RSC News

21 June 2019
Issue Seven
Principal's Post 
Assistant Principals
Junior School
Middle School
Around the School
Ringwood Secondary College
(03) 9870 2002
Bedford Rd
Ringwood, Vic, 3134

Principal's Post 

Michael Phillips

In recent weeks, our Year 11 and 10 students have been completing  exams and on Wednesday last week over 350 students undertook the VCAA external GAT. The past month has also witnessed strong participation by many students in the winter round-robin sport with many advancing to zone level competitions.


This morning a large contingent of 140 staff and students departed on the Year 10 Central Australia trip  . It is a great opportunity to continue to build social cohesion and provide students with a uniquely Australian experience. No doubt everyone will enjoy a bout of warmer weather too. The Year 10 cohort has also been undertaking work experience which will continue into the last week of term and is another opportunity for our young people to develop more focus and engagement around their future studies.


Early this week we also hosted a Future Work Expo with keynotes and workshops across a range of job clusters. Based on the research of the Foundation for Young Australians, the event provided an excellent opportunity for our students to hear about the latest trends and consider future possibilities. The work of our Heritage and Alumni group in enabling this event was greatly appreciated , as was the support of the Bendigo Bank Foundation and the Ringwood Historical Society. The organisation was led by former staff member Mrs Lyn McGoldrick who ensured that the whole Expo ran smoothly.


I was also delighted to attend the State Awards Ceremony for Sustainable Schools last week and shared the experience with teacher finalist Ms Godfrey and the Student Environment Action Team. It was brilliant to have Ringwood represented as a finalist in three categories and although not the winning school it represented a lot of hard work and persistence to achieve recognition at this level. Well done to all involved.


Semester one summative reports will be available at the end of next week through the Compass portal for all students and parents across Years 7-12.   The purpose of these reports is to summarise your child’s achievement and performance so far this year. Regular feedback on progress and opportunities for improvement have been provided throughout the semester via Compass. This information is still available for you to consider when determining further actions for improvement in Semester 2. Please discuss the report with your child(ren) Our teaching staff are always available if you have any concerns or questions.


There are a number of new appointments that will shortly be finalised for next term. 

Ms Penny Palmer is commencing Family Leave and we wish her well for the forthcoming birth of her new child.

Three of our educational support staff are retiring and we would like to acknowledge and thank for their contribution to the College and wish them well in their future endeavours.



Mrs Joyce Roberts (Foods Assistant)







Ms Robyn Flinn (Learning Support)






Mrs Kay Priestley (Attendance Officer)




Ms Evelyn Boldt is moving from our International Office to assume the role of Attendance Officer and has already commenced in this position. 


The Education State  Leadership Conference was held in Melbourne earlier this month. The theme of the conference was “Leading for Excellence” –served as a reminder of the importance of our work in creating and sustaining excellence opportunities and instructional practice for all students.  There was significant opportunity provided to share our thinking and practice with other Principals, Assistant Principals and Senior Education Leaders from schools across the state at the conference and plan for further action.


It is an exciting phase for our Senior School building program, as the project has now gone to tender. Submissions are due at the start of Term 3 with construction to commence in August, to create a terrific new learning environment for our older students. The construction period will be around 14 months.   


A reminder that opening night for our 2019 musical production of Spamalot is on Friday August 9 with additional performances until August 17. Tickets are available at


The last day of term is Friday June 28 and classes conclude at 2.30pm. Term 3 resumes on Monday July 15 2019. I trust that everyone utilises the mid-year winter break to recharge the batteries for what will be a productive Term 3.


Michael Phillips


Assistant Principals

Kyle Simkin

As we approach the end of the first semester, now is the perfect time to reflect on the achievements of our students. Whilst learning tasks which provide valuable feedback and grades have been posted on Compass throughout the term, the upcoming reports give a valuable insight into how students are progressing across all their subjects and the improvement that has been occurring. Reports will be available on Compass on Friday 28th of June, the last day of term, and we ask that you discuss with your child the progress they have made this semester and work with them to set goals for the second half of the year.


