RSC News

20 March 2020
Issue Three
Principal 
Assistant Principals
Around the School
Middle School
Ringwood Secondary College
(03) 9870 2002
Bedford Rd
Ringwood, Vic, 3134
AU

Principal 

From the Principal

Coronavirus CVD-19

No student or staff member at Ringwood Secondary College has been reported as having COVID-19 and the school remains open.

 

In all matters of communication, schools are being advised and updated with communication from the Departments of Education and Health.

However, as you are aware and reported in Compass, changes have been made specifically to our college organisation in response to the community outbreak of COVID-19. Compass News Feed will continue to be the main source of information regarding the latest advice and updates regarding any transitioning to remote learning.

 

All school events outside of normal school activities that involve large gatherings of people are now cancelled until the end of April and you will be advised of further changes as circumstances evolve.

 

College Council

At our council meeting earlier this week our office bearers for 2020/21 were elected.

Congratulations to:

Council President: Teresa Lodge; 

Council Vice President: Sarah Szubanski;  Additional Executive members: Terry Bebe and Ian Roadnight.

 

Building Project

The Building Project is progressing at pace with the following work program scheduled for the remainder of Term 1.

 

The main roofing is now nearing completion with lots of other services being roughed in. It is really something that all our staff and students can look forward to later in the year. It is still a very busy time on site at the moment.

  • Concrete (Civil works) - Grind, level, make good, site clean-up, defects rectifications
  • Roofing - Roof sheet install, Capping's, flashings, miscellaneous
  • Structural Steel Fire Rating - Applied finish to external columns, fire rated structural steel- spray applied fire rating to internal beams, board to perimeter beams, and miscellaneous
  • Plasterer and Metal Frame - External level 1 wall framing (building perimeter), external ground floor wall framing (building perimeter), ceiling grid
  • Carpenter   Internal level 1 wall framing internal ground floor framing, building wrap, battens, cladding
  • Glass and Aluminium (Windows)- Site measure, install sub sills, install frames (external frames are priority)
  • Bricklaying   - External bricklaying, internal bricklaying
  • Plumber   - Sewer and stormwater in ground, North and South, Hill St. fire booster relocation, south in ground, miscellaneous rough in
  • Electrical   - rough in
  • Security   - rough in
  • Mechanical - pre works site visit/measure, rough in for cooling
  • Builder - Carpentry make good to door at end of VCE building, canopy link to west of site works - erect structural steel, install roof.

 

I would like to wish all members of the RSC community the very best for the upcoming Term 1 break which commences at 230pm on Friday March 27th  as you continue to navigate these tricky times. At this stage, school will resume for all students on Tuesday April 14th, 2020.

 

We have all learnt a lot over the past weeks in these uncertain times. Being able to achieve more than you thought possible is one of those and even though we may not feel it at the moment, life will exist on the other side of this global pandemic.

 

So, let’s all prepare for that time too.

 

Michael Phillips

Principal

Assistant Principals

From Mrs Stathatos

Progress reports

Progress reports have been available to parents since last week and these reflect the behaviours the students are exhibiting in their subjects at this stage of the year.

As Parent Teacher Student Conferences have been cancelled, please contact your child’s classroom teacher who should be able to respond to any concerns you may have within a reasonable time frame.

House co-ordinators can also be contacted any time should you require to discuss your child’s progress.

 

Events

There is no doubt there has been disappointment over the cancellation of many events, particularly those that have been planned for many months like the language tour to France and the Odyssey tour. In these unprecedented times local events have also been postponed and or cancelled to meet the Departmental guidelines following the Australian government recommendations during this COVID 19 pandemic. We commend and thank the Year 9 students, families and teachers who were dealt a sudden blow with the cancellation of the Year 9 camp to Phillip Island. The students in particular have taken the decision in their stride, while the students I spoke to in the school ground could articulate intelligently the reasons for the decision. The office staff is working closely with families to process the events that are no longer proceeding. The postponement of upcoming events will be relayed to families in due course.

 

At this time, a lot of focus has been paid to online or remote learning. The college is preparing for any possibility that may arise following changing circumstances and advice, while clarity about the online platform has been at the forefront of teachers’ efforts should there be a call to move to remote learning. Staff professional learning and student information has concentrated around the preparedness to continue learning whether on or off site. Of course, students and parents should enjoy the upcoming break from school routines and spend time engaged in activities that make them comfortable and happy these holidays.

 

Eleni Stathatos

Assistant Principal

 

From Mrs Allison

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love- Lao Tzu

 

Adversity does not discriminate and as we have sensed in these unsettling times our fortitude and ability to focus on positives have been truly tested.  We need to muster our strength, continue to build our resilience and increase support for each other in order to move forward.

