RSC News

04 November 2016
Issue Twelve
Principal's News
Assistant Principals
From the Office
Around the School
Ringwood Secondary College
(03) 9870 2002
Bedford Rd
Ringwood, Vic, 3134

Principal's News

From Mr Phillips

The Ringwood  Secondary College community is once again delighted to be hosting students and staff from Adams Grammar School. They have experienced the best and worst of Victoria’s weather during the past fortnight but have no doubt been very busy enjoying what our state and city has to offer. The school located near Telford in England has hosted our Performing Arts World Tour on the past two occasions.


Another successful Band Tour was held in East Gippsland last week. Multiple performances were staged at schools throughout the region and provided an excellent opportunity for our students to work together and improve their music skills at the same time.

At the conclusion of the week the tour celebrated with a Homecoming Concert on the oval for all the family and friends.

The college recently received multiple nominations for the Lyrebird Youth Awards, celebrating excellence in music theatre. In 2016 for this year’s production of Anything Goes, Winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday December 11 at the Karralyka Centre. Congratulations once again for all involved.

Best Choreographer: Gaynor Borlase

Best Musical Director: Ben Moody

Best Production: Anything Goes- Ringwood SC

A Judge's Award has also been awarded for the tap number where the whole cast performed.


Speaking of productions- tickets for High School Musical JNR are now available online and are selling fast. For all bookings, check out our production website-


Last week I attended the Victorian Education Excellence Awards in Melbourne. Congratulations to Ben Moody who was a finalist in the secondary teacher of the year category.

Next week our college is a finalist in the School Sustainability awards in the category of water efficiency. Jacqui Godfrey has also been nominated in the teacher of the year category. Good luck to the Green team.

In the coming weeks our senior students in Years 10 and 11 will be completing their semester two exams and these serve as a great preparation for VCE Unit 3 and 4 studies. Regular feedback is of course available through the Compass portal.


This year’s presentation night will be once again held at Camberwell Grammar School. Save the date for Thursday December 15 2016 at 7 30pm.


Our building program is now moving swiftly with major steel construction works being undertaken. The library will shortly be refurbished which wil require alternative arrangements being implemented for the delivery of our library service until the end of Term 1 2017.


Michael Phillips


Assistant Principals

From Mrs Stathatos

This Wednesday I attended the iParent workshop, organised by our Wellbeing team and supported by the PCTA. Catherine Manning, CEO of SEED workshops, spoke frankly about how parents can help their children to be safe online. Her experience, expertise and candid humour kept the audience engaged and provoked much discussion especially around empowering parents and children with tools to decipher potentially harmful online material. I know that all parents in attendance gained useful information on this issue.


Members of the Curriculum Committee participated in a leadership workshop hosted by Ian Wallis on Building and Leading Powerful Teams. A reflection exercise at the Curriculum Committee meeting highlighted the strategic intent of each leader in helping to improve the conditions for powerful learning in their areas. Thank you to Agatha Fedrizzi and James Barut for continuing to develop the professional growth of our leaders.


The Band Tour Homecoming concert was an open air delight on the college oval. Students and staff are to be congratulated on the performance and what was a terrific end to a busy week of touring in East Gippsland.


The Debutante Ball Parent Information night will be held on Monday November 7th at the Ringwood Training. Current Year 10 and 11 students have expressed interest at their respective sub-schools and we are anticipating a large turnout of parents and students at the information night. Please note that attendance at the information session is required for interested students.


The Parent, Citizen, Teacher Association, (PCTA) is welcoming new members into its ranks. It is an active and committed group which organises events, fundraises and discusses issues pertinent to parents and their children. If you are interested in joining the committee please contact me on [email protected]

Our annual general meeting is taking place on the 29th of November and it will be an opportunity to thank all our members for their wonderful contributions this year.


