RSC News

06 May 2019
Issue Four
Principal's Post 
Assistant Principals
From the Office
Junior School
Middle School
Maroondah Youth Awards
Around the School
Music and Performing Arts 
Community Notices
Ringwood Secondary College
(03) 9870 2002
Bedford Rd
Ringwood, Vic, 3134

Principal's Post 

Michael Phillips

Ringwood is always a busy place and the start of Term 2 has proved to be no exception.  

Our whole school assembly on April 24th provided an opportunity to commemorate Anzac Day that involved all of our students. The theme focussed on service to others and it was also terrific to have Roger Daniel from the Rotary Club of Maroondah in attendance. The 100th anniversary of the homecoming from World War 1 was also an important moment in the Centenary of Anzac.

Symphonic Band did a superb job in presenting the music befitting for such a commemorative ceremony and was highlighted by the playing of the Last Post and Rouse.

On Anzac morning, our school leaders in Mitchell Hart and Alice D’Arcy attended the Ringwood RSL Dawn Service in Ringwood at the Clock tower. Lest We Forget!

Ringwood Secondary College’s Information and Open Night was held on Wednesday as one of a number of activities that highlight the educational options for students at our school. This evening, supplements the program of school tours that runs throughout the school year. The weather was kind to us this year and it was a pleasure to highlight our new learning environments and outline plans for the future the turnout was again substantial with estimates of over 600 people in attendance. The demand for places at Year 7 for 2020 is expected to be strong, with applications closing on May 17, 2019. Further details regarding enrolments can be located on the College website.

I am very proud of our students who are fantastic representatives of the College and very positive in their outlook and perspective. I would particularly like to thank our teaching staff for their efforts in preparing for the evening and particularly acknowledge the work of Mrs Leah Pritchard, Ms Anna Urbano, Mrs Karen Carden, Mrs Kim Watson, Ms Marissa Lee, Ms Faith Stepniewski, Ms Jessica Friend and Mrs Voula Margellis.

Many of you would now be aware that the NAPLAN online testing for Year 7 and Year 9 students commences on the week beginning May 13 and will occur at various times over a two-week period.

NAPLAN Online will result in reduced time between testing and reporting, increasing the ability of teachers to use the results to inform teaching practice. The ‘tailored test’ design adapts to correct and incorrect student responses providing a more precise understanding of student ability. Incorporating the use of technology, allows for a more engaging test design and a wider range of item types. 

The annual Student Attitudes to School Survey will also be conducted during May as a further opportunity to capture and respond to student reflections about their learning at Ringwood.


Recently I had the opportunity to accompany a large group of our students on the 2019 Performing Arts World Tour. We performed 19 times in 7 countries. Our young people were wonderful ambassadors for the school and their country. The students were able to build their inter-cultural capabilities, resilience, and performance skills whilst being accepted into the school communities and families in which they performed. They were extremely fortunate to have these opportunities and the homecoming performance of “Finding the Voice of Australia” will be staged next Friday May 10th in the College hall. Tickets are available through


For all those who are interested, copies of the 2018 Annual Report and 2019 Annual Implementation Plan have been posted on the College website.  

Michael Phillips



Assistant Principals

Eleni Stathatos


Welcome to Term 2 and especially we welcome the safe return of students and staff from the following camps and tours: World Tour, Nepal, Duke of Ed camp. We hope that the holidays have provided some rest and that everyone is ready to do their best in all curricular and co –curricular programs. It is certainly a busy term!


Anzac Day Assembly

It was a beautiful morning when we came together as a school on the quadrangle to commemorate this important occasion in our nation’s history. Below is the speech I delivered to the school community.

Today, as a school, we are gathered here to honour all Australians who have served our country in times of war and conflict, in particular the original Anzacs who landed on the shores of Gallipoli over 100 years ago, on 25 April 1915. The unimaginable hardships faced by these courageous young men and the ultimate sacrifice of their lives commands our respect and our appreciation of the freedom, lifestyle and country we have today. Those of us who have only known peace in this country, who have only experienced freedom in this country, who only see a bright future ahead in this country, know that we have this through the willingness of others to sacrifice the most precious thing they have – their lives. This morning we pause from our busy lifestyles to give thanks to all the original ANZACs and the men and women who have followed in subsequent wars and conflicts who have put their lives at risk and in many cases paid the ultimate price. In this assembly, you will hear the stories of the ANZACs and through your careful listening of the stories, continue to uphold the tradition of respectful silence and reflection that is owed to our predecessors for the gift of this great county with the freedom, opportunity and life we enjoy every day. I will now pass the microphone to Alice and Mitch.

