Welcome to the beginning of the final Term for 2017! The term is already well underway with students completing class work, assignments and assessment tasks. Term 4 always seems to go very quickly, so it is really important that students keep up to date with all work and submit tasks in a timely manner to avoid falling behind in their studies.
I would like to take the chance to remind both students and parents that the summer uniform is now in place. With warmer weather approaching, students are also encouraged to wear the College hat during recess and lunch for sun protection.
There are some upcoming events throughout the term. Please refer to the list below to ensure students and parents are aware of these and other important information.
Tues. 24th Oct.: Year 9 Bike Tour Information Night (7pm)
Mon. 20th – 24th Nov.: Year 11 Exam Week
Mon. 27th – 1st Nov/Dec: Year 10 Exam Week
Mon. 4th – 8th Dec.: Year 10 into 11 Transition Week
Fri. 8th Dec.: Final day of scheduled classes for Year 10 students
Mon. 11th – 13th Dec.: Year 9 Bike Tour
Tues. 12th Dec.: Final day of scheduled classes for Year 9 students
Wed. 13th – 19th Dec.: End of Year Program
Middle School Leader
Year 10 Semester 2 Exams
The Semester Two exams will be commencing on Monday 27th November and finishing on Friday 1st December. There will be no timetabled classes on for Year 10 students during the exam period and students will not be required at school except for their timetabled exam. The exams have already been scheduled into student timetables, which can be viewed via Compass. Students will be told what equipment they will need by their teachers and if any student needs any Special Consideration for any reading, writing and/or extra time, please let Mr Jamieson know via email: ([email protected])
Freeman House Coordinator
Year 10 Central Australia Trip
On the 16th of September, a large group of Year 10 students woke up bright and early to start their unforgettable Year 10 Central Trip. We said our final goodbyes for 11 days, as we headed to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. All the excitement was building up as we arrived for our flight, via Sydney International Airport to arrive at Ayers Rock Airport. As soon as we stepped out from the plane all the jumpers came off. As we collected our luggage our had just journey begun!
We arrived at the sites of Ayers Rock campground, where we set up camp for 2 nights. We went for a hike at Kaka Juta Park, where we were treated with spectacular views through the cliffs and saw many native animals. We went back to camp, to rest up for big day tomorrow. Woke up the next morning and we were off to Uluru. We firstly visited the Uluru Kata Tjuta Culture Centre where we learnt about some of the aboriginal culture, then it was off to climb Uluru. Everyone had chosen whether to climb or not to climb. The students that decided to climb were in for a battle as the steep edges were quite daunting; the other students completed a base walk that was a great experience. The views from the top of the rock were breath taking and an experience I personally will never forget. We went for a walk to the Mutitjula Waterhole that we learnt about the rainbow serpent, which was interesting to learn about the dreamtime in aboriginal culture. We settled down as we watched the sunset go down at Uluru, which was a great opportunity for photos!
We departed from Ayers Rock for Kings Canyon the next morning. On the way to Kings Canyon we stopped off for a few hours to do a hike through the national park. This night we were lucky enough to be sleeping under the stars, which was great to have the stars, shine down upon us. The following day we climb the canyon and went down into the “Garden of Eden” which had a beautiful waterhole and was a great spot for photos and chilling out.
We departed for Alice Springs, which we relaxed in the pool that had a waterslide! Later that night we had a visit from Rex the Reptile Man, which was awesome. He taught us a lot about the animals and we got to hold lizards and even massive snakes, where some students were able to overcome fears!
The next morning, we all woke up and went into the town of Alice Springs where we visited the Royal Flying Doctors Service and learnt about their story and how John Flynn brought the doctors to where they are today. Once we left from the doctors, some students volunteered to go to the Purple House, which is a support house for the aboriginal people. We learnt about their life stories and how the purple house affected everyone in a positive way. We learnt how to make bush medicine and were able to make some of our own, which we were able to bring home to fix an illness that we may have.
