RSC News

26 February 2016
Issue Two
Upcoming Events
Principal's Post
Assistant Principals
 From the Office
Sub Schools
Around the School
Performing Arts
Sports Report
Community News 
Ringwood Secondary College
(03) 9870 2002
Bedford Rd
Ringwood, Vic, 3134

Upcoming Events

25 Feb - 2 April 

RSC World Performing Arts Tour 

Sat 5 March

7.00 pm Debutante Ball

Tues 8 March

3.30 pm 'Anything Goes'- Cast Tap Workshop

Fri 11 March

8.45 am Maroondah Division Swimming

8.45 am Yr 8 Geography Field Trip

Mon 14 March

Public Holiday 

Tuesday 15 March

3.30 pm 'Anything Goes'- Cast Tap Workshop

Wed 16 March

7.30 pm Music Photos

Thurs 17 March

8.30 am Victorian State School 

Spec Rehearsal Schedule

Friday 18 March

5.30 pm RSC Twilight Working Bee

Principal's Post

From Mr Phillips

The last fortnight has truly been action packed and many of the highlights are featured in this edition of our newsletter.  


The recent 2016 Prefects induction was another event that was an important link with the traditions of the school and it was shared with our Year 7 and Year 12 students, family members and our guest speaker Natalie Thomas, former student and the current Mayor of the City of Maroondah, gave a great insight into her life since leaving school and her current role as the Mayor.


The fortnight has also seen the announcement of the cast for “Anything Goes” Senior Summer Sport, Year 7 Transition Days and Adventure Park, Amabassador Training  and some very focused classroom activity too. Today our Year 12 students are involved in a planning and study skills day at Deakin University.


World Tour

Yesterday our world tour group departed Melbourne, following a world premiere performance of Made in Melbourne earlier in the week. They have landed safely in the USA en route to Eugene in Oregon. We wish them all safe travels.

68th Chin National day celebrations

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 68th Chin National day celebrations for members of our Burmese and wider community, held at Ringwood. It was truly a cultural celebration with highlights that included traditional dance and some modern music twists too.

College Council

A reminder that parent nominations for council close next Tuesday. Please contact Karen Carden for further details if you are interested.


Capital Works Project

I am pleased to confirm that the College project will be at tender in the coming week and after six weeks for finalising submissions and decisions, we can expect construction to commence in mid April. It will be exciting to see the construction of a new junior school building and related maintenance and landscaping works that will definitely create some excellent learning environments for our students.


Michael Phillips




Assistant Principals

From Mrs Hughes


Supervision of students before and after school

Please be aware that the school provides staff supervision of students in the grounds before school from 8.25-8.50 am.  After school supervision is provided between 3.15 pm and 3.40 pm.

Parents/carers are:

  • discouraged from sending their child/ren to school before the designated supervision time in the morning. 
  • encouraged to pick up their child/ren by the end of the designated end of day supervision period.

Students remaining in the school yard awaiting collection after 3.45 pm should wait in the library foyer or at the front of the library.


Progress Reports

Although it seems no time since the start of the school year, teachers will soon be completing Progress Reports for students.  These reports will be published through Compass and will be available to parents on Friday, 11 March. Parent/teacher/student interviews will take place on Tuesday, 22 March, prior to the Term break.  Arrangements for making appointments with teachers will be advised prior to the booking system being opened.  Although there are no scheduled classes on the day of interviews, students are expected to attend with their parent/carer/s.

From Mr Barut




Leaders Abound!

The presence of leadership in schools, particularly student leaders, must never be underestimated or taken for granted. The ‘tone’ of a school, researchers suggest, is set by its VCE cohort, particularly those students in Year 12. Further, the impetus of leadership and becoming role models is emphasised for all our VCE students. Here at RSC, we are fortunate in having such a fine cohort of student leaders.


The Prefect Induction was indeed another momentous occasion that saw our guest speaker, the Mayor of Maroondah, Cr Natalie Thomas, address our prefects on leadership and indeed, the path traversed by Natalie herself. A speech that was very much appreciated by all who attended.


We would like to thank all the parents that attended, our delightful Year 7 audience and all the teachers that gave up their class time to be present.


The link to the program is available here.

Congratulations to the incoming Prefects of 2016.