Everyone involved in the organisation and presentation is to be congratulated. Congratulations too are extended to everyone involved in a successful Mental Health Carnival  last term. The weather again was glorious and the spirit of the college community was positive and celebratory.

At the end of last term, the Leader newspaper highlighted the leadership skills and aspirations of school captains across regions and Ringwood Secondary College’s Mitch Hart and Alice D’Arcy were featured. Their powerful message is an example of the proactive and positive approach to all they do at school and beyond. Congratulations Mitch and Alice. You are fantastic ambassadors for the college and terrific role models for our aspirant student leaders.


Parent Teacher Student Conferences were fully patronised and provided the opportunity for meaningful discussions to support the learning of our students. Most importantly, our positive learning behaviours are the catalyst for the  discussions and are a supportive reference point for student knowledge and understanding at this stage of the year. Mid- year reports will be published at the end of this term.

The NAPLAN testing period commences soon and at a recent staff meeting, staff read a sample NAPLAN non- fiction text and responded to the questions that a Year 9 student would experience. It was a great awareness exercise for staff and ties nicely to our Student Literacy Initiative focus which aims to support effective student reading.

All the best to students and staff at the Generations for Jazz festival in Mt Gambia. What an amazing performance opportunity this is for our students.


Eleni Stathatos

Assistant Principal

Mr Simkin

Welcome back to what promises to be an exciting term, with a number of curriculum focussed and extra-curricular activities occurring across the year levels. As the Acting Assistant Principal working with the Junior, Middle and Senior school, I’m looking forward to sharing in some of the fantastic experiences the students will have this term.


Last term, Year 7’s completed Elevate sessions, looking to establish effective revision and study habits, that will help to set them up for success over the course of the rest of this year and beyond. They also embraced the opportunity to spend a period in the last week of term trying the many activities on offer as part of the Mental Health Day and finished their first term as a whole group with their celebration day. This term Year 8’s will undertake Elevate sessions for the first time, which will build on the skills they developed in similar sessions last year.


Year 7 and Year 9 will complete NAPLAN online during Weeks 4 and 5. Students will complete the assessments using either their iPad or laptop and the information gained from the testing provides valuable information to the school and families about the progress students are making with their learning. The majority of students had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the online format by completing a practice test on their devices late last term or early this term.


During Week 2 of this term, Year 9 students displayed their personal projects, which was the culmination of their Term 1 work in InterGREAT, at the Personal Project Showcase. The showcase was extremely well attended, and parents, family, friends and teachers all enjoyed seeing the great work undertaken by these students.


Year 10 students have a busy term ahead, with many students participating in the Melbourne Eastern Traffic Education Centre excursions in Weeks 4 and 5, which complements the work they are currently undertaking in their Health classes focussed on the risks associated with inexperienced drivers and the campaigns that aim to reduce road fatalities. In Week 8 they will complete their mid-year exams, in a very similar format to those experienced by our VCE students at the end of the year. This should provide students with valuable experience in completing assessments under VCAA examination conditions before they end the term with the Central Australia Trip and/or Work Experience.


Senior students have been busy with study in preparing for assessments that will occur this term, as they move towards the end of their Unit 1 and Unit 3 subjects. Hopefully students used the holidays to not only revise content covered during Term 1 but also to relax and recharge prior to the term ahead. Year 11 students have the opportunity to develop their study skills further, at the Study skills day on May 8th, which will include guest speakers and workshops throughout the day.


As always, we welcome parents involvement in their child’s learning and parents are encouraged to contact their child’s classroom teacher or House Coordinator if they have any questions or concerns about their child’s progress at school.



Parents are asked to ensure they notify the school either by phone, Compass message or email as soon as possible on the day of a child’s absence. If an absence is planned (eg. Medical Appointment) or is for an extended period of time, we ask that you please notify the school in advance.



