Patterson River Secondary College Newsletter

10 November 2017
September / October Review
Principal's Report
Performing Arts News
Striving for Excellence
 Sports Report
EXCEL Sport Program
EXCEL - Academic
Senior School News
Transition Information   (Grade 6 Parents)
Outdoor and Environmental Studies
Library Bytes
Dates to Remember 
Community Announcements & Advertisements
Patterson River Secondary College
68 Eel Race Rd
Seaford, Victoria, 3198

Principal's Report

Farewell Class of 2017

Last week brought to a close the 13 years of formal schooling for our class of 2017.

To recognise this significant achievement, our Year 12 students were the guests of honour at a whole school assembly and Valedictory Night. 

Our Year 12 students also took the time to celebrate the completion of schooling with a celebration morning here at school in which they dressed up in costumes, completed a 'lap of honour' of the school  during class time and attended a morning tea with teachers. 

I congratulate all of our graduating students for reaching this significant milestone in their life and encourage them to carry the values and fond memories of the College into the future. Completing secondary school is an achievement that only 80% of students in Victoria are able to obtain. Government information reveals that the benefit of finishing secondary school results in an average of an additional $800, 000 in lifetime earnings compared to a student who leaves school prior to Year 12.

Musical Performances

At the end of last term, I had the pleasure of watching our music students perform at the Annual Musical Soiree & Spring Concert. The Soiree event sold out in record time this year, which is a credit to the professionalism of the teaching staff and dedication of the music students who are able to deliver entertaining and highly skilled performances. 

Only two weeks later, our Stage Band replaced the comfort of the Performing Arts Centre to play in hot and windy conditions at the Bonbeach Farmers Market. 

In the first week of this term, our Choir was paid to perform at a function for the Victorian Government's Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning. 

In addition, the music students have been requested to play at a number of local primary school Christmas functions and markets. 

Parent Opinion Survey

Last term, approximately 100 parents completed an online survey organised by the Department of Education about Patterson River Secondary College. 

Overall, the results from the survey were very pleasing. 

The following proportion of parents responded in the positive (including neutral):

99% (e.g. 1% Negative) Physical Environment  'clean & tidy'

96% Support from the School

95% High Expectations for Success

91% School Pride & Confidence

Areas for Improvement 

82% Teacher Communication 

84% Student Motivation Support

I was surprised that our lowest performing area was Teacher Communication, especially considering that in recent years the College has moved towards communicating with parents in a more constant manner (e.g. Compass) and moved away from end of semester reports and parent teacher interviews being the main form of communication. 

I would like to hear from parents regarding their experiences with communication from teachers to help ascertain whether there are any issues that we need to look at improving. Please email me at [email protected] 

International School Accreditation 

Patterson River recently gained accreditation to become an International School which will allow the College to enrol small numbers of students from overseas. 

This will bring a range of benefits to our school, such as exposing our students to different cultures and an understanding and skills relating to global citizenship. The College is now seeking expressions of interest from families who would like to host students on either short term or a long term basis.  Find out more, please contact our International Student Coordinator Mr Northey ([email protected]

Hands On Learning Program 2018

In addition to the inclusion of a new program for Year 12 VCE students, which will develop a range of skills and knowledge associated with study, revision & health, the College has decided to implement a Hands On Learning Program in 2018. 

This program will focus on engaging small groups of students from Year 7-10 in one of two focus areas:

- Horticulture

- Building Projects

Students involved in one of the two projects will spend one day per week out of their normal classes developing a range of skills. 

The Horticulture group will be closely linked with the Down's Estate, assisting with the development of a community garden and re-vegetation of the old farm paddocks. 

More information regarding this new program will be available early next year. 

Biomedical Innovation Showcase

On Monday 30th October, I had the pleasure of joining 30 students who attended the Biomedical Showcase and Graeme Clark Oration feature Nobel Laureate Prof Harold Varmus. 

The showcase was an excellent opportunity for students to look at the future of medicine, in particular the role of advanced robotics and 3D printing. 