Head Prefects:

Caleb LINDNER and Rebecca ALLSOP  

Deputy Head Prefects:

Meagan CROZIER and Jesse THI HLUM 


Daniel SALISBURY            Chaplaincy

Kate PURCELL    Environment

Matthew NICHOL                 Environment

Olivia AKARURU                   Frazer House

Jesse THI HLUM                   Frazer House

Anisa MAHAMA                     Freeman House

Fin BROWN                            Freeman House

Shannah DOIG                     International

Jaskiran KAUR                     International

Sinead LUMSDEN               Jackman House

Stephanie Roberts             Jackman House

Rebecca ALLSOP                Mabo House

Katrina ZUK                          Mabo House

Holly WATSON                     Music

James Sutton                       Music

Maddison RILEY                   Performing Arts

Caleb LINDNER                    Performing Arts

Meagan CROZIER                Philanthropy

Christopher YOUNG           Philanthropy

Georgia COPELAND           Sport


Molly D'ARCY                        Visual Arts

Laura TOLLIDAY                  Visual Arts

Rylee KRENN                        Wellbeing

Adrienne MURPHY             Wellbeing



The MEC Study


As you read this report, all our Year 12 cohort have just returned from a day of study skills and specialised English tuition, that was held at Deakin University at Burwood. It was a very successful day and feedback from the students was very positive.


Thank you to all staff that attended and thank you to all our students for their diligence, commitment and exemplary behaviour.


A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.


From Mrs Stathatos




It has been a busy but productive

fortnight. Thank you to Ms Watson for her report which you will find in this edition of the newsetter.

We congratulate students who achieved personal bests in the recent swimming carnival and we were thrilled with the commitment of Middle School students to their Houses. The swimming carnival is a whole school event and there is an expectation that all students attend. Thank you to parents for their support. Best wishes to students and staff on the World Tour.


Common Assemblies and Bounce

On Tuesdays students are involved in either a year level Common Assembly or a Bounce session. Visiting both the Year 10 Common Assembly and each of the Bounce classes this week gave me a great sense of pride and satisfaction in seeing students and staff engaged in valuable activities which enhance their emotional intelligence and understanding. It also confirmed to me that we are providing an excellent springboard for students in which to build the skills they need in readiness for learning now and beyond school.  Last night, at the invitation of our college principal Michael Phillips, a group of Ringwood Secondary College staff gathered at Genezanno College with hundreds of other educators to watch ‘Most Likely to Succeed,’ a thought provoking film about the complexities we face as educators in an education system created last century. A take home message from the film is that we need to target and refine our emphasis on the skills of collaboration, empathy, creativity, critical thinking, organisation as these are some of the key skills necessary for the environment students find themselves in now. Common Assemblies and the Bounce program work in tandem to support the development of these skills and we encourage students to continue to be fully involved in both.


Parent-Teacher –Student Interviews

Students are encouraged to attend interviews on the 22nd of March to participate in the discussions with their parents and teachers about their progress at this early stage of the year.


Debutante Ball

I am reminded of what a terrific community spirit surrounds the lead up to the Debutante Ball and the night itself. The involvement of 106 Year 12 students is the largest cohort we have ever had and rehearsals have taken place in a variety of venues including the hall, gym and the basket ball courts. Our magnificent supportive teams who are present at rehearsals, from the PCTA parent co-ordinator and Year 12 parent helpers, dance instructors, community co-ordinators, to the students themselves, help create the fun and energy at every rehearsal which is visible in the smiles and laughter of all participants. There is also serious dancing to be done and with only two rehearsals until the big event,  students are concentrating on perfecting their dance routines. The Debutante Ball promises to be a wonderful night on the 5th of March at The Grand.



We have welcomed new members to the PCTA this year and we are certainly fortunate for the parent interest in the committee. Drawing on the momentum created last year around the parent information night on Positive Psychology, the committee is again keen to organise an information night for parents later on in the year and is discussing topics of interest to parents.

From Mrs Allison




Year 7 Transition


The past few weeks have been very busy for all Year 7 students!


Students have participated in one of the two Wellbeing days, consisting of study skills, cyber-bullying, a focusing on management of their iPads plus ‘getting to know you’ activities. The Swimming Sports were full of fun, friendly interactions and lots of water! It has been wonderful to see the student’s positive participation in the wide range of events.


Adventure Park is always a great day for our students; despite the rain the students enjoyed the large range of water activities, interaction with staff whilst making new friendships.