Students are required to wear the Winter Uniform from Week 3 of this term. The full details of the Student Uniform and Dress Code are available on the school’s website but the key elements for the change to Winter Uniform are:

  • Winter skirt should be worn instead of the summer dress. The white blouse can be worn with the winter skirt
  • Black tights or white socks may be worn with the winter skirt. If wearing socks with tights these socks should be black.
  • A tie needs to be worn with either the short or long sleeved white shirt

A reminder, that if a student needs to wear any items that are not part of the school uniform an out of uniform pass can be issued by House Coordinators once a note from parents/guardians has been received by the House Coordinators. Please note that passes will only be issued on a short-term basis and will not be issued for hooded jumpers.


I look forward to working with our Junior, Middle and Senior school students, parents and coordination teams during the term ahead.

Kyle Simkin
Acting Assistant Principal

Maria Allison

Welcome back to term 2!  I hope that you enjoyed the Easter holidays and had a great time with family and friends.

Moving forward to the assessment and reporting time of the academic year involves students consolidating their learning and to focus on tasks using a positive mindset. Through improved time management and organisational skills, students should work towards building their strengths and reflect in a timely manner on their performance.


ANZAC Day Ceremony

On Wednesday, last week, the College community paid homage to our fallen war heroes with our College leaders reciting poems and traditional readings in a solemn and respectful manner. Our Ringwood Secondary College students held their heads high and delivered their poems and musical recitals to honour our past history outlining the perseverance of our fallen heroes and returned servicemen.


Positive Education updates:

PESA (Positive Education Association of Schools)


The annual PESA conference brings together the best positive educators in the world to deliver their knowledge and is a key component for ongoing professional learning. During the last school holidays Kati Recinos and myself were fortunate to attend the three day PESA conference in Queensland.


Key networking opportunities arose from associating with like-minded people from Australia and around the world, linked through a variety of mechanisms such master classes and workshops.  These connections were invaluable and allowed us as educators to build upon existing resources, understand current academic research and trends, as well as learn new strategies to broaden and build our positive education program.

One particular highlight of the conference was the showcasing of the Maroondah ‘Plus 10 Schools’ Positive Education Project (a network of 27 schools in Maroondah). Several teachers represented our region, alongside colleagues from The University of Melbourne’s Institute of Positive Education and Geelong Grammar School, to support Anthony Raitman’s (DET NEVR Area Executive Director) keynote presentation about the Maroondah Plus 10 Schools project.


Strengths Based Parenting

Next Wednesday evening, May 7th, several RSC staff will be attending a one hour talk on Strengths Based Parenting to be delivered Lea Waters PhD at Karralyka Theatre. Lea is a university professor, published author, psychologist, internationally-celebrated speaker and one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. At this session, Lea helps parents steer themselves away from negativity and criticism by offering a scientifically proven strength-based approach to parenting.  

Meaningful May

Although this month’s wellbeing focus is: Mindfulness I thought I would include a calendar for Meaningful May. You can also view via this link:

The information below is sourced from the Kids Matter website, a wonderful resource that provides interesting and helpful information.

Mindfulness is a whole body-mind state of awareness that involves ‘tuning in’ to the present moment, with openness and curiosity, instead of ‘tuning out’ from experience. Mindfulness is a state of being fully awake to life – being aware and undistracted in the present moment. It is about focusing attention on the present, rather than thinking about the past or worrying about the future- which is often our brain’s default mode.

Mindful awareness is something that we all possess and that can be strengthened through practice. Mindfulness can be developed through formal sitting meditation practices, or through informal everyday mindfulness activities that use the senses to anchor the attention: such as mindful walking, listening to music, eating or conversation. Mindfulness is a clinically proven tool to support wellbeing and mental health by reducing stress and allowing life to be experienced more fully.


Why practise being mindful?

The way we interact with our kids has a huge impact on the way they think about themselves and their levels of personal resilience.

The benefits of mindfulness with children

  • Research shows that mindfulness training increases connectivity in the frontal lobe of the brain, which is linked to improved attention, memory processing and decision making abilities.
  • Mindfulness training involves tuning in to internal and external experiences with curiosity resulting in increased self-awareness, social awareness, and self-confidence.
  • Mindfulness training increases children’s ability to self-regulate their emotions, especially difficult emotions such as fear and anger, through breathing and other grounding techniques.
  • Mindfulness has been shown to improve empathy or the ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling, which improves children’s awareness of others and helps them to build positive relationships.

