RSC News

19 May 2017
Issue Five
Principal's News
Assistant Principals
From the Office
Building Project
Around the School
Junior School
Middle School
Senior School
Yr 11 Debutante Ball
Performing Arts and Music
Ringwood Secondary College
(03) 9870 2002
Bedford Rd
Ringwood, Vic, 3134

Principal's News

From the Principal

This year, the student Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at Ringwood Secondary College over the period Wednesday May 24 to Wednesday 16 June. The survey takes around 25 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time. The Department has updated the survey for 2017 to include important new measures that are known to influence student engagement and performance. This online survey utilises a purpose built secure online survey tool. Each student will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey that may be used by the Department to combine data for research purposes only. Your child’s privacy and the confidentiality of your child’s survey responses will be protected at all times. No identifiable student personal data is included in the survey response file nor in any data results reported back to schools in term 3. If you would like more information please visit the Department of Education and Training website:


During the past fortnight students from years 7 and 9 undertook  the annual NAPLAN National testing program. The original plan to complete them online was abandoned following each State withdrawing from the trial due to some potential issues that were identified in April. The pen and paper tests ran smoothly and we will now need to wait until September to receive any feedback. Hopefully we can move to the online platform in 2018.


The recent Generations in Jazz Mount Gambier programme was a great opportunity for our music students to pit their talents against other ensembles from across Australia. Whilst we were not placed in any of the divisions, it was great learning experience for all involved and each ensemble played well. A huge congratulations to Charlie Lodge Year 8 (Percussion) on winning the prestigious Ross and Jenny Blanchard Development Award to assist them in developing their talents towards being a finalist in the James Morrison Jazz scholarship.


We were also well represented at the recent State swimming finals. Sophie Caldwell of Year 12 won 5 events and broke 2 State records in the 200m Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle. An outstanding achievement By Sophie.


Our Year 7 students performed brilliantly in the Da Vinci Decathlon held recently at Camberwell Grammar School. Congratulations to both teams on outstanding achievements and I am sure you will read with interest the report provided by their teacher Mrs Niven in the newsletter.


In the coming weeks, our Year 10 and 11 students are preparing for midyear exams as they round off semester 1 assessments and during the last week of term all Year 10 students will be undertaking work experience and over 120 year 11 students will be participating in the Central Australia trip. Many of our Year 11 students have also been practising for the Deb Balls that were held last weekend and again this weekend. The support of our PCTA is gratefully acknowledged.


Excitement continues to build around the staging of this year’s production of Chicago. Ticket sales are open to the public on May 23 through


May is known as Budget month for both State and Federal governments. The State budget continued to invest in Education with significant resources being provided to cover the new Enterprise agreement and funding for the development of new schools. There were no specific Ringwood announcements but we hope to finalise planning for the next stage of our masterplan during the remainder of this year in anticipation of further funding in 2018.


The Federal budget has now been released with the focus on school’s funding being Gonski 2.0, which will roll out over the next 10 years. Each school can now determine exactly how much it is anticipated it will receive under the new funding plan, with the release of an online schools funding estimator. . The overall quantum and process is an improvement on previous arrangements, but the amount allocated still falls significantly short of what the Opposition previously promised, to the tune of $1.1 million for Ringwood Secondary College, in the period 2018 and 2019.


Michael Phillips



Assistant Principals

From Mrs Stathatos


The weather was kind to us and the atmosphere was competitive and fun. Congratulations to all involved in the organisation and participation of the Athletics carnival on Friday 12th May. It was a great way to end the week.


Education Week

The link to the activities from the Department of Education is here


Students and staff will participate in activities to celebrate the Healthy Body Healthy Mind focus for the week.


Debutante Ball  Year 11

It was a lovely evening with the debutantes presented to Mr Craig Guscott, School Council President and Mrs Julie Hughes, former Assistant Principal at Ringwood Secondary College.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to its success. The photos in this newsletter highlight the fun and glamour of the night.

This weekend will see the last Debutante Ball for the year.


Eleni Stathatos


From Mr Barut

Students at Ringwood Secondary College continue to flourish and grow under the caring leadership of their teachers and their House Co-ordinators. Notwithstanding the engaging curriculum and motivation to learn, students have all the opportunity afforded to them to be involved in all aspects of college life.