Firstly, a big congratulations is due to our 2019 Year 7 students who have completed their first 6 months of secondary schooling. Feedback from the Junior Coordination team is that the vast majority of students have settled in well, forging new friendships and participating enthusiastically in many classroom and extra-curricula opportunities. Year 7 students will be celebrating the end of Semester 1 with a Trivia Day and lunch at the Manningham Function Centre in Doncaster. I trust they will have a great afternoon there and thank the many staff and families who have helped to ensure a smooth transition for these students into the college.


The last two weeks have also seen plenty of action on the sporting fields with Year 7 and Year 8 students. Year 8’s round robin day was held last Tuesday and Year 7’s competed in AFL, Netball, Soccer and Badminton on Monday 17th June. Congratulations to all students who participated and represented Ringwood, with particular note to the Year 7 Girls Netball, Year 7 Girls Soccer, Year 7 Boys and Girls Badminton, Year 8 Boys Football, Year 8 Boys and Girls Badminton, Year 8 Boys Soccer and Junior Girls AFL, who all won their Division titles and will progress to Region finals later in the year. Certainly, a very successful period for our sporting teams!


Year 10 students have just finished their first week of Work Experience, and I imagine that there are many exhausted students! Hopefully this program has given them a chance to see the realities of working life and possibly also ignited interests in future careers. Many staff have enjoyed visiting students at their work placements, with visits continuing this week for students completing two weeks of Work Experience. Thank you again to the Work Experience coordinator, Ms. Hetherington and the Career and Coordination teams, who have ensured that 270 Year 10 students have successfully secured a work experience placement.


For 123 students, it was straight from Work Experience and on to the plane, as they departed for the Central Australia trip, accompanied by 13 staff. These students will spend 11 days exploring Northern Australia, before returning on the first Monday of the school holidays. We wish them all the best with their travels, on what I’m sure will be a fantastic trip.


Senior school students have commenced their Unit 2 and Unit 4 studies, with all students who are undertaking a Unit 4 study sitting the VCE General Achievement Test (GAT) last week. After visiting students in the library during the test, it was very pleasing to note the way students approached this assessment and the feedback from the external assessors was that the conduct of our students during the GAT was a credit to themselves, their families and the school. Well done.

Kyle Simkin

Acting Assistant Principal

Maria Allison

Community support is the backbone of our educational future. Ringwood Secondary College is very fortunate to have wonderful support from our parent community. The Music Association supports our music program by actively raising funds throughout the year to purchase musical instruments for student use.


The annual Music Association Chocolate Drive was recently launched with chocolates distributed to families in the music program. The 2019-2020 edition of The Entertainment™ Book (EB) (cost-$70) is a great fundraiser to support Ringwood Secondary College. The EB is a local restaurant and activity guide which provides hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from the finest restaurants, cafes, attractions, activities, retailers and hotel accommodation. The membership entitles buyers to exclusive offers that are virtually restriction-free, and is valid through to 1 June 2020!
If you prefer to use a digital membership… The Entertainment™ Digital Membership puts all of the value of the Entertainment™ Book into the customer's smartphone. To order your copy of The Entertainment™ Digital Membership or The Entertainment™ Book refer to the file located in Compass newsfeed.


Careers Education

Careers education is a priority at this time of the year. With the Year 9 Morrisby Testing and Year 10 Work Experience underway, middle school students will soon begin planning for their futures. It is an exciting time in many ways and support from parents through pathways discussions is encouraged. 


I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Pathways team for their dedication and never wavering support for all RSC students.  A special thank you to Sharlene Hetherington and Debbie Mock for their supportive work in ensuring all students secured a work experience.


Work Futures Expo

The Work Futures Expo event held this week, on Wednesday evening was a wonderful collaborative success. Organised by the Heritage and Alumni group, it was the culmination of ex-students and parents, current parents and practitioners from the wider school community informing our community through careers focussed sessions. Focussing on the FYA seven clusters of work (Artisans, Designers, Informers, Generators, Technologists, Coordinators, Carers) the Expo has helped broaden our horizons into the ever-changing world of work and the continued need for transferable skills across the clusters.