Mindfulness for Parents

The best thing parents can do to help their children become more mindful is to commit to some regular mindfulness practises themselves! The more present and mindful you are with your children, the more happy, mindful and resilient they will be. Mindfulness training can assist parents to remain in the present moment and engage more fully when interacting with their children. Research shows that parents and carers who practice being mindful around their children contribute to improving their child’s sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

  • Mindful time: Dedicate a window of time each week to mindfully connect with your child or children. Turn off all other distractions such as TV, and put your mobile away and on silent. Try to give them your full attention during this time and if your mind wanders off to all the things you should be doing, that’s fine – that’s just what minds do! Use your child as an anchor to come back to every time your mind wanders away.
  • Mindful dinnertime: Create a time for your family to appreciate and savour their food at the start of a meal by spending the first few minutes of dinner in silence, just eating and enjoying the food. It’s a surprisingly nice activity to do with the whole family, and done regularly, can become a lovely ritual.


Smiling Mind is another resource worthwhile accessing that provides usable ‘apps’ for mindfulness.


Maria Allison

Assistant Principal



From the Office

RSC Work Futures EXPO 2019 (9)

In article Number 8 I mentioned the 7 job clusters in the Australian economy which are based on skills demanded by employers.  Jobs within these clusters range from 10 occupations in THE TECHNOLOGISTS cluster to more than 140 occupations in THE INFORMERS cluster.  The Technologists cluster is new and uses computer-based equipment where scientists are developing machinery to improve future industry outcomes.


THE INFORMERS has many occupations because it covers jobs that protect the community, provides information, education and training to the people of Australia.  Jobs such as school teachers, economists, accountants, police and defence forces are in this cluster.  Industries closely linked include Professional, Scientific and Technical services and Education and Training.


THE GENERATORS cluster is closely linked to industries that include Tourism, Retail Trade, Accommodation, Arts and Recreational Services.  These people require high levels of interpersonal interaction in retail, sales, hospitality and entertainment.


THE ARTISANS are ‘hands on’ people, working in Construction, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Utilities and Logistics industries.  They include machine operators, electricians, landscape gardeners, livestock farm workers, plumbers and carpenters.  Closely linked with this job cluster are Construction, Mining, Agriculture, Utilities and Logistics industries.


THE CARERS are those who are in the mental and physical health, or well-being of others.  People in this group include GPs and surgeons, social and childcare workers, nurses and counsellors.  Health Care and Social Assistance are included in this cluster.


THE COORDINATORS is wide ranging, from bookkeepers and printers, fast food cooks, bus drivers, law clerks, furniture removalists, to receptionists and car park attendants.  These are jobs in Administrative Services and Logistics.  These are ‘behind-the-scenes’ workers.


THE DESIGNERS are people with science, mathematics and design skills who become architects, electrical engineers, food technologists, building inspectors, geologists and draftspersons.  These are in Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services industries.


This information is summarised from a (fya) research document, entitled The New Work Mindset, published in 2016.  It gives an understanding of job clusters and how future jobs will be classified.  This should be of interest to all parents and senior students in Years 9 to 12 who will are now thinking of finding jobs.


This expo is a free event organised by Ringwood Secondary College and the Heritage and Alumni Group.

The Work Futures Expo 2019 will be held at RSC on Wednesday 19th June 2019 between 5.00PM and 9.00PM. If you wish to attend please indicate your interest via Trybooking at .

If you would like more information, contact Barry Ring at [email protected]


Junior School

Welcome Back to Term 2!

We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing and fulfilling break. 


Firstly, the Junior School Team would like to extend our congratulations to all Year 7 students for the successful completion of their first term at secondary college. It is an exciting, nerve-wracking and utterly exhausting experience, and we, along with the rest of the school community, are proud of your efforts – and we trust you are too!


The Junior School Building buzzed with yet another fantastic Coffee Morning at the end of March. To staff, thank you for opening your classroom doors and inviting visiting families to observe their students at work. To families, we hope you enjoyed seeing (and possibly slightly embarrassing!) your Year 7 in the active school environment.