Music Recruitment evening held last Monday (Feb 22nd) allowed parents and students the opportunity to discuss their child’s choice of musical instrument, listened to speakers talk about the music program as well as meeting College music staff.


The Music Association, an energetic group of volunteers were present on the evening and as always support both staff and students during the year helping out with a range of music evenings, and the College musical production. They are looking for extra parent helpers for 2016, so if you are interested please contact the College reception for more details.

Junior Leadership Positions

Congratulations to all students who have attained leadership positions for 2016.

Year 7:

Ethan Allsopp                  Mahlia Blueming

Connor Brooks                Joshua Clements

Charlie Collins                 Flynn Commins

Oliver Dixon                      Benjamin Gosbell

Vithara Gunawardena  Abbey Hepworth

Finlay Kelly                        Tori Kershaw

Charlie Lodge                   Thomas Macleod

Harrision Moore               Hannah Peake

Tyson Petrie                       Lucy Philp

Indiana Rancie                  Samuel Rhodes

Jennifer Sobierajski       Tia Soldatos

Kieren Tirikawala            Jasmine Walker

Patrick Wallace                 Daniel Watson

Charlotte Whelan             Emilie Young


Year 8:

Iokia Bongers                       Claudia Carter

Tarni  Cavagnah                 Tara Clare

Kiara Dowling                      Kate Hine

Charli Krenn                         Jasmine Lacy

Rhian Lumsden                  Jackson Mangold

Suki Marsden                       Rhiannon Ockwell

Ellie Preston                         Alannah Simpson

Flynn Stelfox                        Martina Tan

Emily Vains                           Grace Veenman

Felicity Watts                       Matilda Wilson



Rhian Lumsden                  Tarni Cavagnah


Year 8 Level Leader:

Iokia Bongers                       Jasmine Lacy



Flynn Stelfox                        Tara Clare



Emily Vains                           Suki Marsden


Performing Arts:

Jackson Mangold                Kiara Dowling


Jackman House

Charli  Krenn


On Wednesday, February 17th, the Year 7 and 8 Ambassadors participated in Maroondah schools leadership training, with Heathmont College and Melba College. Held at REALM in Eastland, the neutral space allowed for our student’s to focus on the content whilst providing them with a greater awareness of leadership skills essential for successful teamwork. The training will also provide them with key knowledge to assist with College tours and other major events throughout the year. Already, these students have displayed great confidence and knowledge of the College and its programs.






 From the Office

CSEF Application 2016 (Camp Sports, Excursion Fund)

Attached is the 2016 application form for the CSEF (Camps, Sports & Excursion Fund). If you are an eligible Heath Care Card Holder, please complete the attached form, and a copy of your Health Care Card and return it to the Administration Office, or alternatively email your form to Linda Wheeler [email protected]

This fund will provided $225 per student for Camps,Sports and excursions for your child. Please ensure your application is returned as soon as possible for processing before Friday 4 March 2016. Please note, late applications will delay your funding being available to you.


Linda Wheeler  

Administration Office

School Council 17 Feb 2016

School were shown some new Jackets for the Duke of Ed program which Council then approved. These jackets will be better for outdoor programs.


School Council elections are upon us again with several member finishing their terms and new blood entering the world of Governance of the school.

Special mention to the President Sandra Kitching who is stepping down & has served on Council for many years.  Thank you Sandra.


Just an interesting fact was drawn to councils attention that except for Yr 9’s there are more female students than male students in every year level.


A new Mod 5 portable has arrived and assist the placement of students once the building of the new Junior School starts.


School Council signedoff and gave to go ahead for the up coming Asia Tour & also the World Performing Arts Tour 2016


Mark Granland

School Council




Students who are consistently late to school may be given a lunchtime detention starting from Monday 22nd February.

  • If students are late for a legitimate reason please send a note or ring the attendance line – 9845 7519  -  so a reason can be recorded
  • Students who are regularly late to school and have an ongoing reason for the lateness can be automatically approved -  but only where the school has been contacted and a letter provided by the parent explaining the situation.

Please contact the student’s Year Level Coordinator to discuss any problems that may be impacting or affecting your child’s  attendance in any way.


Kay Priestly


Facilities report

Exciting times at Ringwood SC. Recently a new Mod 5 (double classroom) arrived on site and is currently being installed beside the cricket nets. Enjoy the photos. Planning towards the new Junior School is continuing and hopefully the project will go to tender in the next few weeks. What a relief it will be to see the old portables finally off the site!


