Patterson River Secondary College Newsletter

04 August 2017
June/ July Review
Principal's Report
Performing Arts News
 Sports Report
Junior School News
Senior School News
EXCEL Sport Program
EXCEL - Academic
Careers News
Striving for Excellence
Dates to Remember 
Transition Information   (Grade 6 Parents)
Community Announcements & Advertisements
Patterson River Secondary College
68 Eel Race Rd
Seaford, Victoria, 3198

Principal's Report

New Buildings Completed

The recent holidays saw the completion of two  building projects; our new Senior School Building and the Doctors in Secondary Schools Building. Both are fantastic additions to Patterson River's facilities. 

On the first day of term we were visited by the Education Minister / Deputy Premier Hon. James Merlino who opened our Doctors Building. 

This was followed later in the week by a morning tea for Year 12 students & teachers to open the new Senior School Building.

The new facility for senior students includes:

- Large common room

- Kitchen

- Private study area

- Classrooms 

- Coordinators office 


Doctors in Secondary Schools Program

Students will soon have access to a doctor during school hours one day per week. Patterson River has teamed up with Attitcus Health in Carrum & the state government to deliver this innovative service to students as part of the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program. Training is currently underway for school staff which will be followed shortly by information that will be distributed to the school community. 


We are currently working on the booking and communication systems. The State Government has provided information regarding consent and confidentiality for students and parents (see below). 











Attitudes to School Survey Results

All students at Patterson River were involved in completing online surveys about their schooling towards the end of last term. These surveys are conducted by all government schools each year. Whilst comparison results are not yet available to other schools, the initial results are pleasing. In particular there has been a big improvement in the Year 8 results, with no comparable difference to Year 7 or 9 students. Traditionally, our Year 8 have been poor compared to other levels, particularly in relation to teacher/student relationships and school connectedness. We believe that this improvement is due to timetable changes made this year that has resulted in each Year 8 form having a mentor teacher and their own 'home' room. Previously, Year 8 students had less continuity of teachers and often had different classrooms every lesson. 

Other pleasing results included 80% of students reporting a non-experience of bullying at secondary school. 



Course Counselling

Students in Years 9-11 have been involved in course counselling in recent weeks. Patterson River prides itself on the level of effort that teachers place towards assisting students and families with this difficult process. Each student has been appointed with a course counsellor for the term who will assist with making subject selections for the following year that will match each student's individual pathway. 

I remind parents that they are welcome to contact their child's course counsellor, level coordinator or pathways coordinator (Amy Joseph) to seek further assistance where required.

Tell us What You Think - Parent Opinion Survey 2017

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is completed by a group of randomly selected parents at each school.

It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Parents who have been randomly selected to be involved in the survey will receive an email on Monday 7th August. 

I would like to thank everyone in advance who is selected and takes part in this important survey. 

The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 7th August to Sunday 27th August.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous.

Sub Committee to Review Uniform

This year, our students leaders have been reviewing our current uniform and recently presented some suggested changes to school council. The School Council gave an in principle agreement to the suggested changes and has set up a sub-committee, which includes staff and student representatives to continue the work of uniform review. 

Any changes to the uniform would not take effect for new students until 2019, and would include a long transition period for students with the current uniform. The changes that have been recommended by the students include:

- A school shirt to replace the current polo

- Tailored pants 

- Unisex (non gender specific) uniform list

- Senior rugby top to become a PE/Sport top 7-12

- School pants for girls

- White trim collar on the summer dress

- Modifications such as zips on shorts etc. 

- Adjustable waist/hips on clothes to accommodate growth. 


International Student Visits

This term we have hosted two groups of international students from China. The visiting students are currently on their summer holidays from China and visiting school in Australia to develop their English skills and see whether they would like to complete future studies in Australia. It has been wonderful to see the way that our students have looked after the visitors and made friends despite language barriers.

Patterson River is currently undertaking work to become an accredited International School. 