Some of the highlights have included the Year 7 cohort having some Elevate sessions on Study skills, note taking and organisation. There will be a follow up consolidation session next term where all students will be guided through best practice in preparing for an English text response. The skills learnt now are vital as they move through secondary school.


The InterGreat Parent Expo showcased personal projects from the Year 9 group that was shared with friends, parents and teachers – students were proud at talking about their learnings and enthusiastic about their finished products – in fact, some students showed amazing entrepreneurial promise!!


The Year 10 students have the Metec excursion to look forward to that prepares them for their Learners and other programs that relate to road safety.


Senior School have been busy with study, study, study! Having said that, so many of our students have also been involved in ‘Chicago’, Mt Gambier and Deb ball. This is fantastic to see and the College celebrates and encourages their involvement.


The College is always supportive of parent involvement through the educational journey and parents are invited to contact House Co-ordinators if they require any assistance or clarification. The College stance is that any communication has to be positive, respectful and solution focussed. We ask for your continued support in this expectation.


James Barut


From the Office

From the Chaplain

So we are heading to that time of the year where we search deep into the back of our cupboards for our moccies, dust off our gown and enjoy being rugged up in front of the TV with a blanket. 

We also get the opportunity to enjoy different foods as salads and snags are replaced with veggies and the slow cooker gets another run as we bring our latest soup recipes into work, all in the effort to stay warm.

I'm not much of a winter person but there is something to be said for hibernating as we prepare for winter. 

It is well known that animals need to hibernate to conserve energy as they tackle the colder climates of their native seasons but I have already noticed characteristics of this in my own life.

As I get home from work and it's dark I cannot go outside to wash a car or mow the lawn mid week and it is kind of nice not having these pressures. I can just enjoy being inside more, resting whilst the weather turns cold for the next few months.


The different season brings a different pace and new opportunities. 


I hope you can find the time to enjoy what this colder season can bring.


Adam Bryant

Chaplain (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs) 




  • Parents -  please call in absences or update Compass on a daily basis
  • Just a reminder that any May absences so far this month need to be  updated now


 If you receive an SMS please ring the attendance line on 9845 7519 as soon as possible


Your support with all matters attendance is appreciated.


Kay Pristley

Attendance Officer


School Council Meeting

The Ringwood Secondary School Council met on Wednesday 17th May 2017. The following matters were discussed at the meeting:

2016 Annual Report: The RSC Annual Report for 2016 was endorsed by Council. A copy of the Annual Report can be found at


Capital works program: The Principal, Mr Phillips provided an update to Council on the progress of the College capital works program. Council heard that the program is tracking reasonably well with timelines for opening expected to be achieved.

Council discussed strategies for progressing to Stage 2 of the College capital works master plan in 2018.


Principal’s Report: The Principal, Mr Phillips, updated Council on: (a) education funding announcements in the recent State and Federal Budgets including the Federal Government’s comments in relation to re-visiting the “Gonski” school funding model; (b) Student achievements; and (c) 2018 Student enrolment numbers.


Reports from Council sub-committees: (a) Resources Committee – provided the College financial report for 30 April 2017 (b) Policy and Education Committee – tabled the updated version of the College Anaphylaxis Policy for endorsement. The policy can be found at 

(c) Facilities Committee noted all the maintenance works which had been happening to College buildings and grounds and the OH&S report was made to Council.

Ringwood Training facility: the financial report for the Ringwood Training facility for April 2017 was tabled for information.


Leah Brohm

School Council Member

Building Project

Facilities Report


During the last few weeks things have been very busy indeed. Most excitingly, staff and students are back in the library and everyone is thrilled with the new building.


A summary of recent and current works:

Junior School

·         Roof and upper wall cladding

·         Plastering, Electrical, glazing, brickwork

·         Storm water plumbing/Civil works

·         Projector/Security wiring

·         Solar wiring

·         Shade shelter- new roof


·         Partial completion!!