The Facilities team has put much effort into improving the grounds over recent weeks, particularly after a hot January and the gardens are starting to once again pick up.  The Facilities Committee kicks off on Thursday 25 February, 7.30pm , Conference Room,  Administration Building and we welcome all parents who would like to be a part of this exciting committee. 


Summer Working Bee 2016 Friday 18th March 5.30pm-7.00pm –All parents and students invited!

The Facilities Committee would love to see a big turn out for the working bee. It is amazing how much can get done in a short time. Come along and make a difference to your child’s learning environment. 


Chris Salisbury 

Facilities Manager

Koorie Engagement

Positive Psychology  (Mindfulness) ​

Positive Psychology  (Mindfulness)  in the  Wellbeing House every Monday lunch time.

Students are invited to join our lunch time activity to practice the skills of creativity, love of learning, gratitude and social intelligence in our Mindfulness  group.

The group is free and open and any interested students. Please email or drop into chat to Gail or Sharlene.


​Koorie Engagement

Hi, my name is Alice Young, I am the Koorie Engagement Support Officer from the Department of Education and Training based at the regional office. 


I will be working at Ringwood Secondary College one day a week on Mondays within the Wellbeing team.  I work across two local government areas, Maroondah and Knox and work with all early year services, primary and secondary schools to help support and improve educational outcomes, participation and engagement for all Koorie children and young people.  I look forward to meeting all students, staff and families at Ringwood Secondary College and hope to also work towards increasing cultural awareness and recognition of First Nations People.


If you would like to have a yarn with me, I would be more than happy to meet with you. Please see the Welfare Team.


Alice Young

Support Officer


RSC Diaries Available

There are a limited amount of RSC Diaries to purchase available form the Office for $10


If you would like one, please come to the General Office.



Sub Schools

Junior School

Our Year 7 “Transition Program” has now commenced with a range of activities taking place over the past two weeks.


All Year 7 students have now completed their i-pad training. Sessions were run over three days with one community completing the training each day. The Year 7 students and the Community Coordinators would like to thank Miss Rafferty and Miss Usher for all their time and effort into training all Year 7 students. On completion they were well informed and left the training with smiles of satisfaction on their faces.


On Friday 12th February the Junior students attended the swimming sports at Aqua nation the new pool complex in Ringwood. The Junior community were in high spirits and everyone dressed in their house colours. We congratulate all those who competed in events and to everyone in the stands who joined in the house spirit.

On Monday 15th 7A – E attended the Study Skills and Well Being day and on Tuesday the 16th February 7F-J . Students travelled by coach to the Heathmont Baptist church to complete three sessions, Awareness, Connection and Expression, Study Skills and Cyber Safety and Respectful relationships at RSC.  Students looked at planning a homework timetable around all their weekly commitments and using various aspects of the internet with safety. On behalf of all Year 7 students the Community Coordinators would like to thank the large team of staff who made these days possible. Without their support these activities would not have been run. Their time and effort is much appreciated.

On Wednesday 17th February our Junior School Ambassadors attended a training session at the new REALM centre at Eastland. Students from both Melba and Heathmont Secondary Colleges joined our students for a very informative session. Mrs Allison, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ricci from Melba presented at this session. We would like to thank Mr Phillips for joining the group. Congratulations to all our 2016, Junior Ambassadors.

Year 8 Ambassadors were presented with their certificates and badges at Common on Tuesday 23rd February. Year 7 Ambassadors will receive their certificates and badges at Common next Tuesday 1st March.

All Junior Ambassadors will commence their duties next week and will be involved in the College tours over the next six weeks.


Our next big Transition activity was on Friday 19th February. Students travelled by coach to Adventure Park, Geelong. Unfortunately the weather was quite wet but it did not deter students from engaging in all the activities run by the park. Students enjoyed the day with new friends and catching up with old friends from primary school.


The Coordinators would like to thank all the staff for their time and effort assisting with this busy day. It was a great success and enjoyed by everyone.


Our Year 7 students will now experience their first full week of timetabled classes after a very busy start to the year with all the Transition activities.


Elizabeth Keenan

Junior School Leader

Middle School

Swimming Carnival 2016

We were pleased to see such a strong Middle School presence at our recent Swimming Sports carnival. We feel it is important that students attend sports days such as these, even if they aren’t planning to participate. Much effort was made to ensure that the day was a fun one, full of varied events both in and out of the pool.

