The Rowville Times

30 October 2018
Issue Eleven
DATES TO REMEMBER 
LATEST SCHOOL NEWS 
SCHOOL INFORMATION
WELLBEING CORNER
STAY IN THE LOOP AT RSC
COMMUNITY NEWS / ADVERTISEMENTS
Rowville Secondary College
(03) 9755 4555
Western & Eastern Campus
Paratea Dr & Humphreys Way, Rowville VIC, 3178
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DATES TO REMEMBER 

OCTOBER

 

Monday 29th October

Tickets on sale for RIA Semester 2 Showcase 

Click here

 

Wednesday 31st October 

Year 12 Exams commence

 

Wednesday 31st October

Halloween 

 

NOVEMBER 

 

Thursday 1st November

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Western Campus

 

Monday 5th November

Year 10 Formal

 

Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day 

 

Friday 9th November

Year 11 Final Classes

 

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance Day 

 

Monday 12th November

Year 11 Exams commence

 

Monday 19th November 

Year 6 to Year 7 Information Night

for parents & students 

PAC,  Eastern Campus

 

Thursday 15th November

Blazer fittings

3.15pm - 4.00pm

Western Campus 

 

Thursday 22nd November

Blazer fittings

3.15pm - 4.00pm

Western Campus 

 

Saturday 24th November 

Year 12 Graduation

Sandown Racecourse

 

Monday 26th November

Senior Presentation Evening 

PAC

 

Thursday 29th November

RIA Showcase

 

Thursday 29th November

Blazer fittings

3.15pm - 4.00pm

Western Campus 

 

DECEMBER

 

Monday 3rd December

Junior Presentation Evening

PAC

 

Thursday 6th December

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Western Campus

 

Thursday 6th December

Blazer fittings

3.15pm - 4.00pm

Western Campus 

 

Tuesday 11th December

Year 7 Orientation Day 

 

 

 

Tuesday 11th December

Final Blazer fittings

3.15pm - 4.00pm

Western Campus 

 

Tuesday 11th December 

December School Newsletter 

 

Thursday 13th December

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Western Campus

 

Thursday 20th December

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Western Campus

 

Friday 21st December

Last day of school for term 4

 

Tuesday 25th December

Christmas Day

 

Wednesday 26th December

Boxing day 

 

JANUARY  2019

 

Tuesday 1st January

New Years Day

 

Saturday 26th January

Australia Day 

 

Monday 28th January

Australia Day Public Holiday

 

Friday 1st February 

First day of school

 

 

LATEST SCHOOL NEWS 

MY FAVOURITE TEACHER

Watch this video below  featuring our very own past student actor and performer Winston Hillyer paying tribute to his favourite teachers at Rowville Secondary College,  Mr Nick Lowes and Ms. Carolanne Collins.

 

“A nation without the arts is a nation without a voice, and these teachers helped me find my voice.” – Winston Hillyer

 

This video was filmed and created by The Department of Education & Training Victoria and you can find more information on My Favourite Teacher on their website.

 

Watch Video

 

FAREWELL CLASS OF 2018

Written by Ms. Jane Zaal, VCE Coordinator & presented at our West Farewell Assembly on Monday 22 October.

 

"Year 12s, there will be so many different memories running through your heads right now. Camps, formals, teachers, friends, classes, free dress days, theme days, music in the plaza, the good times and the bad, the laughter and the tears, sausage sizzles, games against the teachers (a clean sweep I believe), whole school sports days, whole school assemblies, oral presentations, many assessment tasks.

 

Many of you will be feeling sad as you will be leaving everything you have known for the past 6 years. Why sad though, what an amazing journey you have had. Well done!

 

So, I have thought about this farewell speech for a while now, what do you say to the Class of 2018?  I decided to write about you, using the word Rowville.

 

The Class of 2018

 

R

Refreshing and respectful, real and radiant, responsible and aims for results.

O

So many of you ooze optimism and obey the rules, and always enjoy visiting the VCE office.

W

You are warm-hearted, you work hard and you walk proud. Some advice, travel the world, experience everything there is. The world is waiting for you.

V

You are vigorous and vocal in your learning, some may say victorious. You have had lots of vaccinations over the years, you enjoy turning up the volume of your music, many have vehicles now (please be careful out there) and you are valued by everyone here at Rowville.

I

Your laughter is infectious, your minds are inquiring, and you have so many ideas for the future. Use your imaginations and be influential in the many years to come.

L

You are likable and love to learn, your lockers are messy and neat. You look great in your uniform.

L

Remember to always be lifelong learners and continue to grow. Live, laugh and remember to love those who are there for you always.