Eleni Stathatos

Assistant Principal

From Mr Barut


Year 12

Exams are on in earnest! Last minute revision, new batteries for CAS calculators, sharpened pencils and sharpened minds; it all equates to another learning experience for our students. In terms of positive thinking and coping with the added pressure, students have been assured that exams have never, ever had content that they didn’t know….so, their preparation is so important. Many have exited the exam centre looking flushed and relieved and the feedback from students was that they went ‘okay’ and ‘it wasn’t too bad’ – whatever the outcome, we wish them all the best.


We are looking forward to our Valedictory Night that will be held at Melbourne Park on Friday, 18th of November. This event is a sit down dinner and is a sell out, with over 600 people attending! Guests are encouraged to arrive a bit early so that proceedings can start on time. We look forward to a sensational night to farewell our delightful class of 2016.


Year 11

Let’s not forget the class of Year 11 2016, as they’re about to embark on their final year of secondary schooling. Exams begin in Week 7 of this term, that is, 14th to the 18th of November and transition classes for Year 11 into Year 12 start the following week, 21st of November until the 25th. These transition classes are an important component of our teaching and learning program – students will be given an outcome to complete in every subject, over the summer holidays. All exams and programs are on Compass, so parents can keep abreast of the what’s happening in the final weeks of the school year.


James Barut

Assistant Principal – Senior School.

From Mrs Niven


Well done to each of the students in Middle School who received certificates for their participation and achievement in the National Mathematics Competition, and the Science Competition which are both run by the University of NSW. I had the pleasure of presenting the certificates to Year 9 students at their recent assembly last week, and it was terrific to see the number of students who were so deserving of this award. Twenty-four Year 9 students participated in the competition, along with twenty Year 10 students.


Congratulations also to each of our students who participated recently in the Intermediate Sports events, particularly the Year 9 girls who took part in Intermediate girls table tennis, and the Year 9 and 10 students who participated in the boys table tennis and girls touch football.


Year 9 Assembly

At the Year 9 assembly last week, three of our Year 9 students, Harry Norman 9C, Emily Standfield 9I, and Taylor Blakemore 9A also took on the challenge of presenting information to the Year 9 cohort. Harry presented information on the role and importance of sport, whilst Emily and Taylor focused upon the terrific benefits of being involved in production, promoting the upcoming Junior Production.

Focus on Creativity & Community

The last two weeks have been a very busy time for our Middle School students, with many of them participating in Band Tour. Over 50 of our Year 9 and 10 students have just returned from Band Tour. What an amazing experience for them! They began their performances with a Primary School concert on Thursday October 20, followed by Band Tour last week, and then topped off a busy week by holding a Home Coming Concert on the school oval last Friday evening. Well done to all students who were part of this tour, and to the staff who worked so hard to ensure its success.


Congratulations to each of our Year 9 and 10 students who had work displayed at the recent Art and Technology Show. It was very pleasing to see so many wonderful creative pieces on display from our Middle School students. It is always a lovely reminder to us all that not only do we have a wonderful art and technology program at the school, but we also have some incredibly talented students.


InterGREAT Business Fair

Year 9 students in InterGREAT recently heard from Andrew Philp, one of our parents, who is also a representative from Opportunity International. This organisation assists people in disadvantaged communities break the cycle of poverty by offering them a hand up, not a hand out. Opportunity International provides business loans to assist individuals to start a small business that will enable them to eventually support themselves and their families in the future. Our Year 9 students were recently challenged to create their own small business from a start up loan of $10. The classes came up with innovative ideas and made some amazing products that they sold at a Business Fair held at recess on Tuesday October 18. The proceeds are going to be donated to Opportunity International. Well done!


Leading up to this activity, a group of Year 9 students participated in the ‘Stride the Divide’ Walk on Friday October 14. This is a 6km walk held in the city to raise funds to support Opportunity International. Fantastic effort!