Mr Daniel Dew


Performing Arts News

27th Annual Musical Soiree & Spring Concert

Tuesday 19th September marked the performance of the 27th 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 over 120 students from local primary schools. 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. We would like to thank them for their commitment and wish them the very best of luck.


  •          Amber Curtis                                     
  •          Georgina Dryden
  •          Tom Lucas
  •          Brittany Manton
  •          Rebecca Schilling
  •          Bethany Smith-Haymes



Year 8 Concert Band to perform locally.

The Year 8 concert band will perform at the Chelsea Heights Primary School Christmas Market on Saturday December 2nd at 11am. The market will run from 9am-2pm and we invite all parents and friends of the College to attend. The band will play a mixture of songs they have been working on throughout the year plus a handful of Christmas favourites.

Our senior flute ensemble will also be performing at the following markets in the lead up to Christmas. Please come along and support these excellent community events.


Nov 17th                Chelsea Primary School Fete

Nov 19th               Seaford Kinder Market 11-2pm

Dec 1st                   Seaford Primary School market 4-9pm


Dance Night

Don't forget to get your tickets for our 2nd Semester Dance Evening to be held in the Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, 22nd November

Choir Performance

Early in Term 4 we received an exciting opportunity to perform at the “Southern Region Partnership” at the Frankston Arts Centre. The performance was attended by local government, business and community members along with ministers for the environment.

Our choir performed at the closing ceremony of this event, providing a fabulous opportunity for our choir to perform in the Community in an official capacity. The evening performance was received well, with our students enjoying many compliments.

Mr Steve Mitchelmore

Music Manager

Striving for Excellence

SSV Track and Field State Championships

On Monday 23rd October Rhys McKenna -7E represented Patterson River Secondary College at the SSV State Track and Field Championships, held at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. Rhys is a highly talented student who is currently a part of our Year 7 Excel Sport Program. In the Javelin event she was up against seven strong competitors from across the state, however that didn't deter her from  throwing an amazing 31m to beat all competitors to win a gold medal, and the title of State Champion! An amazing effort and the entire College community is very proud of Rhys' effort. 

I would also like to thank Rhys' family for transporting Rhys to the event on the day.

Mr Cox - College Sport Co-ordinator

Rhys McKenna

National Youth Leadership Forum

As one of the 2017 College Captains, I have been fortunate to be presented with many new experiences during 2017.  However, by far the greatest opportunity I received this year was attending the National Student Leadership Forum in Canberra.  Four days at the Hyatt Hotel surrounded by so many great future leaders and hearing from The Prime Minister, The Leader of the Opposition as well as many successful business owners, additional to making life long friends, was an unforgettable experience that I will cherish for life. 
Thank you to Mr O' Brien and Mr Dew for not only the Canberra experience, but the opportunity to maximize my leadership abilities throughout the year.  Good luck to everyone in their future endeavours.


Tyler Foreman

College Captain

ICAS Maths Competition Results


Patterson River Secondary College had a great turnout for the ICAS Maths Competition this year with over 100 students trying their best to solve increasingly more difficult problems. Thank you to all students who sat the test. It is exciting to see a big group of outstanding Maths students in Years 7 and 8!! Congratulations to the following outstanding Maths students:

Year 7

Distinction:  Jahnavi Mehta

Credit: Jackson Launder, Beste Cifci, Benjamin Smith, Kasey Smith, Amara Fennessy, Max Weinmann

Merit: Rhys McKenna, Joshua Abbott-Caspersz, Adam Anthony, Harrison Carbis, Arwen Lloyd,

Year 8

High Distinction: Asher Cail

Distinction: Kimberley Crombie, Pranit Parashar

Credit: Jane Butcher, Daniel Giannone, Zane Richardson, Ryan Talbot, Ben Delaney, Madison Evans, Aden Gasperino,

