RSC News

25 March 2019
Issue Three
Principal's Post 
Assistant Principals
From the Office
Junior School
Middle School
Senior School
Around the School
Music and Performing Arts 
Community Notices
Ringwood Secondary College
(03) 9870 2002
Bedford Rd
Ringwood, Vic, 3134

Principal's Post 

From the Acting Principal


Progress reports, which provide a snapshot about how students are learning, are available  through Compass. The Parent Teacher Interview portal is also open to provide parents the opportunity to book teacher conferences for the 4th of April. We encourage parents and students to capitalise on this offer and discuss student progress with teachers.

‘I wish we could have another Ball,’ was the cry of one student who rated the Debutante Ball as one of the best times in her life. Borne out of tradition, but operating with a modern twist, the Debutante Ball provides an opportunity for dressing up and dancing, family gatherings and community partnerships. There is no doubt that students enjoyed the pageantry and families enjoyed the night but as a school we will be making further changes to some of the traditional aspects of the Ball to reflect modern sensibilities. Hence, what we will offer as an event at Year 11 will be different next year and discussions are being had about the changes. Meanwhile, an occasion such as this cannot be undertaken without the involvement of the experts who made the evening wonderful. The PCTA warmly thanks the following people: Kathy Donovan, Vicki Pleydell, Caitlin and Tim Doyle, Larissa Hill and to the Year 12 Prefects Alice D’Arcy and Mitch Hart who were magnificent Masters of Ceremonies, our office staff, Michael Phillips, Karen Phillips, Sharon and David Rogers, James Barut, staff who attended on the night and of course, our Year 11 Debutante couples and their families.

I have had the pleasure this week of attending the Heritage and Alumni committee meeting whose focus is organising the Work Futures Expo dedicated to exploring the New Work Mindset to benefit students. The committee has lined up engaging and motivating keynote speakers who will talk about the changing world of work and has organised presenters from a range of local businesses and major government organisations to speak about their experiences and what skills they look for in potential employees. More information will be provided about this important expo in the next few weeks.

The Work Futures Expo will take place on June 19 in the Junior school.  


 On a further note, the Heritage and Alumni Committee wish to promote their next project: Job interview experience for VCE and VCAL students.

For 10 years now the RSC Heritage and Alumni Group has been offering students in their last year at school the opportunity to experience a ‘real’ interview and get positive feedback which will help them at future career  interviews. To get an interview at the time that suits you, talk to your careers teacher or contact Barry Ring at [email protected] for more information.  An opportunity not to be missed.



After a trying start to their travels due to flight delays, staff and students on the World Tour are in Canada wowing the audiences as they have done since leaving the United States. It is a hectic pace they have set for themselves and all reports suggest that they are enjoying the performances and experiences of their host countries immensely. We wish students and staff continued success.

I have had the opportunity of handing out ribbons to the winners of the Maroondah Division swimming at Aquanation. Students from Ringwood Secondary College represented our school magnificently and a number of students will represent the college at the Eastern Metropolitan Region event this coming Tuesday. We wish students the best of luck in their races. Thank you to Ringwood Secondary College staff who are taking a leading organisational role in this event.



Students on incursions and excursions have had such fortunate weather with bursts of sunshine in the first few weeks of autumn. The Geography field trips, the Science biosphere examinations, the Year 9 Camp to Phillip Island, Year 7 Bike education, just to name a few, provide educational pursuits in an inspiring environment so that students develop collaborative skills and leadership and build resilience outside the four walls of the classroom.


Eleni Stathatos

Acting Principal




Assistant Principals

From Mr Barut

Across the Sub Schools:


‘The only reason I’m here is for everybody’s success….’


Year 9 had a fantastic time on their camp at Phillip Island and there have been a few weary students this week! But, to their credit, they have soldiered on and come back to school, buzzing with enthusiasm about the camp and glad to be back in their normal classes. A huge thank you to all the staff that attended the camp – the staff discretionary effort affords all our students the best possible opportunities and experiences. Thank you to Mr Matthew Tucker, our Head of Middle School for all his organisation in ensuring the smooth running of the camp.