School Uniform

Please be reminded that all students should now have made the change from winter to summer uniform. Girls should be wearing either the College Dress or tailored charcoal shorts and a white shirt with the college logo. Boys are expected to be wearing tailored charcoal shorts and a white shirt with the college logo. All students must be wearing white ankle socks and black, leather lace-up or buckled shoes that can be polished. 


It is great to see so many of our Year 9 and 10 students wearing correct uniform, and we appreciate your support in this matter. Please note that facial piercings are not allowed as part of the school uniform, and must be removed during the school day.


Annette Niven

Acting Assistant Principal - Middle School


From Mrs Allison

Band Tour

Congratulations to the large number of students that participated in the Band Tour, in rural Victoria, last week. The highlight of the trip is definitely the homecoming concert held at the College last Friday evening. Thank you to the dedicated staff for accompanying the students during their travels and for providing a wonderful opportunity for their personal growth and musical development.


Junior Musical Production

Start rehearsing the famous tunes from ‘High School Musical’ as the show is coming to Ringwood Secondary College in December! More details will be published online for performance dates and times. Thank you to the large number of Year 7 and 8 students who are involved in either organising/participating in the production.


Music Association

A special thank you to all parents involved in the 2016 Music Association. Once again, they raised a substantial amount of money throughout the year, which will be put towards purchasing extra musical instruments for student use or hire in future years. The Music Association parent group work tirelessly for our College, but we still need extra volunteers to be involved for 2017. So why not think about helping out. Your commitment is a monthly meeting and supporting events such as Jazz Night, Recruitment Night and Gala Night, which are all fantastic social occasions. Contact the College if you are interested in joining this group of parents.


Homework Submission Policy

As the year is drawing to a close, finalisation of assessments is well and truly underway. Parents and students are reminded to revisit the 7-10 Work Submission Policy and Homework Policy, located on the College website. It is vital to understand these requirements and it is highly recommended for ALL students to have a sustainable homework study plan in place so as to build future work habits.


In conclusion, at this time of the year when school is wrapping up for 2016, consider where you are and where you are going. No matter how young or old you are, it is important to reflect on work completed and to plan for and encourage life long learning. I do love a quote and the one below alludes to hard work and is worthwhile contemplating.


"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it"
-- Thomas Jefferson


Mrs Maria Allison

Assistant Principal - Junior School


From the Office


It was great to see the steel work commence recently on the Junior School building. (See photos) In the near future the slab for the first floor will be poured and second storey steel work will commence.  

Works on the library are also scheduled to start on November 18. On the weekend of November 19/20 Asbestos will be removed from the library and the school community is requested to keep away from the building. 


On the facilities front,  recent efforts have included painting the male hall toilets, PAC doors and architraves and keeping the grounds looking good. Pathway repair work has  been undertaken from the recent building works and the main gardens at the top of the school are having a major tidy up.

Over the next few weeks we will commence some serious work on the oval/soccerfield to bring it up to peak condition for the summer season. 

A reminder of the Facilities meeting, Nov 10, 7.30pm, Conference Room. All welcome.

Chris Salisbury

Facilities Manager 

Careers News

For all the up to date Careers news please read the following PDF.


School Council Report

Council is investigating ways to make the Chaplaincy Fund tax deductable. It is noted that it is difficult for government schools to obtain DGR status in the current legislation. The Student Resource package changes to the budget in 2017 are minimal.


Staffing for next year is progressing with Leading Teacher appointments finalised and other positions being advertised.

We are delighted with the way Year 12s have finished this year. Staff dedication has been acknowledged and we wish the students all the best for their examinations.


The Music Gala Performance was excellent. It highlights what a great program we have here and how hard teachers and students work. We are delighted to receive $10.000 from the Music Association. The Band Tour begins next week and is accompanied by a group of students from Adams Grammar School, UK.  Junior Production auditions are also commencing.


The Junior School building program has halted slightly as we wait for the delivery of steel. We will see significant work as the library upgrade commences which will test us to find creative solutions to room allocations in Term 1 next year.