E

Exams are upon you, study those enzymes, economics, emotive language, be empowered to do well. Exceed your own expectations and enjoy the journey that is to come.

 

Class of 2018, thank you for the memories and allowing RSC to be part of your journey. It has been a pleasure."

 

2018 ART & TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION 

Last week we held our annual 2018 Art and Technology Exhibition at the VCE Centre, Western Campus. The exhibition showcased all art, media projects and technology work from our students across all year-levels and programs/specialisms. It was an impressive display of artwork and we had many visitors from the local school community come and view the exhibition. Thank you to all our students for their hard work and passion this year. One Rowville local resident Sam P  said  "An immersive experience with an eclectic mix of artwork, media and school projects. I found it hard to believe this high-level quality of work was produced by secondary school students".

 

MULGRAVE COUNTRY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP  

On Monday 15th October, Year 11 General Excellence student Emily Foord received the Mulgrave Country Club Scholarship Award.  Cr Robert Davies and Club President Leon Ross presented each of the successful year 11 students from 13 local schools with a $2000 scholarship. Our Principal, Julie Kennedy, Dean, JP Kruger and Emily's parents were there to support her on the night. The scholarships are awarded not only to those showing academic or athletic promise but those who show promise to becoming integral members of our community.  "This is an outstanding achievement Emily  and on behalf of everyone at RSC we would like to congratulate you - well done!" said Robyn Geake, Assistant Principal & General Excellence Director.

 

 

KEY INFORMATION - YEAR 7'S STARTING IN 2019 

On our website we have a comprehensive page set up for all the key things you need to know if you have a child starting in Year 7 next year. Included are details on Books, Year 7 Information Night, Orientation Day, Blazer Fittings and more.   Make sure you visit this page

 

HOCKEY STAR! 

Our very own PE / VCAL Teacher Tamsin Nelson recently competed in the Hockey Australia Masters Tournament.  The Tournament was played in Bunbury in WA and Tamsin captained the Victorian Team. Unfortunately, Victoria lost the Grand Final to Queensland 3-0.  A Mid-fielder / Forward, Tamsin began playing hockey as a 15 year old for U21's, then open and now masters.

“I started playing hockey when I was 15; when a friend asked if I’d give it a go,” said Ms. Nelson, she added “I just love it! I couldn’t imagine not doing it! It’s competitive and it’s a challenge.”  Tamsin currently plays for Southern Uniting Hockey Club in Cheltenham in the Premier League (this is the top league in Victoria). Tamsin has been selected in the Australian, over 40’s team to play in the Trans Tasman Tournament in May 2019, to be held on the Gold Coast. Amazing achievement!

 

BRIAN CZEMPINSKI, AUSTRALIAN DRUMMER & & RSC MUSIC TEACHER!

Recently one of our staff members was inducted into the Sth Australian Hall of Fame for his work with Redgum. Brian Czempinski played drums with Redgum during the mid-1980s when they released the iconic Australian hit “I was only nineteen”.  Brian is a well-known and highly respected member of the Australian Music Industry.   He has taught drums and percussion at Rowville Secondary College since 1993 and many of his ex-students are now working professionally. Brian’s career began in the 1960s playing in the thriving Melbourne live music scene as well as performing on Radio, Television and Film soundtracks. He has performed with the orchestras of all of the major TV channels including Hector Crawford’s Orchestra, Showcase, New Faces and Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight. He also recorded and played on many of the TV and Radio commercials throughout the 70s and 80s. Brian still plays regularly and he is also an examiner in VCE and VET Music with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

 

Written by Mr Nick Lowes, Teacher.

 

CELEBRATION DAY @JUMPDECK

On Tuesday 23rd October we held our Year 12 Celebration Day at Jumpdeck in Wantirna. The day began with a pancake breakfast followed by a bus to Jumpdeck where the year 12's enjoyed  jumping, bouncing and some dodge-ball fun with their class mates and teachers!          

 

NEW HOUSE NAMES

House names were announced this term!

After an exhaustive consultation process involving community, learning mentor groups, house captains and principal class, we had the long awaited unveiling of the new house names. The house captains prepared house assemblies and each house unveiled their names in a unique way.  The names are:

  • RED - Aston, representing Tilly Aston, who was a blind Australian writer & teacher, and founded the Victorian Association of Braille.
  • GREEN - Walton, representing Nancy-Bird Walton a pioneering Australian aviator, founder and patron of the Australian Women Pilots' Association. 
  • BLUE - Stynes, representing Jim Stynes who was a former AFL footballer & founder of The Reach Foundation.
  • YELLOW - Mabo, representing Eddie Mabo, an indigenous Australian, and his landmark case that recognised the land rights of the Meriam people, traditional owners of the Murray Islands in the Torres Strait.

