Middle School Assessment and Reporting
As the term draws to a close it seems timely to remind parents of the information that Compass can provide regarding your child’s academic progress. Student achievements and feedback are provided on the portal as well as information about overdue or upcoming work. Some classes have been trialling continuous reporting and feedback this Semester, in particular Year 9 C&C classes. This means that students are provided with ongoing feedback and results instead of the traditional end of semester report, allowing them to act on this feedback immediately.
Year 10 Exams
The Year 10 exams have now been completed and teachers are busy marking these in readiness to write reports. We were really pleased with both the attendance and behaviour of the students and thank them for their commitment to this most important part of their learning journey. Thanks also to the staff who assisted in this process.
Year 10 Work Experience
We would like to remind parents that Year 10 students will be undertaking their Work Experience during the last week of this term, from Monday 20th of June. Students will have the opportunity to get a taste of what it is like in the workforce and in an area that is related to a potential career. All placements have now been finalised and students can expect a visit from a member of staff at Ringwood Secondary during their week.
School for Student Leadership
As already mentioned in a previous newsletter, four of our Year 9 students are currently attending the Snowy River Campus of the School for Student Leadership in Marlo. Portia King-Smith, Declan Caldecoat, Gideon Davidson and Georgia Scotto have spent the last few months at the residential school learning outdoor skills and personal, community and leadership development. They wrote the following report:
We are the Ringwood team from the Snowy River School for Student Leadership campus. We came to the School for Student Leadership because we heard about this amazing opportunity to come and learn new personal and leadership development skills. We want to become people that others can look up to and learn some new life skills that will help us in our futures.
We have been having a great time. Our journey here at the Snowy River campus is coming to a close as we have only two weeks left. The School for Student Leadership is a very different type of school from our normal school, one thing is we don’t go home; we stay here all the time. We have two Student Leaders each day that run the day so the teachers can stand in the back and let us develop our leadership and presenting skills. We have duties each day, after breakfast, lunch and dinner. People with duties on at these times have to do the washing up. There are 4 people on common who sweep the floor and clean the tables, and four on wash up duty, which involves cleaning all of the dishes.
Here at Snowy we have evening classes. I know what you’re thinking, classes at night!? But it isn’t bad, we do fun things like listen to a guest speaker or watch a movie, or make presentations. Around campus we have different committees that do different things, like there’s the music committee that plays music for our concert and community fire nights, there’s a food committee that cooks food for us we are having an Alice in Wonderland themed lunch, there’s a bike committee that takes care of the bikes, CLP committee, these committees are all lots of fun too! We have 5 meals a day; breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. And the food is great! Thanks to our cooks there is always a delicious meal ready for us to eat.
We share our rooms with our roommate and we have all gotten to know them very well. We have a bunk bed in our room, two closets and a desk. One of the best activities we have here is our Expo, short for expedition. We have two Expo’s, and we just came back from our second one. It was great experience we hiked and canoed to the top of Mt Raymond it was a great view from the top! Our time here at Snowy is great and is sadly soon coming to its end we are trying to make the most of this great opportunity. I would definitely recommend this life changing experience for anyone who has the opportunity presented to them. Our stay here at Snowy has been like the deep blue ocean - the opportunities are endless.
Portia King Smith, Gideon Davidson, Georgia Scotto and Declan Caldecoat.
Students have now finished their fourth and final week of Community Engagements in InterGREAT. We have been delighted by the enormous amount of positive feedback that we have received, not just from students and parents, but also from members of the local community who have benefited as a result of this program.
For Community Engagement there were many activities to choose from, but we decided to work with Your DNA, a creative arts school in Ringwood. We walk down there every Tuesday morning to talk to the students at Your DNA. We have really enjoyed this experience and learnt so much while doing this. While we are there we talk to all the students, one of the students I talked to was Mitchell. He was a lovely guy and loved talking about his beloved Richmond Tigers. We also got to walk the Tuesday Drama Group down to another building where we participated in many activities with them. This is when they also practice for their end of year concert. This experience has been extremely enjoyable and super rewarding for all of us who participated.
Every Tuesday for the last 4 weeks, Ringwood Secondary College students have been walking to Your DNA, a creative arts school in Ringwood for all abilities. We got to know some of the Your DNA students, and participated in drama activities with them. It has been a lot of fun, and we have made lots of good memories. The students at Your DNA are all wonderful people and it has been awesome getting to know them. It has changed the way some of us saw people with disabilities, and improved us as people. We hope we made a positive difference to these peoples lives, and we hope that we can change the way other people see them as well. It has been a great experience, and we would gladly do it again.
Holly Thatcher & Steph Henry
Over the last four weeks in interGREAT we have been walking to Heathmont East Primary School to work with the Foundation class, boys and girls in what used to be called Prep. All of the kids and the teacher loved having Darci, Piper and I in their class. We helped with their literacy groups and worked one on one with them to listen to them read their readers. While it was a long walk to get there, it really was an amazing experience and it was so nice to feel like we gave something back to the community.
I was involved in the knitting group and our aim was to knit scarves and blanket squares to donate to people in need. At first it was really frustrating as I have never done any knitting before and it was much harder than I thought it would be. After a while I got some thicker wool and better needles and thus made it easier. We also brought snacks and Angie brought in a radio and it was so much more fun after that. I finished my square, which admittedly looked a bit like a trapezium but I still donated something and this felt good.
Our Community Engagement involved working with elderly members of the community to help them understand the technology of today.
Some of the problems that they were having involved importing photos from their iPhones to their computer and burning songs onto a CD. These are things, which we can do easily and take for granted and it was nice to be able to help others do this. They were also really keen to just talk to us about all sorts of things like sports and school, especially comparing how things have changed since they were our age. This was an added bonus of the activity which we enjoyed.
Ash Dalton & Lucas Prescott
For my Community Engagement I drew a piece of artwork on canvas using oil pastels. We were given a theme which was ‘Self in the Community’ and so I drew a tree to show the green nature of Maroondah. All of the leaves on my tree were a different color which represented the various types of people in the community. We are going to display five of these art works at The Village Food Store in Heathmont and the rest are being auctioned off for sale at school. All money raised is being donated to Headspace. I enjoyed the art trail walk we did at the start and also being able to give back just by drawing.