RSC News

09 November 2018
Issue Twelve
Principal's Post 
Assistant Principals
From the Office
Around the School
Junior School
Indonesian Visitors
Community Notices
Ringwood Secondary College
(03) 9870 2002
Bedford Rd
Ringwood, Vic, 3134

Principal's Post 

From Mr Phillips

This Sunday, 11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

One hundred years ago, on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. The Australians had achieved a fighting reputation out of proportion to their numbers during this time, but victory had come at a heavy cost. We suffered almost 48,000 casualties during 1918, including more than 12,000 dead.

In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades. Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.


Today, some of our students from years 7 to10 participated in a local Youth Voice for Peace ceremony at Karralyka to mark this occasion. The choir performed and Harrison Kayne was the bugler for the event. On Sunday a number of senior students will join with me at the Ringwood Clocktower for the Ringwood RSL Remembrance Day Service.


On Thursday October 22nd, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our sister school Sekolah Tunas Unggul in Bandung West Java with representatives from the Indonesian Consulate and Department of Education present. Further details can be found in this newsletter.

A huge thank you to Jess Lundie for leading this important work.


Another successful Band Tour was held in North Eastern Victoria last week. Multiple performances were staged at schools throughout the region and provided an excellent opportunity for our students to work together and improve their music skills at the same time. The opportunity to intereact with students from schools across the region was a great highlight too.


Speaking of productions- tickets for Elf Jnr will  be  available online from this weekend.   For all bookings, check out our production website-

In the coming weeks our senior students in Years 10 and 11 will be completing their semester two exams. These serve as a great preparation for VCE Unit 3 and 4 studies. Regular feedback is of course available through the Compass portal.


This year’s presentation night will be once again held at Camberwell Grammar School.

Save the date for Tuesday December 18 2018 at 730pm.


Michael Phillips


Assistant Principals

From Mrs Stathatos

Five weeks into the last term and we are gearing for the final activities to end 2018 and beginning new ventures as a salute to 2019.

Year 12 students are having an intense period of study before their examinations, and no doubt having the final formal college activity on their minds, the Valedictory dinner, which will be celebrated with families and staff. We wish students the very best in what life brings post high school and hope that students treasure the memories they have of their school days.


In tandem to this, we have been visiting primary schools and introducing Year 7 student leaders to our next intake of current grade 6 students. These primary school visits are always engaging and fun. Year 7 Orientation day will be held on Tuesday the 11th of December.


As final assessments for students in Year 7-11 draw to an end, we encourage students to do their very best and to remember to apply the learning behaviours that we value- respect, persistence and resilience, being responsible for their learning, using their electronic devices appropriately to strengthen their knowledge and skills, using teacher feedback effectively, being an active participant in the learning process and working collaboratively with peers.


The Maroondah Digital Technology Network meeting will be held at Ringwood Secondary College next week for primary and secondary school teachers in our area. We are a network that was formed last year and have met at different locations throughout this year with the purpose of schools showing each other what their digital technology programs look like. Ringwood Secondary College staff are showcasing our program and teachers in the network will have an opportunity to play with the toys that our students program and construct in class.


The college library was full of interested parents and students for the 2019 Debutante Ball information night. Families who attended this information session will have the opportunity to register their consent via Compass next week.


Finally, can we remind students of being careful when walking to and from school and taking precautions to arrive and leave safely. These include getting to school on time, obeying all traffic signals and rules, avoiding the use of ear phones with loud music especially when crossing roads and having an awareness of others in their surroundings.


Eleni Stathatos

Assistant Principal

From Mr Barut

Exams, transition, and a parallel universe.

As I pen this piece, I am on a Principal shadowing experience at Blackburn High School and here is what I have noticed:

  • VCAA exams are happening here, too
  • Assemblies are happening here, too
  • Students are working hard to achieve their personal best here, too
  • Teachers are giving their all for the success of students here, too
  • Professional Learning Communities are vibrant here, too

Half a dozen kilometres down the road and another school like RSC exists in harmony with the universe! Like our school, students are respectful, the professional learning communities are plying their craft and the entire community, students, teachers and parents are all invested in the growth of their school.


This leads me into the importance of all our parents supporting the strategic direction of the College that asks for all to be respectful, professional and solution focussed with all the staff. If you need to speak to yours truly, or a co – ordinator, or a teacher, please ring first to arrange an appointment – schools are very busy places and this practice will allow us to give you our full attention.