Middle School Sports captain Harry Norman wrote the following report:

Excitedly we ventured down to Ringwood’s AquaNation on Friday the 12th of February, where Ringwood Secondary College were holding their annual swimming carnival.  Year 9 students showed exceptional school spirit, dressed in house colours, encouraging and supporting their house teammates.  We had a massive number of students compete for their houses in many events throughout the day, from 50m freestyle to noodle races. The day was a total success and we will all be looking forward to next year’s carnival. 



It is delightful to see so many of our Middle School students wearing appropriate school uniform We have worked hard over the first few weeks of Term 1 to enforce the importance of correct uniform and we thank parents who have continued to support our endeavours.


Year 9 Camp

The deadline for camp medical forms has now passed but there are still some students who have not yet returned these. We ask that you attend to this if you have not already done so. We will be chasing students up individually next week as the camp date is fast approaching.


Parents are also required to provide consent for camp on Compass. This needs to be done even if the medical form has already been returned. Finally, the second Challen9e payment is due to be paid no later than Friday 4th March. Information about this payment is on Compass.


Year 10 Queensland camp

The annual Year 10 Queensland camp has now been finalised and will take place from the 5th to the 8th of December. The camp costs include flights, accommodation, most meals, entertainment and entry to all theme parks. Details have been posted on Compass and many families have already reserved their place on this tour. Please note that we can only take a limited number so it is a first in first served situation.


InterGREAT news

Success was at the heart of this week’s interGREAT lessons as Andrew Scott spoke with the students about his endeavours to qualify for the Sydney 2000 Olympics team. The Personal Project was also launched which makes up 40% of the students’ assessment for Semester 1. We encourage you to find out what your child has chosen to do for their project and to get involved with their educational learning journey.


In the coming weeks students will consider the alternative notion of failure. They will hear from renowned mindset coach, Dara Simkin who will explore ways to overcome fear of failure and limiting beliefs.



Each week students who are seen to be doing something to ‘Make a Difference’, will be nominated for the RU Mad prize. These will be drawn each week at our interGREAT assembly.


Nominated students from Weeks 2 and 3 include:

Ianthe Volbretch, Campbell McNamara, Akankska Singh, Olivia Ricci, Ryan Lexa, Ilesha Conroy-Welby, Deyuan Chen, Madison Mauchline, Fraya Jordan, Imogen Hansen, Declan Smith, Jess Allsop, Phoebe Roach, Skye Hagland, Rahni Gadsden, Ngun Len Sun Cen Hurang, Monica Za Thang, Chloe Granville.


World’s Greatest Shave

Year 9 student Caleb Chilcutt has generously taken it upon himself to raise funds for cancer research by shaving his head at this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. We would love for RSC families to get behind Caleb’s initiative by making a donation at this link:


Kim Watson

Middle School Coordinator

Around the School

2016 Car Show

Hello Ringwood Secondary Community.


It’s on again - the 2016 Car Show is to be held at Ringwood Secondary on Saturday 19th of March. Apart from a great line up of cars, good company, professional coffee and a delicious BBQ, the always show stopping Dyno and big Diesel truck motor displays will be returning.  Come and enjoy a great day out for all the family.


And if you have a vehicle you would like to display on the day please email Adam at [email protected]

Adam Bryant


Indonesian News

On the 9th of February Ringwood Secondary College said ‘Selamat Datang’ meaning ‘Welcome’ to five Indonesian students and one Principal staff member from Sekolah Tunas Unggul in Bandung West Java.

These Indonesian students 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 an official beginning to the relationship and commitment between the three schools and collectively we are all looking forward to watching this relationship grow over the years.


The five Indonesian students Akbar, Daffa, Dimitri, Gasan Rizkiya and their school Principal Bu Beina attended five days of classes as well as the RSC swimming sports during their stay in Melbourne. 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 (Olivia 7H, Stephanie 9B)
  • Jordan family (Fraya 9I)
  • D’Monte family (Jacinta 9A)
  • Santos family (Jayde 8E)
  • Wheeler family (Ben 8B, Victoria 12I)

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 life long friendships and share wonderful experiences together with your new friends.


Year 7 Indonesian students at RSC were lucky to have the sister school students conduct a presentation for them about Bandung and its history, food and traditions in one of their lessons.