Our 7s attended their first “Elevate” study skills session in the last week of term, where they learned a number of tips and tricks on how to organise and manage their studies. Year 8 will have their “Elevate” session this term. It is essential to begin creating positive study habits early, and we know our students will maintain and build on these skills throughout the year.


The last day of Term 1 saw our Year 7 cohort celebrate their term with a morning viewing of the film “Wonder”, before gearing up for their very first Ringwood Secondary Cross Country. Our Year 8s, experts on track now, participated in their second whole school Cross Country with great enthusiasm and maturity. Well done to all!


Our Year 7 and 8 students were given private access to the RSC Mental Health Carnival, were they enjoyed inflatables, arcade games, ice-cream and more. It was exciting and rewarding to see our students engaging with all the Carnival had to offer, and reflecting on what positive mental health means to them.


By the same token, the Year 8 cohort are looking forward to their REL8 Wellbeing Day, where they will visit EV’s Youth Centre and participate in workshops and activities run by Maroondah Youth Services, Legal Aid and Aquahub (Croydon).


A reminder that, being Term 2, students should now be wearing their Winter Uniform. The Junior School Team will expect all students to be adhering to the Winter Uniform policy by the start of Week 3.


Marissa Lee

Junior School Coordinator - Frazer




Middle School

Welcome to Term 2!

As Term 2 begins, there are many upcoming events for the students in Middle School.  Year 9 students and parents have already had their interGREAT ‘Personal Project’ expo night on Tuesday 30th of April. 

Year 10 students have the METEC excursion coming up in May and towards the end of term, the exam period will begin in week 8, shortly followed by Work Experience and the Central Australia Trip.

All students should look to effectively manage their coursework and subject workloads. Timely completion of work and adequate preparation for their assessment tasks will assist students greatly in having a successful Term 2!


The beginning of Term 2 indicates the uniform changeover period from summer to winter uniform.  All students will need to be wearing full winter uniform from the 6th of May.  If anyone is unsure of the winter uniform guidelines, please refer to the ‘Student Dress Code Policy’ which is located on the College website. 

For any further concerns, please contact the relevant Middle School Coordinator.  Thank-you to students and parents for their continued support and abiding by our uniform policy.


Year 10 Central Australia Trip Information Evening

As the 2019 Year 10 Central trip is fast approaching, so too is the information night. This will be held on Wednesday the 22nd of May at 7pm in the library. Both students and parents are required to attend. The information night will be a chance to go over details of the trip, distribute forms (including dietary and medical forms) and for any questions to be answered regarding the trip. Look forward to seeing you there!


Krissi Friedli

Frazer House Coordinator

(Middle School)


The InterGREAT Personal Project Parent Expo was a huge success. On Tuesday night, Year 9 students were on hand to showcase their Personal Projects to staff, parents and the wider school community.


Over the course of Term 1 students were required to challenge themselves in developing a new skill. Students needed to display grit, tenacity, perseverance and resilience in order to overcome obstacles and complete their projects. These are qualities that individuals need to thrive.  

 The 500s block was transformed into a gallery of RSC talent proudly presenting their work. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to detail the new skills they have developed and describe the planning and effort that went into their finished product. Interacting and engaging with a wide audience was an authentic learning experience for students.


The response from parents was overwhelming! The rooms were abuzz with chatter and enthusiasm. It was great to see so many in depth conversations going on between impressed community members and proud students.


Thanks to everyone who participated and made the night such a success! 


Virginia Watson

InterGREAT coordinator

Maroondah Youth Awards

Maroondah Youth Awards

The Maroondah Youth Awards were held on Tuesday 9 April at the Karralyka Theatre, where RSC was strongly represented in the areas of Creative, Personal Journey, Leadership & Group Achievement Awards.

The nomination categories for 2019 are as follows:

  • Leadership – an individual who has shown significant leadership qualities
  • Creativity – an individual for their creativity, skills and contribution through visual arts, performance, media, or another art form
  • Personal Journey – an individual who has demonstrated personal growth whilst overcoming challenges in their day-to-day life
  • Group achievement – a group of young people who have worked together to provide a service, program or project that has resulted in positive, youth-led changes in the local community


Chloe Hazeldine
Chloe has contributed to the creative arts by establishing an individual style in both Visual and Performing Arts. She has showcased creative risks through experimentation with a variety of art forms.


