Patterson River Secondary College Newsletter

21 December 2017
November/ December review
Principal's Report
Striving for Excellence
Senior School News
Junior School News
EXCEL Sport Program
EXCEL - Academic
Library Bytes
Dates to Remember 
Transition Information   (Grade 6 Parents)
Community Announcements & Advertisements
Patterson River Secondary College
68 Eel Race Rd
Seaford, Victoria, 3198

Principal's Report

The Year That Was

It’s difficult to believe that the school year has come to a close. Once again, I have been amazed by the achievements of our students across a diverse range of areas. Schools are busy places and this year was no different. I have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with members of the school as we have sought to make the changes that make a great school even better. Significant events and activities this year included:

  • Construction of the Senior School Centre
  • Opening of the VCAL Café
  • 50 Year School Reunion
  • Year 8 Mentor teachers (with dedicated classrooms)
  • Year 8 Elective Program
  • World Challenge India
  • German Exchange Trip
  • Successful EXCEL Sports Program (state finalists in Basketball, Lacrosse, Touch Rugby & Volleyball)
  • Two successful Chinese Study Tours
  • International School Accreditation

This year, the leadership team of the school spent a significant amount of time restructuring and developing programs for 2018. Whilst these changes will not come into effect until 2018 it has been very pleasing to already see improvements in almost all outcomes in 2017 from the previous year. These include:

  • NAPLAN growth results (Year 7-9)
  • 65% Increase in Year 7 applications 
  • VCE English Mean Study score (30)
  • Year 8 Attitude to School Survey results
  • Parent Opinion Survey results (most measures)
  • Staff Opinion Survey results (all measures)

The restructure and development of programs will see a number of new initiatives begin in 2018 including:

  • New Year 12 VCE subject for all students (focusing on study skills, time management, exam preparation)
  • New House System and leadership roles
  • New College Values and awards system
  • Hands on Learning Program (focusing on disengaged students 7-10)
  • New Leading Teaching positions, including; Student Learning Leader & Student Voice & Engagement Leader


I would like to thank our school council president Dr Terry Coates who’s eldest son recently graduated from the College. Terry has overseen a number of significant projects at the school, including the Basketball Stadium, Performing Arts Centre and more recently the Senior School Centre. 

It is this time of year that we often see the departure of some of our staff. This year is no different which sees the retirement of Brett McIllwraith, Leigh Prideaux, Lynn Hellyer and Tanya Scott. In addition we farewell two staff members who have been here for a number of years, Cameron Cox and Lucy Coombs. I am also pleased to say that some of our staff who have filled some vacancies at the school in recent times have been successful in picking up positions at other schools for 2018, namely Kate Daly, Claire Weiss and Rafal Kaplon. I wish each of them the very best for the future.


The recent staffing restructure and above mentioned departures will see a number of new staff begin at the College in 2018. I am pleased to welcome into our school community the following staff for 2018:

Mr Adam Slater (Assistant Principal)

Mr Sean Leith (Year 7&8 Sub School Leader)

Ms Catherine Blackburne (Student Voice & Engagement Leader)

Mr Stuart Moody (Student Learning Leader)

Ms Mollie Riddle (VCAL/PE)

Ms Emma Robbins (Health/PE Domain Leader)

Ms Rebecca McPhee (Office Administration)

Ms Narelle Archibald (Senior School Administration Assistant)

Mr Jason Vellios (Humanities/English)

Ms Pragashinee Chetty (Junior School Administration Assistant)

Mr Heinz Pfester (German)

Mr Andrew Lewin (Integration Aide)

Ms Kristiarna Carson (Library Technician)

Ms Alison Wall (Trade Training Centre Liaison Manager)

Mr Tim Cook (Outdoor Education)


The year began with the release of our VCE results. Our class of 2016 left Patterson River entering in excess of 50 different tertiary courses and once again we outperformed our surrounding schools in terms of results. The College is now categorised by the Department of Education as a school of influence in regards to senior school results under the new performance measures. This is the highest rating that can be attributed to a school and is a reflection of not only our VCE results, but also our VCAL and VET outcomes.


This was strengthened by the recent release of our 2017 VCE results. Our College DUX was Tom Lucas who achieved an ATAR of 96.95. This has resulted in him being offered a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship at Monash University and should result in Tom achieving his goal of gaining entrance into a Medical Degree. Once again, we had a large number of subjects with mean study scores above 30, including English. I wish the graduates good luck in gaining entrance to their chosen fields.

