Photo: Merry Christmas from everyone at RSC.

The Rowville Times

20 December 2018
Issue Twelve
Rowville Secondary College
(03) 9755 4555
Western & Eastern Campus
Paratea Dr & Humphreys Way, Rowville VIC, 3178




Thursday 20th December

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Western Campus


Thursday 20th December

Gumbuya World House Celebration Day 


Friday 21st December

Last day of school for term 4


Tuesday 25th December

Christmas Day


Wednesday 26th December

Boxing Day 






Tuesday 1st January

New Years Day


Saturday 26th January

Australia Day 


Monday 28th January

Australia Day Public Holiday


Wednesday 30th January

School Office Opens at 8.15am

*First day to collect blazers on order

(West Office only)


Wednesday 30th January

Collection of Campion books

Western Campus Gym

10.00am - 2.00pm 


Thursday 31st January

Second hand uniform shop 

Western campus

2.00pm - 5.00pm




Friday 1st February 

First day of school - start at 9.00am

Whole School Welcome Assembly

*Assembly times will be announced in Compass closer to the date .


Wednesday 6th February

Family picnic at 6.00pm

Eastern Campus 


Thursday 7th February

High Achievers Assembly

*Assembly times will be announced in Compass closer to the date .


Thursday 7th February 

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm


Thursday 7th February

Family picnic at 6.00pm

Western Campus


Monday 18th February - Wednesday 20th February

Year 7 camp one


Wednesday 20th February - Friday 22 February 

Year 7 camp two


Tuesday 26th February

SILT Conference 

School Photo Day




Monday 4th March

Rowville Sports Academy

Information Night at 7.00pm

Eastern Campus 


Wednesday 6th March

Rowville Institute of the Arts 

Information Night at 7.00pm

Eastern Campus


Thursday 7th March

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm


Monday 11th March

Labour Day Public Holiday


Tuesday 12 March

General Excellence

Information Night at 7.00pm

Western Campus


Thursday 14th March

Maths & Science Academy

Information Night at 7.00pm

Western Campus 


Thursday 21st March

Knox Schools Expo


Monday 25th March

School Open Night at 7.00pm

Eastern Campus 


Tuesday 26th March 

School Open Night at 7.00pm

Western Campus




Thursday 4th April 

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm


Friday 5th April

Last day of school for term 1 


Tuesday 23rd April 

First of school for term 2


Thursday 25th April

ANZAC Day public holiday



A message from our Principal

Our school has longstanding rhythms and rituals that bring us together as a community. Term 4 is an exciting time when many of these rituals occur.


At our final whole school assembly we said farewell to our year 12s. I love the symbolism of them marching into the gym in the same way they did on their very first day of school in year 7, dressed in their primary school uniforms with the rest of the school cheering and clapping.  Year 12 Celebration Day marks the passage of 6 years that always seem to fly by and gives the opportunity for staff and students to reflect, have fun and show gratitude to each other. We also say farewell more formally at the Year 12 Graduation Dinner. It is the largest gathering we have with parents, friends and families, staff and students in attendance. This year we had over 700 guests watch students receive their graduation certificates and subject and community awards.


On Orientation Day the grade 6 students who will be joining us next year spent their first day at the College. It’s just like they say in the movie The Castle - “It’s the vibe!” There was such a sense of anticipation, excitement and some nerves - you could feel it in the air. New friendships were formed and students met their classmates, Learning Mentor and some of their other teachers. My favourite part of the day was seeing the grade 6 students open and read an individual letter of welcome written to them by a year 7 student. There were some wonderful words of advice and tips and tricks for getting the most out of their time at the College. I felt proud of the year 7s who encouraged our newest students to focus on gratitude, kindness and giving rather than receiving.


At both our junior and senior Presentation nights we recognise the exceptional efforts of our students who have demonstrated academic excellence and academic achievement and those who have made significant contributions to the school and local community. I am sure I feel the same sense of pride that parents/guardians and families do for every single student who receives an award.


This year our new structures have seen the introduction of a brand new ritual. The transition of year 7 into vertical mentor groups occurred as the year 12s were finishing.  At a house assembly each year 7 was introduced and welcomed into their mentor group alongside the year 12s who were also recognised and farewelled. I am very impressed with the way the year 7s have already contributed to their mentor group.  There have been some excellent examples of our school values of:


  • Respect - act as you would like to be treated
  • Responsibility - brave enough to play your part
  • Excellence - nothing but your best
  • Community - we’re all in this together


Christmas is another tradition for many of our families and the lead up to the festive season can be incredibly busy and stressful. I would urge everyone to take the opportunity to slow down and reconnect with family and friends. It’s not just enjoyable – it’s important for our health and wellbeing. I also think that taking a moment to reflect on what we already have, rather than on what we want, can be really beneficial. I wish each of our families a safe and Happy Christmas filled with fun and laughter. I can’t wait to see you all again next year - the warm weather seems to trigger lots of growth spurts over the summer! For those families leaving our community - I wish you health and happiness into the future and I hope you stay in touch and still come along to school events and celebrations.