Thank you and farewell to Robyn Flinn

Robyn Flinn has been a long serving teacher at Ringwood Secondary College who is retiring as of Term 3, 2019. She has held various roles over time, both inside the classroom as an educator and in areas of learning support. She has implemented, supported and encouraged many programs at our College. Her energy and persistent drive is evident in the many projects she has undertaken and worked upon. The Learning Support team and myself, wish her a very healthy, enjoyable retirement.


Wellbeing Focus

This week’s wellbeing focus is: Compassion

(Living by Giving)

The character strength focus is: Gratitude

(being aware and thankful of the good things that happen and taking time to express thanks)

Research from Stanford University on compassion, which included the input from Dr James Doti and the Dalai Lama, has revealed that the more people give of themselves to help others benefit and shine as people, the less they focus on the negatives in their lives and the more they focus on the positives; the more they give the more they live”.

Sir Winston Churchill alluded to this is by saying, “we make a living by what we get, but live by what we give.” Living by giving to build your and other peoples’ wellbeing fitness is a proactive way to boost our self-esteem. Research also indicated that people who adopted compassion by wanting to do selfless acts of kindness (altruism), showed less anxiety and more positive attitudes to life. With a growth mindset, people will have better health and more meaningful and harmonious relationships.

By focusing on building students’ self-esteem, they can feel good about themselves which has a flow on effect so they are happy in themselves and motivated to learn. Students who possess a healthy sense of self-esteem usually do positive and good things to help others.

The act of compassion is a very powerful mechanism for personal growth and community wellbeing. Be mindfully on the lookout for opportunities to do acts of kindness for others, when others do them and when you receive them yourself.

I wish you a safe and restful holiday break; appreciate the good things in life and enjoy time with family and friends.


Maria Allison

Assistant Principal


Junior School

Semester One

It has been a busy end to Semester One in the Junior School with classes and assessments finalised, integrated units of work and of course, reports. We congratulate our students on a fantastic Semester One, we can’t believe they are halfway through the year already!! Here are some highlights over the past fortnight from the Junior School:

Year 7 Trivia Day

Trivia was held on the last day of term as a celebration to our Year 7s students and part of our ongoing transition program. The students connected with other students from their House group to form trivia teams. They travelled to Manningham Function Centre to enjoy lunch together and compete in the coveted Year 7 House trivia. The students enjoyed their day and got into the House spirit! We congratulate them on a great finale to their first semester.


Year 8 Commerce Unit

The Year 8s commenced for the first time at RSC the integrated Commerce unit. This unit focused on Victorian Curriculum Standards of:

Work and Work Futures

  • Work and wellbeing
  • Influences on work

Government and Democracy

  • Features of government
  • Roles of the Houses of Parliament
  • Democratic freedoms
  • Constitutional change

Laws and Citizens

  • Australia’s legal system
  • How laws are made in Australia
  • Comparing different types of laws

Citizenship and Diversity

  • Australia’s national identity and belonging
  • Religious & cultural differences and values

The Year 8s were highly engaged in the unit over the last two weeks of the semester which culminated in the passing of a Bill through their mock Parliament session in their classes. The kids got right into it and it was a great insight into this area of curriculum. We thank the Commerce team for their hard work and creativity in preparing the unit and also the Year 8 classroom teachers who delivered the program.


Year 8 Subject Selection

Year 8s had their first introduction to Middle School during their assembly on the 19th of June. The topic was Year 9 course selection where students gained an understanding of the subjects available and the process of subject selection. It seems crazy to be talking about Year 9 already for our Year 8 students however, it’s imperative for planning that students work with their families in deciding on electives for 2020 and meet the set deadlines. Students will receive an email in the coming weeks informing them that the 2020 Middle School subject selection handbook is available and in the email there will be a link to the College website. Any information required about Year 9 course selection can be found in the Middle School handbook and any questions about subject selection should be directed to Matt Tucker in the Middle School office. We thank Matt and the Middle School team for beginning their work with our Year 8 students and we look forward to supporting the Year 8s in their transition into Middle School.