The sister school partnership program endeavors 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

Nepal 2017 Update

Last week we had the information night for the R.S.C. Nepal Trip that will be held in the 2017 Easter break.


The evening was well attended and Ian Williams from World Expeditions gave a very inspiring talk on both the trek and the project we will be undertaking at a primary school that was severely damaged by the earthquake last year.

This trip is open to RSC students, past students, siblings, parents and staff.

If you are interested in this trip next year please contact


Mrs C Ross: 

[email protected]

Mrs S Miriklis: [email protected]

Mr D Godfrey: [email protected]

Performing Arts

Performing Arts World Tour

The 2016 Performing Arts World Tour departed on Thursday February 25 and returns on Saturday April 2. There are 42 students from Years 9-12 taking part

If you want any further information on the tour, I encourage you to follow this link to our delightful webpage:


There, you can find our video updates, official WT16 magazine, photos and the link to our Facebook feed. This site will feature continual live updates throughout the duration of the tour and we would love you to join our 1000-strong online, global community.

The premiere performance of our touring show, “Made in Melbourne”, took place on Tuesday February 23 at 7.30pm in the hall with a sellout performance.



If you couldn't get there, we’ll also be performing a couple of homecoming shows on Friday April 15. These will be the best shows as they will have had over 20 performances worth of experience to nearly 10000 people in five different languages.

Details of the performance itself can be found in the WT16 magazine on the webpage.

RSC Music Assoc. Easter Raffle

Raffle tickets are being sent home with each music family this week, the raffle will be drawn on  Tues. 22 March 8pm, straight after the Parent Teacher interviews.



Please Return tickets on Friday 18 March


Prizes will include some great Easter Hampers.


Thanks for Supporting the RSC Music Department


RSC Music Department

Sports Report


The Ringwood Secondary College Swimming Carnival was held on the 12th of February, at the new Aquanation venue, on what proved to be a great day of competition. A big turnout from the Year 12 Class of 2016 also added to the atmosphere, with the Year 12 students wearing some of the best (and worst) costumes of the day and also competing in many events.


Mr Moody and Mr Kent added to the carnival atmosphere, commentating on the events and utilising the big screen to inform and entertain the large crowd.

Outside, on the grass area, Mr McKay hosted a karaoke competition, acoustic performances and took song requests from the crowd, whilst Mr Ricci and Mr Saunders ensured the novelty events were fiercely contested.


The performances from our new Year 7 students were particularly exciting and we look forward to seeing many of them in action at the Maroondah Division Carnival.

The house competition proved to be a particularly close fought battle this year, as Freeman aimed to become the first back-to-back champions under the new house system. Freeman (Blue) made the running for the most of the day, with Jackman (Yellow) and Frazer (Red) trading places in 2nd and 3rd. Heading into the last event Freeman still held the lead, and ensured they wouldn’t lose the championship by entering a team in every possible relay. The large number of participants from Freeman helped carry them to back-to-back titles. The Final standings were: Freeman 584, Frazer 548, Jackman 521.5 and Mabo 379.5. A tough day for Mabo, but with the Cross Country on the last day of this term, redemption may be just around the corner. Frazer still looking to claim their first sport house title and Jackman’s third place their lowest finish thus far, after finishing runners up at swimming last year and claiming both the cross country and athletics crowns.


Our Age Group champions were:

13 Years

Girls:   Tiffany Hayes            

Boys:   Danial Gazzola


14 Years                     

Girls:   Tarni Cavanagh          

Boys:   Max Reid


15 Years                     

Girls:   Shaeya Williams & Georgi Clarke

Boys:   Cameron Radford


16 Years         

Girls:   Sophie Caldwell         

Boys:   Lee Fletcher


17 Years

Girls:   Alice Matanisiga        

Boys:   Harry May


18-20 Years    

Girls:   Sinead Lumsden        

Boys:   Finley Brown


Many of our swimmers will now represent Ringwood at the Maroondah Division championships on Friday March 11th at Aquanation, where our team will be aiming to win its 24th successive swimming championship. Parents are most welcome to attend the Division swimming day to support the team.


A big thank you to the students for their enthusiasm and participation throughout the day and to the staff who worked tirelessly in the many jobs required to make the day such a successful one.



