RSC News

30 November 2018
Issue Thirteen
Principal's Post 
Assistant Principals
From the Office
Around the School
Senior School
Middle School
Community Notices
Ringwood Secondary College
(03) 9870 2002
Bedford Rd
Ringwood, Vic, 3134

Principal's Post 

From Mr Phillips


Our Year 12 students have all now completed their examinations, and we wish them all the very best as we eagerly await their results on Friday 14 December 2018.


We have heard that there were no major surprises on any of the examinations, and the teachers have been pleased with the work ethic displayed in the final weeks leading up to the examinations.


Our Careers Advisor, Mrs Helen Doherty and other Senior Staff will be available from Friday 14 December to offer assistance and counselling to students, should they wish, and to assist with any changes of preferences for University or other courses. 

The year culminated successfully at the Valedictory celebrations held last Friday at the Melbourne Park Tennis Centre.


The event celebrated the success of all students who have completed year 12 in 2018 and it was wonderful to celebrate with so many parents staff and friends.


We were delighted to learn that one of our Year 10 students, Matilda Wilson was  successful in being awarded a Kwong Lee Dow Scholarship from the University of Melbourne which is an academic enrichment program designed to support high-achieving Victorian secondary school students.

While still at school, the program offers opportunities for participation in workshops and seminars, and students will be able to interact with the University and with other Kwong Lee Dow Scholars.  


We have been notified of the following nominations by the judging panel for the Theatre Guild of Victoria 2018 Awards:

Congratulations to Coleman Shook for his nomination for 'Junior Male in a Supporting Role' and Commendations to Damon Delaney and Michael Syme, 'Junior Male in a Leading Role' and to 'The Design Award for Costumes and Settings.'

This adds to the nominations for the Lyrebird Awards that were notified earlier and we can be well pleased with the achievements of all involved with this year’s production of The Addams family.


During the next few weeks, we will be involving the students in Year 6  in a series of orientation activities for next year, so that they can enjoy a smooth transition into the next stage of their schooling. Orientation day is December 11, 2018.


Plans for our senior school development have now reached the schematic design stage and will be signed off by the project manager and the DET next week, after which detailed design work will be undertaken in readiness for tender in 2019. Exciting times ahead.


Michael Phillips


Assistant Principals

From Mrs Stathatos


The beginning of December brings on the anticipation of the long summer holiday, rest and relaxation which is a welcome relief in the busy calendar year.


While school has 3 weeks before the final bell rings, there is a concerted effort to maintain a rigorous and engaging program in our learning spaces. The integrated study at Year 7, The Impact of Gambling, is doing just that, engaging students in core learning areas to think about aspects of financial literacy and to collaborate and create an end product. I can’t wait to see the student presentations before the End of Year program begins.


At this time, I find that encouraging students to reflect upon their learning- how much they know, what they can do – is a great exercise in having them articulate their growth as  learners. It is a discussion I have had with my Year 7 French class and student responses to the question, How do you know that you have learnt a lot in French, has provided me with the following answers- I know how to talk about myself, I can describe my family, I am able to sing songs, I can talk about my pets, I can read information in French, I can say what activities I do. It is very satisfying to know that the work we have done throughout the year is contributing to an appreciation of bilingualism, and in turn, global citizenship.


Transition programs are being run while examinations are nearing the end and preparations to celebrate student achievement and endeavour at our Presentation night are being made. The Duke of Edinburgh Falls Creek to Mt Bogong expedition will return, Year 9 Bike Tour students are training, The Junior School production -Elf Junior The Musical- will entertain hundreds of people, Year 10 and 11 students will attend their Formals while student reports will become available on Compass on the 19th of December. It is full steam ahead till the end.


Eleni Stathatos

Assistant Principal

From Mr Barut




As you can see by the many photos that adorn this report, the valedictory evening that was held at Melbourne Park was a huge success with nearly 600 members of the college community gathering as one to farewell the class of 2018.