All our students are busy with Assessment Tasks, SACs, tests, assignments, etc etc. It benefits the entire student cohort if you, the parent or carer, can check in with your son/daughter to ascertain what work is due, what work is coming up and checking in on their Positive Learning Behaviours - in summary:

  • Works co-operatively
  • Asks questions
  • Uses feedback
  • Uses IT to deepen knowledge
  • Is responsible for own learning
  • Shows perseverance and resilience
  • Shows respect
  • Justifies thinking and reasoning


This partnership as a combined learning community, influences and heavily impacts on student outcomes. Moreover, a recent study from the UK found that safe, disciplined, orderly study environments also assist in student learning – we are fortunate at RSC to have dedicated staff who care about what goes on in their classroom.


School Tours:

With the assistance of my fellow Assistant Principals and Mrs Leah Pritchard, our Marketing, Admissions and International Student Director, the College has been running school tours for interested families for enrolment into 2020 and beyond. The highlight for me has been the incredible, welcoming Senior School prefects and Junior School ambassadors. Their confidence and voice has really been fostered and developed by Ms Karly Horton, our Student Connections Leader.


Parent Teacher Interviews:

Please make an appointment to speak to your child’s teachers at next week’s parent/teacher interviews. This is a great opportunity to catch up and discuss the learning, transition and events that have occurred in this very busy term.

Staff look forward to your appointment with them.


MSP Photos:

Proofing of photos is now complete – that means, the ordering that has taken place, will be processed in due course. Photos that are on order will be delivered to the College early next term.  If you have any questions about the photos, please contact MSP directly.


James Barut

Assistant Principal

From Mrs Allison

The term has certainly flown by and with the holidays fast approaching I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe, wonderful Easter holiday with family and friends.


Mental Health Day-April 2nd

Our Wellbeing team in collaboration with Maroondah City Council Youth Services and other health providers, organise’ a ‘Mental Health Day’ for the College community. This year, it will be another day full of activities and fun, that will provide a great opportunity for creation of a positive environment in which the emotional health of young people could grow and flourish.  Many students, staff and parents work towards tirelessly with this event over a long period of time, displaying perseverance and commitment in doing so.


Please ask your son or daughter about the event and use this interaction to encourage positive emotion and communication. In daily interactions, you could ask your son or daughter ‘What went well today’ and be surprised by their candid responses, focus on listening to their story, and enjoy their enthusiasm behind the ‘telling of the story’.


Technology and Cyber Bullying

The importance of adopting safe practices for young people and technology is essential practice. Most phones and laptops have cameras and video capabilities, and parents need to closely monitor the use of technology by their children. It is not uncommon for students to be texting and phoning each other well into the night, a practice that inadvertently disturbs their sleep patterns.


Cyber bullying is bullying that is carried out through the internet or mobile phones. Cyber bullying is bullying that is done through the use of technology. For example, using the Internet, a mobile phone or a camera to hurt or embarrass someone is considered cyber bullying. It can be shared widely with a lot of people quickly, which is why it is so dangerous and hurtful.


Being safe from bullies online

  • Do not share your private information like passwords, name and address, phone numbers with people, you don’t know. This can also include sharing of photos of yourself, your friends and your family
  • Don’t respond to messages when you are angry or hurt; to strangers or to people you know. This will often encourage them to continue or increase their harassment of you
  • Log out and stop messaging if you feel you are being harassed
  • Remember you have the option to block, delete and report anyone who is harassing you online and on your mobile
  • Find out how to report bullying and harassment on each of the different social networks that you use
  • Keep a record of calls, messages, posts and emails that may be hurtful or harmful to you
  • Remember to set up the privacy options on your social networking sites like Facebook in a way you are comfortable


What is on the calendar for Term 2?