Daniel Dew 

College Principal

Performing Arts News

Dance Night

The Dance Evenings at Patterson River Secondary College are always a wonderful end to the semester. Our talented students put on a night to remember as they dazzled our stage with a variety of group and solo performances. This semester, we saw our VCE students present their solo and group choreographed work, the Year 10’s learnt dance works, numbers from The Year 8 Risings Star Elective, a number of self-devised performances, and introduced ‘Dance Extensions’ organised by Year 12s.

Mrs Hawken and Miss Harvey thank everyone involved for their hard work and look forward to working with even more talented students again for the next performance!

Year 8 Concert Band – Term 2 Performance.

During the last week of Term 2 the Year 8 Concert Band performed to an appreciative audience of parents, grandparents, friends and staff. With a repertoire of 8 pieces, the band is displaying great progress.


Some thoughts of the band members:

How do you think the performance went?

- "Really well because I was practicing the night   before so I was confident."

- "We were really good and it was fun."


What was memorable?

-  "Probably the end because I could relax."

- "All of it."

- "That my gran and dad came to watch."

- "'Strike Force' as it’s powerful and the looks on parent faces."


Sydney Dance Company visit 

In the last week of term 2, PRSC was lucky enough to have the Sydney Dance Company come in for a whole day! Two members of the company - Cloudia & Kate ran two workshops with our students throughout the day, working on both contemporary dance technique and choreography/composition skills. Some lucky Year 10, VCE and the school aerobics team attended. A wonderful time was had by all!


 Sports Report

Intermediate Girls Netball

The College was represented by two teams in the Intermediate Girls Netball at Jubilee Park on Thursday June 1st. The Year 9 team came away with 4 wins and 1 loss, finishing second in their division. The Year 9 Most Valuable Player went to Tia Weston whose athleticism and ability to read the play was an asset across multiple positions on the court. The Year 10 team came away with 3 wins and 3 losses in their division. And the Year 10 Most Valuable Player went to Tauri Bowtell. All girls showed fantastic sportsmanship behaviour and a positive attitude to try their best and encourage their team mates. Well done to all students involved.

Ms. Jessie Hawksworth




Year 7 and 8 Inter School Sport

Late in Term 2 our Year 7 and 8 students represented the College at various Northern Peninsula Division Sporting Carnivals. Our Year 7 Sport Curriculum allows students to train each Tuesday afternoon in the lead up to these carnivals.  We had students playing AFL Football, Soccer, Netball, Hockey and Badminton and all students who took the field, court or pitch did so showing high levels of sportsmanship.

At Year 7 our Football boys played some exciting football throughout the day only going down to eventual champions Frankston HS by a couple of goals which was a terrific effort. All three of our Netball girls teams played incredible with our A team only losing 1 match, our B team being very competitive all day and our C team winning their overall division. Soccer teams played on some muddy pitches at Ballam Park and Seaford North but both teams came away with a few goals to their name and experienced some winning success throughout the day. 

Our Year 8 students also competed well with teams in Boys AFL, Girls Netball and Soccer teams. The boys football team were quite strong winning two matches and only narrowly losing two matches on the day. The Year 8 Soccer boys played incredibly and won or drew all matches which is a great sign for our already strong soccer pathway within the College. Our Netball girls continue to experience success and were highly competitive all day only losing one match to EMC.


Term 2 has been action packed with hundreds of Patterson River students representing the College in a range of sports. Thank you to all staff, students and families involved as preparation is key to success and everyone has played a part. I am very excited for the sporting future of the College if our junior sport results are anything to go by.


Southern Metropolitan Region Championships

Early August will see three Senior Term 2 Northern Peninsula Division Championship Teams compete at Southern Region. These carnivals will all be conducted in round robin format with the winning school progressing onto the Victorian Metropolitan Final. We wish these student all the very best

Term 2 NPD Championship Teams

- Senior Boys AFL (Mr Chandra)

- Senior Boys Soccer (Mr Jack)

- Senior Boys Badminton (Mr Cox)

Junior School News

Year 8 Drama Incursion

On Tuesday the 20th June, a group of performers from Impro Melbourne came to Patterson River to perform their show ‘Improvazanza’ to our Year 8 students. The show was highly engaging and explained the processes of the skill of improvisation in an interactive way.  The show is affiliated with Regional Arts Victoria (RAV). Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the show.