A number of staff nominations  have been made: Ben Moody in the Victorian Education Excellence Awards and Jacqui Godfrey for the Sustainability School Awards. Finally, we discover that discussions must be held around the status of working bees as the new induction and risk management process for participants comes to fruition. 


Eleni Stathatos

Assistant Principal

Music Association

Congratulations to the Lodge family for selling the most Chocolate Freddo’s in this year’s Music Association Chocolate Drive.  The Lodge Family have won a years Free Music Levy for 2017.  


Thank you to all the families that have participated in our fundraising events this year.  It was your generosity that enable us to make a donation of $10,000 to the music department this year.  


 We are always looking for help so if there are any parents that would like to join the Music Association in 2017 and help out at concerts, you can contact me by email; [email protected]


Looking forward to see you all next year at one of the fabulous Music concerts. 


Bernadette Holt

Music Association President


Heritage and Alumni 

RHS Grapevine Newsletter

Junior Production -High School Musical 

Rehearsals are soon to be underway for this year’s Junior Production of High School Musical Jr, with performances scheduled for December 9, December 11 and December 12.


Tickets are already selling fast and we encourage everyone to get in early to be sure that they don’t miss this highly colourful and thoroughly fun extravaganza.


Book now by visiting – we look forward to seeing you at the theatre!


Benjamin Moody

Director of Performing Arts

Around the School

Art & Technology Exhibition

Last week we enjoyed the success of another amazing Art & Technology Exhibition. The attendance from students, parents, staff and members of the school community was most impressive and demonstrated the huge amount of support that we had for the event. 


Following the success of the Exhibition, we would like to say thanks to the following students for their help on the night:

Patrick Cottin 

Laura Milton

Nikita Walker

Lily-Maree Onley

Kate Rotow

Rachel Collinson

Gemma Caldecoat

Grace Matthews

Maxim Somerville

Phoebe Roach

Thank you also to everyone who voted in the People’s Choice Awards for their favourite artwork or product. We are proud to announce the following students as the winners in their field:

Holly Watson - Art

Molly D’Arcy - Visual Communication

Kasey Harward - Media

Faran Babazadeh Ourtakand - Metal & Wood

Madeleine Owen - Food

Maddison Riley – Textiles


Finally, congratulations to all members of the Art and Technology faculties for another amazing exhibition and, of course, to the students for their effort and dedication in creating such inspiring work. We look forward to doing it all again next year!

Penny Palmer

Head of Visual Arts

SEED 'iParent Seminar'

On 2nd of November RSC hosted over sixty parents and guardians of students from the Eastern Metropolitan Region in order to deliver practical tools to assist them in raising their young people in the Internet age.


Catherine Manning, the CEO and Program Director of SEED Workshops, facilitated a number of discussion whereby those attending were provided with well-informed, practical and positive suggestions that helped inspire and create the best kind of relationship between themselves and their children - communicative and collaborative. 

The seminar was informative, giving parents and guardians the tools to plant the seeds and strengthen their relationship with their student/s in the Internet age.


The seminar was jam-packed with informed advice, strategies and up-to-date research and was a great opportunity to meet and discuss ideas with other parents.


A huge thanks must be given to ParentZone, a subsidiary organisation of Anglicare Victoria, for funding the event as well as the RSC PCTA for providing the catering.


Anna Benson

Student Wellbeing 




On Friday the 7th of October the Ringwood Athletics team travelled to Knox, for what was another very successful Eastern Region meet, with Ringwood finishing 2nd overall.

The individual medal winners on the day were:

Gold: Ben Hickleton, Pwa Ku Htoo, Stephen Dang (3), Soraya MacLean, Charlie Guillou, Bianca Hansen (2)

Silver: Nikki Anderson, Aidan Thomson, Jasmin Hass, Georgia Copeland, Niamh Mebalds, Sara Patrick, Imogen Hansen, Bianca Hansen, Soraya MacLean, Ciara Lumsden

Bronze: Harry Norman, Imogen Hansen, Amber Shearn, Soraya MacLean, Sam Nicholson, Julian Malander, Jordan Ross


Our relay teams put in a great performance with all teams running strongly. Three teams went extremely close to qualifying for the State finals, with the 13 Girls winning silver and the 13 Boys and 20 Boys winning Bronze.