Upcoming surveys for our students: The Wellbeing Profiler and Attitudes to School Survey


Wellbeing Profiler Survey

Ringwood Secondary College, along with many local schools will participate in The University of Melbourne’s Wellbeing Profiler survey, via Maroondah City Council Youth Services. The data we have received in the past, from the survey, was incredibly insightful and has been used to develop future interventions in our school through our ‘Bounce’ classes and level assemblies, addressing a range of important issues. This year we were offered the opportunity to re survey our students, an opportunity we enthusiastically accepted. The reason we are surveying our students is so that we can measure change in our students over time, as well as to identify areas for improvement and areas of strength.


The Wellbeing Survey will be completed online in class by each participating student. The collated data will be later compiled into a comprehensive report outlining each year level’s results within six domains of Wellbeing:


Psychological Well-being: Young people’s beliefs and attitudes about their own value, their outlook on life, and their engagement with life.

Cognitive Well-being: Young people’s perception of their quality of life, competence and accomplishments and their capacity to be mindful in the present moment.

Emotional Well-being and Strengths: Young people’s perceived ability to manage their emotions and their ability to use their strengths in their daily lives.

Social Well-being: Young people’s perceived quality of relationships with their parents, teachers, peers and community. This domain also taps into the presence of bullying, loneliness and pro-social behaviours.

Physical Well-being: Young people’s perception of their general physical health, their physical appearance and their quality of sleep.

Economic Well-being: Young people’s perception of economic stability in their home environment.

These reports will provide data that can be used to provide knowledge for redefinition of our ‘Bounce’ program and also to develop customised wellbeing programs. Please note: that individual student’s data is de-identified (no student’s individual responses are identifiable).


Attitudes to School Survey

The survey will be conducted online for all students in years 4 to 12 from 29 April to 14 June. ​ It gathers data, students' perceptions and experience of school, to support student wellbeing, engagement, school improvement and planning in schools. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.


Mrs Maria Allison 

Assistant Principal

From the Office

Therapy Dog News

The Year 7 Immunisation day (round 1)went smoothly.

 We were pleased to be a reassuring presence to those who needed us and received lots of pats.

We look forward to supporting the year 7’s again on the October immunisation day.


Don’t forget you can follow us on Instagram at europa_the_therapy_dog


Europa and Emmi

Facilities Report

Over recent weeks we have focused on maintenance and improving gardens around the College including watering of trees to keep them alive. Here’s a brief summary of some recent works.

  1. Construction of double bass storage
  2. Installation of Food Technology drawers
  3. Installation of NBN conduit
  4. Installation of soundfield systems

Chris Salisbury

Facilities Manager

RSC Work Futures EXPO 2019

In previous articles I have focussed on the work being done by the RSC Work Futures committee to bring this Expo 2019 to fruition.  Now we can talk about some of the factors that the research group, the ‘Foundation for Young Australians’ (fya), highlights for students leaving school, which is the reason for this expo in June.


People refer to their work as employment or ‘a job’, and many have desires of a DREAM JOB.  The (fya) believes that we should now be considering the DREAM CLUSTER, as many jobs require similar skills and practices to perform.  When a school leaver considers applying for a job they can use the formalised skills they already have, they should also consider what other jobs are available where those skills can also be used.  Employers advertising for staff now demand an employee has more than one skill.


Some jobs we see being advertised were not created until this century.  This is due to new technology and how computers and digital systems are employed within the workplace.  I was surprised to hear that a new job role in this hi-tech world is a Gamer.  Yes, a person who designs computer-based games, where players apply their game skills to advance through skill levels to be a winner.  Many will know these games.  The basic skills probably came from many years of playing computer games.  A new market has been created by those who can understand the machine coding required, maybe as Bill Gates did so many years ago.  A person with these skills would be in THE TECHNOLOGISTS job cluster.  Other jobs in this cluster include programmers, database administrators and web designers.


By comparison, people who have a good knowledge of science, mathematics and design skills would find work as architects, electrical engineers, product testers and geologists, in THE DESIGNERS job cluster.  There are 7 clusters in Australia where jobs requiring similar skills are grouped together and are known by cluster names.


