone was showing excellence.

Madison B


The athletic carnival was really fun and everyone tried their best. The highlight was everyone showed the values, mostly resilience and Jackson came 2nd place.


Encounter Lesson with Year 5/6O

Psalm 86:15 “But You, O Lord, are a merciful and gracious God, slow to get angry, full of unfailing love and truth.”

Students in Year 5/6O were tasked with “telling God’s message” when they were paired up and blindfolded! Students had to communicate together to put the pieces of the message back together.

What were the challenges in this activity?

  • I was blindfolded and couldn’t see

  • The instructions were tricky to follow when I couldn’t see

  • The letters were everywhere

What helped/hindered progress?

  • Having good communication helped - a lot! 

  • It was hard with the blindfold because we couldn’t see

Did you create the words yourself?

  • No, we were just putting the message back together

Where did they come from?

  • The Bible, from God

When it was finished, did you feel pleasure and success even though the words were not your own?

  • Relief that it was done

  • It felt good!

What is the connection between this activity and Elijah’s life and work?

  • Elijah was given messages from God to deliver too!

How might this relate to our lives and work?

  • There will be times when God wants us to share His message with others, either by telling them or by showing them. We can be a part of the process of communicating God’s message to others. Like Elijah, we can help God ‘call’ people to connect to Him. Being part of spreading God’s messages brings pleasure and a sense of worth.

Mrs Kim Nuske


From the Secondary Campus

Year 9 Camp at Wilson Prom

In week 4 of Term 1 (Monday 17 Feb - Thursday 20 Feb), the Year 9 cohort set out to Wilsons Promontory National Park to explore the beauty of Australia's great outdoors with the challenge of "doing hard things together". Three teams set out carrying enough supplies for three days (food, shelter and a change of clothing). While the sun was shining and smiles were bright on Day One, Day Two brought about lots of rain, hugs, team encouragement, and students had to dig deep, demonstrating (and discovering) resilience in order to fulfill their mission. 

When asked to describe what camp was like, it was best summed up by the comment "wet and wild". Congratulations to all Year 9 students (and their teachers) for completing the first camp of the year.

Wilsons Prom has prepared the Year 9 students well for Term 2 when they head out on their "Survivor" camp.


Mr Scott Camps

Year 9 Coordinator

Secondary Cross Country Carnival

The annual Secondary Cross Country was held at the Officer Scout Park where students competed and represented their house colours. The day commenced with a bit of fun with the traditional fashion parade of both students and teaching staff. A particular highlight was the teacher parade, some showing off their dance dexterity that hadn’t been tapped into for some time!

The students ran distances of 3km to 4.5km, depending on age and gender. Also included in the event were some very keen primary and secondary staff! After the races had concluded, students made their way down to the clearing where they undertook the novelty events of ‘The Accumulation Relay’ and ‘Tug of War.’ These events always bring a mixture of competitiveness and laughter and this year was no different.

The runners up for the day with points combining for the fashion parade, running events and novelty events was Jackson. The overall winner for the 2020 Secondary Cross Country was LANDY!

Congratulations to all who competed and supported their team. We look forward to our next event, the Athletics carnival in Term 2.

Mr Reuben Sleight

Secondary Sports Coordinator

Student Excellence

During the summer holidays, secondary student Kaitlyn Pratt obtained the 13 Year Old Surf Rescue Qualification with her local Surf Lifesaving club at Venus Bay. 


Part of the local Nippers club for six years, Kaitlyn progressed to senior surf lifesaving with a training schedule that includes running and bike riding to build stamina. Since obtaining her qualification in January, Kaitlyn has been on patrol at Venus Bay guarding between the flags, on hand to protect the public should they get into trouble in the water. 

Off the beach, Kaitlyn is keen to help others in her community at the local swimming pool.  In her volunteer role, Katilyn helps children aged three to six to develop their swimming skills. 


The next qualification Kaitlyn has her eyes on is the Bronze Medallion for Surf Rescue at 15 years.  

We congratulate Kaitlyn on behalf of the college community on being a wonderful role model to others in the community of Excellence, Resilience, Respect and Service. 


Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary

Secondary Choir on Tour 2020

The secondary choir gave an impromptu practice last week in the lead up to their performance at Open Night, Narre Warren South campus on Thursday 5 March. Soon, they will be heading off for an upcoming tour. Where could they be off to?


Find out more soon!


Combined Campus Reports

SSV District Swimming Carnival

This week saw the best of our Year 3-6 swimmers go head to head with students from our School Sports Victoria Cranbourne North District. Previously, we have won only one ribbon (Kaitlyn 3rd place) at District Swimming Carnivals, so our children knew they had their work cut out for them in the pool.

Participants had to show true Resilience when faced with 50m of water between the starting blocks and the finish line. In addition, their were many Squad Swimmers competing from other schools. In a couple of 4x50m relay events we had opposition teams finishing while we still had two swimmers yet to enter the water. It takes real character to step up and carry on when faced with such challenges.

There were individual moments of joy to share during the day. Many of our swimmers were competitive for the first 30m of their race and then faded late, not able to sustain their efforts over the full distance; nothing a bit of training and hard work couldn't fix. We also had four children win individual ribbons:

Albert 10 years - 3rd - 50m Butterfly

Kaitlyn 12 years - 3rd - 50m Freestyle

Sienna 12 years - 1st - 50m Backstroke

Amelia 12 years - 1st - 50m Butterfly

Congratulations to Amelia and Sienna who have also qualified to compete at the Casey South Division Carnival on Wednesday, 11th March 2020. This gives them the opportunity for a little more time to train, to refine their technique and increase their stamina. Amelia and Sienna are the first Heritage College students ever to qualify for the SSV Division Swimming Carnival. Good luck girls!


Thank you to the many family members who attended and supported our swimmers. We appreciate the Fong, St Mart-Lefau, Van Diemen, Barnard, Beveridge and Pauwels families for taking the time to come along and cheer for Team Heritage!


Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Scholastic Book Club

Great news!  Scholastic Orders have arrived and will be making their way home with students who purchased them shortly.  We hope you enjoy your new books.


If you missed out on Issue 1 but are looking to purchase Issue 2 has arrived and will be sent home this week.  For those that prefer to view a pdf version we have included that here for your convenience: https://www.scholastic.com.au/media/5505/bc220.pdf


New to ordering? The Book Club LOOP platform for parents allows you to pay by credit card. Your child’s order is submitted directly to school safe and sound and the books will be delivered to class. You can place your child’s order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.  Cash payments can also be, please refer to the back page of the scholastic issue.


Please have orders in by the 11th of March.


Happy Reading,


Your Library Team

Chaplaincy and Wellbeing

Wellbeing Corner

This week, not only are we going to continue our discussion about whole-hearted living, but we also have an exciting update!


The wellbeing space at NWS campus has recently received a bit of a face-lift with a new coat of paint, some bean bags, toys, and colourful posters.  The students are loving it! Below is a photo of a typical lunch time with a handful of Year 4 students enjoying a welcoming space to connect and relax, as well as the opportunity to meet our wellbeing staff and get to know them.  This is a great way to break down barriers and build trust which comes in handy down the road when some of those students might need a more serious conversation.


Now onto our other business of learning the secrets to living whole-hearted lives.


Before we can start with the 10 Guideposts, there are two foundational ideas we must understand; shame and vulnerability. Without a good understanding of these two ideas, we cannot fully embrace what follows.

Shame is different from guilt. Guilt says, “I DID something wrong,” whereas, shame says, “I AM something wrong.”  Shame is never a good thing. We need to know when we are speaking, thinking, or acting based on identifying with shame, and then we need to choose to let go of the shame, choose self-worth, and change our thoughts and behaviours.


Vulnerability, on the other hand, is actually a good thing.  Let me explain.

When we choose to be open with another person about our real feelings, we are vulnerable because they might reject us or use that information against us.  But we cannot create any real connections with people without running that risk. Vulnerability is courageous because we are choosing to be real even though it's risky.


Next week, Delphine will give us a brief overview of the first Guidepost, Authenticity.

If you are interested in diving deeper into these topics, you can find more information at https://brenebrown.com/

Feel free to buy or borrow this book from your local library and follow along as we discuss it in the following weeks.


Lindsey Birch

Primary Wellbeing Coordinator

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