Alice has been involved with student leadership for a number of years and was recently inducted as the 2019 Philanthropy Prefect and Head Prefect at Ringwood Secondary College. Her primary focus for the past 12 months has been to link the four Houses at Ringwood Secondary College, to a charity. This process involved Alice leading her team of four students to investigate charities that were aligned with the College values and House system, developing a survey where all students and staff voted for their choice, making contact with each of the charities and setting up the donation system. She is continuing this work and is making recommendations to the College about what student led activities will be run to raise funds for donation. Alice is a highly organised and diligent young adult and has been a key driver in implementation of this idea. She is a valued member of the Ringwood Secondary College community and we look forward to seeing her flourish in this role.

Mitchell Hart is a vibrant young adult with a zest for student inclusion and student voice. He was recently inducted as the 2019 Jackman House Prefect and Head Prefect at Ringwood Secondary College. Mitch’s focus for the past 12 months has been to work with his fellow House Prefects to develop student engagement and spirit through House activities. He has built his success on running student meetings, encouraging all students to contribute, being open and positive to all student ideas and documenting his work. Mitch initiated a lunchtime activities program that began towards the end of 2018 and aims to continue and improve on his idea this year. He is in his second year as a student member on the College School Council and contributes to decisions about the future of the College, including the current and ongoing architectural developments, camps, school maintenance, budgeting and day to day activities. Mitch is a highly organised and diligent young adult and is an asset to the school.


This is a group of enthusiastic young performers who wrote a song with the guidance of the iconic indigenous artist Kutcha Edwards and Scott Wilson. They also interpreted one of Kutcha's works. These two songs were performed with Kutcha and Scott Wilson at the reconciliation ceremony at the Mullum Mullum gathering place and later in the year in 'the Backyard' at Eastland. During the rehearsal and performance period students engaged with the Indigenous community and learnt the true meaning of reconciliation.



I am nominating the Stand Out group from Ringwood Secondary College for an award because they have tirelessly and passionately volunteered their time and energy to advocate for the rights of LGBTIQ youth within our school and the wider Maroondah community. Their recent achievements include facilitating workshops at the Whitehorse Youth Forum in 2018, which involved raising awareness of LGBTIQ experiences by courageously sharing their own personal stories. Other achievements in 2018 include a presentation/training for the teachers and leadership team at Ringwood Secondary College (a crowd of 150), and a presentation to 300 Year 8 students. In addition in 2018 StandOut raised roughly $2,000 which they have donated towards supporting youth mental health and LGBTIQ youth.



As part of the 2018 SWAT (Student Action Wellbeing Team) Leadership program, Ringwood Secondary College students Molly Phillips-Stone and Devesh Bahuguna targeted the increasing prevalence of unhealthy food intake in their College community, with a particular focus on the school canteen. In order to learn more about the issue, they conducted a school-wide survey about student's attitudes to the current canteen and their idealistic view of the canteen in the future. After analyzing the results they received, they found that students would like to have more accessible and affordable healthy food options in the school, as product placement, unclear menu presentation, and cost barriers had prevented them from experiencing this. Therefore, the Ringwood students came up with a tangible plan to tackle unhealthy food intake and presented a final report to their School Council. Their leadership skills and hard work were fulfilled when their recommendations were successfully approved. Their changes will be built into the next contract with the school's canteen provider, contributing to a more healthier college community.


Matti arrived at Ringwood Secondary College in 2017, having fled his home country of Iraq, the city of Mosul. He and his family have endured life on the run from extreme terrorism, having had to flee many times. Matti is extremely grateful for the opportunities awarded to him since arriving in Australia. His love of learning drives him to excel at his very best level and has set high expectations for his future pursuit in Medicine. He has strong family values and deeply appreciates all that his parents have endured in order to provide a safe future for him and his siblings. Matti has a wonderful community spirit and has made a strong network of friends at Ringwood Secondary College. With all these character strengths he possesses, we have no doubt that Matti will see much success in his future endeavours.

Benn Jamieson

Positive Education Program Support

Around the School

Year 7 Student Nominated for Logie

Junior School is extremely proud of one of our students Tom Fisher who has been nominated for a Logie- he made the shortlist for Most Popular Actor for his role in the Stan Drama “Bloom”. Well done Tom, we are all voting for you!