During the summer holidays, Sophie Caldwell competed at the Victorian Age Swimming Championships and was able to win an incredible 10 individual and 3 relay medals, in her best medal haul yet at these events. Sophie won 8 individual gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze as well as a gold, silver and bronze in the relay events. Her efforts saw her crowned Age Group Champion for the third successive year and she again won the Herald Sun Trophy for the highest point scoring 14/15 year old at the meet.  At the Victorian Open Championships, held just before school returned, Sophie won bronze in the 1500m and she now turns her attention to open water swimming, with Sophie competing at the National Open Water Championships in Queensland and participating in a select training camp also in Queensland. Congratulations Sophie and best of luck for the events ahead.



A new football club has been launched, playing out of the Aquinas school grounds. The club is launching with Under 13 and Under 14 teams, and is open to all students regardless of the school they attend. So if you haven’t had the chance to join a team in the past or perhaps your local team has too many players, you might consider joining this new club. For further details email: [email protected]



Friday 11th March – Maroondah Division Swimming – Aquanation Ringwood

Friday 18th March – Year 8 Summer Round Robin

Monday 21st March - Year 7 Summer Round Robin

Wednesday 23th March – Eastern Region Swimming

Thursday 24th March – Ringwood School Cross Country


Kyle Simkin

Director of Sports



Career Interviews

MIP’s Interviews
Interviews of Year 10 and Year 12 students have commenced and each student will hopefully have a career pathway plan mapped out by the end of Term 2.  Year 11 interviews will start in Term 2.
Careers Practitioners will be conducting the MIP’s interviews throughout 2016, as well as supporting students in other ways in the Careers Office.


Work Experience

Year 10 Work Experience
A reminder to parents and students that this year’s Work Experience is from June 20th to June 24th, the last week of Term 2. Competition for quality jobs is fierce and we strongly encourage all students who have not commenced the process to decide on a type of job and put together an application as soon as possible. “The early bird catches the worm” and we would dearly love every student to secure a position of employment by the end of Term 1. Contact Ms Boutsikakis if you have any queries. Students are reminded that they also need to have completed the [email protected] modules for Occupational Health and Safety. Work placement is not possible without these completed tests.


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Careers in Maths

Visit the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s website to view a range of career profiles from apprentice chefs to Electricians to Nurses where mathematics is a necessary part of their everyday jobs.


Discover Your Career

An online career resource developed by the National Tourism Alliance with the support of the Federal Government to promote tourism and hospitality career pathways.


Football Federation Australia Referee Course

Students interested in refereeing should consider A Level 4 Referee Course  which will provide a qualification to referee local junior and youth matches.

Bundoora: 21st February

Ringwood: 30th March


St John Ambulance First Aid Online Course

The online course offered includes training on an introduction to first aid, defibrillation awareness and workplace infection control. St John Ambulance’s courses are internationally recognised first aid courses.


Zoos Victoria Education Programs

Zoos Victoria is now making their education programs more accessible, with some programs available with the price of a student ticket ($15.80 per student).

Contact to book into programs: 1300 966 784


Go Girl, Go For IT event scheduled for 16th August at Deakin University. 

This a full day free event specifically designed for female secondary school students, year 7 to 12, and aims excite and engage female secondary school students by introducing them to the vast range of global, lucrative and varied career options in IT. The event focuses on inspiring students with fantastic role model speakers, showcasing technology of the future and challenging their preconceptions of a career in IT. Drop into the Careers room if you would like to participate.


Go4IT Work Experience Program

Go4IT is a work experience program for girls interested in IT. It is run by Tata Consultancy Service and gives girls the opportunity to meet inspiring female leaders and learn new skills in IT as well as general job readiness.

The program will be run in Melbourne during the following weeks:

15th – 18th March

6th – 10th June

22nd – 26th August

24th – 28th October


QS World University Rankings 2015/2016

The QS World University Rankings for 2015/2016 have been released, with the Australian National University being ranked 19th globally, and first in Australia. The top 10 universities in Australia according to these rankings are:

 1. Australian National University (19)

 2. The University of Melbourne (42)

 3. The University of Sydney (45)

 4. The University of New South Wales (46)

 5. The University of Queensland (46)

 6. Monash University (67)

 7. The University of Western Australia (98)

 8. The University of Adelaide (113)

 9. University of Technology, Sydney (218)

 10. Macquarie University (229)


Aviation Australia Cabin Crew Career Session

Wed 2nd March, 6:30pm – 8:30pm @ Qantas Flight Training Centre, Airport West

Find out about studying a Certificate II in Aviation (Flight Operations) from the staff and students, as well as hearing from industry experts.