News around the Junior School

We congratulate Ella Hose who was Maroondah Leader Newspapers’ “Junior Sports Star”. Ella was interviewed on her sport of athletics and in particular discus and shot put. She highlighted some of her recent success, one of which she is most proud of being participating in the Australian Athletics Championships and coming in first place for discus and second place for shot put and achieving two personal bests!



RADAR awards

These awards are given to students who show respect and diversity at Ringwood SC.

We congratulate:



Ruby- Rose Davies - for showing respect to students, peers and teachers at all times.






Tahlia McIntosh - Putting others before herself and demonstrating kindness at all times.

Middle School

End of Term 2

As we near the end of Term 2, the Middle School Team would like to wish all students a successful end to the term and a safe and enjoyable break over the holidays.  Good luck to the students and staff who have embarked on the Central Australia Trip, we know you have an unbelievable experience!  For the Year 10 students not attending this trip, we hope you continue to learn many new skills and enjoy your work experience placements in the final week of term.


Matthew Tucker

Middle School Leader

Year 10 Exams

Year 10 students have recently completed their first experience of undertaking subject exams at the College. The behaviour students displayed throughout all of their exams was great and we hope students will receive some excellent results.

We hope students should now have a better understanding of how to best prepare for exams and an Elevate Education session in Term 3 will further assist students in their future exam preparations. We hope students have been able to identify their own effective study and revision strategies, along with and the amount of study required to achieve pleasing results.


Peter Vlahos

Jackman House Coordinator

(Middle School)

InterGREAT Community Engagement

During InterGREAT this term we have focused on ‘Self in the Community’. Students have gained an appreciation of Community and its importance to a healthy society. In their major assignment students made a documentary about someone who makes a difference in their community. In recent weeks, there has also been a focus on Volunteering. A visit from Marcello and Jesse from Interchange Outer East sparked the enthusiasm of many students to sign up as volunteers during the school holidays. I was astounded by the number of our students already performing volunteer roles with many more enthusiastic about joining in.


Over the past two weeks all of our Year 9s have participated in the InterGREAT Community Engagement Program, striving to make a difference and contribute to their local community.


InterGREAT staff established partnerships with organisations in the Maroondah area to develop ten community projects. Students elected to participate in a community project that interested them. Students, staff and community members all agree that each project was successful and had enormous benefits for all involved.


I have been overwhelmed by the empathy and sense of community responsibility shown by so many of our students.


Virginia Watson

InterGREAT Coordinator

Student Reflections on Some of the Community Engagement Projects

Bedford Park Community Garden

On Tuesday 11th and 18th of June we headed down the road to Bedford Park Community Garden. We were greeted by Jess who explained a little to us about the garden and how the idea of it is to promote and educate people on how to live sustainably as well as feed the local community. It is an open garden so anyone who visits can take food if they need.



Our first job was to create a butterfly bath and insect hotel. We learnt that a lot of our insect species are becoming extinct and the role they play in pollenating our food to eat. So, creating a place where they can live and breed is really important.


In the second week we met Raff, he brought along some mushrooms for us to look at and explained the role of fungi in the environment and how it was probably one of the first things to live on earth. We also planted some snow peas, staked them out, built a rockery for the lizards, did some composting and learnt how we can reduce our impact on the environment, by reducing waste and living a more sustainable lifestyle by having veggie patches, creating a safe environment for the insects and animals and reducing the amount of waste we create.


Written by the Bedford Park Community Garden Volunteers – Year 9 InterGREAT



For InterGREAT this term, us Year 9s has been working on ourselves and others in the community. We had an amazing opportunity to be part of the Community Engagement Program where we got a chance to choose from different organisations to help the community around Ringwood. I was lucky enough to be a part of the sessions with Your DNA Creative Arts. We had an amazing time getting to know each other and participating in some awesome drama, dance, and art activities together. We had a ball doing fun games which we will all remember and enjoy looking back on including “DISCO”, “What are you doing?”, “Stayin Alive” and many more! We all learnt different skills being around disabled people which we hopefully use in the future. We created some great memories together and wish we could have more sessions, but we are all looking forward to seeing their performance later this year!