Anna Urbano

Junior Sub School Leader 

Career News

Please see attachment below for the latest Career News.


Ringwood Mental Health Day Carnival

Congratulations to the Year 11 VCAL class who raised $720  at the Ringwood mental health day carnival for the school therapy dogs , Europa and Emmy .

The students organised a sausage sizzle, spiders , drinks and a henna workshop. It was a real team effort. Well done .

Ms Margellis 

VCAL Teacher

After School Maths Help

During 2019, Maths staff are providing after school Maths help for all students requiring additional assistance in completing their classwork or homework. It is free of charge and will run from 3:20 pm – 4:20 pm in room 402 every Tuesday. No bookings are required; just turn up. Please contact Janette Bennie (Head of Mathematics) on 9870 2002 if you require further information.

Janette Bennie

Head of Mathematics Learning Area | Mathematics Teacher

Important Information from First Aid

Year 10 immunisation for meningococcal will be held on the 29th May.

Please return the cards to the Administration Office or First Aid ASAP.

Winter season is nearly upon us and so cold and flu are around.

Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell.

Kerrie Hausler
School Nurse

Facilities Report

The Term 1 holidays proved a great opportunity to complete lots of work around the College. The expansion and popularity of Technology Wood has required additional storage and we are getting close to completing this exciting project. Additional projects are on the horizon in preparation for the upcoming capital works including a new Careers office and Middle School office.  Here is a summary of recent works:

-Painting of Ringwood Trade classrooms and toilets

-Construction of Woodwork storage area

-Installation of air conditioner in Ringwood Trade server room

-Installation of a new toilet in the Wellbeing building

-Replacement of heating ducts and control panel in main staffroom

-Installation of new projectors in rooms 304 and 305

-Vinyl laying in Food Preparation area

-Cleaning of locker bay roofs

OH & S Works

-Service of large Type B hot water heaters

-Service of gas heaters

-Test and tagging

-Tree works recommended by arborist

Chris Salisbury

Facilities Manager



2019 Victorian Equestrian Inter schools State Championships

Congratulations to Alex Gibson who competed at the VEIS State Championships the first week of the school holidays.  She and her horse Tigger placed 1st in both of their Dressage tests.  They then had to participate in a ride off to determine who would be selected for Nationals and represent Victoria.  Unfortunately, they missed out on Nationals. A fantastic performance. Well done Alex and Tigger!


State Swimming Championships 2019

A fantastic day at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre for the 2019 State Swimming Championships.

Congratulations to Cade Cavanagh who won the silver medal in the boys 200m Freestyle event.

Congratulations also to the 17 Yr girls freestyle relay team that also won the silver medal. The team consisted of Tarni Cavanagh, Charlotte Tolliday, Caitlin Dellow and Rhian Lumsden on the day, with Taylah De Montignie helping to get them there.

An awesome swim by the girls, and a great way to finish the day.

Roi Boutsikakis

Director of Sports

Music and Performing Arts 

Music Report 

We have had a whirl wind return to music at RSC for Term 2. Thank you to all those students who attended day camps over the holidays and extra rehearsals last week to accommodate members who have just returned from World Tour, in preparation for Generations in Jazz this coming weekend.


Jazz Night, last Monday was a great success and we look forward to all ensembles performances this Saturday at Generations in Jazz.


Next Thursday, May 9, our Junior and Intermediate students will be performing at the Junior/ Intermediate Autumn Concert. This is a sold out event!


Many of our students are performing in the North Eastern Region’s Concert at Hamer Hall on Tuesday 28 May. If you haven’t done so already, please collect your acceptance letters and rehearsal times from Mrs Sedergreen in the PAC office.


Our Senior Almost Winter Concert is coming up on Thursday 30 May, 7.30pm in the College Hall. More details regarding this concert up on COMPASS soon.


Our Senior Strings and Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Victorian Schools Festival for Strings, being held at Hawthorn Town Hall on the following dates:

Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday 4 June, 7.15pm to 10.30pm

Senior Strings, Friday 7 June, 3.15pm 6.00pm

Looking forward to all the wonderful performances this term.


