We live in unprecedented times! The threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted the school with the cancellation of Symphony in the Park and the wider community with Bethsalem Fair last Saturday and other community events. Ecclesias are each taking measures to protect the most vulnerable as we live in the last days before our Lord Jesus Christ’s return.
On Friday, I communicated our plan in a letter, that is also available on our parent portal. If a member of our school community tested positive for Coronavirus then SA Health would inform the College and direct us to close
, but could be longer. This is to allow public health officials to identify and notify anyone who has come into close contact with the infected person and provide advice about who needs to seek treatment and/or self isolate and for deep cleaning to occur. We would seek parents to come and collect their children immediately but appreciate that for some it is not possible. Therefore we would still supervise on site until the end of the school day and send them home by bus or through collection by the parent.
Another information letter has been sent to parents about measures the College is taken to protect and support our school community. We are monitoring daily the unfolding events and updated government advice so that we can respond rapidly with appropriate action.Until then we need to be vigilant in prevention and detection.
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Fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. You should see your doctor for an urgent assessment.
We should not be surprised at these events as our Lord Jesus Christ told us of them in
, and for those things which are coming on the earth.’ Such events that we see should bring a personal prayerful response of preparation to meet our Lord and Master. ‘And when these things
2020 TERM 1 DATES for your diary
- POSTPONED - Saturday 21 March Symphony in the Park
- POSTPONED Friday 27 - Monday 30 March Year 9 Boys Camp Glenelg River
- POSTPONED Friday 27 - Monday 30 March Year 9 Girls Camp Morialta, Port Noarlunga & West Lakes
- Monday 6 - Tuesday 7 April Primary Parent/Teacher PHONE CONVERSATIONS/ Secondary 3 Way Learning PHONE Conversations
- POSTPONED Wednesday 8 April - Sports Day
- Thursday 9 April - Student Free Day/Council Holiday
WORLD'S GREATEST SHAVE
Supporting Leukemia Foundation
Last Friday we held a ‘Crazy Hair Day’ in support of the Leukemia Foundation. The day was initially started by Jack Palmer, who decided to raise money personally and to shave his head at school to raise awareness of the cause. Our Captains then got on board to help Jack raise some more money towards the cause, hence ‘crazy hair day’. As a school, we contributed $495 to Jack’s fundraising and allowed students to understand some of the impact of Leukemia. We are very thankful to Jack and our Captains for co-ordinating the event, which was enjoyed by all.
Front Desk Staffing
Gwennyth Manser recently resigned from her position at the front desk and we will miss her and thank her for her large contribution to the College for over 9 years. The children loved seeing her and will miss her helping them with first aid and greeting them in the morning. We wish her all the very best for the future being able to spend more time with family. Front desk in the interim will be covered by Louise Gore, who was recently appointed as Admin floating cover, to fill in whilst a replacement is recruited.
School Opening and Closing Times
Can we just remind parents that the school opens to students at 8.30am as only after this time is supervision provided for us to fulfil our duty of care. Both external doors will then open for them to arrive in a 20 minute window up to 8.50am when the bell goes. This is the signal for our students to move from the supervised oval to their classrooms for the attendance roll to be taken. Any student who arrives after 8.50am will need to collect a card from the front desk to ensure they are marked "in" as they could arrive to their class after the roll has been taken. Any student arriving after the roll is taken will be marked as late.
At the end of the day, students are supervised in the car park from 3.20pm and we ask that you pick up after that time and at the latest by 3.40pm when school supervision stops. We thank you for your co-operation in these matters of safety and well being for our children that allow us to fulfil our duty of care and have a clear delineation of when the transfer of duty of care goes between parent and the College. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
A reminder that winter uniforms
are to be worn in Term 2. During Week 1 & Week 2
of Term 2, if the weather forecast on BOM for Oakden on any day in the first 2 weeks is 25 degrees or higher,
then students can wear Summer uniform instead. All students must be wearing winter uniform
from the start of Week 3.
Uniforms can be purchased online
or at the Uniform Shop which is open Friday mornings 8:30-9:15am (or by appointment).
The winter uniform requirements can be viewed here
Please note to assist with affordability for parents, grey pants and long sleeve white shirts can be purchased from Next Australia via the following links:
Grey pleat front trousers
(select “Standard Fit
” and “Grey
2 pack LS White Shirts
; 5 pack LS White Shirts
For any queries relating to uniform, please email email@example.com
or 8266 5122
In light of the recent government ruling prohibiting any non-essential
gathering of over 500 people we have very sadly have had to postpone Symphony in the Park.
We are conscious that our musicians and singers have been busy practising, food stalls preparing and many others in a variety of ways with logistics, sound, lighting, set decoration etc.
We are just as disappointed as they are and thank them for their support. and willingness to participate.
As part of the event, a number of talented members of our community painted string instruments which would have been used as part of the stage set. These items are exquisite, and we still plan on running an online auction to sell these items – a unique piece of artwork for your wall. We will advise soon of the link for this initiative.
A large number of Dads, Grandpas and Special Uncles came to our Father's Breakfast last Friday. They enjoyed a delicious breakfast provided by a fantastic band of willing helpers and their children that provided a range of hot and cold food. They reflected on the role of a Dad and how Heritage is unique in supporting them in developing godly characters, caught up with friends across the city and then joined their children for the first lesson of the day in a range of fun creative activities - with some activities one wondered who had the most enjoyment!
