From the Principal
Recently, the Department of Education and Training’s Performing Arts Unit auditioned students from across the state for this year’s Victorian State Schools Spectacular. A significant number of our students have been successful in securing roles in this year’s Spectacular core performing company.
Coleman Shook and Chloe Horrabin - Principal Vocalists;
Emily Standfield - Principal Dance;
Cody Leggett Musician - Guitar
Samantha Mikulandra Musician - Oboe,
Priya Manders Musician - Trombone,
Michael Noble - Saroto Musician - Tenor Saxophone;
Zoe Keltie and Cameron Shook Dance Ensemble; Zac Callum, Olivia Slade, Indiana Rancie and William Fisher Choir.
We all look forward to enjoying your performances together with the Ringwood SC Dance ensemble in September, at Hisense Arena.
During the past week, there have been many opportunities to commemorate Anzac Day that have involved our students.
Our Year 7 and 8 student ambassadors participated in a schools’ service run by the Rotary Club of Ringwood at Ringwood Lake and another group at the Legacy service at the Shrine of Remembrance.
Our school assembly on Monday was led by our students and focussed on commemorating the service of Australian men and women. There was a particularly strong connection this year with the past and the centenary of Anzac on the western Front in France.
The first Principal of Ringwood High School, Mr James Bennett (1954-58) fought in the Battle of Bullecourt in Northern France in 1917. The story of Mr Bennett has been captured by our Heritage and Alumni group and is attached to my report for your information.
We were joined at the Assembly by Mr Bennett’s grandson, Carl Stevenson and this added to the significance of the event.
Our Senior Symphonic Band did a superb job in presenting the music befitting for such a remembrance ceremony and was highlighted by the playing of the Last Post and Rouse.
On Anzac morning, I was joined by two of our school prefects Ariel Parker and Jayden Anthony for the Ringwood RSL Dawn Service in Ringwood at the Clocktower.
Lest We Forget.
Ringwood Secondary College Information and Open Night was held on Wednesday as one of a number of activities that highlight the educational options for students at our school. This evening, supplements the program of school tours that runs throughout terms 1 and 2. The weather wasn’t the kindest on what was our coldest day for 2017, but the turnout was again substantial with estimates of over 800 people in attendance.
Once again the demand for places at Year 7 for 2018 will be exceptionally strong, with applications closing on May 12 ,2017.
Further details regarding enrolments can be located on the college website.
We can once again be very proud of our students who are fantastic representatives of the College and are very positive in their outlook and perspective. I would particularly like to thank our teaching staff for their efforts and particularly acknowledge the work of : Mr Jonathan Rogers, Mrs Leah Pritchard, Mrs Karen Carden, Mr James Barut, Mrs Kim Watson, Ms Samantha Asbury, Ms Faith Stepniewski, Ms Jessica Friend and Mrs Voula Margellis.
Our capital works program is at an exciting stage. Next week we move back into our newly refurbished Library Learning Space and whist there is some external facade and landscaping work to be completed it will be operational for student use on May 8. The main building is really developing now and the major focus of current work in the coming weeks is roof guttering and flashings, services rough-in, external cladding, bricklaying, aircon enclosure, glass installation and external site works.
Congratulations to the Wellbeing Team and student leaders for their organisation of the Bounce into Mental Health Carnival which was held in conjunction with National Youth Week. It was fantastic to see the laughter and smiles on student faces and at the same time reinforcing positive aspects of Resilience and Mental Health.
Many of you would now be aware that the NAPLAN testing for Year 7 and Year 9 students which will now be held on May 9 to 11 will revert to a pen and paper based test in 2017. Whilst this is disappointing the VCAA advised that there were potentially some glitches that would not be resolved in time for this year.
For all those members of our community who are interested, there is a copy of our 2016 Annual Report and 2017 Annual Implementation Plan located on the College website – www.ringwoodsc.vic.edu.au