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«And so High School begins. WHAT’S ON AT RSC FEBRUARY 10th: Swimming Sports 11th - 13th: Yr 12 O / Ed Camp 17th: Yr 7 Parent Info Night Intermediate ...»

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Volume 23

Issue 1

6th February 2015


Mr Felix Patton

Mrs Jenny Walker

Mrs Chess Forster

And so



begins….. WHAT’S ON AT RSC


10th: Swimming Sports

11th - 13th: Yr 12 O / Ed Camp

17th: Yr 7 Parent Info Night

Intermediate Sport 19th : Yr 10 - 12 School Photos 20th: Yr 7 - 9 School Photos 25th: Yr 7 Luncheon 25th - 27th: Yr 11 O / Ed Camp - Cathedral Range MARCH 4th - 6th: Yr 10 O / Ed Camp 5th: Yr 7 Sport 9th: LABOUR DAY -


13th: Yr 11 Outdoor Ed - Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Discovery 16th: Parent Teacher Interviews 16th - 20th: Yr 10 Work Experience

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Following in the newsletter is a step by step guide to downloading this free app, which will not only enable you to view events, newsletters and many other valuable items but most importantly it will send “push notifications” to your phone to alert you to any urgent messages or information updates.

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We would hope that as many parents and students who have either an iPhone or Smartphone, do download this free app as we aim to further improve our communications between school and home.


Andrew Nicholls Principal Hello to the Rosebud Secondary College community. Welcome back to the new school year. Last week I spoke to the students about making the most out this year and their time at Rosebud Secondary College. It is important to start the year off on the right note, and I encourage you to support your child in partnership with the school. At this assembly we also welcomed back the following teaching staff: Leah Wills, Keiji Fujimoto and Kirsten Naylor.

Last year we were very pleased with our VCE and VCAL results and celebrated with families at the valedictory dinner held at the New Peninsula Centre. This was a wonderful event and we were able to highlight the great range of achievement from our VCE and VCAL students. There were eight students who scored 90+ ATARS and 21 students with an 80+ ATARS. Our Dux with a score of 98.0 was Jake Gurnett. We wish our class of 2014 the best of luck into the future. I would like to thank Jane Gibson, Drew King and Andrew Glover who coordinated the night and the other staff who assisted in various roles.

During term one of each year College Council elections are held. There are currently two parent positions available on Council and I encourage you to consider this important role. College Council meet eight times per year on a Monday night starting at 5.15pm.

Nominations close on Friday 20th February. An election will be held if required from Wednesday 4th March. More information can be found at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/involve/Pages/schoolcouncilguide.aspx This week I attended the Year 12 Study Conference held at Monash University. This was a great chance to address the students regarding their final year at school and highlight the difference a Year 12 completion can make to their future. In my opening address, I outlined some of the challenges facing our young people and the skills and qualifications required to enter the future workforce. I highlighted that while it is important for students to focus on the main goal of school completion they also need to maintain a good balance in what they do. During my address, I referenced a couple of compelling reports regarding young people which I have listed below. I am sure the three days will provide a great start for our Year 12 students. I would like to thank the Senior Sub School team who coordinated the conference. http://www.fya.org.au/app/theme/default/design/assets/FYA-HYPAF-13.pdf http://www.aracy.org.au/documents/item/126 This year we are launching our new website which will also include a Facebook page. There has been much work behind the scenes in getting this ready. The aim of the new site is to provide clearer and more concise information and more up to date news on events and activities happening in the school and community. Check out the News and Prin Blog features on the new site at http://www.rsc.vic.edu.au/ During the holiday period we were saddened to hear of the death of the crossing supervisor Michael Beckett. You may have seen Michael’s friendly face while driving past the school or while at the crossing over the last seven years. Michael’s family would like to express their thanks to all the staff and community for their very kind wishes, gestures and messages of support during this difficult time. A special thanks to the people who placed flowers and words of support at the crossing.

During the start of this year we always reinforce school rules with regard to student safety. Students are reminded that we are a “hands off” school and expect students to respect each other and not engage in behaviour such as bullying or violence. The College has very strict expectations and consequences with regard to any breach of these rules which are outlined in the College Handbook and Student Planner. The College takes all matters very seriously and will follow up any such incidents within school or travelling to or from school.

Organisational matters Year 7 Parent information evening will be held on Tuesday 17th February. There will be a BBQ at 4.30pm and an information session at 5.00pm in the SPAC. This is a great opportunity for you to meet the team working with our Year 7 students.