The night was filled with warmth, affirmation, friendship and reflection. The College is so proud of the class of 2018 and they are to be wished all the best in the next phase of their life, whether that includes further study, employment, travel or a gap year.


The staff of Ringwood Secondary College are to be congratulated for their input into our students, thus preparing them to take their place in the world as global citizens.


Thanks must also go to the Senior School team – Mrs Cathy Menz, Ms Emma Lim, Ms Lucy Moore, Ms Caitlin May and Mr Matthew Saunders, for all the meticulous planning and organisation of the night. Thank you to the office staff who prepared all the awards and thank you to all the staff who attended and supported the evening.


On another note, transition classes for Year 11 students going into Year 12 have just been completed and the class of Year 12, 2019, will begin their first day next year at Box Hill TAFE (Lilydale Campus) with a series of workshops that will focus on study and exam preparation, well being and health tips. Year 10 into 11 will be happening next week, after the conclusion of the Year 10 exams.


Every student, in every subject will have a task that will need to be completed over the summer holidays. The transition program establishes preparedness for the upcoming school year and allows all our students to start the year in a positive manner, willing and ready to take on the challenges that they will face.


The College program continues with all our students in Years 7-9 and they, too, have tasks to complete as teachers get ready to produce all the end of year reports.


James Barut

Assistant Principal

From Mrs Allison


Where has the year gone?

The days and weeks are rushing by and in the haste, we often forget to thank people around us. I would like to extend a warm thank you to all our staff, students and families for supporting Ringwood Secondary College in so many ways. Without this collective impact, the opportunities provided for our students would certainly diminish.


Thank you also, to my Year 12 Visual Communication Design class whose kindness and willingness to never to give up made the challenging year a positive experience.


Sun Smart

As the weather is warming up students must ensure they cover up with sunscreen and use a protective hat. Cancer Council Victoria recommends using SPF30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. However, sunscreen alone will not provide adequate protection against over exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Cancer Council recommends five steps to protect against sun damage during the daily sun protection times (when the UV level is 3 and above):


1. Slip on sun-protective clothing.

2. Slop on SPF30 or higher sunscreen–make sure it is broad-spectrum and water-resistant. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and re-apply every two hours.

3. Slap on a hat –that protects your face, head, neck and ears.

4. Seek shade.

5. Slide on sunglasses –make sure they meet Australian Standards. UV levels are most intense during the middle of the day. Check the daily sun protection times, available via the free Sun Smart app online at or or in the weather section of newspapers as a free website widget. The sun protection time shows when the UV Index is forecast to be 3 or above.


Wellbeing focus for the week…


Wellbeing Builder: Positive Self-Image

Wellbeing Element: Strengths and Emotions

Character Strength: Humility

Wellbeing Fitness Challenge: Emotions Spotting


The greatest assets we all have to be happy with healthy wellbeing fitness are ourselves and other people. How we see ourselves, our self-image influences how we want others to see us. For adolescents in particular, how they are accepted and viewed by their peer group is all important for them.


 “if I had nine hours to cut down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe” Abraham Lincoln


Providing students with effective tools to develop a positive self-image is the sharpening part of this exercise. To do this, each week role model two Positive Personal Descriptors they want others to think of when they see them. They will need to practise the body language which shows each of them.


Make a list of positive emotions they want to feel and negative ones they want to avoid, then use Positive Self-talk to encourage themselves to accomplish what they have set for themselves to achieve and develop social-emotional resilience.


Maria Allison

Assistant Principal



From the Office

2019 Book Lists and College Charges

As you would be aware the College recently emailed all our families the Booklists and College Charges sheet for 2019.

This of course is a change from previous years and we are confident that our College families will support us in streamlining our processes.

If you are unable to print a hard copy of the College Charges, these are available at the Administration Office to collect.


Please refer to the attachments in the Compass Newsfeed for the College Charges sheet for 2019.

OR - Your student’s year level booklist is viewable/printable by:

  • Clicking link above
  • Clicking students year level
  • Clicking ‘Print’ top right hand corner
  • Open downloaded pdf.