Thank you to all staff, House Captains and Head of Houses for your hard work on this.

 

MSA ECOSYSTEM

In an ecosystem the interactions going on are all linked, and they can get very complex. Anything that impacts one aspect of the ecosystem will, in turn, impact others. The year 9 students in Maths & Science Academy have been studying ecosystems. This term as a part of their science project the students created ecosystem dioramas. They explored many different ecosystems and devised ingenious ways of representing the different aspects of their chosen ecosystems. “We had a Shrek’s swamp, an Egyptian desert ecosystem which was presented by none other than Pharaoh Khufu, Simba and Rafiki’s African desert ecosystem, a beautiful rainforest ecosystem, and arctic ecosystem and Nemo’s very own reef ecosystem. The students demonstrated excellent teamwork and great creative genius in making these dioramas,” said Ms. Anita Punnoos, Teacher.

 

TEISHA SHADWELL WINS

RSA student and wheelchair Basketballer Teisha Shadwell won the 2018 Knox Leader Young Sporting Spirit Award at this years Leader Local Sports Stars Ceremony.  Well Done Teisha! 

 

SECOND HAND BOOKS 

Do you have second hand books to sell? You can leave them at the West Library with a supplied form providing contact and payment details.  Books can be left any time between 8.00am - 4.00pm. 

 

 

RISE HEALTH GROUP BLOG

Do you need health and fitness tips and advice? Visit our Rise Health Group Blog page on our website.  The blog provides detailed  information on hydration, stretching, sleep, knee pain and more. All blogs are written by the professional team at Rise Health Group.  Click here to read blog.

 

GETTING STARTED WITH PUBLIC SPEAKING  

The Rotary Club of Rowville-Lysterfield and Presentation Craft offered to run a course, “Getting Started with Public Speaking: Controlling the Nerves” free of charge to 12 of our lucky students. The course ran for nine weeks and was a great opportunity for students who wanted to develop and improve their public speaking skills. The course was open for Year 7 to Year 12 students from both campuses.

 

There were 2 local students and 7 international students who attended the final presentation session late September at the VCE Centre. The topics in the presentation were very interesting, such as: Sharing what I gained through this training (Sarah), We should thank our parents (Henry), My hometown Beijing (Qi’ou Zhang), The difference in education between Australia and China (Nancy Fan), We should look after our environment (Chunbo Qin) and What I achieved this semester (Anning Jiang).
 
Our international students expressed that they had achieved a lot through this training, not only their public speaking skills but also their English improved through writing their speech, correction and preparation.
 
Thank you to Dr Saraya Lubarsky, Director of Literacy, Research and Innovation for organising  this course and extending an invitation for international students to attend.

 

LOST PROPERTY 

We have a big box of lost clothing items at the Western Campus. If you have lost something pop into the admin office to have a look.

 

WORLD CHALLENGE 2018
 

Rowville SC Expedition to Nepal

Written by Larnie Beadman, Year 11.

 

A team of 11 students form Rowville Secondary College are heading off to Nepal in just 3 weeks! But before we go, we are hoping to raise some last-minute funds to support us on our 30 of travel, treks and the rebuilding of a school in Chitwan Province. In 2015 an earthquake hit Nepal and killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. Although it is no longer in our media, the country is still recovering and rebuilding and that is why we are going off on World Challenge.

 

As a team we have started a go fund me page, with the hope of raising $2,000. This money will help us to purchase the necessary equipment to rebuild classrooms in the Hillside Academy and it will help us in supporting the local Nepali communities. 

 

Please donate here, any amount would be much appreciated! 

 

MULLUM VET CLUSTER AWARDS  

Recently at the Mullum VET Cluster Awards Night 10 of our students were finalists across a range of industries with 7 of our students winning the award in their field.  Mullum VET Cluster is a group of 42 schools who offer VET courses in over 30 industries.

  • Jamieson Rossiter and Patrick Shaw were finalists in Building and Construction.
  • Madeline Voulopoulos was a finalist in Allied Health.

The winners were:

  • Niki Simon – Fashion Design
  • Dylan Kandasamy – Automotive
  • Callum Norris – Building & Construction
  • Lucas Durant – Electrotechnology
  • Stefan Ivanic – Plumbing
  • Caitlin Black – Beauty Services
  • Jasmyne Burrows – Allied Health

Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners.

