Patterson River Secondary College Newsletter

04 November 2016
October Review
Principal's Report
Dates to Remember 
Performing Arts Report
Sports Report 
Farewell Class of 2016
German Exchange Program
Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies
Visual Arts & Design Technology Showcase
Striving for Excellence
Transition Information  (Grade 6 Parents)
Community Announcements & Advertisements
Patterson River Secondary College
68 Eel Race Rd
Seaford, Victoria, 3198

Principal's Report

Welcome to iNewsletter

We have moved our newsletter to an online version to better showcase the wide range of activities and events that take place here at the College.


Compass 'my news' will remain as a vital communication tool to keep families up to date with important information, with the newsletter providing news and a review of the month along with reminders for upcoming events. 



Farewell to the Class of 2016

The last classes were held for our year 12 students on Wednesday 19th October. A school assesmbly was held, in which the year 12's entered to a round of applause from the entire school. In only feels like yesterday when the Class of 2016 was introduced to the College in the old Hall by Mrs Vinocuroff and Mr Zahra. Whilst the time has flown by, there has been a vast range of special memories and great experiences.


At the assembly, the school captains spoke about their journey through the College and reflected on their most memorable experiences. The following day, year 12 students came to school in fancy dress, completed a lap of the school and had a morning tea with the staff. The fun and excitement was short lived as the students transitioned to exam mode. 

Year 8 Electives 

In 2017, year 8 students will be given the opportunity to complete up to two elective classes for the year. 


Teachers in consultation with students have been developing a range of subjects for students to be able to select. Whilst the classes are yet to be finalised, proposed subjects at this stage include:


  • EXCEL Sport
  • Horticulture
  • Green Team (Sustainability Program)
  • IT for Girls
  • Coding & Game Development
  • Art & the Environment
  • Cultural Arts
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Active Maths 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Book Making & Illustration
  • Linguanauts (LOTE)
  • Rising Stars (Performing Arts)
  • STEM Robotics (Robo Cup)
  • Master Chef
  • Edible Gifts
  • Carrum-Carrum (History & Geography)


The electives have been developed as one of the many initiatives that will be implemented next year in an attempt to maximise student engagement at years 7 & 8. Arrangements for selecting classes will be communicated in the coming two weeks. 


German Exchange

Over the past two weeks, we have had the pleasure of hosting 18 students from our sister school in Lorch, Germany, who have stayed with PRSC host families and experienced life as a secondary student here in Australia. The exchange and host students have completed a large range of different activities and excursions, including a number who attended an Outdoor Education Camp in the Otways. I would like to thank the staff, students and families who assisted with year's trip. 

German Film Festival

Once again, our year 9 German students took out first prize in the German School Film Festival "Wenn ich groB bin..." held at ACMI by the Goethe Institute with their film titled "Helden". Congratulations to Ms Scott and her talented group year 9 students. 


Finalists: Victorian Game & App Challenge

A team of four Yr 10 students have been shortlisted as finalists in the Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge! 

They have been invited to attend the Games at the Education Summit where they will be coached by Jon Yeo, from TEDx.


The game prototype they created is called ‘Offline’.


Offline is a game that addresses issues faced by today’s youth. This includes but is not limited to peer pressure, teenage choices and respectful relationships. The game itself will be presented in messenger form with the player’s choices effecting the game and its outcomes. More details can be found on the 'Striving for Excellence' page. 


Parent Information Sessions

Patterson River SC has developed a partnerhip with local primary schools to deliver a range of parent information sessions to be held here at the College. We are planning to host one session per term, which will coincide with classroom activities and articles in each school's newsletter. 


Our first expert presentation will be Andrew Russell, Elite Performance Manager at Hawthorn Football Club on the 24th November (7pm). Andrew's presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Life Balance
  • The Power of Sleep
  • The Power of Diet
  • Stress Management 
  • The Power of the Mind

Although Andrew's experience is largely in the field of sport, his presentation will be highly relevant to students and families who are seeking to maximise outcomes, including academic performance. 


Tickets are free of charge, however you will need to pre book your tickets via Eventbrite or URL and use the access code PattersonRiverSC. Tickets are limited so please only book if you can definitely it to the event. 


Senior School Development

Tenders closed this week on the planned $1.2 Million Senior School Development. We are currently in the process of reviewing the tenders and selecting a builder for the project. Building works will commence this term and are planned to conclude by the end of the first semester next year. 


The new senior school building will feature an immense common space overlooking the oval for senior students, along with a kitchen space and presentation area.


