Patterson River Secondary College Newsletter

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

Principal's Report

Farewell Year 12 

August each year is host to National Science Week. This year the College was involved in the 'Solar Car Challenge' associated with STELR. Students in Years 7-10 were involved in constructing and trialling solar cars (despite the cloudy weather!). 

Music Students Out 

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Leadership Forum

On the 17th August, student leaders were involved in a whole day forum reviewing the College vision, values and house structure. Students spoke passionately about why they were proud of our school and provided excellent ideas to help shape the future. The day culminated in groups presenting ideas for a new house system. Students will now be presenting their ideas to the school community for voting so that we can have a new house system, along with any changes to our current vision and values for the beginning of next year. 

Doctors in Schools

Atticus Health is now operating out of the new building each Thursday. At this this stage we are handling bookings for appointments via Ms Cavey (Assistant Principal). 

Preliminary NAPLAN Results

NAPLAN results were recently released to schools. Parents with children in Year 7 and 9 will be provided with reports from the VCAA in the coming weeks. Pleasingly, the College has seen improvement in most areas, including:

- Numeracy: 30% of Year 7 students in the Top 2 Bands of NAPLAN (2014=14%, 2015=19%, 2015=24%)

- Reading Comprehension: % of students achieving high growth between Year 7 & 9  = 24% (2014=16%, 2015=17%, 2015=19%). 


Soiree Sold Out

Our Annual Musical Soiree & Spring Concert sold out in record time. Although sold out, families who would like to see students perform are able to attend an open rehearsal in the morning of the 19th of September. Please contact Mr Mitchelmore for further details. 


Year 9 Students Connecting With The Community

It has been great to see so many Year 9 students out and about in the community assisting a range of organisations this term. Now in its 7th year, it is great to see this successful program connecting students in vital community services. 

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday, 20th September 12.30-8pm. Students are not expected at school on this day unless attending interviews. Term 3 reports and the booking system will open on Compass mid next week. We will email families once both are available.



Mr Daniel Dew


Junior School News

Year 9 Visit to Monash University

On the 22nd of August, half of the Year 9 group caught the bus to Monash University in Clayton. It is such a large university that it has its own postcode. We learnt that over 75,000 students of any age go to this university and you can expect about 30,000 students per day to be on campus. When we first got there, we went into a lecture room and were told some of the courses people were taking and what percentage (50%) you needed to pass one of your subjects.


The University was not what I expected because I thought it would be so much smaller but it felt like its own little town. People can live on campus and get jobs at the food stores or other little places. It has its own gym, pool, ovals and even car parks; surprisingly, you can also hire bikes to get around. People can join clubs and every year they have a University Games competition held in different places around Australia.


There wasn’t anything I didn’t like but I think it would be a bit hard to find where your classes were being held because the university is so enormous. I think it’s pretty smart though that the Government pays for your courses until you earn enough money to start paying them back. It is a good idea because (unlike America) you don’t have to pay it up front and it’s much easier for people to get higher learning skills.


After we visited the University, we went to Braeside Park for a couple of hours. We had a sausage sizzle and played in the park. This was enjoyable because we got to go outside in the sunshine and relax. A lot of the students played 44 or tiggy and the others played football or frisbee. There were so many things to do. I really enjoyed the day.


Chelsea Delbridge 9C



To assist Year 7 and Year 8 boys develop skills in resilience and self awareness, Mr Robinson is once again running the Empower program at PRSC. Last week the Year 8 participants graduated and are to be congratulated on their dedication to achieve such great results. 


Senior School News

Year 11 Maths

Maths students are beginning to make use of our new Maths/STEM facility on offer at PRSC. Students in Year 11 Maths Methods were able to use the interactive whiteboard and the class set of wireless CAS calculators in an exploratory lesson on Calculus.

All EXCEL students recently sat the ICAS Maths tests. This test allows our most capable students to be extended by competing against other like-minded students in problem solving and applying maths. Students from other classes were also invited to participate. Results will be available in term 4.


VCAL visit Guide Dogs Victoria

On the 22nd August, both Year 11 VCAL classes went to Kew to visit Guide Dogs Victoria to learn more about the support they offer. When we arrived, we had a presentation from a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor who explained what the guide dogs and the clients do during their training, how it all works, how they raise money as they get less than 10% of their budget from the Government. She then took us around the training facility for a tour where we saw the puppies, kennels, obstacle tracks and their cleaning rooms. I learnt that each litter of puppies is given a letter of the alphabet and also it takes two years and over $50,000 to breed, raise, train and match a suitable Guide Dog with a person with impaired or no vision.