Thank you for your continued support.
RSC Administration


RSC Work Futures EXPO 2019 

As we reach the end of the 2018 school year we have a firm view of how this expo will be presented on Wednesday 19th June 2019.  During the next few weeks our work will be to produce a ‘model’ of the project so that early in 2019 we will bring together people from those companies and businesses who have offered their time and people to be part of this college initiative for the benefit of our senior students.


Our focus is to ensure that these presenters understand Ringwood Secondary College’s values so we can guide them to tailor their talks to the senior year students, offering a clear and comprehensive explanation of what their workplaces do currently, and how they manage changes that are already in the workplaces of many organisations.  We want these presentations to have a commonality which will clearly show the job opportunities and options, so comparisons can be readily made for those parents and students present between the various jobs being presented at our Expo.


We anticipate that this expo will showcase a wider range of job opportunities than what the students currently see available.  These presentations could offer job opportunities that may lead students away from fast-food outlets for part-time work, to places where they may be able to do work experience that can provide long-term employment, where on-the-job training is offered and for those who show initiative to be directed to attempt more fulfilling and more interesting work.


In the Ringwood High School days we saw students who started work, when job opportunities were limited to traditional jobs during the 1950s and ‘60s, who have held senior and executive positions in major companies, so with so many more new technology opportunities available in the 21st Century we should expect to see our current students achieving similar management positions over time.


Jobs these days can no longer be defined by gender as they were in the past.  The RACV Royalauto magazine, November 2018, has an excellent article about girls who have trained as auto-electricians, mechanics and spray-painters, jobs previously considered to be done by male employees.  We expect our Expo could also present job opportunities as yet unknown to our students, thus widening their employment choices for the future.


In the remaining weeks of 2018, the Work Futures committee will prepare briefs for Lead Teachers and student groups to assist in the creation, preparation of documentation of Expo-related tasks helping us to deliver top quality material for our Expo on Wednesday 19th June 2019.


For further details contact the school or the convenor, Barry Ring, at

Attendance Matters


Operates 24 hours a day – 7 days a week


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please be advised that the following information is required when adding an approval to Compass for a daily absence.

  • Select the appropriate reason for the absence from the drop down box
  • Fill in the Details / Comment box with the relevant information related to the absence -  ie if the reason selected is illness then please specify what type of illness it is
  • If the absence is noted as Parent Choice then an explanation for this reason must also be given
  • The school may require a medical certificate to be supplied if the illness or medical condition covers more than what may be considered a reasonable amount of days absent
  • Ensure that you enter any absences on a daily basis or call the attendance line each day

SMS Messages

If you receive an SMS message advising that your child/ children is absent as of 10.15am that morning - please call the attendance line.


These messages are automatically generated and sent to parents each day in accordance with the College’s Duty of Care obligations.


 Parents need to ensure they respond to this important notification in a timely manner.


Notifying the School of Holidays outside of Term Breaks.


Notify the school at least two week prior to the start of any holidays taken outside of the usual term breaks.  This is to ensure that any important work or task is completed before a student commences their leave. 


Finally, if you think your child or children may be experiencing problems of any kind in relation to their learning or just in general, please contact their Coordinator and have a chat to them about your concerns.


Kay Priestly

Attendance Officer


Over recent weeks there has certainly been a flurry of activity at the College in regards to facilities. Here is a brief summary 

•    Working Bee-Hill St bank project.  A big thankyou to members of the facilities team who came along to our recent working bee and transformed a large section of the Hill St bank through mulching and planting

•    Administration Air conditioning units-new support timbers installed

•    Food Technology-An industrial dishwasher was recently installed and the main preparation area has undergone major building works to improve the functionality of the area

•    Gymnasium refurbishment project-We have commenced the refurbishment project. Currently the backboards are being modified and new glass boards should be erected by the end of the week. 
•    Front fence-making slow but steady progress

•    Junior School-defects are now all rectified
We are also planning for several projects over the upcoming Christmas break and in the next couple of weeks the design process for the new building should hopefully ramp up. Enjoy the accompanying photos.