Mother's Day Stall - Friday 8 May
The P&F will be holding our annual Mother’s Day Stall early next term (8 May). We would love all primary school students to please bring in a gift for the Stall (gifts will be sold to the students for between $2 - $10). Gifts can be left at the Front Desk – there is no need to wrap them as we are happy to do this! Gift ideas may include: chocolates, tea/coffee, jam/syrup, kitchen items, stationery, candles, socks, hand cream. We would really appreciate donations of gifts by the end of Term 1 – so that we can wrap the gifts during the holiday break!
This stall has been a lot of fun over the last few years & our students really enjoy “shopping” for their Mum, choosing something all by themselves … and it’s wonderful to encourage them to show their mothers just how much they love and appreciate them! We thank you for your ongoing support with this event.
Entertainment (Books) - now DIGITAL!
Heritage College is once again selling the all-popular Entertainment Book - now only available in digital format! The purchase price is $70 (with $14 going straight to our school), and is available for purchase via the following link: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/16264n0
The digital format is convenient and easy to use on your mobile phone – without the hassle of carrying around your book/card! Thank you for purchasing through Heritage College.
Foundation - Carolyn
for presenting a very interesting sharing topic this week
for working diligently in Read Write Inc.
for always being a cheerful member of the class
for always showing a positive attitude to learning!
Foundation/Year 1 - Leeanne
working hard to improve concentration and being a fun and friendly classmate
turning a grown upside-down’ and being resilient
being a responsible learner, always focussing on her learning
being resilient and responsible when things change
Year 1 - Hannah
for always being a good friend to others!
for showing excellent progress in spelling!
for learning all your words for assembly
for learning your lines in assembly
for being an absolute superstar in our class this week
Year 2 - Jesse
for consistently being a responsible classmate
for showing resilience in her Maths work
Year 2 - Rochelle
for responsible classroom behaviour
for being a kind and thoughtful member of our class
for putting effort and care into his work
Year 3/4 Emma
for trying hard in Hebrew, while showing good knowledge
Year 3/4 Keren
for ongoing participation in Hebrew, while showing good knowledge
for resilience in completing his Maths investigation this week
for full marks in spelling this week
for always being ready to learn, responsible and cheerful
for always giving his best in every learning task
Year 3/4 Loren
being a responsible learner by staying focussed in reading rotations
being a good student leader by staying on task and completing his work to the best of his abilities
showing resilience when tacking her work particularly during mental maths
Year 5/6 Jason
for showing resilience by asking for help in Hebrew
for zooming ahead in the Premier’s Reading Challenge
for taking care with bookwork presentation
Year 5/6 Sue
for imaginative thinking and creativity
for imaginative thinking and creativity
for entering into spirit of ‘Crazy Hair Day’ with enthusiasm
Year 5/6 Rachel
for having a sense of humour at all times while continuing to complete all work tasks
for having a resilient attitude when something doesn’t work out
for always using his manners and trying to improve his listening skills in class
for being a respectful classmate and being always willing to try new things
LEARNING IN FOUNDATION - 'THE HIVE'
Read Write Inc.
The Foundation Busy Bees have had an exciting start to the year with the introduction of Read Write Inc. The reading program has proved to be very engaging for students with positive results. The sounds are taught with mnemonics which are pithy sayings that support memory of the sound and letter formation. For example, ‘t – down the tower across the tower’. To help consolidate the sound of the day we have fun finding ways to integrate it into our artwork and other subjects. We incorporated ‘t’ into the measurement component of our maths lesson when we had a ‘tallest tower’ competition!
YEAR 3/4H NEWS
This term the Year 3/4 classes have been learning and researching the life cycles of different plants and animals. They first examined how all living things have 4 main stages in their life cycle: Birth, Growth, Reproduction and Death. Using the iPads, they then researched an animal life cycle of their choice; and compared and contrasted the various life cycles to classify and evaluate what is similar or different about each.
The 3/4s have also been observing the growth and life cycle of plants; and have been able to grow a flowering plant to observe how a seed germinates and starts to produce it’s own food through Photosynthesis. Some of the plants have really taken off!
We are looking forward to learning about how all living things work with each other to survive.
We are grateful to have our Hebrew classroom back and you are invited to come and visit!
We welcomed our Foundation students with a smile as they learnt how to greet each other with Shalom (hello), learnt about Israel and its flag, practised songs and dance and played with a variety of games.
With the other year levels, we usually dedicate some of the first school lessons to revisiting topics and vocabulary already learnt and we to do this through engaging hands-on activities using the wonderful resources that we have, such as the smart screen in our classroom, iPads, interactive games, play-dough, dice game and so forth. Looking forward, God willing, to a wonderful year ahead!
Fn-Y6 AFTER SCHOOL SPORT OPTION - TERM 2
Friday 8 May - Friday 26 June
We welcome all parents of Fn-Y6 students to book in for after school sport as per the flyer below. Please ensure you book in online for each child and note your Medicare card number. This program is free with your government voucher. If you have any queries please email Brett Arnold firstname.lastname@example.org
. This is a great opportunity to introduce the value of fitness and team sport for our younger students in Term 2!