At first glance some jobs within a cluster may look odd, but a closer look at the skills required for each show that all are based around the same basic skill sets.  This gives an employee access to seek a wider range of jobs in a cluster that requires their basic skills and provides opportunities to increase those skills to apply for different and more fulfilling work in that cluster.


More information is available in the research document ‘The New Work Mindset’, published in 2016.  If you would like a copy, or want more information, contact Barry Ring at [email protected]

Careers News at Ringwood

Catch up on all the news from Careers




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 generated automatically 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.



Operates 24 hours a day – 7 days a week


Kay Priestly


Junior School

Leadership Roles

As a leadership team, Junior School wish to congratulate both of our Year 7 and 8 leadership teams. You have all conducted yourselves in such a wonderful manner and have shown the rest of the College what a high calibre of students we have here in Junior School. We would particularly like to mention those students who have assisted with College tours, helping with preparation for Year 7 Parent Information evening, planning of assemblies and most importantly your overwhelming presence in making the day to day running of the Junior School a productive, safe and enjoyable environment to be a part of. Tremendous congratulations to the following Year 7 and 8 leadership teams.



Year 8 Level Leaders

Oliver Phillips and Noah Philp


House Captains

Lily Crowley, Jesse Llewellyn (Frazer)

Chloe Biggs, Noah Philp (Jackman)

Tansy Clarke, Oliver Phillips (Freeman)

Ruby Rose Davies, Niharika Harne (Mabo)


Year 8 Leaders

Mollie McGregor (Philanthropy), Jackson Smith (Performing Arts), Charlotte Serre (Cultural Diversity), Jade Goudie, Travis Hillier (Dance), Tahlia McIntosh, Oskar Moore (Sport), Chloe Fisken (Environmental) Denali Tirakiwala, Sebastian Hansen (Music) and Zarin Zoha (Wellbeing).


YEAR 7 Ambassadors

Ella Bellesini, Ellie Boucher, Riley Carter, Joel Dean, Brooke Fell, Kye Jablonskas, Angel Jordan, Jay Kennon, Angela Lee, Jai Littlepage, Natalie Maya-Castro, Molly Moore, Ankita Patel, Rianha Quan, Isobel Ritter, Rahil Shah, Alvin Taylor, Tristan Wainwright, Taylor Wake and Isaac Yau


Here’s what Freeman House Captain, Tansy Clarke and Music Captain, Denali Tirikawala had to say about their highly impressive leadership group…

“It’s fantastic working with such an enthusiastic group of Year 7s. They seem to work together so well and are really excited about making their mark as a high school leadership group” – Denali and Tansy


Jessica Friend

Junior School Coordinator - Freeman



Middle School

Middle School News

Year 9 Phillip Island Adventure Camp

This week Year 9 students participated in the interGREAT Camp at Phillip Island.  The trip provided many great experiences for the students to challenge themselves, develop relationships and work effectively in teams as they completed many different activities across the three days.  Thanks to Mylee James & Ella Weir for their recap of camp and some of the highlights from their experiences.

Phillip island adventure camp was a fun experience for us. We got to participate in different activities we had never done before, and had the chance to spend time and develop relationships with our friends and peers. We especially loved the surfing activity and the giant swing!

After completing these activities, we feel that our confidence has increased and that we are more willing to give things a go. We also loved being able to be in a cabin with our friends and having lots of fun. We now have stronger connections with many of the other students across Year 9 and understand how to work with one another successfully.



Year 10 Elevate Education Sessions

Last week Year 10 students participated in the first of their two Elevate Education sessions for 2019.  Engaging presenters worked with students to share with them ideas and strategies to motivate and set goals for 2019.  Feedback from both staff and students was very positive, with 96% of students stating they would recommend this session to their peers!  I look forward to students implementing some of these strategies taught throughout 2019.


General Reminders

It is fantastic to see a number of Year 10 students currently undertaking a VCE Unit 1 this semester.  As this is a privilege, we hope to see these students enjoying this opportunity and performing to the best of their abilities.