·         Design work- library front


Other works around the College

·         Painting W/Boards - quad

·         Sports storage area

·         Staff wellbeing area

·         Painting- rooms 1, 2 and 5

·         Replacement -desk tops

·         Several new staff tables

·         Pruning/brush cutting gardens


OH & S

·         Gas heaters serviced

·         Additional visitor signs 

·         Test and tagging

·         Service - Metal/Woodwork machines

·         Tree/Arborist works

·         Emergency lighting tested


Chris Salisbury

Facilities Manager

Around the School

Visual Arts – Photography

On Monday 8th May, students participating in year 9 Photography embarked on an excursion to the Festival of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in the city.


Students had the opportunity to view both traditional and contemporary photographs where artists used manual and digital techniques and presented their photographs in a variety of different formats. This exhibition provided a lot of inspiration for our young photographers.


After viewing the exhibition, students completed a photo challenge using their own devices. Students applied the technical and compositional rules they have learnt over the semester to produce some fantastic photos with the intention of capturing the ‘Essence of Melbourne’. 


Thanks to Natalie Kosnar and Sarah Ritche for assisting on the day.


Kayla Whitfield

Visual Arts Coordinator


Students viewing the artwork at the Festival of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria.


The Essence of Melbourne'

captured by Suki Marsden



On April 27, the second round of the inter-school debating competition was held at Tintern Grammar. Ringwood Secondary College had four teams competing, of which three came away with wins. Our C grade team, made up of Jackson Mangold, Akanksha Singh and Caitlin Dellow, contested the topic ‘That we should restrict urban sprawl’. Arguing for the negative team, they won by 3 points, and Akanksha was awarded best speaker for the debate.


Of our three D grade teams, two had one-point victories, and the other a one-point loss. All students spoke well, but Clinton Bouphasavanh and Hayley Brown were awarded best speaker in their respective debates. Other students involved were Renee Egan, Samuel Rhodes, Skye Mazella, Gemma Caldecoat, Megan Rennick, Tia Olsen and Elizabeth Brooks.

Congratulations to everyone involved on a successful night for Ringwood!


Caitlin May, Deb Wilkins and Ian Morley

Extension Programs at RSC

Year 7 Da Vinci Decathlon:  Fantastic Results!

On Monday, 15th May, our two Da Vinci teams of 16 Year 7 students met at Ringwood station on a cold, foggy morning at 7.30am to make their way to the challenging Da Vinci Decathlon held at Camberwell Grammar. Students competed in an academic inter-school gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon, with events/challenges in 10 academic disciplines. This was the first of the regional events held in Melbourne, and 20 teams had entered: 18 teams from private schools and 2 teams from Ringwood SC.

Our teams were amazing and we were the only State school in attendance. Students had to work in their teams to complete a number of highly challenging tasks:

Session 1: Science, English, Art & Poetry, and Ideation

Session 2: Maths, Cartography, and Creative Producers

Session 3: General Knowledge, Code Breaking, and Engineering

Our teams:

Da Vinci Team 1:

Charlotte Jackson 7A, Brooke Humphreys & Jessica Suares 7F, Sue Kumar 7H, and Cade Cavanagh, Tom Jackson, Aidan Maher & Nathan Agache 7I.


Da Vinci Team 2: 

Liam Denholm & Lachlan Moroney 7A, Caitlin Dowding, Johanna Feeney & Isabel Kenworthy 7H, and Emma Hanly, Shion Kim & Eve Maskell 7I.



Da Vinci Team 1:

Gained 3rd place in the Art & Poetry Task; and 5th place in Creative Producers (create a 60 second dramatic performance based on ‘the power of money’). Fantastic effort!


Da Vinci Team 2:

Gained 3rd place in the Engineering Task (design & construction task); 2nd place in Ideation (solve real world problem); and won 1st place in Creative Producers. They were then required to perform their winning Creative Producers task in front of the other teams. Fantastic achievement!

These students have been an absolute delight to work with over the last 5 weeks in preparation for Monday’s challenge, and were brilliant ambassadors for the college, working together in the spirit of the Da Vinci Challenge, as well as beating many private school teams in several of the challenges. Congratulations!


Ms Annette Niven

ACE Program Coordinator

Junior School

Term 2, Week 5 - Junior School


As we head into the cooler months it is a timely reminder that all students must wear the correct college uniform. We have had an increase in the number of students requesting a uniform pass and while this is the correct process we would prefer if students attending each day in full school uniform.