Chris Salisbury 
Facilities Manager


From the Chaplain

Where did October go?

I looked at the calendar just yesterday and realised we are now into November, and by that I mean nearly the end of it! 


It only takes a wreath on the traffic lights and decorations in shopping centres and my children’s excitement levels are automatically piqued for this season.


Whilst it is a joyful part of the year for a lot of us, this is not the case for everyone. For some people it can be a very lonely time, a time that just reminds them of what they don’t have or have lost.


In amidst these contrasting experiences I am so excited about a new initiative that the school has ignited this year.


It is our first ever ‘Alternative to Schoolies program’. Eight inspiring Year 12 students are heading out to Melbourne CBD for an opportunity to look outside of themselves and hear stories from people doing it a bit tough, even living on the street. These students will participate in some community service activities, whilst setting some great foundations for the next phase of their journey. What a great opportunity for them to grow and be challenged and shaped by those around them.


We have so much to learn from one another as we share this life together and try to work it all out. I hope you get the opportunity to share the joy you have with others this Christmas or maybe you may need to be on the receiving end.


 Whatever the case maybe look for opportunities to step out of your comfort zone and make a difference. 


Adam Bryant


Around the School

YR 12 VCAL Transition

As part of  personal development skills for year 12 VCAL, the students attended an excursion to Olivet Aged Care on Tuesday 27th November.

The students gave the residents xmas cards with some lovely messages. They chatted and mixed with the residents and even celebrated a couple of birthdays. The students then played skittles and carpet bowls with the residents.

It was a really great day and the students were just wonderful . They really put a smile on the faces of the residents and brightened up their day.

Congratulations to all the students who attended.

 A big thanks to Miss Robinson who also attended.


V. Margellis

Second-hand Textbook and Uniform Trading

End of year is fast arriving and it’s time to look for second-hand textbooks and uniforms.  Second-hand textbooks and uniforms in relation to the college are traded via the Sustainable School Shop website:


This service provides access to second-hand textbooks, uniforms, calculators, musical equipment, etc all year


For the best results:

  • Register on the Sustainable School Shop website
  • List all your textbooks and uniforms that you no longer require for sale
  • List wanted ads for those items you are looking to buy
  • The college’s book & uniform lists are loaded into the system to make listing ads easy
  • The system matches the ads of buyers with sellers and notifies the buyer via email
  • Buyers contact sellers and arrange where and when to trade.
  • The school is not involved in the transaction
  • Parents are well supported via Sustainable School Shop’s telephone (0438 743 444) and email help lines
  • The system is simple and easy to use


If you have books, uniforms, calculators etc you no longer need and are in good condition or better, then list them for sale on the website as this will help another family that is looking to buy.

Senior School

Valedictory Evening

On Friday 23rd November the Year 12 students were farewelled from Ringwood Secondary College at their Valedictory evening.

Nearly 600 students, teachers, family and friends enjoyed the night at Melbourne Park, celebrating student achievements. Every student received their graduation certificate, and many students were recognised for their academic, sport, and community achievements.

The students, and many parents, took to the dance floor, their last chance to celebrate as a year level!

Thank you to the Senior School team for their hard work, and we wish the Year 12 students all the best for their results and their future endeavours.

Cathy Menz

Senior Sub School Leader

Middle School

interGREAT Business Fair

The interGREAT Business Fair saw a huge variety of creative and eye-catching businesses. It was fantastic to see the entrepreneurial skills of the students on display. To top it off, all proceeds raised will go to Opportunity International Australia, an organisation who help families living in poverty to start their own business. With a regular income, families in developing countries can afford food, shelter, medicine and education.

Well done to the three most profitable forms:

9I raised a total of $314.10

9F raised an amazing $408.65

9J raised an incredible total of $563.25

We are pleased to announce that we have fundraised a total amount just short of $2000 for this great cause! Well done to all of our Year 9 students and the entire school community for their support.

