Whilst it has only been two weeks since the last edition of the newsletter was published, a lot of exciting things have been occurring in and out of the classroom.
Year 7 students are nearing the end of their first semester at secondary school, a great achievement which they will celebrate with the Trivia Day on the last day of term at the Manningham Centre. Please ensure consent has been given for this activity on Compass and contact Voula Margellis via email firstname.lastname@example.org if your child has any specific dietary requirements for the day. Year 7 students have already signed up for tables for the day, for what will no doubt be a fantastic trivia battle.
NAPLAN testing was completed at the end of Week 5 and gave Year 7 and Year 9 students a chance to complete examinations under conditions similar to those they will face in Year 10 and VCE. A number of the teachers who supervised the tests commented that students behaved very well during the testing period and it was obvious the majority of students were attempting to complete the tasks to the best of their ability.
Year 8 students all participated in a Wellbeing Day excursion during Week 5, held at EV’s in Croydon. The feedback from students was that it was a very enjoyable day, with a wide variety of activities, whilst teachers noted that students were engaged and very willing to participate in the tasks. Staff were also impressed that almost all students had a Myki card topped up and ready to go for the day! Year 8 are undertaking a Commerce unit across their Mathematics, English, Language, Science and Geography classes in the final two weeks of term. This unit consists of three modules investigating Work and Work futures, Government and Democracy and Law Making, with many students covering some of these important topics for the first time at secondary school level.
Year 9 students commence their community engagement project this coming week, which aim to make a positive difference to the lives of various groups within the local area. Over the course of the project, students will be working in teams on projects including assisting in a local aged care home and at local primary schools, knitting for those in need, working in community gardens, and teaching technology skills to members of the community who will visit Ringwood Secondary College. In previous years, both community members and the students involved have all indicated that the experience was a very positive one, and we look forward to seeing and hearing about the fantastic achievements that will occur during the program.
Year 10 students are about to embark on an extremely busy period, with their exams commencing next week. Following this, the whole year level undertakes Work Experience in Week 9, whilst in Week 10 half of the year level sets off on the Central Australia trip while the remaining students complete a second week of Work experience. The exam period should enable students to demonstrate the progress they have made this semester and assist teachers as they plan for the remainder of the year, whilst Work Experience and the Central Trip should give students a great insight into the world beyond Ringwood Secondary College and the opportunities that exist for them beyond the classroom.
Year 11 students commence their exams this coming week and all students completing a Unit 3 and 4 subject will also complete the GAT on June 12th either in the Hall, Library or 500’s. Details are available for students near the VCE office. It’s also a very busy time for assessment for Year 11 and 12, across a number of subjects and students are encouraged to revise thoroughly and use the skills they have developed in their earlier Elevate sessions to help prepare them for these tasks. With only three weeks of term left, there is a relatively short time until they can hopefully take a well deceived break during the July school holidays.
A reminder that students should all be in Winter uniform, the key details of which are:
- Winter skirt should be worn instead of the summer dress. The white blouse can be worn with the winter skirt
- Black tights or white socks may be worn with the winter skirt. If wearing socks with tights these socks should be black.
- A tie needs to be worn with either the short or long sleeved white shirt
No hoodies should be worn to school at any time, with only college jumpers and jackets allowed.
Acting Assistant Principal