  

WELCOME DARREN BERRY

We are very excited to advise all families associated with RSA that we have recently made a new appointment to the Academy - Darren Berry has joined the program as the Director of Cricket.

Given Darren’s background as a player and coach, this is a wonderful coup for the college and will be a great addition to the cricket program. Darren’s professional playing career was quite spectacular.

 

After being an initial intake scholarship holder at the AIS/CBA Cricket Academy, Darren’s first class career as a wicket keeper/batsman began with South Australia in 1989. He subsequently represented Victoria between 1990 and 2004 and played more than 50 first class games as State Captain. He also represented Australia in the Ashes Tour in 1997. Ten years later Darren was named by Shane Warne as one of the top 50 cricketers in the world.

 

Upon his retirement and, having gained a Bachelor of Applied Science (RMIT) as well as a Level 3 National Coaching Accreditation, Darren turned to coaching. His major achievements have included:

  • Head Coach of South Australia from 2011-2015.
  • Director of Coaching for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
  • His appointment with Sydney Sixers in Australia’s BBL and Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League.
  • Darren’s coaching has been influential in the careers of players like Nathan Lyon, Travis Head, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson.

Darren will spend some time coaching in order to get to know the students in the program while Scott McNaughton will continue as Head Coach, giving us an extremely strong coaching panel in 2019. Darren will also be looking at other competition opportunities and the potential for guest coaches and cricket facilities.

 

With these great developments in mind, it is worth advising RSA families that we still have some vacancies for students who wish to join our cricket program. To express interest in doing so please download an expression of interest form.

FAREWELL KATE UPTON
 

After two years as Head Coach of the RSA Netball program, sadly Kate Upton has left the college to take up the role as Assistant Coach with the Collingwood Magpies in the Suncorp Super League netball completion.

 
Assistant Principal &  RSA Director Craig Jamieson said "It is a wonderful opportunity for Kate and recognition of the enormous work ethic, outstanding relationships she develops and more importantly her drive to develop each and every student athlete. She has developed a very supportive culture within the program and leaves an enormous legacy for those who follow. We wish Kate all the best in her endeavors and look forward to her continued success at Collingwood after taking their ANL team to the championship this year-I know she will be missed by students, parents, coaches and teaching staff."
 

When reflecting on her time at RSA Kate said, "I would like to take this opportunity to thank all RSA staff, coaches, athletes and parents for making my time at RSA such an enjoyable experience, we’ve worked really hard over the last couple of years to make our netball program a place where students feel comfortable and challenge themselves in many situations.  We’ve had great success throughout our tournaments, but the most pleasing success has been the mindset shift within our culture. I hope our program continues to help grow all involved and our students remember their time at RSA as a positive one, teaching them many different skill sets in netball and life. This decision to leave has been super tough, as I’ve truly loved everything about RSA’s netball program. Please know your children will be left in great hands, as I thank Ash, Kelli, Matilda and Ella for all their support and guidance to create such a positive environment.”

 

Kate has ensured that everything is in place for the rest of 2018 and we are presently in the process of selecting a new Head Coach for 2019.

 

LIKE & FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

As part of the school community it's important to stay up-to-date with all the latest school news, events and stories. Make sure you like AND follow us on our official Facebook page and you won't miss a thing!  Like our page.

 

Our goal is 2000 LIKES by end of 2018! Please help us get there!

 

DOWNLOAD SCHOOL PROSPECTUS

Our school prospectus is for anyone interested in finding out more about our One Great School. If you know of any families who may be interested in Rowville Secondary College - please share this with them.  Download here.

 

We also have a Chinese Version for international students.  

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

RIA - SEMESTER 2 SHOWCASE 

Our Semester 2 Showcase is on Thursday 29th November, visit our website for more details and to buy your tickets to the show. 

 

GENERAL OFFICE

Office hours

Monday

8.15am to 3.30pm

Tuesday - Thursday:                       

8.15am to 4.30pm

Friday:

8.15am to 4.00pm

Telephone:  9755 4555

Email: [email protected]

 

For enquires about your child's learning and social well-being at school parents and guardians please contact your student's Learning Mentor direct via the Compass email link.

REMEMBRANCE DAY POPPY APPEAL

We are selling the Poppy's for Remembrance Day at our East and West Reception. Poppy's from $2. 

 

ATTENDANCE PROCESS

If your child is absent please login to compass and report the absence OR call the attendance line at each campus.