We would like to take this chance to remind students and parents that performing at a high standard in these VCE courses will be the deciding factor as to whether these students will have the chance to then undertake Units 3 & 4 in their chosen study next year.  Students must receive an overall grade of ‘B’ or higher to be guaranteed the opportunity to complete Units 3 & 4 next year.


Matt Tucker

Middle Sub School Leader

Senior School

From Mrs Menz


All the Year 11 and 12 students should have now settled into classes and be working with their teachers and classmates. There are a few reminders for both students and parents.



Senior School students (both VCE and VCAL) must have 90% attendance for each of their subjects. This can be seen on Compass under the Attendance Tab. Please look at the VCE % column. Notices were posted onto student’s Compass pages on Friday, asking anyone below 90% to have a conversation with their House Coordinator by Friday 29th March. Please ensure this happens, as students can fail entire Units on attendance.



If students are absent for a SAC, they must have a medical certificate to enable them to sit the SAC for a score. This needs to be submitted to the Senior School Coordinators office to enable the re-sit to be scheduled.



A reminder that we are asking parents/guardians to consent to the Senior School Policies event by Friday 22nd March. The policies are on the Compass Newsfeed. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant Senior School Coordinator.


Year 11 Study Skills & Wellbeing Levy

Please note there is a Study Skills and Wellbeing Levy for Year 11 students. This will cover the Study Skills Day on May 8th as well as a number of speakers throughout the year. If there are any financial concerns, please contact the relevant Senior School Coordinator, or the General Office.


Cathy Menz

Senior Sub School Leader

Around the School

Logie Award
Nomination Congratulations

Our very own Thomas Fisher from Year 7 has been nominated for a Silver Logie for Best Actor!

He portrayed young Isaac Langlan in the STAN show of "BLOOM"

Well done Thomas!

You can vote for him here:




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Studio Arts

As the year 12 Studio Arts teacher in 2018, it gives a great sense of pride to announce and congratulate current 2019 year 12 student, Natalie Buultjens and previous year 12 student, Chloe Hazledine upon being successful applicants for the Maroondah Art Exhibition, ‘Pure Talent’ which showcases VCE Visual Art work of students from 2018 that attended secondary schools in the Maroondah area. This is a huge recognition for these students who have the privilege of exhibiting one of their artworks. The Exhibition launch is at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd April and is on display until 27th April at Wyreena Community Arts Centre, 13-23 Hull Rd, Croydon.



Natalie Buultjens "THE STAGES OF ANGER"

The landscape 'The Stages of Anger' is a representation of a person feeling the primal and fierce emotion of anger. The work represents the developmental stages of this emotion. It does this by visually taking the viewer on a ride through the stages of a Tornado in its natural setting. I believe that nature directly mirrors human emotions, and that the Tornado reflects the 3 main stages of anger. Firstly, representing being upset, the feeling of unrest. Secondly, acting irrationally and even brutally, with no regard to the consequences of its actions. Thirdly, the tornado represents the feeling of regret after the outburst.

The viewer and those involved are left looking at the aftermath.


Chloe Hazledine "GROWING THOUGHTS”

My composition aims to capture a visual representation of the unseen mind. The abundance of leaves ascending out of the face in my artwork convey different thoughts and how our minds and thoughts are constantly growing and changing. The mind in my piece is depicted as a garden. The garden is created as a symbolic metaphor, that people must nurture and weed out inner thoughts in order to produce a flourishing life filled garden. 

This exhibition occurs annually and I encourage all VCE Visual Arts students to make some time to attend and view the range of artworks displayed.


Kayla Whitfield

Visual Arts Subject Coordinator


Vic Metro Women’s Masters

Last weekend two of our strong, female role models on staff were in action at Marvel Stadium representing Vic Metro Women’s Masters.  

It was a curtain-raiser to round six AFLW that backed on to International Women`s Day. Both Ms Boutsikakis and Ms Hetherington are passionate about developing the participation and opportunities in sport for girls in our college community.  The AFL recently announced that women contributed significantly to the participation growth, with numbers up 14.42% for women playing the game in 2018. This is reflected in the growth of our girls taking up sport and for the 35 yrs + female parents/guardians of our community if you have ever thought about returning to our taking up footy there is a competition just for you. The seasons starts April 13th.