I would like to thank our school captains, Kaylah Wainwright & Tyler Foreman, along with all of the student leaders for their assistance this year. They not only ran school events, but helped to shape the future of the College. In addition to previous roles fulfilled by student leaders, 2017 saw students:

  • Assist with school tours
  • Help redesign the uniform (2019-2021 implementation)
  • Determine the new Values and House System
  • Raise flags on a daily basis
  • Design the new Leadership System

Finally, I would like to wish all staff, students, parents and carers an enjoyable and safe break surrounded by family and friends.

Mr Daniel Dew

College Principal

Striving for Excellence

Presentation Night Awards

On Wednesday, 13th December the College held the annual Presentation Night. Congratulations to all of the following winners:

Year Level DUX 2017

Year 7 DUX     -  Beste Cifci
Year 8 DUX      - Pranit Parashar
Year 9 DUX     - Jenna Howe &  Alistair Chitty

Year 10 DUX    - Aaryan Kulkarni

Year 11 DUX     -Jessica Cox
Year 12 DUX     - Tom Lucas

Year 11 VCAL Dux   -   Jasmine Fox                                                    
Year 12 VCAL Dux    -  Nicholas Gikas

Year 12 Excellence Award   - Emily Taylor

Year 12 Excellence Award   - Jasmine Du

Tom Henderson Scholarship         -Jessica Cox
Year 8 Striving for Excellence      -  Kimberley Crombie

Sue Morriss Achievement Award  - Dale Barwick

Sportsman Award   -   Daniel Temkin
Sportswoman Award   -   Rhys McKenna

School Sport Victoria Award   -   Kasey Smith
Ian Cranage Award/EXCEL Sport Award   -   Zoe Scheffer
Dunkley Shield Award      -    Hattie McFadden

Seaford / Carrum Downs Rotary Award    -    Seth Hughes

Patterson River Fire Brigade Award        -    Matthew Cook
Caltex Best All Rounder Award             -     Sarah Curtis

Knowledge Time Encouragement Award         -   Ethan Borg, 

                                                                                                     Ella Taylor,

                                                                                                     Ryan Harrison, 

                                                                                                     Dalani Te Whata

Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program   - Aaryan Kulkarni

Australian Defence Force “Long Tan” Leadership Award    -  Tom Lucas                                                                                                                                   Lola Nash

Carrum Electorate Leadership Award     -   Ellie Spasevski

Seaford RSL Citizens Award     -     Bethany McCormack

Chelsea Rotary       -    Jessica Brown

Performing Arts     -    Lachlan Ball

Brass Scholarship     -     Calaen Moyle

Woodwind Scholarship      -     Isabelle Jarvis
Strings Scholarship     -     Erin Harmor
Percussion Scholarship    -    Cameron Blees