Attendance line:

  • Eastern campus:  9755 4515
  •  Western campus:  9755 4525

CLASS TIMES

WARNING BELL          8.55am

LEARNING MENTOR   9.00am-9.14am

PERIOD 1                        9.14am-10.02am

PERIOD 2                       10.02am-10.50am

RECESS                         10.50am-11.14am

WARNING BELL        11.09am

PERIOD 3                      11.14am-12.02am
PERIOD 4                      12.02am-12.50pm
LUNCH                          12.50pm-1.39pm
WARNING BELL        1.34pm

PERIOD 5                      1.39pm-2.27pm
PERIOD 6                      2.27pm-3.15pm
DISMISSAL BELL      3.15pm

 

COMMUNICATION

The best & fastest way to contact us if you have a specific question about your child’s learning or their welfare at school is to search for your child’s Learning Mentor in Compass and email them direct. The Learning Mentor will then respond via email or phone. Please note our response policy:

 

"Staff at Rowville Secondary College will endeavour to respond to parent emails within 24 – 48 hours. However, staff are not expected to respond in this timeframe during weekends and term breaks."

 

Make sure you are aware of all our college communication channels please visit 'Stay in the Loop at RSC' page in this newsletter.

UNIFORM

PSW Uniform shop - Western Campus

Open Wednesday 8.30am - 11.30am 

View uniform price list 

*RSA uniforms are bought from

OnTrack Sportswear

Visit our website for more information and our full uniform policy. 

 

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP

The shop is manned by volunteer parents from 2.30pm - 3.30pm at the Western Campus, on the following dates:

  • Thursday 1st November
  • Thursday 6th December
  • Thursday 13th December
  • Thursday 20th December.

Cash & card facilities available.

 

IMPORTANT: Please note we do not sell second hand RSA & RIA uniforms.

CANTEEN

The canteen is open everyday.

  • Eastern Campus 7.45am – 3.30pm
  • Western Campus 8.30am – 2.00pm

Qkr!

Our Cafe at the East and West are now offering lunch orders using Qkr! This is available for all students and staff, so you can order and pay for your school lunch prior to 9am on the day without bringing cash to school.  Click here for instructions on how to download & use Okr! 

 

Click here for canteen menu 

LIBRARY

There is a library on each campus, where students can study, borrow books and equipment, socialise at lunchtime and use the computers. 

Open 8.00am - 4.00pm each day.

Click here for  Virtual Library

COMPASS

Compass is an important communication portal and learning management system for students, parents and teachers. To learn how to use Compass please read our comprehensive Compass Guide for Parents. You can login to Compass here.

SCHOOL TOURS

Every Friday at 9.30am we run school tours at both the East and West campus.  Please book here 9755 4555.

PATHWAYS

At Rowville Secondary College, we understand and recognise the diverse needs of each student and their individual future aspirations and direction. The college provides a variety of pathways students are able to undertake, including:

  • VCE – Victorian Certificate of Education
  • VCAL – Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
  • SBAT – School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • VET – Vocational Education and Training.

Click here to find out more
*Some restrictions do apply depending on what program you are enrolled in.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

All students at Rowville Secondary College have the opportunity to learn an instrument. "Music provides so many possibilities to empower students and allow them to collaborate and express themselves" says Damien Mizzi, Director of Music.

To find out more about our Instrumental Music Program please contact Mandy Batten on 0488 686 303 or phone the school 9755 4555.

 

STUDENT HEALTH & WELLBEING 

We have created a Wellbeing Corner page in this newsletter please visit it for useful student and parent information and events, plus meet our Wellbeing Coordinators. We also have more information on our website.

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM

If you know of anyone who may be interested in coming to our One Great School.  Please share our Expression of Interest Form.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM

We welcome and encourage students to our college from a variety of countries. International students are encouraged to become confident while acquiring knowledge and skills that are valued globally. Visit our website for full details on our program.

 

WELLBEING CORNER

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR PARENTS & YOUNG PEOPLE

It's time we talked

 

Youth Events Crew

 

Youth Yoga

 

Shine

 

Client Training - Job Seekers

 

Migrant Information Centre

 

Boomerang Bag Community

 

Knox young readers

 

Centre for culture, ethnicity & health

 

My options

 

STAY IN THE LOOP AT RSC

HOW TO STAY IN THE LOOP AT ROWVILLE SECONDARY COLLEGE 

There are lots of ways to stay up-to-date at the college. Find out about important dates, upcoming events and the latest school news.

COMMUNITY NEWS / ADVERTISEMENTS

BIG PICTURE TUTORING

 

MINI JOEYS - SOCCER

 

KIDS FUN RUN WITH THOMAS

 

BARRY PLANT ROWVILLE

 

TECH & TRADES TASTER DAY

 

PATHWAYS BEYOND SCHOOL

 

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