For all our Year 12s and those Year 11s doing a Unit 3 and 4 subject, VCAA exams are on in earnest! Last minute revision, new batteries for CAS calculators, sharpened pencils and sharpened minds; it all equates to another learning experience for our students. Many have exited the exam centre looking flushed and relieved and the feedback from students was that they went ‘okay’ and ‘it wasn’t too bad’ – whatever the outcome, we wish them all the best. What a fantastic learning experience for them!


Let’s not forget the Year 12 class of 2019, as they are about embark on their final year of secondary schooling. They have to navigate the examination period and transition week to prepare for next year. Transition classes will be very important for our students, as there will be an outcome set for holiday homework.


In the other Sub Schools, classes continue, learning tasks continue, assessment continues – it is business as usual.


A massive thank you to Ms Pritchard, Ms Margelis, Mrs Meek, the Junior School House Co –ordinators team and all our Year 7 ambassadors who are visiting our local primary feeder schools to visit our new Year 7 students for 2019. We look forward to meeting the newest members of our college community.


 James Barut

Assistant Principal

From Mrs Allison

Co curricula programs at Ringwood Secondary well and truly are having a positive impact on our College community!




Art and Technology Exhibition

The Visual Arts and Technology students and staff created a wonderful display for our annual Art and Technology Exhibition, that showcased student’s skills and talents from a wide range of the Arts and Technology subjects such as: Art, Studio Arts, Visual Communication, Media, Photography, Textiles, Wood, Food Technology, Materials, CAD and Digitech. It is always a great collaborative event well attended by the College community.


Band Tour

Last week’s Band Tour travelled through North Eastern Victoria, entertaining a variety of schools with their enthusiastic musical talent. This event is a huge undertaking and I extend a heartfelt thank you to all staff and students for their enthusiastic participation and dedication, to make this another successful tour, one that enables students to flourish, to contribute positively to other school communities.



It is always exciting to hear about, and see our students doing their personal best within our sporting teams and/or individual events. Congratulations to participating students and the energetic staff who give up their time in lunchtimes or after school, to coach and guide them.


Positive Education

What is happening with Positive Education at RSC?

  • Term 2- several staff participated in the ‘Discovering Positive Education’ three-day workshop facilitated by The Institute of Positive Education.
  • The Year 7-12 Scope and Sequence is being revised to incorporate careers education that will complement the program as well as build the House system.
  • Coming up on December 19th all staff will participate a program: ‘Understanding and Managing Teacher Stress’ to be facilitated by The Institute of Positive Education.


Student Leadership

It is always inspiring to have so many students applying for leadership positions and be willing to make a difference in their lives and the lives of people around them. Many leadership applications have been received from all year levels and these will be finalised within the next few weeks. The 2019 Prefects leadership camp is coming up soon. It is a great way for our student leaders to connect and dream about what 2019 holds for their leadership portfolios. In the new year, a collaborative leadership training event will be held for all leaders in Years 7-11.


Wellbeing focus for this week…


Wellbeing Builder: Positive Feedback

Wellbeing Element: Meaning and Purpose

Character Strength: Spirituality

Wellbeing Fitness Challenge: Brain Stretch


During adolescence, students’ capacities to stay focused on the job at hand and ignore distractions are often tested. Focusing on the strengths leadership, bravery, self-regulation and perspective will connect them with the moment, enabling them to do the right thing and do the thing right. It’s about developing grit = passion + long term persistence.


Many students need to learn the difference between activity and action which is:


• activity – having little meaning and purpose for what they do and allowing their minds to be hijacked by their emotions;

• action – having meaning and purpose for what they do and following through on what they say they will do;

• leaders know that difference and show it in their every thought, word and action.


Several of the key ingredients which make up leadership are believing that others matter; having a higher purpose in life; using a combination of their own and others’ strengths to achieve what the group sets out to do; understanding that the right thing to do is nearly always the hard thing to do and then being prepared to do it; and welcoming challenges and overcome them by using growth mindsets to learn new approaches to build their brain’s abilities.


“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller



Mrs Maria Allison

Assistant Principal




From the Office

Ringwood Training

Please see our upcoming welding short course that will be commencing  07/02/19

There is a flyer attached for full information.


