From Mr Phillips
It is hard to believe that the first term is drawing to a close.
Parent, student and teacher interviews are being held throughout the day on Thursday and it would be great to have as many of you as possible involved. Bookings will close the afternoon prior to the interviews.
The last day of Term 1 also coincides with the school Cross Country and a range of activities will also be undertaken by our Year 7 students. The term will conclude at 2.30pm.
It was a pleasure to spend a day on Tuesday with our Year 9 students on their Challen9e Camp at Phillip Island. The giant swing was one of the experiences I tackled much to the surprise of some and it was great to see how the students worked together and problem solved in a range of experiences throughout the day. Thanks to our teachers, support staff and pre service teachers led by Mr Matt Tucker for facilitating this great experience.
In 2017, Ringwood Secondary College students in Years 7 and 9 will be undertaking NAPLAN online during May. Schools from ACT, QLD, VIC, WA and SA will participate in on-line NAPLAN this year. Overall, approximately 10% of students will undertake the testing in this way, which meets ACARA’s goal for the first year of implementation. ACARA is confident this number is a sufficient sample to be representative of the Australian student population.
Other states will participate from 2018/9. The table below indicates the overall take-up in 2017:
College Council Elections
Following the completion of the recent election process for our College Council, I would like to welcome our new members in Teresa Lodge and Jessica Lundie.
The number of Parent nominees equalled the number of vacancies, so no election was required. An election was held for the DET positions, as 4 eligible candidates stood. Thanks to Jessica Lundie, Felicity Mason, Eleni Stathatos and Darryl Stranger for standing. Following the closing of the ballot and counting of the votes Jessica and Eleni were the successful candidates.
Our School Council for 2017/18 is :
Parent Category: Mark Granland, Craig Guscott, Charles Heathcote, Teresa Lodge, Sharon Rogers, Andrew Smith.
DET Category: Michael Phillips (Executive Officer), James Barut, Jessica Lundie, Jonathan Rogers, Eleni Stathatos.
Community Members: Andrew Amos, Michael, Crump and Leah Brohm
Invited Observers: (Non-Council Members), Joe Gleeson and Karen Carden
Intersection of Great Ryrie St and Bedford Road
After a long period of planning and construction, the lights were finally switched on earlier this week. Students should now be able to use this intersection more safely and the additional crossing on Bedford Road will also be supervised at the beginning and end of the school day.
Student Leadership Workshop
Earlier this week I accompanied our school Head Prefects, Ariel and Didier to Ringwood North Primary School, where a large number of student leaders from surrounding primary schools were engaged in a student leadership program. They both shared their experiences of leadership and community involvement with a very enthusiastic group.
A reminder that Term 2 resumes on Wednesday April 20. Have a safe and relaxing Easter Break and a reminder that all students should be wearing winter uniform from start of May. We are looking forward to moving back into our revamped library space during these first few weeks too.