International Student Visits

Since the start of this term we have had five International students visit from China to see what Aussie school life is like. We welcomed Kody, Katy, Jason, Jimbo and Kiki. During their two week stay they attended classes with their buddies and included cultural exchanges such as a community lunch, a trip to the zoo, community connections and a presentation ceremony. We are very proud of our students who assisted as buddies and guided the students around the school and helped them with their schoolwork. A big thanks to Josh, Caitlin, Annabelle, Emily, Olivia, Sarah, Chase, Tristan and Jane.


Blaise Northey

International Student Coordinator


Senior School News

Senior School Formal

On Friday, 16 June, 320 VCE and VCAL students and their guests attended the 2017 Senior School Formal at the Longbeach RSL Function Centre at Chelsea. Our Senior School students elevated the concept of dressing to impress to a new level as the picture spread attests. Our students enjoyed a two course meal before getting down to the serious business of having their photos taken by the professional photographer in attendance so that they could have a perpetual reminder of just how good they looked on that evening. After meals and photos, students then dedicated themselves to dancing the night away to the music of the two professional DJs personally selected by the Year 12 students. Monday morning gossip confirmed that it was a wonderful evening thoroughly enjoyed by all those in attendance.




All year 11 students recently participated in The Fit2Drive Program that aims to reduce youth road trauma.  Students benefitted from the half-day workshop experience that supports pre-licenced drivers making good decisions when faced with risky driving situations, both as passengers, and in terms of their future driving safety. 

Stories from Detention

At the end of Term 2, Year 12 Global Politics students visited the Melbourne Immigration Museum to attend ‘Stories From Detention’, a temporary exhibition that explores personal stories from people who have sought or are seeking, asylum and refuge in Australia. The excursion provided students with a deeper experience of the issues studied in Unit 4 that are relevant to the movement of people and the arising ethical debates on obligations to strangers versus national interests such as border security, the rights of refugees versus economic migrants, and disputes over refugee resettlement.


Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies - Adventure Camp

At the end of Term 2, Year 11 Outdoor Ed students completed their first camp out at Wonga Park. The camp itself was designed to challenge the students and take them out of their comfort zones. Activities undertaken while on camp included Caving, Rock Climbing, Abseiling and River Rafting along the Yarra River.  This camp is one of two curriculum camps for our Outdoor Ed students in the lead up to their Year 12 Grampians National Park Camp early next year if they choose to continue their studies in Outdoor and Environmental Studies.


EXCEL Sport Program

3x3 Basketball Tournament U15

The Year 8 EXCEL Sport class competed in the 2017 Molten Under 15 3x3 Basketball Schools Challenge Tournament at the State Basketball Centre. PRSC entered two boys’ teams and two girls’ teams in the competition. Throughout the busy day, all teams played four round robin games against schools from all over Melbourne. One of the boys teams narrowly missed finals. The students were extremely supportive of each other and made significant improvements playing as a team. A fantastic experience.

Ms. Allan


Junior Girls Football

The Year 7 and 8 Junior Girls Football team headed to Lloyd Park in Langwarrin to compete against surrounding schools in a round robin tournament. For many of our girls it was the first time they had played football. PRSC played four games and early in the first game, we lost 3 players due to injury. Even with players dropping around us, the team rallied and started to tackle, run the ball and play in front. By the end of the day, we were playing an attacking brand of football and winning games. We won two games and finished third overall but the result was not a true reflection of the camaraderie and unity of our team on a steep learning curve. It was a pleasure to have these girls represent our school and compete until the final siren.