Laura Lloyd

Ringwood Training



Recently we have focused on small repairs and maintenance around the College.  This has included:

  • Replacing rotted fascias on the 200s
  • Painting of various areas, including high windows on the 200s
  • Repairs to walls around the College
  • Installation of a new storage cabinet in Food Technology
  • Top dressing sections of the soccerfield
  • Mulching the Hill St bank
  • Rectifying minor defects in the Junior School
  • Repairs to the hot water service in RT
  • Servicing of the Junior School toilet pump

Chris Salisbury

Facilities Manager

Around the School

Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition

The 2018 Arts and Technology Exhibition was a successful event, with a huge turn out at the opening night on Tuesday 23rd of October.  Our wonderful VCE Visual Arts Prefects, Lily Joslin-Boyle and Rachael Brown hosted the opening.

Dee Ryall MP, the State Member for Ringwood, and Shadow Assistant Minister for Economic Development, opened the exhibition with an inspiring speech about the importance of creativity and offered positive acknowledgements of the works on display.

Elysia Bovill and Grace Wilson were presented with awards for their outstanding achievement in representing Ringwood Secondary College in Top Designs 2017, VCE Season of Excellence. Elysia’s Print Media product, a twelve page magazine titled Inflorescence, featured a collection of poetic musings, original sketches and photography. While Grace’s 100 page Visual Communication Design Folio which set out to design a new perfume range, including all of the packaging and promotional material, were on display at the Melbourne Museum from March to June this year.

Lisa Higgs, the president from the Ringwood Art Society, presented the Graeme Hildebrand award. This award recognises Graeme’s passion and contribution in the arts and education.

His bequeath gives financial aid to developing artists through Ringwood Art Society. Now in conjunction with Ringwood Secondary College and in the name of Graeme Hildebrand, we were very happy to continue his wishes by awarding a prize to a deserving student at the exhibition opening. The Graeme Hildebrand Award for an Outstanding Year 10 student who has demonstrated significant learner qualities relating to persistence, hard work, resilience and teamwork in the Visual Arts was awarded to Chloe Emmerich.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 People's Choice Awards, and thanks to everyone who voted this year. We are excited to announce the following students as the winners in their subject area:

Studio Arts                                                                          Chloe Hazledine  

Product Design and Technology – Wood                Felicity Neligan 

Visual Communication Design                                     Madeleine Rathbone

Product Design and Technology – Textiles             Ngun Len Sung CEN HRANG

Media                                                                                   Dillon Swifte


Thank you to out music teacher Mr Dane Sorensen and our talented music students: Stephanie Henry, Rachael Brown and Abby James who performed vocal solos on the evening.


We greatly appreciate our student volunteers for their time in assisting with various jobs on the opening night: serving food, washing dishes and HP Reveal assistance. Thank you to Lucy Ahearn, Margaret Anderson, Lily Anderson, Rachel Brown, Courtney Canning, Alexia Davie, Caitlin Dowding, Kiara Dowding, Lucy Fairhurst, Lily Joslin-Boyle, Grace Matthews, Teah Monro, Tia Olsen, Rose Lawngsang and Caelum Smith.


This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the art and technology staff, who worked tirelessly in getting this exhibition up and running.

Congratulations to our students for producing such amazing work. We were proud to showcase the diverse range of works on display such as the drawings, paintings, short films, textile garments, wooden furniture and food technology displays.


Finally, we would like to express our appreciation to the school community for their attendance and support of the Arts and Technology subjects.


Dina Mihailidis

Head of Visual Arts


Career News

Please read news from the Careers Department

Helen Doherty

Careers Coordinator


Following the motto from ‘Active April’, RSC has introduced a new activity in which a group of staff and students have literally taken in their stride.

The ‘RSC Racers’ have been training during lunch, once a week with the aim of increasing their ‘Aerobic Capacity’ and overall fitness and the opportunity to succeed! Our group of athletes have committed themselves each week to work toward competition date at the Melbourne Marathon Sunday October 14th, whereby they will slip on their runners, wear their ‘Team T.Shirt’ with pride and stomp the CBD streets to then finish with a lap of the MCG.


Whether it be a 5.7km walk/run, reaching the distance of 10km or walking and running during training sessions we congratulate all our staff and students that have been involved and look forward to continuing in term 4 and 2019.

Participants include:

Ms. Mason, Mr. Stranger, Mrs. Aveling, Ms. Usher, Ms. Friend, Mrs. Edwards, Mr. Rowlands, Mr. Robertson, Cassidy Bonetti, Tarni Cavanah, Nick Delahunty, Jack Downard, Betty Geng, Teah Jack, Mia Millar, Amelia O’Connor, Madison Pearce, Ewan Smith, Tim Steenhuizen, Grace Veenman, Matilda Wilson.