Ms. Julie Kennedy 

College Principal 




"It was amazing and of a very high standard!" said one of our audience members about our recent RIA Showcase when asked about the performances and artwork on display. 


An interactive and engaging night where our media students filmed and took photos of the show (see below), our music students sold CDs & our arts students painted our visitors faces and bodies.


Rehearsal photos

Performance photos


Outstanding Music, Dance & Drama performances and the finale 'a stand-out' with everyone from showcase included. Thank you to all of our sensational and talented students, teachers, staff and parents for helping make Showcase an unforgettable night for all.


Special thanks to our photographers: rehearsal photos by Fletcher Brown (year 11) & show night photos by Tahlia Carter (year 10).  All images edited by Tahlia Carter.


More photos on Facebook.


100% ATTENDANCE 2018

Congratulations to these students who received 100% attendance at school this year. This is an outstanding achievement and the students will be acknowledged in early 2019.

  • Eliana Bravington
  • Lochlan Challis
  • Alexander Chan
  • Julie Chan
  • Sarah Christou
  • Catriona Cottee
  • Hayley Davies
  • Zohra Farooqui
  • Emily Franken
  • Kelly Iacuone
  • Anthony Massin
  • Jiei Motoki
  • Tristan Pon
  • Stephen Quirk
  • Brayden Rumpf
  • Dante Vaccarella
  • Cain Williams



I have been Assistant Principal for the second half of 2018 and it has been a great experience. Some highlights would include our international and local students participating in the Rotary Getting Started with Public Speaking course. The students did an amazing job of presenting to a group of teachers, parents and friends. The continuing high level performances of our students in RIA is a source of pride for the College and the community and this was no more evident than in the number of students we had participating in the State Schools Spectacular. I love being a part of a school that allows so many young people to pursue their passions and take on challenges.


Ms. Heloise Martin

RIA Director




It has been a great year in GE with many outstanding events and achievements. My thanks to all students, staff and parents for their support and determination to make General Excellence one of the four wonderful programs within our great school.


There have been many highlights including: 


Teach the Teacher session where student leaders used PIVOT data to plan and deliver a professional learning session for all teaching staff with a focus on authentic relationships. One of the key messages related to Warmth, Empathy and Time.

Many community based projects including raising money for worthy causes such as Movember, World Challenge in Nepal, Poppy Appeal, Food Bank Food Drive Daffodil Day and helping at Fair Share cooking food for those in need and giving out stationary and colouring books at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Spotlighting Issues including mental health & wellbeing with RUOK day and musical performances at local shopping centres and retirement villages, which all helped to strengthen our connections to the broader community. Year 9 & 10 GE students undertook inquiry projects which saw them exploring greater Melbourne and delving into the question of ‘What makes Melbourne great?’


As you can see it has been another busy year with much to be proud of. Thank you to everyone for the part they have played in making RSC such a great school. I look forward to an exciting 2019 with even more successes!


Ms. Robyn Geake

General Excellence Director 




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Year 10 Dance Specialism student Jordan Shome is taking the world by storm with his extraordinary hip hop dancing skills. Some of his career highlights already include:

  • Choreography at this year’s Kids Fashion Week.
  • Winner of Hip Hop Division of Southern Dance Festival.
  • Dancing in LA next year for Disneyland during the term 2 holidays in their workshops.
  • Top 22 contestant for FastTrack.
  • 1st place at Follow Your Dreams Singing competition and regional champion for 2018 pop division for Victoria.
  • Back up dancer for Meika Woollard.
  • Two year hip hop champion for Beyond Dance and the opening act choreographer for 2019.
  • TV commercial for Education Comes First.


Jordan dances at the Street Dance Studios in Mitcham. When asked what he sees for his future he said: 


“I definitely see myself as an entertainer in the performance industry working for Disney, Warner Bros, Universal Studios, Fox Studios etc. Right now I am also studying Business Management. Currently, I take every opportunity I can to perform and luckily I get lots of gigs through my dance studio and other means. I have a side business called “Hero Passion” where I perform as Spiderman for birthday parties and other events. Business Management has helped me get a good perspective on this. For the future I am looking at studying further dance as well as studying a Diploma in Theatre Arts for the production of shows.” 