The thing I enjoyed most was getting the opportunity to walk with one of the guide dogs blindfolded around their training track.  It felt like the dog was dragging me and going really fast but it was actually going really slow. I found this visit an interesting and eye opening experience.

Zaybrelle Manu, 11A

VCAL working Bee at Carrum Bowling Club.


This term the Year 11 VCAL students have been helping in the local community with two working bees at the Carrum Bowling Club. Jobs included moving furniture, building racks, landscaping and painting, with students working alongside the members of the club which we really enjoyed. We ended the days by playing a few ends of bowls. At first I found the game quite challenging, but by the third or fourth roll I had improved significantly. It was such a privilege to help out and I hope we get a chance to do it again soon.

Jack Ferguson, 11A


Year 12 Psychology Excursion

On Friday, the 25th August, the Year 12 Psychology cohort attended a Sleep Education Program at the Epworth Freemasons Hospital in East Melbourne.  This was a great opportunity for PRSC students to further consolidate their understanding of curriculum topics covered in class by participating in practical demonstrations, specifically, the use of sleep monitoring devices.

Tony Pecur / Pennie Marinucci

Year 12 Psychology Teachers


Pictures depict PRSC students experiencing the use of sleep monitoring devices and various light therapies for sleep disorders.


 Sports Report

Southern Metropolitan Region Sport Results   

Term 2 saw three of our Senior Boys sporting teams progress through to Southern Region Finals held earlier this term. This was a fantastic result considering our Senior Boys were able to not only win all three carnivals but do so within the same term, showing the wide spread of talent we have in our Senior ranks. 

Senior Boys Soccer - Coached by Mr Chandra

Our Senior boys soccer team have been the most consistent performers over the last four years. Each year the team, led by Mr Chandra, has qualified through to Southern Region but has been thwarted in their attempt to progress further in the competition. This year was no different, however the boys played some incredible football along the way. Their two matches were against Hampton Park Secondary College and Dandenong High School and a 1-1 draw against Hampton Park in their first match was a great start as Dandenong was always going to be tough. They are the previous State Champions and had not conceded a goal in two campaigns. That was until Mitch Anderson (Yr 12) put a goal into the back of the net early in the first half and the boys got very excited. Unfortunately from there, Dandenong switched to another level and put three goals on the board defeating us 3-1 and our journey was over. 

Best Players: Nick Wright, 


Senior Boys AFL Football - Coached by Mr Jack

This group of Senior Boys have had an amazing journey over the past 6 years. In 2012, their Year 7 year, this group of boys finished 3rd in the State for Football. In 2013, they finished runners up in the State, and each year since they have finished in the top 8 schools in Victoria. A truly remarkable effort from this group. This year, again the boys progressed through to Southern Region however the team has started to deplete a little bit with some of our boys entering into VCAL, left for apprenticeships or work placements. The two matches played were against McKinnon Secondary and Alkira College. McKinnon College were very impressive right from the start and we never caught up right from the start. A 5 goal loss to McKinnon, who recently lost to Maribyrnong College in the State final, meant progressing was impossible leading into the Alkira match. The boys played out their last match really well with a convincing victory over Alkira College by 6 goals to end their 6 year journey on a really positive note. Well done boys!

Best Players: Brad Magee, Ishak Bashir and Isaac Nippard


Senior Boys Badminton - coached by Mr Cox

Our Senior Badminton team travelled to Springers Leisure Centre to take on the best Badminton players in the Southern Region and it was an experience. Not known for our Badminton talents our first match was up against Melbourne High School. The boys tried really hard however the previous State Champions were not too troubled by us and made quick work with us. The next game was more competitive against Cranbourne Secondary but unfortunately our boys also lost in another quick set of matches. Well done boys for trying hard all day against quality opposition. 

Best Players - Lucas Blom, Tom DeHaas, Tom Lowe, Chris Hall

Intermediate NPD Interschool Sport

Tuesday 22nd August saw our Intermediate Sports Teams travel to various venues for their Term 3 Sports with some fantastic results. Students from Years 9 and 10 represented the College in Hockey, Basketball and Table Tennis. 