Virginia Watson

interGREAT Program Coordinator

Community Notices

Zine Making Workshop!

2 to 4PM Thursday 17 January

With Ripples in the Open artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Collage across the spread of your very own stitched zine. Bring along any printed and photocopied snippets, images, and text collected from your surroundings, and in the workshop you will cut and glue them into place to create your own artwork.


In addition, you will learn to fold and stitch a simple zine structure. Paper, glue, thread, and equipment are all provided, however please bring along anything you’d like to include in your collage be they magazine cuttings, photocopies of things that interest you, original drawings. The world is your oyster; the paper is your universe!


Meet us at ArtSpace at Realm

Ringwood Town Square

179 Maroondah Highway


03 9298 4553


Saturday 17 January

2 to 4pm

Ages 12+
Cost $5

Bookings essential:


Guzman y Gomez are opening our new healthy Mexican restaurant in Eastland Shopping Centre on 29th November and we would like to invite all your students and their families to our FREE BURRITO DAY from 12pm – 7pm. All they have to do is line up and order your fresh GYG burrito made to order, there are no catches!!


A number of us who work at GYG grew up in this area and still live there so we’re keen to make sure everyone knows about the FREE BURRITOS for dinner that day and we would love you to help us support this local business located at Shop 2052 Eastland Shopping Centre.


Please feel free to share this email with parents, students etc include the attached flyer in your newsletter or via email or simply share the link below on your facebook page.


Look forward to seeing you all there and thanks in advance for sharing if you can, we would really appreciate it!


Matthew Jones

Marketing Manager - Restaurants

Guzman y Gomez

Mexican Taqueria

Christmas Trees for Sale

3rd Croydon Scout Group will be selling Christmas Trees.


Eltham Lacrosse

Come and try out a new sport


Annie Get Your Gun Auditions

Information Evening:

We are seeking Cowboys and Cowgirls for Adult and Youth roles.

Info Session: Wednesday 5th December at 7.30pm. Diamond Creek Uniting Church.


Find your inner cowboy! Discover the story of the Wild West’s most famous woman sharpshooter! Sing some of Irving Berlin’s best loved songs, including: ‘There’s no business-like show business’ and ‘Anything you can do I can do better’.


AUDITIONS: Feb 8th, 9th and 10th.

SHOW DATES: June 5th to 10th 2019.


Contact Merinda on: 0431 159 657


Birmingham Primary turns 40

Join with us as we celebrate Birmingham Primary School’s 40th Birthday, with friends old and new.
Friday 30 November 2018
5.00pm - 8.30pm

Eastland 400 Gradi Thankyou



On behalf of 400 Gradi Eastland, we’d like to thank the community of Ringwood Secondary College for the year that was.


In light of, we’d like to extend an offer to friends and family of Ringwood Secondary College to receive 15% off between Monday – Friday, exclusive to 400 Gradi Eastland.

This offer would be available until February 28, 2019 – allowing parents the time to enjoy lunch/dinner either during school holidays with the family, or when kids return. 


If you’d like to take up the offer, please do get in touch and we’ll ensure to activate on our end. 

You may share this offer via your school newsletter prior to ending the term. 


Again, thank you for the year that was – we wish you the best for the remainder of the year and safe and joyful beginning to 2019. 





Marketing Manager

Gradi Group

Government Vaccine Program

The government has made the Hep A, Hep B, HPV vaccine (Gardasil vaccine) and Meningococcal ACWY available for free for men who have sex with men (MSM) up until 31 Dec 2018 in Victoria.


The youth that you’re most likely to come in contact with is up to 26 years and if they do fall in the above category, they are eligible for free vaccines!


They can come to any of our Public Immunisation sessions to receive the vaccines (attached 2018 and 2019 program). I will have to know about the Hep A vaccine order at least 2 days prior to the public session though.


The kids at school have most likely received the HPV vaccine and the Men ACWY from 2016 onwards.


Please see blurb below for the free vaccines. More information can be found at


Mitali Khandawala

Team Leader Immunisation Services

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