Jordan added: “Rowville SC has helped me get to where I want to be...... I was one of only 2 applicants that were taken at the year 9 level last year. So many teachers to thank especially Ms. Saraya Lubarsky (Glee Club) and Mr Figliuzzi  (Mr Fig) my amazing dance teacher.” 


Well done Jordan, on behalf of everyone at the college, we wish you every success in your future dance career. You can follow Jordan on Instagram: @Jordan.performer




Written by Mr. Dan Sherlock.


On Friday November 23rd, our 7MSA cohort began their final major project of the year with the help of our friends at Reptile Encounters Australia – to create a submission for an upgraded enclosure for the three Port Jackson Sharks (PJ, Mindy and Zorro).


The students made their way out to Reptile Encounters HQ in Burwood and undertook a series of investigations to determine the requirements for the new enclosure including: water testing, the dimensions, volume and quantities of materials such as glass, water and filters, trying to recreate the natural habitat of Port Phillip Bay with other organisms, plants and enrichment materials that will engage and stimulate the sharks.


The students are currently hard at work to develop a whole-class proposal that, with a $2000 budget, will detail every aspect of the sourcing, construction and establishment of this new facility in housing the Port Jackson Sharks for many years to come. To say we have been excited in the build-up to this event is a major understatement and the students have been absolutely exceptional in their efforts so far to ensure we submit a high-quality and well-researched final proposal. The proposal will be submitted for consideration by Josh Cox, the Director and Founder of Reptile Encounters, and his team, for it to be commissioned over the upcoming Christmas break.


In February next year, the class will make their way back to Reptile Encounters HQ for the grand unveiling of the new enclosure. All footage and documentation of the student’s efforts will hopefully be part of a showcase next year at the Port Phillip Sustainability School Festival.  


These are very exciting times in the MSA program! Stay tuned for further updates.


Student Reflections


"The purpose of attending the excursion was so that we could begin planning to build a new Port Jackson Shark enclosure. The reason being is because the sharks are at their juvenile stage and are beginning to outgrow their current enclosure. During the excursion I filled the role of a photographer, there was other roles such as videographers, water testers, measuring teams and tank life surveyors. The result of our project is to design and build the sharks a new enclosure and potentially present our work at the 2019 sustainability festival. There will also be an official opening of the enclosure during February 2019." 

Jarrod, Year 7 Student.


"These three sharks are continuing to grow and they need a new tank. On the day my role was a videographer, I was filming the water testing team perform different tests on the water from the shark’s current tank; the videos taken on the day will then be put together and made into a movie that will potentially be presented at the 2019 sustainability festival. "

Kellee, Year 7 Student.




We are excited to announce our College Production for 2019 is 'Rock of Ages: High School Edition'. Rock of Ages is a new, contemporary musical featuring the music of Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and many more of your favourite 80's rock bands. The show has a great narrative with fun and lively characters, show-stopping dance numbers and of course excellent power ballads and rock anthems of the 80's.

Information regarding the show and auditions are now available via

Students across all programs and year levels are encouraged to audition for the show. Auditions will occur week 3 and 4 of Term 1. Audition sign-ups are now open and are available through the website.

If you have any questions regarding the production for 2019, please email Miss Hocking at: [email protected].



Our Expression of Interest Forms are now online. If you know of anyone who is interested in our secondary school and four programs please direct them to our website



Last Friday 14th December our talented Junior Choir made up of students from  year 7 to year 9  sang beautiful Christmas Carols around Stud Park Shopping Centre.  The choir was led by Music Teacher, Ms. Leonie O'Donnell and  Music Director, Mr. Damien Mizzi on the keyboard. Even Santa himself jumped in for a few tunes and a boogie!  Lots of Christmas cheer and festive spirit was shared with the shoppers young and old singing and dancing to their favourite carols.  A big thank you to our students for their wonderful vocal performance.  


Watch video on Facebook.



Our 2018 Year Book is now available to purchase at the office if you'd like a copy. 



Check out these amazing photos from the World Challenge in Nepal. 11 students from Rowville Secondary College have traveled, trekked and helped rebuild the Hillside Academy in Chitwan Province and supported the local Nepali communities. Well done to our students and teachers - what a life changing experience for you all.