Brooke Humphreys


For 2 weeks the Tuesday group from Your DNA, came to Ringwood Secondary College to have fun with some Year 9s. In the first week, we met Toby, James, Zoey, Nicholas, Heather, Rhi, Ness or ‘cheeky’ (as some of us called her) and Daniel (Palmer). We played games such as “What are you doing?” and “DISCO”. We also learnt about their pets as well as their favourite food. In the second week, we watched Rhi and Palmer perform a dance they created and we were able to learn a bit of the dance to the song “Staying Alive”. It was so much fun! Overall the experience was AMAZING. I learnt so much about Your DNA and the students that came along. Even if they were shy at the beginning, everyone warmed up to each other and we ended up having a lot of fun. Everyone that came along, was so nice and lovely, and had a huge sense of humour. At the start of the 2 weeks, I was honestly really scared of working with the people from DNA but once I met all of them and worked with them, I felt so comfortable and like I’ve known them for ages because of their warm personalities and charm. I’m going to miss seeing all of their smiling faces and happy energy each week, I really wish we could do this every week! Thank you, Your DNA! Hope you had an amazing time and made some awesome memories I’ll hold onto forever, because I know we did!

Lacy Shattock



Lionsbrae was a great experience as we got to see what it’s like being involved in the community and making a difference. We visited the elderly over 2 weeks for an hour and we had a great time learning about them and their interests. We got to meet all different people with different stories to tell and got to see what they were like.


We learnt lots of new things about every person we spoke to and spent time with. One man had a real passion for building models out of icy pole sticks and we thought that was really cool. We didn’t know how great It would feel to spend such little time with someone and make such a huge difference to them.



At the start we were a little nervous but as we got to know them it was really fun, we didn’t see the people every week so we got to meet lots of individuals with different personalities. Lionsbrae was a great experience and we truly enjoyed it. We would love to have the opportunity to do something similar in the future.

Cassidy & Jessica


The Freedom Initiative

On Tuesday the 11th and 18th of June, our class made up of multiple InterGREAT classes embarked on a journey within our community to a local organisation called The Freedom Initiative.

The Freedom Initiative is a collection of people who believe in the value of caring for the less fortunate in the local Maroondah community. They work by bringing in food, hygiene and clothing donations to create a mini shop where people struggling can come in and receive any of these items they may need to support them or their family.



As a group, we helped to organise and arrange the pantry of food donations, create some recipes people could use to create a meal from the limited options they have access to, as well as organise, sort and fold clothes that would be made available for young children.

This opportunity really opened our eyes to the struggles that some members of our community face, and we’re really grateful to have this chance to lend a hand, even if it was a small difference that we made to help others.

Ebony Kelly, Tom Jackson and Noah Rabbi


Knit and Crochet for a Cause

Through InterGREAT, we were given the opportunity to help the community and people in need. For 2 weeks during InterGREAT, 25 students learnt how to knit or crochet a 25cm x 25cm square. The aim was to have enough squares to be able to be turned into a blanket for St Kilda mums. St Kilda mums is a charity which donate things to families and parents in need. Students also developed an understanding of helping others in need and the community.



Through this task, students developed an understanding of learning how to overcome challenges. For some it was easy to pick up a new skill, for others it required more help and skill from peers and teachers.


Through our experience we both learnt new skills in different ways. For Amelie, I found it difficult to grasp the skill. I had never crocheted before and it took of patience. For Isabel, it was still harder to pick up the skill, but once I went home and practiced, I soon became a lot better at it.

Isabel and Amelie


Around the School



Indonesian News

Term 2 has been a busy one for students learning Indonesian! Our Year 8 students have had the opportunity to participate in dance workshops run by Lenggok Geni Indonesian Dance Community. Students learned the ‘Tarian Betawi’ routine a dance of the traditional Betawi people of Jakarta. At the end of the session they also had time to teach our Indonesian volunteers the Nutbush Australian party dance. Talk about sharing culture!