Year 11 Geography Bushfire Camp

Last week 22 Year 11 Geography students explored the sites of the 2009 Black Saturday disaster for their Hazards Unit.

They saw the impact of the bushfire 10 years on in the devastated communities of Maysville, Kinglake and Toolangi, and talked to locals, scientists and guest speakers who lead the response and recovery from the bushfire. We went to the bushfire museum in Marysville, explored the rebuilding and new memorials and spent dusk under the stars, identifying native animals in their habitat in the Toolangi State Forest.


The students had a fun and tiring time, and are looking forward to putting all their new knowledge into their field reports.


Benn Jamieson



Please see attached an invitation and registration form for our Association of Wall and Ceiling Industry Trade Show 2019. Included in the attached is a bit more information about our organisation and what we do.


By attending the AWCIV Trade Show 2019 we hope you will gain the below:

•             Networking opportunity to meet new / key people within the industry

•             Gain new, updated knowledge about the industry

•             See and trial new products

•             Be the first to see what new member benefits AWCIV will be launching at the show.

•             Participate in hands on workshops

•             Gain an understanding of what courses are run through our RTO, and register for up and coming courses

•             Gain information about the apprenticeship courses we have on offer.

•             Speak with our RTO Trainers who will be there for demonstrations and to answer any questions you may have about the industry, standards and apprenticeship training.



Intercultural Leadership Mentoring Program

On Thursday March 7th, twenty of our Year 8 – 12 students received their training to become an Intercultural Mentor. The program aimed to help students to build their leadership and mentoring skills in order to support newcomers to the school. The highly interactive one day workshop provided students with the skills needed to mentor an international student or recently arrived refugee or migrant student at our school.

Students were given the opportunity to explore the basic concepts of culture, recognise how we see things from our own cultural perspective, build an understanding of student support and mentoring and learn techniques and activities that can be shared during the mentoring process to support students from different cultures.

Thank you to the staff from AFS Intercultural for running a really effective leadership program. We look forward to putting these skills into practice with our International students in Term 2!


Jessica Lundie and the Intercultural Mentors

Music and Performing Arts 

Music News

Welcome to all the year sevens who have recently joined our program. For any students who missed attending Recruitment Night and who wish to join the program, we still have places available on Flute, Clarinet and Violin.  If you are interested in any of these instruments or would like to join our Junior Choir, please contact our Performing Arts Secretary, Mrs Sedergreen, via email on [email protected] , or come and see us in the Performing Arts Centre.


Rehearsals commenced last week for our year seven ensembles. Training Band rehearses each Tuesday at 7.30am in Room 700. Training Strings rehearses each Thursday lunch in Room 700. Junior Choir commenced this week on Monday lunch in room 700. Bring your lunch!  Everyone must attend even if you still do not have an instrument. Those who wish to hire and have not done so already, please get in your paperwork and payment in as soon as possible. Instruments need to come from interstate, so they will take at least a week to arrive. Please note lessons cannot commence until Music Levy has been paid.


 All orders for music jackets was due at the beginning of this week. If you have not ordered yet and need to, please contact Mrs Sedergreen as soon as possible.


Also please pay for music ties at the General Office and bring receipt to the PAC Office to collect your tie.


Music Photos will be Thursday 28 March in the College Hall. Just a reminder that all ensembles will be in Performance Uniform EXCEPT Training Strings, Training Band and Junior Choir. These three ensembles will be in College Uniform. If you wish to order photos, please bring the photo envelope with payment on the day of the photos. If you still haven’t picked up the photo letter and envelope, please collect from outside the PAC office.


The Music Association is currently running a raffle in the lead up to Easter and all music students were given raffle tickets to sell this week. Prizes are lots of delicious chocolates, just in time for Easter, and tickets cost  1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. Fundraising goes towards purchasing of much needed instruments and equipment for the program. Please return tickets by Monday 1 April. Raffle will be drawn at Parent/ Teachers Interviews on Thursday 4 April at 8.00pm.