Merit: Ryan Heibach, Artyom Sudin, Katie Howe, Alexander Walker

Year 9

Credit: Alastair Chitty, Jenna Howe, Lara Ioviero, Flynn Isles, Jack Weinmann

Merit: Oran Brener Cohen, Jack Clayton,

Year 10

Credit: Aaryan Kulkarni

Merit: Bradley Dwyer

Sporting Stars

Cody Smith - State Softball Team

Kasey Smith - State Softball Team

Mackenzie Mitchell - State Basketball Team


 Sports Report

Southern Metropolitan Regional Athletics Carnival  

Patterson River Secondary College had 9 students representing the College at Casey Athletics Centre at Casey Fields, Cranbourne on Thursday 12th October. These students earned the right by winning their events at the Northern Peninsula District Athletics Carnival. It was a showcase of athletic skill and ability and Patterson River had an extraordinary success rate. Of the 9 students, six received medals and two students will progress onto the State Final after finishing 1st in their events. Congratulations to Ayden Woodward (U17 Year Boys Shot Put) and Rhys McKenna (U12-13 Year Girls Javelin) on their gold medals.  Aiden McKenna (2nd in U16 Year Boys Javelin) and Tyler Foreman (2nd in U18-20 Year Discuss) had an exceptional afternoon and will be on stand by for the next round if the winners can’t compete. Brayth Thompson (3rd in U14 Year Boys Shot Put) and Hattie McFadden (3rd in U17 Year Girls Discus) did themselves and the school proud. Daniel Temkin competed in 3 events and only just missed out on a medal. A special mention to Tyler Hornberg and Seth Hughes who competed against some extremely talented opposition and were supportive team members all day. It was a pleasure taking these students to this carnival. Well done and good luck to Ayden and Rhys in the State Finals.

Ms Allan - Excel Sport Manager


NPD Interschool Sport Carnivals

Late last Term students across Years 7 to 10 competed in the Northern Peninsula Division Carnivals for Basketball, Hockey and Table Tennis.  All teams showed great sportsmanship and competed in all competitions with examples of terrific skills and  committment to teammates and coaches. 


Year 7 Basketball

Patterson River Secondary College played six games over the course of the day. We won three games and lost three games. The boys steadily improved throughout the day and started to really gel as a team by the last game. Well done boys.

Ms. Allan - Excel Sport Manager


Year 8 Girls Hockey

Our Year 8 Girls played some outstanding Hockey at Mentone Hockey Field late last term . The group of girls, who were all very new to the sport. played two pool matches resulting in two wins against Frankston and Elisabeth Murdoch College. This led them to a Grand Final against the highly fancied Mt Erin SC. The girls scored the opening goal of the final which gave Mt Erin a scare but unfortunately ended up going down 3-1. The girls showed an incredible ability to pick up the skills of the sport really well and their development throughout the day was fantastic. Well done.

Mr Cox



SSV State Track and Field Championship Results

Monday 23rd October saw Patterson River SC represented by two students at the State Track and Field Championships. It is an outstanding effort for any student to qualify for the State Final where they are 1 of 8 students remaining  in their chosen event.  Well done to both athletes on a fantastic achievement reaching the State Final.

Event Results

Rhys McKenna 7E - State Champion

1st Place: 12-13 Year Girls Javelin 

Ayden Woodward 11A -

6th Place: 17 Year Boys Shot Put


Mr Cameron Cox

College Sport Co-ordinator

EXCEL Sport Program

SSV Junior Secondary Lacrosse School Competition

On Friday 20th October, Patterson River Secondary College entered four teams into the Year 7 and 8 Secondary Lacrosse School Competition at Paisley Park in Altona North. Each team played four games with a Grand Final place for the teams that placed top in each division. One of our girl’s teams missed the Grand Final playoff on percentage and one of the boys teams finished top of their division to play in a Grand Final against Emmanuel College. The boys scored the first two goals of the final and played an amazing brand of team lacrosse, which almost got them over the line. We lost by two goals against a team of experienced Lacrosse players and it is an absolute credit to our school the way we competed. It was a fantastic experience to play a new sport and demonstrate the all-round ability of our Year 7 and 8 EXCEL Sport students. Lacrosse Victoria was full of praise for our players. Thank you to Mrs. Ford for assisting us on the day.