Please remember that under no circumstances are students permitted to wear a hooded jumper and no pass will be issued for such items.

Please refer to the uniform policy on the College website or contact us if you have any concerns about the uniform



There have been a few issues lately regarding the use of iPads in the school. If the WiFi is dropping out the IT department needs to know the following information;

  • Who is having the problem (the name of the students)
  • What time and day did it occur
  • Which classroom was the problem in

This can be done by emailing [email protected] either by a parent, student or a staff member with the above details. IT will then have enough information to pin point the issue.


If an iPad has hardware or screen issue please resolve the issue directly with Apple.  If unsure you may contact the IT department to clarify where to go. All iPads have AppleCare+ and they can be taken to an Apple Store to get replaced. 

IT Services will assist in support around the software, system and school connection issues however hardware issues need to be addressed at home.


Open Night

It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in the College Open Night. As always this provides us with a chance to showcase our school. Whilst there were a number of students who helped on this night I want to highlight the efforts of two Year 7 students. Mylee James and Olivia Slade provided a first hand account of their experiences so far at Ringwood Secondary College in our official presentation on stage. Talking in front of a combined 750 people can be a daunting task however these young ladies showed poise above their age in speaking clearly and confidently. A number of parents spoke to me on the evening and commended how lovely it was to hear from the students themselves. Well done Mylee and Olivia on an excellent contribution to our College Open Night.


Year 7 Transition

The changes to the transition program have so far proved to be a big success. Our students are actively engaged in their classes and have already built a strong connection to the College. Our focus of keeping students in their classes early in Term one allowed this connection to strengthen. As a part of the transitional process students attended a workshop on Thursday 11th May looking at Study Skills. This session was run by Elevate who have been developing students skills in key areas of studying and preparation for tests and exams for 15 years. With ten workshops running concurrently it was great to see all groups actively engaged with the presenters and the content. It would be great if all parents or guardians could reflect on this session with their child over the next week or two. A follow up session has been planned for early in Term 3 which will look at how to organise their time within a specific task. This will provide all Year 7 students with a solid platform moving forwards into Year 8 and beyond.








At our recent Year 7 assembly we were treated to a performance from a group of girls who had recently competed at a dance competition taking out first place. Performances like this help us to recognise the efforts of all students’ success not just the academic side of their school experience. The year 8 assembly will take on a similar look as another group will also perform during this time. This assembly will also see the much anticipated ‘down ball’ competition between staff and students as well and we all know how the last one ended up. Whilst an assembly provides us with an opportunity to convey key messages to all students it also allows us to continue to build a positive rapport with our students. The Junior School students are doing well and as a Coordination team we are very pleased with their focus and attitude.


Fidget Spinners

At the time of writing we have done the following to address the use of a fidget spinner in class. All Junior School students have been told that we will not ban fidget spinners from class at this stage however this is a possibility if they are misused. The rules for these are quite simple, if a teacher instructs a student to put their fidget spinner away they must do so straight away without any arguing. There is a place for these items in education however the moment they become a distraction to teachers, other students or an individual this distraction must be removed. I hope that we can continue to use these in the manner they were designed for. A reminder that these spinners are a students’ own responsibility.


Jonathon Rogers

Junior Sub School Leader

Middle School

Middle School News

Term 2 Update!

As we are currently in the midst of Term 2, students should be ensuring they are completing their work and maximising their learning opportunities.  It is also a time when students need to be vigilant in submitting assessment tasks in a timely manner and also continually referring to their Compass to remain up to date with their course work.  Parents can also support students by regularly viewing their child’s Compass to check and monitor student progress. 


Work experience is approaching very quickly for Year 10 students.  Please make sure you have your work placement organised and that all forms and required documentation has been completed.