Ms. Allan/Mrs. Ford


Victorian College Basketball Championships – Junior Division (14/6/17)

The Victorian College Championships is an open competition for all schools to compete in. Schools compete in selected regional qualifying tournaments at 5 different locations around Melbourne to progress through to the Championship Finals at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre. Patterson River Secondary College entered a boys and girls team in the Junior Division for Year 7 and 8 and competed at Dandenong Basketball Stadium. The two teams from the Year 7 EXCEL Sport program played 9 games throughout the day and steadily improved against much bigger opposition. A fantastic experience for the students who represented the school with distinction. A special mention to Mr Wakefield and Kerryn Mitchell for assisting with coaching the teams on the day.

Ms. Allan


2017 Netball Victoria School Championships. Junior Division

Patterson River Secondary College entered four teams in the Netball Schools Championships from the Year 7 and 8 EXCEL Sport Program. The tournament was held at the State Hockey and Netball Centre in Parkville and is open to Government, Catholic and Independent schools from around the state. Throughout the course of the day, our teams played a total of 26 games, each lasting 14 minutes. We also provided four umpires from our school community to assist in the running of the tournament. A special thank you to Andrew Love, Olivia Love (7H), Taylor Grimmer (10F) and Eve Mooney (8D) for giving up their time to umpire a full schedule throughout the day. It was a fantastic experience for all of the students, and while the results did not go our way, everyone experienced different positions and developed their netball skills. Thank you to Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Perpina for your tireless efforts throughout the long day.

Ms. Allan


EXCEL - Academic

Critical Thinking Challenge

The Academic EXCEL cohort participated in a Critical Thinking Challenge day on Tuesday 23rd May. 7E, 8E and 9E work in mixed groups together on a project and presented at the end of the day. Students arrived on the day and received a scenario that they were going to work on for the day – they were inhabiting a new planet and needed to work out how they were going to organise the people on the planet for the best possible chance for survival! They had to problem solve as a group, as well as be creative and come up with a traditional dress for the planet, as well as deciding on 7 ‘rules of law’. It was  a great day and all of the groups presented interesting and entertaining solutions to the scenario that they were given!


Allira Lang

Special Programs Manager


Careers News

Work Experience

Shanelle Djokic and Aaryon Kulkarni of Year 10 were fortunate to secure a week of Work Experience with the Royal Australian Air Force in Sale.

Both students were able to visit units responsible for Pilot, Air Combat Officer, and Joint Battlefield Airspace Controller training and had the opportunity to discuss a career in the

RAAF with instructors and students undergoing training. Both students were also able to partake in simulator training activities and you can see from the photos what an amazing experience the students had.


Amy Joseph (Pathways Coordinator)


Striving for Excellence

Jack Bulstrode

Jack Bulstrode of Year 9 has had a successful start to the Victorian all Schools Cycling Championship.  Jack has been the most consistent competitor of the first two rounds placing third at Dromana and Lysterfield Lake which places him in first for the overall series with three races left.

Elise Jacob

Year 12 VCE Art student Elise Jacob is congratulated on winning the best painting in the Year 10 – 12 Student Division at the recent Chelsea Art Show. Elise submitted a painting from her Year 11 Art folio from last year. Elise described her painting as a conceptual work celebrating the importance of beauty and aesthics over materialism and consumerism. Elise received a $100 prize as her award but was equally thrilled that her painting sold during the show. Elise’s success has confirmed her pathway choice to pursue a future career as an art teacher.

Dates to Remember 



Tuesday 8th 

Year 11 VCAL Escape Rooms

Information Night Year 8 into Year 9 2018 7pm


Friday 11th 

Senior Soccer


Tuesday 15th 

Years 10-12  Immunisations

ICAS Maths Competition


Tuesday 22nd 

Intermediate Sport

Naval Grazing


Friday 25th

Year 10 Macbeth Performance







Tuesday 5th

Year 12 Parent Teacher Interviews


Wednesday 6th

Excel Challenge


Thursday 7th 

Division Athletics


Thuesday 14th

Year 7 Sport


Tuesday 19th 

Soiree 7pm


Wednesday 20th 

Parent Teacher Interviews 12.30pm -7.30pm


Friday 22nd

Last Day Term 3

Transition Information  
(Grade 6 Parents)

Key Dates

Enrolment Confirmation letters sent to 

parents: 10th August 2017

Enrolment forms: Returned to the General Office by Friday 15th September 2017

Partnership Meetings: Monday 20th November or Wednesday 29th November, 2017 3:30pm - 7:00pm. (Bookings details to follow.) 