Swimming sports will be held on Tuesday 10th February at the Crib Point Pool.

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Due to the College’s new dismissal time of 3:00pm, some afternoon departure time for buses will also change.

Early buses will now leave at 3:15 p.m. Later buses arriving from Dromana S.C. (and 449 Dromana) will leave at their usual time (between 3:25 and 3:40 pm School Council Elections 2015 – Information for Parents What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within state-wide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?

For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

• A mandated elected Parent category – more than one third of the total members must be from this category.

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.

• A mandated elected DEECD employee category – members of this category may make up no more than onethird of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.

• An optional Community member category – members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DEECD employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year.

However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider

• standing for election as a member of the school council

• encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?

No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

What do you need to do to stand for election?

The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March. If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DEECD employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council at that school.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election.

You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.


• Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do

• Consider standing for election to council this year

• Be sure to vote in the elections.

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Nomination forms may be obtained from the College and must be lodged by 4:00pm on Friday 20th February. Please contact Vicki Eva in the General Office.

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If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the College.

Andrew Nicholls Principal Rosebud Secondary College Presents


Thursday February 19th 6:00pm-7:00pm Southern Peninsula Performing Arts Centre GUEST SPEAKER: Mark Dobson Mark was the keynote speaker at the recent year twelve Conference held at Monash University Frankston Peninsula Campus. His inspirational delivery to the year twelve students has motivated them to start the year with energy and enthusiasm. Mark will also be working with the students later in the year as the build up to exams and life after school draws near.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come and listen to Mark in an evening where he will provide support and advice to you as parents and guardians About Mark Dobson Mark Dobson is a performance coach, advising a host of athletes at a national and international level. Testament to his skill set is that in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics Mark spent one year advising Australian Olympic Swimming Coach Ian Pope, coach of Olympic medallists Grant Hackett, Matt Target and Patrick Murphy. Mark also coaches USA Ski Champion and Winter X Games medallist Colby West and has advised elite athletes such as Australian Olympic Steeplechase runner Victoria Mitchell, international trampolinist Christie Jenkins, Australian Memory Champion Tensel Ali and a host of others at the top of their fields.

In his recent book Parenting Freak Ability, Mark interviewed the families of Australia's great sporting families to discover what was different in their homes. Families Mark interviewed included surnames such as Gaze, Hackett, Buckley, Aloisi, Ginn, Sinclair and Siddle. This knowledge, combined with his coaching skill makes his presentations potent with inspiration and strategy.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Mark speak and to get advice on how to assist your son/daughter during what will be an important, and at times stressful, year in their lives. We look forward to seeing you there.

Yours Sincerely

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NAME: _____________________________________________

STUDENT NAME:____________________________________

NUMBER OF ATTENDEES:________ Please note this session is designed for parents only. Students need not attend.

The faces you’ll see in the Library this year have only changed a little, with some re-shuffling of positions.

Ms Michelle Peck has now assumed the role of Library Manager. She is really looking forward to maintaining all of the operations the Library has previously run, as well as expanding in other areas; such as a new Yr9 RED program! She is also looking forward to working closely with KLAs implementing Guided Inquiry program to assist RSC students with their research.

Miss Samantha Jeacle, who managed the Library over the past few years, will still be involved in the YR 8 RED program but she will be focusing her efforts in the English Department and on the Curriculum Committee. We would like to offer our appreciation to Ms Jeacle for her efforts in the Library and also extend our thanks to Ms Fischer who will be busily engaged in teaching Humanities classes this year.

We’d like to welcome a new Teacher Librarian on board, Ms Nicolle Brigden who has been an RSC English teacher for many years. She is currently undertaking her Master’s in Education – Teacher Librarianship. She will be involved in the Yr8 & 9 RED programs.

Finally, we are really excited to be celebrating the CBCA’s Book Week 7oth Anniversary. The Rosebud Secondary Library prides itself on its’ excellent fiction collection and we work hard to keep it up to date.

We are hoping to host a range of events and activities to further develop the reading culture at RSC. So make sure you are a regular visitor to the Library in 2015, to keep up-to-date with all that’s happening.

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2. In 2015 only, the vaccine that protects against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough will be offered to all students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. From 2016, this vaccine will be offered to Year 7 students only. This will provide earlier protection from these diseases.

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