Matthew Tucker

Middle School Leader


Upcoming Exams

The Semester One Year 10 exams will be commencing on Friday 9th June and finishing on Monday 19th June. There will be no timetabled classes on for Year 10 students during the exam period and will not be required at school except for their timetabled exam. The exams have already been scheduled into student timetables, which can be viewed via Compass. Students will be told what equipment they will need by their teachers and if any student needs any Special Consideration for any reading, writing and/or extra time, please let Mr Jamieson know via email: ([email protected])


Benn Jamieson

Freeman House Coordinator

(Middle School)


InterGREAT Personal Project Parent Expo 

Our InterGREAT Personal Project Parent Expo was a huge success. Last Tuesday night approximately 250 year 9 students were on hand to showcase their Personal Projects to staff, parents and the wider school community.

Over the course of Term 1 students were required to challenge themselves in developing a new skill. Students needed to display grit, tenacity, perseverance and resilience in order to overcome obstacles and complete their projects. These are character qualities that each individual needs to thrive.  


For a night, the 500’s area was transformed into a gallery full of RSC talent proudly presenting their work. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to interact and engage with an audience. The response from parents was overwhelming! The rooms were abuzz with chatter and enthusiasm. I hope the students found the evening a positive experience, with the school community displaying so much appreciation for their efforts.


Thanks to everyone who participated and made the night such a success! 


Some quotes from the night:

“It was such a great night…Very positive vibe and very enjoyable”
“Our kids are so lucky to come to this school”

“A night like this makes me feel a part of my son’s education. Thank you”


Virginia Watson

InterGREAT coordinator


Senior School

 From the Prefects

The year 12’s have been laser focused studying for all the SACs that a year 12 student expects (a lot!), and as breather, we had special guest Sonya Karras come to talk to the whole senior school about safe partying and alcohol. She was not only informative but was also very funny, her relatable stories and heartbreaking experiences really helped us reflect on our situation and overall made us think twice on certain decisions that our age group tend to make in relation to alcohol and driving.

Moreover, last Friday Athletics Day took place and it was a great success. There was a great turn out from the year 12’s who were dressed up in various costumes, from manly cheerleaders to blue man suits and everything in between everyone looked amazing! We also had the first ever novelty event of Quidditch, which was very successful mainly because the year 12’s team was one of the victors.

Didier Iriarte Fattel




The year 11's have had a very busy month, mainly due to the realisation that exams are right around the corner. However, we are all preparing very hard and are sure that they will not be of any issue. The Athletics Carnival was on Friday went off without a hitch!! It was a great fun filled day and it was spectacular to see so many people getting into the house spirit, obviously Freeman was the best. 

Ben Holland

Yr 11 Debutante Ball

Year 12 Debutante Ball

After much stress, tears and spray tans, the 2017 Year 11 Deb Ball was fantastic! All of the girls looked stunning with their professional hair and makeup and the dazzling dresses, and the guys didn't clean up too badly either.

The photography beforehand at the McAlpine Reserve was beautiful and we could not have had better scenery if we tried. The venue was gorgeous and grand (fitting to its name) and everybody was thoroughly impressed, although I think our amazing dancing impressed them more!




Ben Holland



Victorian Inter-school Horse Trials

Annelise Butress represented RSC at the Victorian Inter-school Horse Trials on 29th and 30th April. The Horse trials consist of 3 phases of horse riding Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross country Jumping. Annelise came first in the EVA80 section with her horse Ashton. A total of 89 schools from around the State competed in this event and she was placed in the composite team with riders from Mount Lilydale Mercy college, FCJ college Benalla and Melbourne Girls Grammar who did extremely well placing fourth overall.


Kristi Usher

State Swimming

A number of students competed in the State Swimming Championships held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. It was a fantastic day with some excellent results and a great experience for all students involved.


Results were as follows:

Cade Cavanagh – 2nd place in 13 Yr 50m freestyle and 3rd in 50m Breastroke

Tarni Cavanagh – 2nd place in 15 Yr 50m Butterfly

Caitlin Dellows – 5th place in 15Yr 200m Freestyle

Tiffany Hayes – 5th place in 14 Yr 50m Breastroke

Sophie Caldwell/Ciara Lumsden/Caitlin Dellows/Tarni Cavanagh – 2nd place 17 Yr 200m Freestyle Relay


The highlight of the meet was Sophie Caldwell’s performances. Five wins, with two new records. A brilliant effort.