Storage and labelling of instruments.

We are now approaching full capacity in our storage rooms for instruments, which means all students need to ensure that their instrument is clearly labelled with their name and it is stored appropriately. Those who own instruments need to insure them. Please note instruments insured on household contents policies are not covered outside the home. They are not covered whilst in transit to and from school, whilst on school premises, or on any excursions. The College cannot take responsibility for any damage, loss or theft of instruments. Please note that hired instruments are also the sole responsibility of the person hiring the instrument.


Our Music Association needs your help!

The Music Association is looking for new members in 2019.  It really is a great way to become part of your child’s journey through the music program, to meet other parents and to find out a little more about what happens behind the scenes at the college. 


The Music Association is a parent group, which actively supports the Music Program by assisting front of house at concerts; serving suppers, and fundraising to purchase much needed instruments (the ones that are too expensive for families to buy) and equipment.  They have a longstanding place in the history of the college and want to ensure that they remain viable long into the future. The committee meets approximately twice per term on a Monday evening. Their final “meeting” for the year is a social dinner in late November or early December.


The next meeting is on Monday, 1 April at 7.00pm and you are cordially invited to come along, meet all involved and find out a bit more about what they do and how they do it.


If you cannot attend on the 1 April, please feel free to call the Music Association’s President Trudy Brewster on 0425806460 or send an email to [email protected] if you would like to find out more about the RSC Music Association and how you could assist even if you are unable to attend meetings. The RSC Music Association would love to hear from you.


Please keep an eye on COMPASS for information about upcoming events:

Thursday 28 March Music Photos

Sunday 7 April Senior Choir rehearsal 9 am – 12pm, Senior Vocal Ensemble 1pm- 4pm.

Thursday 11 April Junior and Senior Stage Band Day Camps. SSB 9am – 4pm, JSB 11am- 4pm

Friday 12 April Intermediate Stage Band Day Camp 9am- 4pm. Training Stage Band Day Camp 11 – 4pm (TBC)

Wednesday 24/4 Junior Stage Band Masterclass 3.30 – 6.30pm

Friday 26 April Training Stage Band Masterclass 3.30- 6.30pm

Sunday 28 April Senior choir Masterclass 10am-12pm, Senior Vocal Ensemble 12.30 – 2.30pm

Monday 29 April Jazz Night, the Central Club Hotel, corner of Swam and Coppin Streets, Richmond, 7.30pm.

Friday 3 to Sunday 5 Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier, South Australia.


Janine Pero

Director of Music

World Tour 2019 Departs

After a longer than normal departure, the group arrived safely in USA and have now completed their first leg of the trip in Oregon, USA.


Here are a few photo highlights from our visit to Willamette High School in Eugene, Oregon.

Next stop was Toronto in Canada, after a Walking Tour through the streets, the students enjoyed a visit to the theatre to see 'Dear Even Hansen'.

They also traveled to Niagara Falls.

Next stop - London


Karl McNamara

Director of Performing Arts


Year 7 Girls Regional Basketball Report


Congratulations Mitchell Dielemans

Congratulations to past student Mitchell Dielemans who receives the full-time NBL1 call-up following a stellar three year stint with the VYC Cobras, one which saw him named to the All-VYC Team in 2018. Dielemans led the VYC in scoring in 2018 with 20.5 points per game, while finishing third in three-pointers made (2.6 3PM), fourth in assists (4.0apg), and shooting a league-best 86.5 percent from the free throw line to cap a dominant season.



Victorian School Sports Award Winner

Congratulations Charlie Collins!

On Thursday the 14th of March the 25th annual Victorian School Sports award ceremony was held at the MCG. Our very own Charlie Collins was presented with a Sporting Blue award for Baseball. These sports awards are the most prestigious sporting accolades in Victoria’s government school system and the Sporting Blue award is a reflection of the high standard of talent and dedication demonstrated by aspiring young athletes.