13 Girls: Nikki Anderson, Julia Rooney-Watson, Soraya MacLean, Anne Hager
13 Boys: Charlie Collins, Tyson Petrie, Sahaf Ali, Lachlan Sanchez-Legg
20 Boys: Jack Jones, Gai Wal Gai, James Sutton, Sean Gibbons


All of our competitors at the State championships performed very well, with three individual medals won by the following Ringwood athletes:

Bianca Hansen – Gold: 17 Discus. Silver: 17 Shot Put

Stephen Dang – Gold: 17 Hurdles.

Other results for the day were:

Jasmin Hass – 15 1500m Walk 4th, Charlie Guillou – 14 Discus 5th, Stephen Dang – 17 400m 7th, Pwa Htoo – 17 Javelin 7th.




Congratulations to the Year 8 Table Tennis team, coached by Mr Gayed, who won the Eastern Region title and will now progress to state finals. After dropping one game during the pool matches to Wellington Secondary College, the boys won their semi final and again lined up against Wellington. In the grand final match the boys lifted and were able to make amends for their earlier loss, to claim the Region title. The team will now compete in the State final on the 17th of November. Congratulations to Jason Qin, Jesse Cormack-Brown, Alex Serre and Harrington Gontier.




Monday 7th – Year 8 Boys Region Tennis

Friday 11th - Year 8 Girls Region Tennis

Thursday 17th – Year 7 Boys State Table Tennis


Kyle Simkin

Director of Sport



Social Skills Courses

Helpful advise and courses on Autism


Barista Course

Based on the success of the July Barista Basics course - headspace Knox in collaboration with AESP Coffee will be offering this FREE introductory non certified short course again in December, facilitated by one of Australia’s most recognised coffee experts with over 15 years industry experience.
The course will cover the fundamental skills that are required of a barista and will explore the diverse pathways to employment within the field. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion.
This training opportunity is open for all young people aged between 16 and 25.
Please see the attached flyer for further details. Bookings are essential as places are limited - the last course generated a lot of interest and was booked quickly.
Contact Andrew at headspace Knox for further information 9801 6088.


Australia Day Awards

Know an amazing young person in Maroondah?  Please consider nominating them for the Young Citizen of the Year category in Maroondah's Australia Day Awards!  

It could be an amazing self esteem boost for a young person


Eastern Diversity Group

A social support group for young people aged 15 - 25 who are of diverse sexuality and gender.



Montrose Football Club

Once again we are growing in player numbers as we move from 9 teams in 2016 to 2017 potentially having 17 teams.


This growth is not only contributed to most younger age groups having two teams but also the explosion of girls footy. 


Our girls teams are a fantastic opportunity for girls to get involved in the sport. 


Our sports and life program with our skills academy, is part of why our club is so successful and we look forward to potentially embracing more of your community with our community.


Creative Moments

Starting from 6:45pm there will be refreshments and market stalls where you can browse from a variety of gifts for purchase – great to get your Christmas shopping done!


Then from 7:30pm enjoy making your own festive craft by choosing one of the Christmas design decal’s to frame as a decorative piece for your home – or to give as a gift for the holiday season!


Maroondah Police Pro-Active Unit

Please see information attached on crime prevention within the area.


Studi - O 2016 Concert Spectacular

Come along for an enjoyable concert.


Great Ryrie School Fete

Come along for a fun filled day


Kilsyth Football Club

They are having their annual registration day next Saturday 12th November.


International Games Day

Eastern Regional Library's upcoming International Games Day event on Saturday 19th November at Croydon Library.


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