As mentioned in our last newsletter, we had 6 students make it through to the state finals of the Sayembara Lisan Indonesian speaking competition. Another congratulations to Summer Croft and Klay Po (Year 10) and Amelia Wildie, Zoe Lanyon, Niharika Harne and Wendalyn Yu (Year 8). Your hard work and commitment to the competition really paid off! I had the honour of attending the awards ceremony for this event run by the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association at Melbourne University last Friday night where Wendalyn Yu was awarded a Highly Commended award for her participation. To put it all into perspective overall our students competed against 900 students from 45 different schools across Victoria. A massive achievement!

Pictured also in this newsletter are just a few of our students who achieved High Distinction averages in Semester 1. This shows a huge commitment to learning a second language and we hope that you plan to continue with your study of Indonesian at Ringwood SC.

I look forward to sharing with you in our next newsletter, photos and stories from the Year 9’s visit to the Indonesian Consulate General and the restaurant Pondok Rempah which is taking place this week.




Jessica Lundie

Head of Languages

Indonesian Teacher




RSC Music

Thank you to the RSC Music Community for all their efforts over a busy and productive Term 2. From Jazz night, Generations in Jazz, NEVR Concert, Victorian Schools Music Festival for Strings, school-based concerts to the recent Future Work Expo, our students and staff have presented some fine performances and have been great ambassadors for our school.


Stage Bands and Choir Day Camps over the holidays are now up on Compass. Consent and payment are due this coming Thursday 27 June.


Stage Band master classes will commence week one, Term 3 and are also up on Compass.


Senior Choir will be performing at the School Sports Australia Diving Championships on 28 July at Aquanation.


Victorian Schools Music Festival performances for Term 3:


Junior Concert Band Wednesday 31 July, 4.45 – 7.00pm


Junior Choir Wednesday 7 August, 1.30pm – 3.30pm


Senior Choir Thursday 8 August, 7.30- 9.45pm


Intermediate Stage Band Monday 12 August, 7.30-10.30pm


Senior Stage Band Tuesday 13 August, 7.30-10.00pm


Junior Stage Band Thursday 15 August, 10.00 am – 12.30pm


Training Stage Band Friday 16 August, 9.30am – 12.15pm


Intermediate Concert Band Tuesday 27 August, 3.15 – 6.15pm


Symphonic Band Tuesday 27 August, 7.15pm- 10.30pm


All events will up on Compass next week. 


Looking forward to a wonderful term of music!


Ms Janine Pero

Director of Music




The following is a summary of the many things currently happening around the College. It’s an exciting time of recent works.

  • Furniture- Cisco/IT rooms tables -The College has purchased two rooms of designed furniture for our IT/Cisco rooms. These tables will also be used in the new Senior School
  • Painting –The Daily Organisation office was recently painted to give it a much needed facelift
  • Repairs- main water supply-RT - A major leak on the Hill side of RT required some serious excavation. Fortunately the leak is now rectified.
  • A/C Splits -4 Science rooms/1 Prep office- 4 split systems were recently installed in Science which will make these rooms much more comfortable for students.
  • 20 projectors checked/13 new installed-A major undertaking over recent weeks was to improve the quality of projectors around the school


  • Construction of Middle School Coordinators’ office-The office is starting to shape and will be required when we knock over the current 100s building for the new Senior School


  • Careers office construction -The new Careers office will be built during the holidays
  • Relocation of Cisco/IT rooms-Over the next few weeks these will be relocated to the upper level of the RT building
  • Painting /Carpeting -The former Junior School office is being refurbished to house our International program/staff
  • Extension - Auto Mezzanine -This week a major extension of the Auto Mezzanine floor commences

OH & S

  • The recent  O H & S activities include Test and tagging, asbestos checks and MSDS updates

Chris Salisbury

Facilities Manager


S.A.R.A Financial Wellbeing Program for Woman



Ringwood Central Tennis Academy


School Holidays Pizza Making Event

Join us at the Miele Experience Centre Knoxfield this school holidays for
a mouth-watering hands-on pizza making demonstration.

Please see attachment for full details.


RSC News
Careers Newsletter 21 June.pdf
MI 8355 Homemade Pizza Demo_Knoxfield_A5 Flyer_v3.pdf
Homemade Pizza Demo Knoxfield.pdf