Ms. Allan


Miss Ando Allen

Excel Sport Coordinator

EXCEL - Academic

Shark Tank

“7E, 8E and 9E participated in the Shark Tank Academic Excel Challenge Day on Wednesday 6th September. The students were tasked with the challenge to create a new product out of a collection of random items and they then had to film an advertisement and ‘sell’ their product to a group of ‘investors’ or ‘Sharks’. One of the great successes of the day was that Year 9 students Matt Cook and Mauricio Barragan Orea ran the day, wearing suits and roaming the audience with microphones. It was a fantastic day with all of the groups presenting great products and creating fantastic ads. The ‘Sharks’ were ruthless in their analysis and questioning of the groups and added an exciting element to the day!”


Miss Allira Lang

Special Programs Manager

Senior School News

Poetry Excursion

A few weeks ago, our Year 12 Literature class was invited to Frankston High School to meet Chris Wallace-Crabbe, who is the poet of one of our texts we are studying this year. This was a great privilege for us as we were able to engage with Wallace-Crabbe and ask questions about his poetry and receive answers, from the man who wrote them himself. This has encouraged us to view his poetry from different perspectives and has particularly helped with preparation for our exam. It was also good to be able to meet a published poet/author who has had a lot of experience in his own life and in his writing. This was a memorable experience for all who went on this excursion.


Year 12 VCAL 

Year 12A VCAL Numeracy students applied their skills to renovate the existing C rooms and assist in converting them into a modern and dedicated VCAL space, that is integrated into the Senior School Building.

Students used their numeracy skills to carry out measurements, estimates, costing and presented the renovation plans to the School Council which approved the project and supplied the necessary funding. The renovation allowed 12A students, most of whom are undertaking a Building and Construction pathway at TAFE to strip the old C rooms and remove an internal wall.


The new classrooms are a further addition to the state of the art learning facilities at Patterson River Secondary College and are on schedule to be operational by Step Up.


School Improvement Project

This term the Year 11 VCAL students have been keen to get on-the-tools and help with some landscaping projects around the school. The main task we have all been involved in is relocating the bench seating from the back of the oval and setting it around the new basketball half-courts. Each class was able to get three seats set in the ground per lesson, it was hard work but it felt good to stand back and see what we had achieved at the end of each lesson.

Jasmine Fox, 11B


Transition Information  
(Grade 6 Parents)

Key Dates (Year 7 2018)

Partnership Meetings: Monday 20th November or Wednesday 29th November, 2017 3:30pm - 7:00pm. (Booking details have been posted out) 

Second Hand Book Sale - Friday 24th November 7am-3pm

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

First day 2018:  Wednesday 31st January 2018.


Partnership Meetings (Year 7 2018)

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 Patterson River Secondary College 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:

Outdoor and Environmental Studies

Year 12 Outdoor Education Point Nepean Bike and Snorkel Tour

On Thursday 12th October our Year 12 Outdoor Education students travelled down to Portsea to participate in a Bike Tour through Point Nepean National Park and surrounding areas. Students learnt about Australia's involvement in the War getting to experience the many vantage points used by the many soldiers in the dunes at the heads of Port Phillip Bay. Students also experienced the beach location of where ex Prime Minister Harold Holt when missing, gathering information about his mysterious disappearance. 

The Afternoon session included being fully kitted up in snorkel gear and heading out into the middle of Port Phillip Bay to Chinaman's Hat. This is where 30-50 seals call home and our students where able to snorkel in around the structure getting to play around with the many seals who decided to interact with us. A really cool experience for our students and one many will remember for a long time. Students also learnt about the dredging of Port Phillip Bay and some of the environmental impacts that have occurred since the dredging. 