Charlie is an incredibly talented baseballer. In 2018 he represented Victoria at the National Baseball championships in Sydney, and made the Australian Under 15 World Cup team that competed in Panama. This year he has been invited by a Boston Red Sox talent scout to play baseball in a tournament throughout the USA.  Charlie was also recently awarded the Victorian School Sports Excellence Scholarship Award and will take part in the Under 18’s Schoolboys tournament this month.

Congratulations Charlie. We look forward to following your sporting journey.



2019 Maroondah Division Swimming Champions

What a fantastic day at Ringwood Aquanation on Monday. We had over 50 competitors representing the school in various individual and team swimming events.

We had some outstanding individual performances, and some amazing team relay results on the day. Well done to everybody and a big thankyou to all those students that swam out of their age group or filled in at the last minute for students that were absent. It is your willingness to have a go, encourage each other and support the team that ensures Ringwood Secondary College maintains the title of Division Champions year after year.

Good luck to all those student competing at the Region event on Tuesday.


Swimming highlights of the day included our Age Group Champions: Betty Geng, Finlay Hughes, Cade Cavanagh, Zali Beck, Tarni Cavanagh, Dean Kelly and Kade Caulfield-Knight.


New Records:

17 Yr F  50m Butterfly  - Caitlin Dellows   New Record 33.97s   (old record 35.16s)

15 Yr B 200IM     - Cade Cavanagh  New Record 2:45.74    (old record 2:46.80)

16 Yr F 4 x 50m Medley Relay  - Taylor Viney, Zali Beck, Lucy Fairhurst,

Olivia Tolliday     New Record   2:31.00   (old record 2:33.58)


Roi Boutsikakis

Director of Sport


Upcoming Workshops


Yarra Ranges Youth Holiday Programs

The Yarra Ranges Youth Holiday Programs are AMAZING!  Can you imagine young people learning CPR life saving skills or being immersed in African drumming culture? And what about getting equipped with coffee making skills in our latte art workshop with a barista?

Book your Youth Holiday Programs here:


Mon 8 April – Robotics Lego Boost @ Healesville Library

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Tickets: $5

Tues 9 April – Latte Art @ The Storehouse Café

Time: 9am to 11am and 11.30am - 1.30pm (choose 1 session)

Tickets: $10


Wed 10 April – Skateboard Clinic @ Healesville Skate Park

Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Tickets: $5


Thurs 11 April – Boomerang Bags @ EACH

Time: 12.00pm - 2.30pm

Tickets: $5


Mon 15 April – CPR First Aid @ Yarra Glen Memorial Hall

Time: 12.00pm – 3.30pm

Tickets: $20


Tues 16 April – African Drumming @ Burrinja Cultural Centre

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Tickets: $10

Community Notices

North Ringwood Junior FC

A local football club looking for players for 2019


Kilsyth Football Club

Auskick & Junior Club looking for members


Upcoming Show:

A Kidsummer Night's Dream, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is a marvellous musical that explodes in a joyous celebration of Shakespeare's classic comedy. Brilliantly pitched to a young audience Kidsummer is full of mischief and mayhem, misunderstandings and magic potion mix-ups, as kings and queens, humble workers, fairies, parents and kids all chase their dreams. 

In the magical woods outside Athens, the fairy king and queen are squabbling over a changeling. Enter a pair of runaway lovers intent on eloping, a suitor in pursuit, a spurned maiden, and a group of bumbling workers rehearsing their humble play as a gift for the duke's wedding. The realms of humans and fairies collide as Puck works his mischief. 

"It's a great way to introduce Shakespeare to children, and makes a wonderful entertainment option for all ages during the school holidays" said director John Leahy "Many people you see doing am dram today remember Kidsummer fondly as one of the pivotal shows they did while still at school".

Fifty five Diamond Valley Singers Youth performers aged between 8 and 18 years will bring Shakespeare's timeless characters to life at Warrandyte High School Theatre from April 6 - 14. 

Further information and bookings


Consider Trying our Rugby?

Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club are seeking players for our upcoming season


Mum Muay Thai


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