Year 7 Orientation Day was a great success. Many new friendships formed as students participated in ‘getting to know you activities’,  mini lessons and circuit sports. Highlights from the students included: making new best friends, the sausage sizzle and icy poles at lunchtime, doing a flip on the mini trampoline, drama and finding their way around the school. Here's what our helpers had to say:


"On Orientation Day I was one of the helpers with 7S and I got to meet a great bunch of new Year 7's. We started the day in our Learning Mentor session and did a getting to know you activity. After recess, we went along to the Mini lessons and the grade 6's had a taste of Art, English and Maths. This was really good as the students had a tour of the school along the way to each mini lesson. After the BBQ lunch, we had a lot of fun playing activities such as dodgeball and Jacob's ladder. It was great to see students getting together, working as a team and watching new friendships develop."  Blake Eggert 8T.


"Orientation Day began with the 2019 Year 7's and their families being welcomed in the PAC. Then the grade 6 students found out who their Learning Mentor was going to be. We then went to the Learning Mentor session where we helped out with some getting to know you activities. After recess, 7V had the following mini lessons: English, Humanities and Science. At lunchtime, we enjoyed a sausage sizzle and an icy pole with the grade 6's. We then found our group and participated in some fun sporting activities to end the day. We really enjoyed being helpers on Orientation Day!"  Candice Kilderry  & Elena Kaye-Aguirre 8T.






Rowville Secondary College has now become the most successful school in Australia at The Australian Basketball School Championships which took place in Melbourne recently. We have won 14 titles, all at the elite level, since our first in 2012. 

Our girls program made a complete sweep, winning Gold in the Women’s U20 Open Championship Division, U17 Division One and U15 Division One.  Our Men’s U20 Open Championship Division team won the Bronze medal, while the U17 and U15 Division One Boys narrowly missed berths in the medal play-off games.  According to the Day 5 Basketball Australia wrap, these results made Rowville Secondary College the leading basketball school in Australia in 2018. Well done to all of our students and coaches. For the full story visit Basketball Australia.


Students in year 7 and 8 prepared Christmas themed songs and serenaded teachers and students during their lessons last Friday. Some students took the opportunity to thank staff for their efforts this year and wished them a happy holiday season and new year.



Last week our instrumental and vocal music students went on a 2 day school tour visiting some of our local primary schools performing Christmas carols and popular songs from kids movies to the primary school children. We visted Heany Park, Karoo, Rowville, Kent Park, Lysterfield and Park Ridge Primary School. "The young children all loved the performances singing and dancing. It was a great representation of our school's talent and the students all did a fantastic job,"  said Mr Damien Mizzi, Music Director.  






"Walton House at the east campus celebrated their House Project by putting on a Showcase of things learned in Learning Mentor Groups this year. We had a paper airplane making and flying competition, hula hooping, balloon animal workshop, football four square and toss the ball game to win some House made green slime, amongst other activities. We had a great time getting to know students from other east Walton House LM groups and eating green pancakes. We are also looking forward to bringing this energy and connectedness to the Athletics Carnival in 2019. Walton for the Win!"


Written by Ms. Jade Williams, Head of Walton House.




Our year 8M students have been planning and building fair games to investigate probabilities and last Thursday we ran a mini fair. Students were given some fake money and challenged to try each other’s games and see how much they can win during the session.





Last week 150 students spent a double period in the library with some festive trivia and craft which involved making Christmas cards. 




Last Thursday the year 7's took on the wet and rainy weather and headed to the Melbourne Zoo. Here are some of the photos from the day. 




As part of the school community it's important to stay up-to-date with all the latest school news, events and stories. Please 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!



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.


Click here for Chinese version.

Click here for Japanese version





*Please note our office closes on Thursday 20th December at 4.30pm & re-opens on Wednesday 30th January at 8.15am. 


Office hours


8.15am to 3.30pm

Tuesday - Thursday:                       

8.15am to 4.30pm


8.15am to 4.00pm

Telephone:  9755 4555

Email: [email protected]


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


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


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



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.


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. 



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


2019 DATES

  • Thursday 31st January (from 2.00pm-5.00pm)
  • Thursday 7th February 
  • Thursday 7th March
  • Thursday 4th April 

Cash & card facilities available.


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


The canteen is open everyday.

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


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 9.00am on the day without bringing cash to school.  Click here for instructions on how to download and use Qkr! 


Click here for canteen menu 


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 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.


Every Friday at 9.30am we run school tours at both the East and West campus.  Please book a tour on 9755 4555.  *School tours only operate during the school term.


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.


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.



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.



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


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.





Alcohol and Marijuana


Youth Mental Health First Aid Course


Client Training - Job Seekers


Knox young readers


Centre for culture, ethnicity & health


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