Orientation day: Tuesday 12th December 2017. 9am - 3pm.

First day 2017: Wednesday 31st January 2018.


Partnership Meetings

This compulsory meeting has become a vital element of creating a successful transition into secondary school. Partnership Meetings are available on either Monday 20th November or Wednesday 29th November, 2017 from 3.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. in the Year 7 Centre and are expected to take approximately 15 minutes.


Orientation Day

Tuesday 12th December 2017

As part of the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, students in government secondary schools participate in an orientation day. All government schools hold this orientation day on the same day. 


Orientation day at Patterson River Secondary College will commence at 9.00am in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) with the Principal's welcome, with parents welcomed to stay.


Students will participate in the following:

  • Meet their class for 2018
  • Meet mentor teacher and key teachers for 2018
  • Tour of  the school
  • Participate in two lessons
  • Meet our senior student peer support groups
  • Find out about the uniform
  • Learn about what they will be doing in their first year

Students are encouraged to ask plenty of questions throughout the day as this will help with their transition into secondary school. Students will  be dissmissed from the PAC at 3pm. 

Patterson River Secondary College Transition Team

Transition into secondary school is a period of change that can be both challenging and exciting. At PRSC we believe that a successful and positve transition from primary school into secondary school plays great importance in our students engagement and success for not only year 7, but for longevity, achievements and long term results throughout their secondary school career. 


Meet our Transition Team


Starting Secondary School

The move from primary to secondary school is a major milestone for your child. It's a time of big changes in their development, education and life. You can have confidence that your child's future is in good hands in a Victorian government school. We are committed to ensuring we are giving our kids the education that business & industries will need, and the skills that employers will expect them to have.


Secondary school provides opportunities to challenge your child and to develop the valuable skills they will take into adulthood.


Easing the transition

The more informed and involved you are in your child's preparation, the more likely it is that the transition will be positive.

From day one your child will experience many changes, each of which will bring questions and new things to do:

  • More subjects and teachers
  • More homework
  • More challenging school work
  • The responsibility of getting to classes in different rooms on time
  • The need to manage themselves, their learning and their equipment
  • Using lockers and carrying books between classes
  • Adapting to different teaching style

With the help of family and school staff, students usually adapt quickly to their new environment.


For more information and support:

Community Announcements & Advertisements

Earn and Learn 2017

This year we will be participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program.

When you shop for groceries at Woolworths from Wednesday 26th July to Tuesday 19th September, collect the Earn & Learn Stickers.  


Place your Earn & Learn Stickers on the ‘Sticker Sheet’ and drop the sheets or stickers into the ‘Collection Box’ located here at school in the general office or the library. Alternatively, place your stickers in the Patterson River box at your local Woolworths (Patterson Lakes or Seaford).

At the end of the promotion, we’ll be able to select some new equipment for Maths, English, Science or some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Craft, Sport and our library.

If you’d like to know more visit


Thanking you for your support!

Fundraising group


VCAL Community Project

Students do you enjoy Mario Kart?.. reckon that you are the best and could destroy anyone who threatens your throne? Well prove it in the upcoming Patterson River Mario Kart Tournament. The big event will be held next month including prizes for the top three players and other special rewards too. Prove you’re the king of the karts.

More information coming soon stay tuned to the school newsletter and compass announcements.


Year 9 Community Connexions  - Pencils Community

A group of Year 9 students are engaging in a program which helps donate pencils and books.  These items are sent to schools and orphanages around the world as well as disadvantaged  children locally. 

Please send all donations of pencils and other stationery to the Year 9 centre. For more information about this project you can look online at 

Items accepted include: pencils, textas, crayons, pencil cases, sharpeners and erasers; rulers and calculators; scissors and gluesticks; pens; pencils; paper and any other stationery items.


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