Year 11 Great Ocean Walk Camp

Outdoor and Environmental Studies allows students to participate in many activities, but none more special than the annual Great Ocean Walk. This year 16 students participated in a four day camp, which included surfing at Apollo Bay, hiking sections of the Great Ocean Walk and camping within the Great Otway National Park. For many of our students it was their first time travelling to Victoria's Surf Coast and with perfect weather the camp was an absolute treat. Students hiked 25km over the two days between Cape Otway and Johanna Beach and along the way experienced some breath taking views, saw an abundance of natural Australian Flora and Fauna, learnt historical facts about the area and most importantly enjoyed each others company whilst hiking for 3 -5 hours each day. A real highlight of the trip was camping alongside a family of Koala's at Aire River. Here it became evident that most students hadn't actually seen a real Koala in the wild before and all students took the time to watch the Koalas going about their business amongst the Eucalyptus. Many thanks go out to to Miss Riddle and ex student Natalie Rochfort for giving up their personal time and assisting with camp for the four days, the students will take away some lastign memories after exprriencing a fantastic time away, living within the great outdoors.


Mr Cameron Cox

Senior Outdoor Education Teacher

Library Bytes

Inky Awards for the best Young Adult literature have been announced!

The Inky Awards were established in 2007 as Australia’s national teen choice awards for young adult literature.

The Inky Awards ask readers aged 12-20 to vote for their favourite books from a shortlist selected by a panel of teen judges from around Australia. Voting is conducted online through the State Library’s youth literature website and the shortlisted authors who receive the most votes win.

Victorian author Cath Crowley  received the Gold Inky (best Australian book) for Words in deep blue, and British author Alice Oseman won the Silver Inky (best international title) for Radio Silence.
Crowley said: ‘I’m thrilled that Words in Deep Blue has won the 2017 Gold Inky. To receive an award for young adult fiction as decided by young adults is an incredible honour.  Words in Deep Blue is about the importance of books, and the ways stories connect us, so receiving the award is wonderful proof that words matter, that stories matter.’



Mrs Janet Mitchell

Library Manager

Dates to Remember 


Wednesday 1st - Wednesday 22nd

VCE Units 3 & 4 Exams




Wednesday 8th - Thursday 16th 

Years 10 and 11 Exams


Friday 10th

Start Handing in

Second Hand Books and Uniform 


Friday 17th 

Student Free Day




Monday 20th 

Step- up Commences


Monday 20th - Wednesday 20th December 
German Excange


Wednesday 22nd 

Dance evening


Friday 24th 

Second Hand Book and Uniform Sale 7am-3pm


Thursday 30th 

Principal's Commendations


Monday 4th - Friday 8th 

Year 9 (2018) Camp - Roses Gap 


Thursday 7th - Friday 8th 

Pick up Unsold Second Hand Books


Tuesday 12th 

Year 7 (2018)Orientation Day - STUDENT FREE


Wednesday 13th

Presentation Evening


Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th

Activities for years 7 - 9(2017)

Community Announcements & Advertisements

Seaford Primary School Twilight Market



2018 Homestay Family Registrations Open

Expressions of interest are sought from families to host International Students in 2018. For more information please email Mr Northey at [email protected]

News from Chelsea Heights Community Centre

Lots on offer for Term 4 at Chelsea Heights Community Centre.  On Thursday 9th November 7pm to 8.30pm, Special Occasion Floristry learn how to create arrangements with lots of ‘wow factor’.  We have Christmas covered with Christmas Gingerbread Houses workshops and a Christmas floristry class which will ensure you have a beautiful wreath or table centerpiece you can use for your celebrations


Playgroup runs on Wednesdays 9.30am to 11am and welcomes new families.  We have a great venue with lots of room for indoor and outdoor play and a fabulous collection of toys and activities.  Come and join the fun and make new friends.


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.


Second Hand Book Sale 2017
Years 7 - 11 (2018)
Friday 24th November 
7am to 3pm
In the College Library


Collection of books will be from the following:

Friday 10th November or at exam completion. Books may be left at the library  or at the General Office.

All books should be: clearly named, in a plastic bag with a completed form.

The Second Hand Book Sale information is available on Compass.


Second Hand Uniform will also be sold at the Second Hand Book Sale. If you would like to sell uniform that is clean and in good condition, forms are available at the General office.

Australian Army Cadets - Youth Leadership Organisation
Recruiting information for 2018


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