Basketball - Coached by Mr Wakefield and Jessica Cox (Yr 11)

Our Basketballers had a very busy day playing against all six other schools in our Division. The girls had a great day winning four matches and only losing the two matches 


Boys Hockey - coached by Mr Kaplon

The intermediate boys school hockey team achieved an outstanding outcome at Clayton Peninsula Campus showdown. Leading on goals, the team only narrowly missed out on first place after losing to Frankston High School in the last two minutes of the match. Congratulations to the Year 10 and Year 8 boys for their impressive achievement and performance on the day.

Boys Table Tennis - coached by Mr McIllwriath

We had five Year 9 Boys head out to Keysborough for Intermediate Boys Table Tennis last week and they showed some great skill throughout the day. The boys won a few matches and were competitive in all matches throughout the day finishing in 5th position.  Good work boys!


Mr Cameron Cox

Sports Coordinator

EXCEL Sport Program

2017 Intermediate Basketball Champions Cup

The following students qualified for the 2017 Basketball Champions Cup Tournament, which is Basketball Victoria's Elite Schools tournament to determine the State Champions in each age division. The Intermediate team made it through to the last 24 schools in Victoria after winning every game in the qualifying round at the State Basketball Centre by over 20 points. On Monday 7th August the team played at Dandenong Basketball Stadium against Rowville Secondary College, Mentone Grammar and Aquinas College in the Pool Matches to progress to the Elite 8 stage. The teams we competed against were all Under 17 and mostly consisted of Year 10 students. The PRSC team had players from Year 8, 9 and 10. Throughout the day, the boys never stopped trying and matched it with teams that went on to the next stage. A fantastic learning experience with an under sized team that represented the school with distinction. Well done to Brayden Laurie, Tom Tozer, Jack Bulstrode, Blake Goodridge, Luke Cooper, Harry Forbes, Mitch Craddock, Jimmy Maguire, Kane Timms and Joel Burton. A pleasure to coach.


Hockey Clinics and Game Simulation

Over the last 3 weeks the Year 7 and 8 EXCEL Sport classes have participated in Field Hockey clinics under the guidance of Joe Hill, an experienced hockey coach at Mentone Grammar Playing Fields and Frankston Hockey Club. For most of the students, hockey was a new sport but they picked it up quickly and used their game sense from other invasion sports with good success. The students will have the opportunity to use these skills in the upcoming Year 7 and 8 Interschool Sport competitions. Thanks to Joe Hill for putting the students through their paces.




Miss Ando Allan

EXCEL Sport Program Manager

Striving for Excellence

College Captain, Tyler Foreman

Congratulations to Tyler Foreman who has been selected to represent the Federal seat of Dunkley at the National Youth Leadership Forum in Canberra this September. Tyler will be given the opportunity to meet our nation's political and business leaders as well as engaging in a range of leadership activities. A big thank you to Chris Crewther MP - Federal Member for Dunkley for nominating Tyler.


Champion Smiths

We have all heard of champion siblings such as the Williams sisters in Tennis, the Selwoods in AFL and the Waugh brothers in Cricket. Here at PRSC we have our own sibling combination who are dominating the Softball Landscape. 

Cody Smith, Year 10 and his sister Kasey Smith, Year 7 have both successfully made the Victorian Softball Teams for their respective ages, which is a tremendous effort. Cody has been selected in BOTH the School Sport Victoria and under 17 boys team to be played at the National Carnival held in Adelaide in December, as well as the under 17 men's State team playing in Sydney in January.

Kasey, has successfully made the School Sport Victoria 15 years and under team to play at the National carnival in Perth this December.

A fantastic effort from two super talented althletes and we look forward to following their sporting pathway into the future.

Well Done Smith Family!


Hattie McFadden Year 11 - World Challenge Fundraiser - Meat Tasting!

This November/December I am travelling to India with 12 other Senior students for our World Challenge, and have been set the task to raise $7300 to fund my trip! I have almost reached my goal and need your help to reach my total.

The fundraiser is through Taste Point and all you need to do it offer up 45 minutes of your time to taste seven pieces of fresh meat and provide feedback for the meat industry. If i can get 60 people i receive $1000, if i can get 120 people I get $2000.... IT'S THAT EASY, but i need your help!

Taste Point Fundraiser

Date: Monday 18th September

Location: Patterson River SC Senior Building

Time: 3:30 - 4:30pm

Cost: NOTHING.. Its FREE for you to attend!!

RSVP: [email protected]

If you can attend any of the above session please email me to reserve your place. 