We look forward to having additional staff and students join us in 2019!!


Rachel Edwards

Co Phys Ed Coordinator

Phys Ed/Health Teacher

Junior School

From Junior School

The end of term three celebrations for Junior School were a huge success with around 280 Year 7 students taking part in the inaugural Down-ball Competition of 2018. The sun was shining, the skills were world class and of course, some healthy house spirit competition was never too far away. Enormous congratulations to all of our Year 7 students who took part. It was fantastic to see you all playing your best, enjoying your accomplishments from term and most importantly continuing to build such a wonderful house spirit here at RSC.


With term four well underway, there has been no slowing down for the Year 7s and 8s and with the festive season waiting in the wings, one of the real focuses Junior School has prioritised this term has been the concept of kindness and empathy to all. With this concept in mind, several of our Junior School students recently took part in the 40-hour famine. With such a focus in our modern world being placed on materialistic things, it was refreshing to see so many our students take part in giving up something in order to help and empathise with others who may been less fortunate. From our most junior members of the College, Kaylah Abrahams, Anastasia Clarke, Abbey Rennick, Lucy Power, Jasmine Brain, Oliver Phillips to Year 8, Alexia Davie, Junior School would like to congratulate you on your achievements and your kindnesses to help others who may be in need.


Some kind reminders.

As we are heading in to those warmer months, we would like to kindly remind and encourage you to wear a hat and be sun smart, especially during those warm outdoor PE classes.


Students are also reminded that appropriate school uniform (including PE uniform) is a priority we hold very high here at RSC.


May the last few weeks of term treat you all kindly and remember, stay on track and remain focused on your goals.  


Jessica Friend

Junior School

Indonesian Visitors

Indonesian News

On the 22nd of October, Ringwood Secondary College said ‘Selamat Datang’ meaning ‘welcome’ to fourteen Indonesian students and three staff members from Sekolah Tunas Unggul in Bandung West Java.

This international group came across as part of a home stay and school visit program also in alliance with Ringwood North Primary School. This visit from Indonesia marked our second visit from Tunas Unggul.

The group attended six days of classes accompanied by their RSC buddies and enjoyed many activities hosted by our teaching staff including a cooking class, the Art & Tech expo, Band Tour performance, an Australian history lesson and a workshop in the RT.


On the weekends, they ventured into the city and to Healesville Sanctuary. None of this would have been possible without the support and commitment of their RSC host families:

  • Henry family
  • Jordan family
  • Johnson family
  • Parker family
  • Croft family
  • Innes family
  • Kirchner family
  • Mr Jamieson & Mr Godfrey

On behalf of the staff and students at RSC and STU we say thank you! It has been a pleasure to watch you all form lifelong friendships and share wonderful experiences together with your new friends. It was particularly heart-warming to see two of our students host the Indonesian students they stayed with when we visited Bandung last year!

A highlight of this trip was our official Memorandum of Understanding Ceremony. At this event, we were able to sign official documentation that outline our commitment to our sister school relationship. In attendance we had guests from Ringwood North Primary School, Ibu Spica the Indonesian Consulate General for Victoria and Tasmania and Joel Backwell the Executive Director of the International Division at the Department of Education and Training.

The sister school partnership program endeavours to create a mutual understanding between students at both Ringwood Secondary College and Sekolah Tunas Unggul. By providing students with the opportunity to meet and work together, we are ensuring that our students are aware and ready to work alongside and in partnership with, our nearest neighbour in the future.




Jessica Lundie

Head of Languages

Indonesian Teacher





Year 7 Girls Regional Basketball Report

On Friday 26th October the girls headed to Dandenong Stadium to compete against the best from each region. All teams in our pool were very even. We lost to Vermont SC by 6 points, won against Blackburn SC by 6 points and won against Lilydale SC by 8 points. Unfortunately the loss meant that we didn't make the finals.

Congratulations to all the girls who have shown commitment by coming to training each week and played really well as a team. A big thank you to the awesome Mel Hall for training and coaching the girls and for Georgi Clarke for coming along to score.

Ringwood was very well represented on the day with the Year 7 girls and boys and the Year 8 boys and girls all competing.


Mrs Leeann Clarke

Teacher in Charge (Yr 7 girls)

State Athletics.

Great day at Lakeside stadium for the State Athletics Championships. Congratulations to all students that took part.

We had some amazing performances on the day and students should be incredibly proud of their efforts.

It was also great to hear all the feedback from the staff and students who were watching the livestream back at school.