REECE School Based Traineeships

Reece are Australia’s largest supplier of bathroom and plumbing products and are looking for Year 10 and 11 students to undertake school based traineeships across Australia.  Students will work one weekday and must also be available to work Saturdays. Visit the website to search and apply for positions in your area:


Updates from University and TAFEs

Inside Monash Seminar Series.

The Inside Monash Seminar Series provides an opportunity for students, parents and secondary school teachers to gain an insight into courses and careers in a broad range of fields across the faculties and campuses of Monash University. Each Seminar is unique to the faculty or discipline but all will include an overview of the area, current student and graduate perspectives and ample time to pick up course information and ask individual questions of the speakers and faculty representatives. Students need to register on line. Check out the updated list of seminars on - dates


The following seminars will be conducted in March and April.

  • Business and Economics 9 March
  • Science 10 March
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 15 March
  • Design: 14th April, 6:30pm
  • Fine Art: 14th April, 6:30pm
  • Architecture: 26th April, 6:30pm
  • Interior Architecture: 27th April, 6:30pm

Find out about courses and career options from staff, current and graduate students, with the opportunity to ask any questions.


Folio preparation and Career Discovery Courses 2016.

Short courses on Building Design and drawing, Advertising, Visual Merchandising, Interior Decoration, Graphic Art, Graphic Design, AutoCAD, Textiles Design, Fashion Design and Product Design. These courses run at various times throughout the year. They provide an insight into tertiary courses and often provide extra folio pieces essential for interview and folio presentations.


Science in the City Lab Tours

Students, parents and teachers are invited to visit our cutting edge learning laboratories and discover the range of programs on offer including: biology, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental sciences, food science, nanotechnology and physics.


Tour dates:

Monday 30 March 2016, 11am to 2.00pm, Building 3, Level 1, Applied Sciences Reception, RMIT City campus


Register at


Trade Tours

Find out more about how to start a career in the trades, or take your existing career to a new level, by taking an obligation-free tour of RMIT's trades spaces. 17 March


More information on:



University of Melbourne Veterinary Science Open Day

Date:  Saturday, 19 March 2016
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: 250 Princes Highway, Werribee  Victoria 3030

  • Explore our popular Bachelor of Agriculture, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Diploma in General Studies programs
  • Discover masters and higher research programs in the veterinary, agricultural and food sciences
  • Attend course information lectures
  • Discuss a range of other careers in science, veterinary nursing and equine studies with other education providers
  • Tour our world-class Veterinary Teaching Hospital*
  • Receive course advice from University of Melbourne staff
  • Meet our academic staff and current students
  • Feast at food stalls and support our student interest groups


*registrations essential and places are limited 


Helen Doherty and the Careers Team


Community News 

Wills Tutoring

 Prep to VCE Personal Tutoring


PLAY Baseball this Winter

Junior ‘Come & Try’
AND Registration Days


Antonio Park Primary School Fete – “2016 – A Space Odyssey"

Saturday 19th March 2016 from 12:30 – 7:00pm.  More information –


Montrose Football Club

Montrose Football Club have our upcoming player registration day on Sunday March 6th


School Crossings Victoria Inc. Awards

Nominate your Lollipop person for the 2015/2016
School Crossing Supervisor of the year award.


Talent Quest

Calling for contestants for this years Talent Quest, to be held on Friday 18th March at the Mooroolbark Community Centre, Brice Avenue, at 7.30 p.m.


Creative Moments

Decorate your own stylish custom cushion.
Supper will be provided.


Rotary Youth Exchange Program

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program has been in existence now for more than 50 years and with its superior infrastructure, is the most sought after.


Norwood Junior Football Club

Norwood Junior Football Club will be holding its Registration Day on Sunday 21st February


Ready 4 The Road

Giving you what it takes to take to the road


RSC News
CSEF Application form 2016.pdf
Mindfulness colouring group poster1 copy.pdf
Ringwood Junior Flyer 2016.pdf
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MFC Registration Day Flyer 2016.pdf
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CM pillow.pdf
YEP Info Brochure Students D9810.pdf
Norwood Rego Day 2016 flyer.pdf
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Driving school.pdf
Student Uniform Dress Code 2016.pdf
Student Uniform Dress Code 2016.pdf