*Please note: All applicants must be 18 years or above

Transition Information  
(Grade 6 Parents)

Key Dates

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. (Booking details to follow.) 

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

First day 2018:  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 welcome 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 students 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:

Library Bytes

Four Reasons Young People Should Read Humour.



  1. Humour engages young people (particularly reluctant readers) through laughter.
  2. Young people interact with their peers and foster friendships through humorous literature as they enjoy sharing the laughs with their peers.
  3. Humorous books reflect reality, which, in reality, is a mixture of sad and funny, joy and pain, highs and lows.
  4. Far from being an ‘easy option’, humorous literature encourages critical reading as young people learn to read between the lines and develop an awareness of subtlety and sarcasm, right and wrong


A Millennials Fate

By Natasha Burton Year 10


Millennials will be known for nothing,

A technologically educated group of selfie takers.

Powered only by the artificial likes that appear buzzing,

We are the peaking generation of problem fakers.


They say our egos are the size of blue whales,

We’ve allowed the art of conversation to be forgotten.

And the only attachment we have are in emails,

Even though many of us long to be wrapped in cotton.


We are seen as congested and polluted brains,

Distraught by our eagerness to belong.

Broadcasting our first world problems as if they are hurricanes,

Privileged and cradled we are not at all seen as strong.


Though strong we are, as we have to clean up your mess.

Centuries of damage and alas we’re the thoughtless.




Mrs Janet Mitchell

Library Manager

Performing Arts News

State Aerobics Competition

Our school aerobics team worked extremely hard to get their routine to a very high standard for the State Aerobics Competition in August. Ten Year 7 & 8 students spent many lunch times  and after school sessions working as a wonderfully supportive and committed team to learn and rehearse the 2.5 minute routine. Mrs Hawken with Assistant Team Manager, Charlotte Hylton, took the Aerobics Team to the State Netball and Hockey Centre for a fabulous afternoon of fitness. The team did an absolutely wonderful job on their timing, memory and smiles. They are to be congratulated on an outstanding effort!


Year 10 Dance Excursion to Chunky Move in Southbank

For PRSC’s Year 10 dance subject, Artistic Dance/Production, Miss Harvey and Mrs Hawken took the class on a day out to the city for a Funk workshop with Chunky Move. This young and vibrant contemporary dance company has established itself as one of the country’s most innovative, awarded and internationally recognised Performing Arts companies. We were extremely lucky to work with them, experiencing a wonderful class in their state of the art space, dancing some new grooves that pushed many students out of their comfort zone and into a whole new way of moving.


Dates to Remember 



Wednesday 6th

Excel Challenge


Monday 11th

Year 7 Sport


Wednesday 13th

Year 8 Sport


Tuesday 19th 

Soiree 7pm


Wednesday 20th 

Parent Teacher Interviews 12.30pm -7.30pm


Friday 22nd

Last Day Term 3

Students finish at 2pm.


Monday 9th

First Day Term 4


Wednesday 18th 

Whole School Assembly


Thursday 19th

Year 7 Immunisations





Wednesday 1st - Wednesday 22nd

VCE Units 3 & 4 Exams


Thursday 2nd 

Year 7 Careers Expo


Friday 3rd 

Years 9-12 Course Confirmation 


Wednesday 8th - Thursday 16th 

Years 10 and 11 Exams


Friday 17th 

Student Free Day


Monday 20th 

Step- up Commences





Community Announcements & Advertisements

Local Activities 


Chelsea Heights Community Centre

Lots on offer at Chelsea Heights Community Centre including: quality four hour child care sessions Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Seniors bike riding Wednesdays with Volunteer leaders, Tuesday evening Zumba classes, Wednesday morning Playgroup with loads of toys and space for families to enjoy, Wednesday night table tennis and Friday evening Ballroom dancing.


The EarthCarers Community Garden behind the Centre has some garden plots available, a great opportunity to grow your own food, share gardening tips, make new friends and just enjoy this beautiful space in the middle of Chelsea Heights.


Our Community Centre hall is a versatile space for a variety of functions, including 21st Birthdays, Wedding receptions, Engagements. This hall has access to our kitchen with an oven, fridge, pie warmer, urn and microwave. We also have smaller room suitable for meetings, classes and workshops and children’s birthday parties.


Ring 9772 3391 to book, for more details or our Term brochure, and please visit our website for a full program at or just drop on by.


Woolworths Earn & 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).

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


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