Summary of results:

Gold -

  • Harry Norman 800m
  • Sam Olsen 400m
  • Ella Hose Shot Put Multiclass

Silver –

  • Harry Norman 1500m
  • Sam Olsen 200m

Bronze –

  • Jasmin Hass 3000m walk
  • Sam Olsen/ Ciara Lumsden/ Bec Battersby/ Chloe Olsen    4x100m relay

David Awi – 5th Discus

Imogen Hansen – 7th Javelin

Jemima Wilson – 10th 1500m

Roi Boutsikakis

Director of Sport


News from Wellbeing

Maroondah FReeZA Program 2019

Ever wanted to learn the skills required to run a live music gig? FReeZA is a free event management program for young people aged 15-25 that teaches you everything from booking bands, how to promote, setting up/packing down an event, operating AV equipment, working with cash and more! You will be part of the 2019 Bassline Productions FReeZA crew, meeting weekly to plan and run 5 live music and cultural events throughout the year (including the Maroondah Festival youth space). You will receive free training during your time in FReeZA, and will leave the program with transferable life skills that you can take into any profession. 

If you have any further questions about the program, please contact Youth Services on 9294 5704.

Applications close November 16th 2018.

Once submitted all applications will be considered, with short-listed applicants being required to attend an interview, meet the FReeZA workers and discuss your interest and commitment to the program. Once interviews are completed, the FReeZA workers will determine the 2019 Maroondah Bassline Productions crew and you will be informed whether or not you are successful.

Please click on the following link for further information and the application form:


Raising Resilient Kids

Does your child frequently feel anxious or overwhelmed? Do you ever worry that our children are growing up in an increasingly complex world? Do you want to teach your kids how to bounce back from life’s inevitable setbacks and challenges? If you would like answers to these questions as well as tips to help you raise a resilient child, then the book Raising Resilient Kids could be extremely helpful. This easy to read text has 9 different chapters, each written by an expert within the field of resilience. From building resilience in the digital space, to helping kids manage anxiety and building resilience in parents, this book delivers research and common-sense tips that actually work. We have a copy in our school library, or you can purchase your own copy from all good book retailers for around $23.

Alyce Bailey

Positive Education & Pathways Leader


Maroondah Youth Services

Maroondah City Council is supporting the University of Melbourne in some research regarding positive transitions from secondary school.


We are seeking young people who graduated from high school between 2015 - 2017 to take part in a focus group on Tuesday 30th October from 5:30 - 7pm at Realm in Ringwood.


Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to important research that will help build the wellbeing of young people, and be reimbursed $20 for their time.


About the research

Together with a group of young people, the University of Melbourne research team have co-developed a new well-being program to support young people who have left secondary school. The program is designed to encourage young people to apply positive strategies for managing a range of challenges they might face after leaving secondary school, such as finding work, pursuing further education and training, or simply exploring options for the future.


We would appreciate if you could pass on this opportunity to any young people who may be interested, and ask them to RSVP with their name and phone number to [email protected]


If you have any questions you can call Mel on 9294 5705

Amy Corcoran
Community and Online Engagement Officer - Youth and Children's Services | MYSPN Coordinator



We are trying to help our school community to support each other by promoting  the The Wellbeing House super sale on second hand uniforms and books ( we have heaps of ridiculously cheap or free items for sale now) and also a number of websites that you can buy/ swap/ sell


We gladly accept donations of items to support other people.


Community Notices

Foster Carers Needed

We are running an information session for potential foster carers on Tuesday 20 November in Park Orchards.


We are desperately short of foster carers and your school’s support will assist us greatly in recruiting new carers and supporting vulnerable children.


I have attached a Facebook link below which has further information.


Thanks so much for considering our request!


Grace Thomson

Anglicare Victoria

Marketing Volunteer Assistant | Eastern Foster Care Program


Ringwood North Junior and Senior Football Clubs

The Ringwood North Junior and Senior Football Clubs are hosting a come and try day for girls in November. 

As a local club we offer a great opportunity for girls of all ages to get involved in AFL.

Thank you in advance.

Ringwood North Junior Football Club.

Mullum Food Fair

Come along and support our school on Friday 16th November 2018


International Games Day on Saturday 10 November, 10 am - 3 pm

Lots of FREE fun for all ages (young children up to adults).


Janet Nicholls

Children & Youth Services Librarian

RSC News
HP Reveal App Instructions.pdf
Career Newsletter.pdf
Welding Short Course February 2019.pdf