From Mr Phillips
Earlier this month the State Budget was released for 2018/19. There were a number of headline items relevant for schools contained in this year’s budget, released on May 1. It includes the:
- huge investment in capital works for new schools and also for the 134 schools, including Ringwood Secondary College, who gained funding for upgrades, rebuilds or new facilities. It is the single biggest investment in the last 100 years.
- boosting of the TAFE system with targeted free training courses
- Headstart program for apprenticeships where students can complete their schooling and a trade at the same time
- new Year 9 Careers Education program which will be online based
- additional funds to cover the cost of VETiS.
- secondary school element of the Literacy and Numeracy strategy has been funded and will give us extra resources for teachers in these key areas.
As I have previously informed you, Ringwood Secondary College has been allocated $5.5million in the current budget for Stage 2 Capital works. We have nearly $1.3million remaining from Stage 1, that can be added to this funding, together with some College funds that will enable us to complete a project just over $7million.
We will be able to commence this planning straight away as our masterplan and asset management plan are complete, our architect is appointed and funds are available. In the next few weeks we will consider options in conjunction with Clarke Hopkins Clarke and confirm the direction for our planning with College Council. We hope to tender the project later this year.
In other local news, a new Wellbeing hub is to be established in Maroondah with an annexe of the Institute of Positive Education being established at Heathmont College. A new partnership will build on the City of Maroondah’s Community of Wellbeing work and will support the use of Positive Psychology in over 20 local schools. The funding of $890,000 supports the funding of a Project Manager to lead the establishment of the annex and funding for the professional development of staff in each participating school.
The Music Department undertook its annual trek to the Generations in Jazz, National Championships at Mt Gambier last weekend. All of our ensembles performed well and some highlights included the all of our stage bands competing effectively against senior bands in all sections and the mosh pit experience with Cat Empire!
A successful launch for the Performing Arts World Tour 2019 on May 1, has resulted in nearly 50 families considering their involvement and commitment before early June. Anyone else who is interested in further details should contact Mr McNamara our Director of Performing Arts.
Tickets for this year’s production of The Addams Family go on sale on Tuesday May 22 and may be booked through www.rscproduction.com.au
NAPLAN testing is currently being undertaken for our students in Years 7 and 9 and for the first time this has been done online. The system has been very stable and there have been no difficulties experienced in making this transition to the new format.
We are looking forward to our Athletics Sports Day to be held at Proclamation Park next Friday May 25th with a carnival atmosphere and lots of House based activities for the occasion. All students are expected to be involved and the weather forecast is looking most promising.