17-20 Yr 200m Freestyle

17 Yr 50m Freestyle

17 Yr 50m Breastroke

16-20 Yr 200m IM  - new record 2:23:18

12- 20Yr 400m Freestyle   - new record 4:26:16


Sophie has also been selected as part of the Australian team for the Commonwealth Youth Games, which will be held in the Bahamas.



This is a huge achievement. We wish her a safe trip, an amazing experience and fantastic performances.

From left to Right

Tiffany Hayes, Tarni Cavanagh, Caitlin Dellows, Cade Cavanagh, Ciara Lumsden, Sophie Caldwell


Roidula Boutsikakis 

Director of Sports

Performing Arts and Music

Music Report

Thank you to everyone who came out on a cold and wet night to support our annual Jazz Night on 1 May. A special thank you to those volunteers who assisted us with transporting equipment for Jazz Night last week and also the Music Association for their support with the door, raffle and silent auction on the night. It was great for our ensembles to play for such a large and appreciative audience.


All 9 ensembles that you heard at Jazz Night gave even better performances at Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier. Although no places were awarded, all ensembles gave their best and gained a lot from the various performances and workshops throughout the weekend.

Congratulations to Charlie Lodge, a year 8 percussionist  who is the recipient of the Blanchard Award at Generations in Jazz.

The Blanchard Award is open to talented instrumental students in either their first or second year of high school. It is through the generous support of Ross and Jenny Blanchard and their commitment to the development of young musicians that Generations in Jazz is able to offer $5000 to both a female and a male recipient.

This development award is designed to help young students at the beginning of their high school journey and for talented students who need some financial help to reach their full musical potential.


On Monday May 8, three of our string players Elisha Dana, Sahana Dana and Chelsey Chen were selected from all Melbourne schools to participate in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Melbourne String Workshop at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. All three students gained a lot from participating in this very prestigious work shop.


Thank you to everyone who attended our Junior Autumn Concert last night and congratulations to all our training and junior groups who also performed. Heathmont East Primary Senior Strings and RSC Senior Strings also added cameo performances on the night which was much appreciated by our packed audience.


Our Senior Concert will be slightly early on Thursday 1 June, this year due to Victorian Schools Music Strings Festival happening the following week. All intermediate and senior groups will be performing at this concert. Please don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear our senior and upcoming musicians. As you know our recent Junior Concert sold out well before the night so don’t delay in booking for this concert. Bookings can be made via Trybooking with the following link:

Tickets are Adults $11, Concession $8, $30 family of 4.


Upcoming dates:

Victorian Schools Music Festival:

Senior Strings, Monday 5 June 7.00pm 10.30pm, Hawthorn Town Hall

Symphony Orchestra, Wednesday 7 June, 6.45 – 10.30pm, Hawthorn Town Hall


Senior Winter Concert, 1 June, 7.30pm, College Hall


Ms Janine Pero

Director of Music



Another year another musical - this is a little something the RSC production family have been working on for the last couple of weeks-yep that's 5 weeks of rehearsals....if you wanna see what it looks like when it's finished

TICKETS GO ON SALE  - 7pm Tuesday May 23 





Friday August 11 at 7.30pm (OPENING NIGHT)
Saturday August 12 at 4.30pm
Sunday August 13 at 2.30pm
Wednesday August 16 at 7.30pm 
Thursday August 17 at 7.30pm 
Friday August 18 at 7.30pm 
Saturday August 19 at 7.30pm 


Karl McNamara

Director of Performing Arts



“What is now proved was once only imagined” 

William Blake ( 1757-1827)

English Writer and Artist.​

New Initiatives

A new initiative running in our wellbeing section will articles written by our Wellbeing Prefect Aimee Platts highlighting a cause or charity.


Melbourne Period Project

Imagine the humiliation, pain and fear women experience when they’re sleeping rough and they get their period. They don’t have anything to use. 

The Melbourne Period Project is an organisation that helps homeless women and transgender men by providing them with sanity items.

Through donations and they are able to put packs together and give them out to those in need.

They have 5 different packs that contain different items such as tampons, pads and some extra things.



Teen Fitness

Monthly Membership Special $59


Stage School Australia

Building Skills for Life - Join us in the Spotlight!

A wide variety of fun, inspiring classes in drama, song and dance for kids 5 - 18


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