We woke up very early the next morning to set out for our long day ahead. We set out for Daly Waters. Along the way we had a brief stop at Devils Marbles. They are massive rocks all lined up which is amazing to look at, while also listening to the trees that drunk up the water from the ground. We stayed in Daly Waters that night, where we were able to listen to live music and have a swim in the pool. This was another night under the stars, which was great to sleep until we saw a small kangaroo jumping across everyone’s beds!
We hit the road again as we travelled towards Katherine, which we were lucky enough to go to the thermal hot springs which were so relaxing. Once we finished up at the springs, we were on route towards the National Park where we stayed at for the night. Everyone was enjoying the pool and the sport fanatics watching either the footy or the rugby. The next day we went for a boat ride that took us through Katherine Gorge, as we saw the sun rise over the edges. We saw aboriginal artwork that had been around for thousands of years. We arrived at Kakadu, where everyone had a swim and chilled out while the Richmond supporters went out and watched their team get into the Grand Final.
The next morning, we woke up early as we headed towards the Yellow Water Lagoon. Here we were treated to a cruise and were able to see sun rise over the horizon. We saw native birds, horses and crocodiles on this cruise as its peaceful and quite that you could hear the birds chirp away. Some students chose to do a plane ride of the Kakadu landscape, which gave amazing views and showed the valleys, rivers and gorges which Kakadu had to offer. Later that night we travelled to Ubirr to climb up the rocks, which we were treated to a beautiful sunset.
We headed for Darwin the next morning while having a pit stop at the Jumping Crocodile Cruise, which was a major highlight of the trip as we were seeing 6-meter crocs jumping out of the water right next to us. We met Stumpy and Agro, the biggest crocodiles in the river, which were quite scary looking eye to eye. Once we had gotten to Darwin we went to a massive outdoor wave pool, which was great to have a swim around. For the rest for the night we were free to do shopping and go out for a meal of our choosing, as some even tried different types of food, they have never come across. It was the last night of the camp and everyone was starting to feel the end approaching but for the final time we were able to sleep under the stars which was a remarkable end to our trip.
For our last day, we headed to Litchfield National Park, which was home of the Wangi Falls. The falls were spectacular as water came rushing down the rocks. We had the opportunity to jump from the rock into the water below. We then all hopped onto the bus for the last time, as we headed to the airport. We said our goodbyes to all out chefs and bus drivers as we departed for Melbourne. The plane ride went very fast as everyone was very tired and exhausted by the end of our trip.
Year 10 Central was the greatest trip I had ever had and we are all very thankful for the opportunity to go on this camp. On behalf of all the students we thank the teachers for their hard work and dedication they put into the camp to make it the best possible experience for us Year 10’s.
Ringwood Secondary College is participating in the Stride the Divide charity walk. There will be games, food and prizes. The walk is raising money for Opportunity International. Opportunity International provides loans to families in developing countries to help them build businesses, earn regular incomes and leave poverty behind.
Come along and join us by participating in the walk!
- When: 29th October 9am – 11.30am (Registration is open from 9.00-9.30am)
- Where: HE Parker Reserve, Heathmont
Link for registration: www.stridethedivide.com.au/#intro
Register for FREE using the code: RSC
Buy a t-shirt or dress up in Stride the Divide colours.
Come and join us and invite your friends and family too! This is a great opportunity to be involved in your community and to raise money for a good cause!
Year 9 City Experience
In week 10 of Term 3, all Year 9 students participated in the City Experience. Thanks to Martina Tan for her brief account of the week.
From Monday the 11th of September to the Friday 15th of September the year 9’s had city experience. It was an excursion that was implemented to help us learn about the city of Melbourne, how to get around the city and to learn to be independent.
Over the course of the 5 days we went to various places that included Science Works, The Shrine of Remembrance, Eureka Sky deck, Melbourne Museum, ACMI, the Old Melbourne Gaol and more fun activities. The highlights of our week were most definitely eating pizza at Il Gambero’s pizza shop and of course hanging out with friends around the city.
Overall it was a great experience that we learnt a lot from and will remember for years to come.