School Council Awards 


Joshua Bowman


Maddie Bowly

Learning About Me

Beste Cifci


Isabelle Evans

Art, Design Technology

Amara Fennessy


Piper Isles

Food Technology

Finn Marshall


Jahnavi Mehta


Max Sass


Ellie Tsigaras


Max Weinmann


Kattie Zhong




Kayla Borg


Olivia Calleja


Isabelle Chalmers


Aleksei Eaves


Sage Kirby


Bronte Martine

Design Technology, Food Technology

Pranit Parashar

German, Maths, Science

Amba Rogers


Millie Smith


Madeline Terlicher

Learning for Now



Bianca Carter


Steffanie Cheung Chin


Matthew Cook


Caitlyn Green

Food Technology, PE

Jenna Howe


Gold Jegede

German, Learning for Life, Science

Justin Kempton

Design Technology

Soraya Lucas


Bethany Marshall

Learning for Life

Lauren Martin


Eric Proctor


Thomas Sellars








Charlotte Baker


Natasha Burton

Psychology Units 1 & 2

Monica Cobb


Sarah Curtis

Food Technology

Sidney Fell


Abi Fiedler


Aaryan Kulkarni

English, Maths Methods, Science

Brayden Laurie


Molly Leder

Advanced General Maths

Carla Mason

Maths General

Finn McCarthy


Megan McDonald

Outdoor Education

Alex Miller


Ronald Rossiter


Thomas Tozer

Design Technology



Lucas Blom

Business Management

Kirsty Boyle

Outdoor Education

Jeremy Cardoz

Maths Methods

Jason Collins

Further Maths Units 3 & 4

Christopher Close


Jessica Cox

English, PE

Hailey Fisher

Visual Communication & Design

Callum Johnstone

Studio Art

Paige Kishere


Mitchell Lobb

General Maths

Lucas Prattico


Bianca Richardson

Food Technology

Brandon Strahan


Brooke Smith

Legal Studies

Victoria Symons

Health, Literature

Harrison Wain

English, Music

Felicity Weston

Art, 20th Century History

Matt Williams

Biology, Chemistry, Physics



Iman Ahmed

Studio Arts

Caitlin Bedingfield

Food Technology

Antonius Bennett

Informatics, Philosophy

Ashleigh Burke


Eunika Burger


Andrew Cook

Business Management

Amber Curtis

Music, German

Jasmine Du

English Language

Tyler Foreman

Global Politics, Product Design and Technology

Alisha Fulton

Dance, Psychology

Anthony Grainger

Physics, Software Development

Elise Jacob


Reece Kannemeyer

Systems Engineering

Julia Lindqvist


Atira Lloyd


Tom Lucas

English, Maths Methods

Sarah McCormack

Outdoor Education

Felix McKenzie

Visual Communication and Design

Aaron Riley

Legal Studies

Rebecca Schilling

English Language





Senior School News

Peer Support Training

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Specifically chosen Year 10 students spent a day at the Chelsea Yacht Club to give us a chance to familiarise themselves with the tasks we would have to undertake and skills we would have to use when we become peer support leaders. The peer support program is a term long journey which collaborates the New Year 11 and Year 7 students. Year 11 students’ form groups and bound with a Year 7 class to help guide and support them through the giant leap that the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is.

In order to do we learnt a variety of activities that are fun and interactive and would collapse the tension that surrounds high school and meeting new people. The supervising teachers taught and ran through these activities with us and made sure we understood when it would be appropriate for us to run these games with the Year 7’s. The day itself was really fun! We were treated to a complimentary lunch and got to spend a day learning new skills and ideas for being a peer supporter. Majority of us liked playing Balloon Stomp, which is where you tie a blown up balloon around your ankle and then run around a confined space trying pop everyone else’s balloons but keep yours safe.

 Overall it was a really insightful day and all the students that participated are exciting to put this training to use when orientation day comes.

Natasha Burton Year 10 Student




Year 12 Results

Last Friday our VCE Year 12 students received their eagerly anticipated VCE results which was the culmination of their 13 years of primary and secondary schooling. Topping the results for the VCE class of 2017 was Tom Lucas who achieved a wonderful ATAR of 96.95 which was made all the more impressive because it included two 40+ Study Scores of 49 for Further Maths and 46 for English. Tom has already received a scholarship offer from Monash University and is confident of receiving an offer to study medicine at Monash next year.


Several other students obtained 40+ Study Scores in a range of subjects which included Dance, Health & Human Development, Psychology, Computing: Informatics and Outdoor & Environmental Education. These results are recognised as excellent because only 8% of students in any VCE subject can be awarded a 40+ Study Score.
Several VCE subjects recorded scores above the statewide median of 30 which attests to the hard work of both the students and their teachers in achieving results above state benchmarks.
Our students from the class of 2017 can now look forward to enjoying their Christmas holidays although many will have 16 January circled on their calendar as the date when first round university offers are sent which many of our students looking to continue their post-compulsory education by accepting offers for university and TAFE courses in 2018. 
Our best wishes are extended to our graduating students of 2017 from all the staff who have taught you over your six years at Patterson River Secondary College.













Junior School News

Year 9 Roses Gap Camp

The 2017 Year 8’s stepped up in term 4 to start Year 9, and what better way to do this than with the annual Year 9 Camp to Roses Gap in the Grampians. The camp is an action packed week with students enjoying a variety of activities including the giant swing, abseiling, raft building, archery, flying fox, pamper poles and canoeing on the lake. This year was the first time that students had the option of completing a 13km day walk to the top of Briggs Bluff, to experience some breath taking views at a height of 600m. While the walk was challenging for some, there were no complaints with students enjoying the opportunity to push themselves over the six hour journey.

The camp was once again a huge success with fun and challenging activities, great camp food and as always, the friendly staff at Roses Gap Camp made the experience the best for all students involved.

The highlight for PRSC staff was watching students step outside their comfort zone and tackle fears, as well as watching the students support one another at various times.




EXCEL Sport Program

2017 European Handball School Championships

On Tuesday 28th November the Year 9 EXCEL Sport class entered two teams into the first European Handball School Competition at Albert Park. The boy’s teams played four games against EMC 2 and 3, McKinnon Secondary College and Narre Warren South. It was soon apparent that our boy’s team was up against some much bigger opponents. PRSC competed extremely well throughout the day and finished with a draw and three close losses including against the eventual winners Narre Warren South.

The girl’s team were fantastic as well throughout the day. After three round robin games we were undefeated with 2 wins and a draw against Padua College who we would play in the grand final. Padua has been playing Handball for three years and while the result did not go our way, we matched it with a much more experienced opposition and were a credit to our school. Well done Year 9s.