 

I challenge everyone to employ a ‘pay it forward’ approach. A random act of kindness is a non-premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world

Hold open a door, offer assistance, help someone trying to get a stroller down the steps or take any random acts of kindness. Every small interaction with someone is an opportunity to have a positive impact on both of your lives. When you look, you'll find opportunities to perform random acts of kindness.

 

Another great challenge is to take a photo each day of a positive experience and create a visual journal. You can annotate the images with your thoughts at that point in time.

 https://365project.org

 

Deakin Intern

As part of this school’s ongoing commitment to the induction and development of new teachers, we are pleased to welcome Heidi Krincevski to the school. Heidi is completing her Master of Teaching at Deakin University and has completed all theoretical and professional experience requirements to become a provisionally registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, and has chosen to commence her teaching career as an Intern.

Heidi will be working under the general supervision and expert guidance of Clare Rafferty and Jennifer Collier who will act as her mentor/s, advising and assisting Heidi to plan, prepare and take on the responsibilities of a teacher in the school over a period of 10 weeks. We hope you will make her feel welcome!

 

Wellbeing Profiler Survey

Ringwood Secondary College have recently participated in The University of Melbourne’s Wellbeing Profiler survey, in conjunction with Maroondah City Council Youth Services. The survey data we have received in the past was incredibly insightful and have been used to develop future interventions in our school through our ‘Bounce’ classes and House 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 Profiler survey has been completed online in class by each participating student. 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). 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.

 

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.

 

Be safe from online bullies

  • 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

 

http://au.reachout.com/cyberbullying

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/teens/how%20do%20i%20deal%20with/cyberbullying.aspx

 

Stay safe and thank you for your ongoing support.

 

Mrs Maria Allison 

Assistant Principal

 

 

 

Around the School

Geography

Thanks to the great attitude displayed by the Unit 1 Geography students who braved 4 inches of rain over two days in the Central Highlands to collect data for their bushfires SAC.

 

Hardly expected conditions following the fire season over the new year though the students handled things well and with good humour.

 

The Unit 1 Geography Class on Mt St Leonards observation tower.

 

 

Nathan O'Malley

Geography

From Wellbeing

An 8 week Program that focuses on a different Emotion
and connected Theme each
week. This program supports children to increase their ability to understand and manage

 

From the Chaplain

Quote by Robert. G Ingersoll. 

"We rise be lifting others"

With all of the media and conversations and opinions I will like to leave you with this thought.. Who can we lift up in a time of need. 

Lets go against the trend and lets make someones day, pay for someones shopping share some food or get someones groceries, lets rise together!!

 

Adam Bryant

Chaplain

Middle School

News and updates

It was with heavy but understanding hearts that the Middle School team accepted the decision to cancel Year 9 Phillip Island camp last Sunday night. Like all of you at home, we were on the edge of our seats in the days leading up to this announcement, and whilst we share a mutual disappointment in sacrificing this experience, we are also united in our view that the safety of our students and the broader community is of far greater importance. We thank you deeply for your ongoing patience, your notable flexibility and your kind words of support over the past weeks. 

 

You will have observed the temporary changes to the school timetable that were adopted on Wednesday the 18th of March, which sees certain year levels arrive late, and certain year levels leave early. Students should continue working from home during school hours to minimise any disruption to their learning, using Compass to find information about their lessons. The idea of going about “business as usual” may be clichéd, but it is nonetheless pertinent to the education of our young people and the general wellbeing of us all.

 

Our Community

In times like these – “interesting”, “unprecedented”, “trying”, and any other adjectives currently in tow – our community and the values it upholds are more important than ever. We are working hard to foster positivity, compassion and a sense of focus throughout the College as our students and staff encounter new and unusual information each day. As staff look to their leaders for guidance and composure, so too should students be seeking support from friends, family and teachers wherever necessary. We implore that high levels of open-mindedness and empathy be shared by all, and that we work together to process, manage and overcome our current challenges. 

 

On that note, may we take a moment to commend our Middle School cohort for their ability to adapt to change and prioritise their learning. Year 9s, your mature response to the fate of your camp has been admirable, and the number of you that have taken the time to “check in” with staff highlights an earnest connection to school. Year 10s, your selfless discussions in BOUNCE about how to help those in need reflect your rationality and pragmatism in these “interesting times”.

 

Looking Ahead

Year 10s are reminded that their Work Experience forms are due in by the 15th of May. We trust you are busy contacting prospective employers to arrange exciting and inspiring placements. The Careers Office is open during school hours to answer any questions that students or families may have.

 

At this point in time, plans for the Central Australia Tour have been put on hold. Again, we very much appreciate your patience and understanding with this, as decisions regarding this camp and all events are centred around the health of the community.

 

To all, please ensure you take care of yourselves as you strive to care for those around you.

 

Marissa Lee

Middle School House Coordinator

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