The current senior school office space will be doubled in size with the provision of additional meeting spaces which will better enable students and families to meet with staff and access pathway advice.


Thank you to all of the school council representatives who have been working on this exciting project. 


Have your say:
Parent Survey

PRSC is currently completing a formal review and associated self evaluation with the Department of Education, a process that all schools complete once every four years. Whilst our general school data and student outcomes are very good, to help shape the future direction of the College, I encourage parents to take the time to complete one of two surveys:

Quick Survey (3 Questions)

Full Survey (20 Questions)


Thank you in advance. 

Mr Daniel Dew. College Principal.

Dates to Remember 



Tuesday 1st  

Melbourne Cup  Public Holiday


Thursday 3rd

Course Counselling 


Wednesday 9th

Years 10 & 11 Exams Commence


Monday 14th 

Year 9 Portfolio Presentations


Wednesday 16th 

Year 9 Outdoor Ed Camp


Friday 18th

Student Free Day

Second Hand Book and Uniform Sale 7am-3.30pm

Valedictory Dinner


Monday 21st

Step Up Program Commences


Sunday 27th

Seaford Wetlands Fun Run


Monday 28th 

Roses Gap Camp (Year 9 2017)





























Sunday 4th 

Sole Motive Triathlon


Tuesday 6th

Orientation Day (Yr 7 2017)


Wednesday 7th 

College Presentation Night


Thursday 8th

Principals' Commendations Presentations


Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th





Wednesday 1st February 2017

Students First Day





































Performing Arts Report

Musical Soiree

Tuesday 13th September marked the performance of the 26th Annual Musical Soiree and Spring Concert. Music students were delighted to play to a sold out audience in the Performing Arts Centre for the evening show, which followed on from a morning performance for local primary school groups, senior citizens and Year 7 students from the college. The bands rocked as usual and we are, as always, very proud of our students and their many talents. Congratulations to all the students who performed and helped to create a wonderful night.

A special mention goes out to our graduating Year 12 music students who have now played their very last Soiree. These students have diligently supported the program throughout their time at the college and continue provide inspiration for the up and comers below them. 


VCE Performance Exams

At the start of Term 4 we had our talented VCE Music and Dance students complete their Performance Exams as part of their studies. It has been a stressful time for students of these disciplines as they not only prepare for their performance exam but their written exam as well.


These performance exams are tough tasks even for the most experienced performers. While ‘scary’ may be an appropriate description, the rewards are many and the deep knowledge gained from undertaking these tasks and the journey to get to this place is very worthwhile, indeed.


We would like to thank Liam Bradford, Diana Breen, Brandon Corlett, Lachlan Gleeson, Kieren Martin, Shaira Slater, Kara Jewell and Sarah McCormack for their commitment to performing at school events across the school year and we wish them the very best of luck for their exams.

Lunchtime Activities

CHOIR: Monday lunchtime in M01

JUNIOR DANCE: Tuesday lunchtimes in the dance studio

No experience required!

Semester 2 Dance

A showcase of student choreography will be held in the Performing Arts Centre on the 15th November from 6pm to 7pm.

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at

Hiring the PAC 

Patterson River Secondary College Performing Arts Centre has various hire price options. When not in use by PRSC for classes/events we have the ability to hire out the facility to those in the community. There are different rates for each available space within the venue. Different hire costs apply for rehearsal and performance times.


The PAC includes:

- Over 260 seat auditorium

- Dance Studio with full length mirrors

- Large Green Room with several breakout areas

- Ticket Box and Candy Bar

- Large Foyer with kitchen facilities

- Superb Sound and Lighting System

- Lectern with in-build screen and microphone

- Data Projector 

- Change Rooms

Ticketing systems are not supplied with theatre hire but if you would like to sell seating tickets for your event we recommend use of TryBooking –


To organise a tour of the Performing Arts Centre or if you have any questions regarding the use of the facility, please contact

Mrs Hannah Witteveen,

Performing Arts Manager

Telephone: 8770 6700

Email: [email protected]


If you would like further information on hiring our PAC, attached below if the 2016 Hirer Handbook.

Mrs Hannah Witteveen. Performing Arts Manager.

Sports Report 

Year in Review 

The love for Sport at Patterson River Secondary College this year has once again been as strong as ever. 2016 started off with a bang with our Annual College Swimming Carnival held on day three of term one meaning students were thrown right into the sporting landscape from the get go. The day was a complete success with sunshine, dress ups and many students participating in events in and out of the pool.