Ms Janine Pero

Director of Music


From our Chaplain

Bravery, mateship and sacrifice, were all words depicted in our moving Anzac day service at the college last week, which saw many students show their respect to the fallen soldiers. The whole school packed themselves onto the quadrangle. As the last post sounded you wouldn't have heard a pin drop as all stood in respect and solidarity together. Students shared stories and poetry about the day those young men approached the banks of Gallipoli, uncertain of what lay before them. The stories shared were so humbling and almost inconceivable to hear and consider in our modern world. Over this Easter and Anzac day I was able to reflect on this word sacrifice and how much of my life, if any, is a sacrifice to others?  The quote used at Anzac day services "no greater love than this, that a man lay his life day for another" still must have some relevance to modern day society?  But too often I see others and myself included getting frustrated by simple things and most often putting themselves first.  It doesn't seem a natural position for us to put others first. Not that you need to lay your life down but how about we take some time to reflect on the example from our Anzacs, consider a little bit of sacrifice today and put someone else first.

Adam Bryant

College Chaplain

Student Disclosure Training

On Wednesday the 1st of May 25 student leaders participated in Disclosure Training from EDVOS (Eastern Domestic Violence Services) and the Department of Education. As Ringwood Secondary College is a Respectful Relationships Lead School, EDVOS offered a student training workshop. This workshop trained the student leaders (Year 11 and 12 prefects and Wellbeing and Chaplaincy Captains across the school) to recognise, respond to and refer students who disclose information of being victim to family violence. The 3R’s of Family Violence Training taught student leaders how to appropriately respond to disclosures of family violence from their peers. Consultation with young people shows that they prefer to share their experience with peers before seeking help from a trusted adult. This training provided young people with the best actions they can undertake to support a peer and refer them to support. The students left the session feeling prepared and confident.

Alyce Bailey

Positive Education & Pathways Leader 

Your Voice

Please see an exciting opportunity for young people with a lived experience aged 16-25 the opportunity to learn to develop their advocacy skills and learn about effective community change making through creative means.



Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is starting at headspace Knox! It is an evidence-based social and emotional learning program that enables real change and facilitates the social and emotional skills for healthy relationships and values. The program will run over 10 weeks, participants need to have the capacity to attend the whole program. No music skills required just a willingness to have a go. We only have 10 spots in the program so get in quick! Any questions contact me [email protected] or Lucy Hotchin at [email protected]



Promoting Success for Your Child


Strength-Based Parenting

Maroondah City Council are hosting Dr ​Lea Waters, PhD, a professor, published author, psychologist, internationally-celebrated speaker and one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. Lea is the president of the International Positive Psychology Association, an acclaimed researcher and author, and has recently appeared on programs such as The Today Show, speaking about her book “The Strength Switch” and how little changes in parenting can make a big difference for kids.

 Tickets to the event cost $10 each, and the first 100 tickets sold will receive a free copy of Lea’s book “The Strength Switch”, valued at $34.99 (limit one book per household). Parents, grandparents, carers and school staff would all benefit greatly from attending.
Tickets will officially go on sale 3rd April, at 1pm. Just follow the link on the flyer, scroll down to the appropriate session and you will find prompts to make a booking. The session is to be held at Karralyka Theatre on May 7th between 7 – 8:30pm.

Alyce Bailey

Positive Education & Pathways Leader


Talking Teens


Programs by Wellways

  • My Recovery - a 10 session education and support program for people experiencing mental health issues run by peer workers
  • Building a Future snapshot - 2 session mental health education and support program for families of someone experiencing mental health issues

Suzi Tsopanas


Family Services & Peer and Community Education

Wellways Australia | Incorporating Australian HealthCall Group

Community Notices



Past Student Variety Fundraiser

Past student (2018) Swetha Vasudevan has cut off around 50cm of her hair for the charity Variety, which is a children's charity that provides wigs and other vital equipment (like medical items and services, wheelchairs, other mobility equipment, communication devices, and therapy) to children in need. Her hair gets used towards making a wig.

People can still donate via her website (even though she has already had it cut)  

RSC News
Alice D'Arcy
Youth Clinic @ EACH powerpoint_updated Jan 2019.pdf
Youth Clinic @ EACH powerpoint.pdf
School newsletter CAREER NEWS 1 Friday 3 May.pdf
School newsletter CAREER NEWS 1 Friday 3 May.pdf