NPD Lawn Bowls Championships

The Year 8 EXCEL Sport class competed in the inaugural Northern Peninsula District Lawn Bowls Championships at Carrum Bowling Club on Friday 3rd November. The class had been guided through a couple of clinics by volunteers at the Bowling Club on two previous occasions and were ready to compete against other schools. All of our teams competed well and were only ever marginally on the wrong side of the ledger. A fantastic event where boys and girls can compete on a level playing field against students of all ages. Well done.




The EXCEL Sport Program went to the MCG on Friday 8th December to watch a T20 cricket practice match between the Stars and Renegades. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had photographs and autographs with the mascots and players. The match went down to the last over with the Stars winning the game. It is rare to get full access to the members area during a sporting event. An excellent way to celebrate the end of the year.




EXCEL - Academic

Excel Showcase Evening

Students in 7E, 8E and 9E were able to showcase and celebrate their work throughout the 2017 school year at the Academic EXCEL Showcase night, held on Wednesday 15th December in the college Performing Arts Centre. The showcase highlighted the excellent work that the Academic EXCEL cohort have completed throughout the year both as individuals and collaboratively. 7E displayed their work in the foyer and parents were invited to test out their creations as students answered questions about the science behind their models. 8E explored the work that they had completed throughout their year, particularly in English – detailing outstanding book reviews and a fantastic overview of the Critical Thinking Challenge Days that the cohort participated in throughout the year. 9E were able to celebrate their three years in the Academic EXCEL program and reflect on the experiences that they had and share their most memorable moments. It was a fantastic night to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our Academic EXCEL students!


Library Bytes

Christmas Projections at the State Library

04 December 2017 – 25 December 2017

Projections run 9 -10.20 pm

Christmas is coming and the story of Santa’s preparations at the North Pole will be told in magical illuminations across the CBD.

Visit the State Library forecourt to see larger-than-life projections swirling across the Library facade in a colourful celebration of the festive season.


Dates to Remember 


Friday 19th

Lamont Book Collection 2pm-6pm 

Performing Arts Centre


Monday 29th 

General Office Re-opens 11am


Wednesday 31st

Term 1 Commences for ALL STUDENTS


Tuesday 13th 

College Swimming Carnival


Wednesday 28th - Friday 2nd

Year 7 Camp


Tuesday 13th

Student Photos


Thursday 15th

College Open Night


Wednesday 28th

Year 7 Immunisations


Thursday 29th

Last Day Term 1 - 2pm Finish


Monday 16th 

First Day Term 2


Friday 20th 

EXCEL Academic Testing Expression of Interest Closes


Friday 27th

EXCEL Sport Testing Expression of Interest Closes

Scholarships (Academic, Sport, Leadership, Art) Expression of Interest Closes

Transition Information  
(Grade 6 Parents)

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:

2018 / 19 Transition


Community Announcements & Advertisements

Second Bite

SecondBite is one of Coles’ key community partners and we are very pleased to send you some information about an exciting competition being run in conjunction with Clean Up Australia to help design Coles’ new range of reusable bags.
All proceeds from the sale of the bags will be provided to Coles community partners. In 2018 these will be Clean Up Australia, Guide Dogs, Little Athletics and SecondBite.
Wouldn’t it be fabulous if one of our students created a winning design! Not only would they have their bag design ranged across Coles, they also win a $250 Coles gift card for themselves and $5,000 for our school to spend on an environmental or sustainability project.


You can view full details of the competition at competition closes on 14 December.

Sttudents can enter individually or as part of their school.

Good luck!

Homestay Families Wanted 





Our camps provide the chance to make friends while having fun playing tennis. Our innovative program covers all facets of tennis and is designed to improve your skills and maximise enjoyment. Specialist sessions in all the skills of tennis technique and match play.

Structured and enjoyable program for each age level and ability 5-16 years

Join our experienced coaching panel from France, Romania, Canada, England and Australia

Dates: Mon 22nd & 23rd Jan 2018

Times:  Full Day 9am-3pm

              Half Day 9am-12pm

Price: 2 full days $100     2 half days $50

           Single full day $70 single half day $60

Location: Patterson Lakes Tennis Club

Crn Learmonth and Thompsons Rd, Patterson Lakes

Varied games and Activities

A clinic Tennis championship will be held on the last day with a trophy presentation to follow, with raffle and other prizes awarded.

Tactical and Technical improvement sessions

Morning tea provided each day (Full day participants to bring packed lunch each day)

For bookings:

Please call Deb 0433820088 or email [email protected] for more information

Sibling discount: 2nd child discount $10 off, 3rd child discount $20 off

Paying by direct deposit please contact Deb for details and booking information

Early drop off if needed. Please contact Deb to arrange

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