Our senior boys Baseball team were able to capture our first Northern Peninsula Division Pennant for 2016 with a strong win over Frankston High School. The recent arrival of American born Carter helped the team of Year 11 students secure the win which was our first Baseball pennant in many years. The rest of term one saw many students from all ages compete in a range of sports including Tennis, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball and Cricket. We had some outstanding results with a number of these teams placing second and third in their age groups.

Term two is renowned for being the big term for sport. Term two offers sports with high participation levels including AFL, Soccer, Netball and badminton. Here at Patterson River we are fortunately quite strong in a number of year levels and were lucky enough to win our way through to Southern Region winning three different pennants this term.


Our Year 7 girls were dominant in both Netball and Soccer winning their respective championships, as well as our senior boys soccer team who won their third consecutive Northern Peninsula Division title. Again we closely missed out clinching a few more titles with a high numbers of teams placing second and third in their age groups.

Term two also was home to our annual athletics carnival held at Ballam Park. The day was a raging success with great weather, a fully stocked canteen and many students attending and giving their best efforts in all track and field events. Many students who won their individual events progressed through to division and regional carnivals with many students medalling at regional level which is a great effort. Lachlan Fleming-Ritter in year 11 has progressed through to the State Finals for the second year in a row.

Term three is our final term for Interschool Sport with only Basketball, Hockey and Table Tennis offered. Unfortunately we were unable to win any pennants this term but all the students who participated did so with incredible desire and passion for their teams and we couldn’t ask for anything else on the days.


Overall the year has been incredibly successful for Sport within the College, we won four Northern Peninsula Division Championships and finished in the top three in many carnivals. All students who participated did a fantastic job and all staff who helped coach teams gave up their own personal time for trainings and it is greatly appreciated.


I look forward to another successful year in 2017.

Mr Cameron Cox. Sports Coordinator. 

Farewell Class of 2016

Whole School Assembly 

On Wednesday 19th October the College held a whole school assembly to say farewell and good luck to the class of 2016. At the assembly the school captains spoke fondly of their special memories of their time here at PRSC, including Year 7 Camp, extra curricula activities and the support from their many teachers over the years.



Celebration Day

On Thursday 20th October students came to school for their last day dressed in fancy dress. Spirits were high as Year 12 students decorated parts of the school with posters & streamers and paraded the school in costume. 


A morning tea was held for year 12 students and teachers prior to their departure to study for their final year exams. 

We wish all of our year 12 graduates good luck for their future endeavours. 


German Exchange Program

Photo: German Exchange

The German Exchange Program which is in its 16th year, provided the opportunity for 18 students from our sister school in Lorch, Baden-Württemberg to experience family life in Australia, school routines at PRSC and the natural wonders of Victoria.


Highlights included: Phillip Island, Sorrento Back beach, the German Film Festival, city trips, Anzac cookie baking, Moonlit Sanctuary and enjoying time with their hosts and family. Many tissues were needed on departure! We would like to thank the families whose generosity and hospitality made the exchange such a positive outcome for all concerned. In November 2017 our students will be touring Germany for 2 weeks and enjoying the European way of life with Christmas markets, snow, cultural traditions and a school with no uniform! Participating in this once in a lifetime experience is not to be missed so if interested please contact Miss [email protected][email protected]




Miss Lisa Cavey. Assistant Principal

Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies

Great Ocean Walk

Last week our Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies class set off to camp headed towards Apollo Bay.  The four days on camp allowed our students to experience the Victorian Surf Coast experiencing a range of activities such as surfing, hiking and camping within the Great Otway National Park. The camp included 5 staff and 21 students, including three German exchange students and Thomas our German exchange leader.

Surfing at Skenes Creek

Day one saw our students test their surfing skills at Skenes Creek, just outside Apollo Bay along the coast line. Overall it was a great experience as many of our students had not surfed before and by the end of the session all students were able to stand up and catch a wave.


Hiking through Great Otway National Park

Two days of hiking made up day two and three of camp with our students hiking 10km from Cape Otway to Aire River and then the longer 14km hike from Aire River to Johanna Beach.


This provided our students an opportunity to experience the heart of the Australian National Park along our famous Great Ocean Road coastline full of stunning mountain ranges, coastal views and plenty of flora and fauna.


German Exchange Students

One of the highlights of camp was providing an opportunity for three of our resident German exchange students as well as our German exchange leader Thomas to experience our beautiful coastline. Our visitors successfully surfed a wave, enjoyed an Aussie barbeque and even had a family of Koala's watching them camping from a gumtree above their tent.


Visual Arts & Design Technology Showcase

Year 8 Product Design


Year 10 Studio Arts


Year 7 Tech


Year 11 Studio Arts



Year 12 Studio Arts



Year 12 Product Design


Striving for Excellence

Winners: German Film Festival 

Competing against ten other schools including Private and German schools, Patterson River Secondary College won the prestigious Middle Years Goethe School Film Festival.

Congratulations to our brilliant students and Ms Scott for her tireless creativity.

Pictured winners. Left to Right: Zhar Bales; Brandon Mobbs; Sarah Curtis; Lachlan Delaney; Ms Tania Scott; Connor Hubble; Alvyn Jagonal; Jamie Wilson; Nilem Azemi; Aaryan Kulkarni; Ronald Rossiter and Alistair Chitty. Missing from the photo is Devang Krishna; Brandon Dwyer; Sian Ah Chong Mora; Matthew Jackson and Konstantine Nottas.

Spelling Bee

Amid much excitement, Year 8 students participated enthusiastically in the Spelling Bee held in the last week of October.   A hard battle was fought to the very end between our two finalists with Bianca Carter being declared the Spelling Bee Champion and Steffanie Chenug Chin as the runner-up. Congratulations to all our participants for their outstanding efforts.


Finalist: Victorian Games and Apps Challenge

Patterson River has been announced as one of three finalists in the Secondary section of the 2016 Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge!


Congratulations to the following year 10 students for their innovative work titled 'Offline':

Jason Collins

Georga Newman

Natasha Thake

Kai Norris


The overall winner will be announced at the Education in Games Summit on the 7th November. Good luck. 


Eiren Chamley - Dance

Congratulations to Eiren Chamley 11E for participanting in Yellow Wheel's pre-professional dance company during October. Her experience in the company allowed her to be at the forefront of contemporary dance practice for young people in Victoria. At PRSC we encourage the growth of the unbridled ambitions of talented young artists and connections to the professional dance industry.

Matt Clark (Teacher): Kona World Iron Man Championships

Matt Clark , former student and current teacher, finished in the top 100 in the recent World Iron Man Championships  held in Kona, Hawaii.  Matt completed the gruelling challenge in 9 hours, 21 minutes and 58 secondes to place 13th in his age group. Congratulations to a true Champion.

Mathematics Competition - Distinctions

Congratulations students who were awarded Distinctions in the ICAS National Maths Competition. Distinctions are awarded to students who achieve results in the top 10%. The students are:


Jack Clayton (Year 8)

Devang Krishna (Year 8)

Pranit Parashar (Year 7)

Kimberly Crombie (Year 7)


VCAL project helping the community

Two of our Year 11 VCAL students, Michaela and Jacqueline,  have been running an event as part of their Work Related Skills program trying to raise awareness and collect much needed clothing for The Mums Supporting Families in Need Organisation.


The role of the organisation is to help women and children who are victims of domestic abuse by supplying them with clothes, shoes, toys, nappies and other essential items. Jacqueline and Michaela planned this event for four weeks and encouraged the junior year levels by making it a competition between each form group. They appreciate all the donations made by students and teachers.    


Striving for Excellence?

We would love to hear success stories, whether they be school activities or personal endeavours out in the community. [email protected] 

Transition Information  (Grade 6 Parents)

Key Dates

Partnership Meetings: Monday 21st November or Wednesday 30th November, 2016 from 3.30 - 7pm. Bookings available via Compass or general office from Monday 14th November.

Second Hand book sale: Friday 18th November 2016, from 7.00am - 3.30pm. 

Orientation day: Tuesday 6th December 2016. 9am - 3pm.

First day 2017: Wednesday 1st February

Year 7 Camp: Wednesday 1st March to Friday 3rd March 2017.

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 21st November or Wednesday 30th November, 2016 from 3.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. in the Library and are expected to take approximately 15 minutes.


Bookings will be available from 14th November by either accessing your Compass account or contacting the general office.

Orientation Day

Tuesday 6th December 2016

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 PRCS 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 2017
  • Meet mentor teacher and key teachers for 2017
  • Tour of  the school
  • Participate in two lessons
  • Meet our senior student peer support groups
  • Find out about the dress code
  • 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. 

PRSC 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

Frankston Hospital Kids Auxiliary Fundraiser


15th November 2016

6.30 pm

Bayside Shoe Warehouse

$15.00 entry

Light supper provided

% of proceeds goes to the Kids' ward*




Seaford District Girl Guides

'Back of the Boot!'

Guide Hall

Seaford Road, Seaford.

Stalls $10.00

Saturday 19th November

8am - 2 pm

Contact W. Hart

Ph: 9786 8946


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