Principal's Report

Congratulations to all Year 12 students who have now finished their final exams. Well done! Remember that the staff at the College are still available for support if required. The Careers and VCE teams will be available during the last week of the school year to assist with change of preferences and course counselling should it be required.

We look forward to celebrating 13 years of school on Graduation Night. Almost 50 staff will be attending this event, a testament to the strong rapport our staff and student forge. I’d like to acknowledge the VCE team, and in particular Ms Morabito and Ms Zivcic, for their work in organising this event. Special thanks to the Administration team who as always has done a mountain of work behind the scenes to make this possible.

Year 11 students finish their exams on Friday 18th November and then commence Year 12 Orientation. This is essentially the beginning of the Year 12 course; it’s an important time for students as it prepares them for their final year in 2023.

Year 10 students commence their exams on Monday 21st November. It is vitally important that students use this as a dress rehearsal for VCE. Every opportunity to ‘train’ for exams is vital for sustained success in VCE.

On Thursday 17th November, the School Improvement Team (SIT) spent the final day of the school review working with the review team to finalise our new School Strategic Plan (SSP) for 2023 – 2026. After a long day looking at data and the findings of the review, the school leadership has set its priorities for the next four years. I will provide more commentary on this in the coming weeks, but I’d like to acknowledge the review team led by John Haines. We are excited by the findings and are very pleased with the many positives to come from this review and look forward to working on the areas identified as new priorities over the next four years.

Finally, I would like to ask our parents and guardians to take a moment to thank our support staff and teachers when the opportunities arise. As you would be acutely aware, there is a significant teacher shortage across the country and in particular, Victoria. Having spoken to several colleagues who are principals at rural or outer suburban schools, the situation is very dire. Some are reporting a shortage of over a dozen staff for next year. This means they will start the school year with at least 12 less teachers than required. Most teach five classes, so 12 x 5 = 60 classes NOT covered. This will have a significant impact on our students and society for years to come.

Research clearly indicates that the classroom teacher has the biggest influence on student outcomes. Fortunately, at Rosehill we have been able to fill all our vacancies - for now. So, I ask that you take the time to thank our staff for their work and acknowledge the difficult task that they do each and every day and continue to provide high quality learning and teaching. They work tirelessly to keep our children focussed and engaged in class, in school and help develop them into well rounded citizens of our global community.


Arthur Soumalias

PRINCIPAL

Policies

School Policies have been updated in line with Department of Education and Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority requirements. Parents may review these on the school websitehttps://www.rosehillsc.vic.edu.au/under Our School > Policies > Minimum Standards Compliance – June 2022.

Calendar

Monday 21st November - Tuesday 29th NovemberYear 11 into Year 12 Orientation
Thursday 24th NovemberYear 12 Graduation
Wednesday 30th November - Friday 2nd DecemberYear 11 into Year 12 Orientation
Year 10 into Year 11 Orientation
Friday 2nd DecemberYear 10 BBQ
Monday 5th DecemberSchool Council

Library

Japanese

Five Year 11 students sent Christmas cards to the students of Kogakkan High School, our sister school in Japan.

It is the 10th year since we started our Christmas card exchange with Kogakkan. The students wrote in both Japanese and English.

Our sister school students also sent us their beautiful handwritten cards with impressively neat English.

Students who wrote cards are Ranush De Silva, Flynn Moran, Jaidyn Dinh Nguyen, Jason Teoh and Anthony Vo.


Takanori Hayakawa

LANGUAGES KLA LEADER

Year 10 Japanese Class Language exchange session with our sister school

On Friday 4th November, eight Year 10 students from the Japanese class participated in a language exchange session with students from our sister school, Kogakkan High School in Japan.

Students participated in a question-answer session on ‘Meet’ to learn about each other’s schools and local areas both schools enjoyed the real time communication for half an hour.

Students who participated in the session were Harrison Cardamone, Nicole Chan, Paige George, Andy He, Nyle Karabag, Sunny Li, Xyza Lyle and Rosha Milani.

I would like to thank Mr Hattori from our sister school for organising this session.


Takanori Hayakawa

LANGUAGES KLA LEADER

Year 9 City Experience

It was great to be able to get out and about in the city with our Year 9 Students after two years of restrictions.

We spent four days in the city (25th - 28th October) checking out the culture and attractions of Melbourne. The students were really excited to be in the city and doing something different and they displayed our school values by showing Initiative while navigating around the city and Respect for our teachers and excursion facilitators.

We all survived the wet and wintry weather and students displayed resilience by turning up every day, being punctual and completing their research tasks. Students worked in Homegroups and in groups of 4-5 members during the week. In each class small groups visited four to five famous landmarks and will complete research on these back at school in their ID classes. Students participated in five different class excursions and several activities throughout the four days.

Educational excursions were facilitated by MEL Tours, Melbourne Museum, The Salvation Army, The Royal Botanic Garden and Old Melbourne Gaol. Other activities included The Amazing Race, Victoria Market and Lygon Street Foodie’s tours and Daily Challenges. Students received prizes at an assembly back at school after City Experience.

Here are the winners in various categories – Congratulations to the following students:

Amazing Race winners:

First: Isaac Alysandratos, Christian Frazzica, Seth Hargreaves, Damian Karatasios, Chris Thalalaios and Reilly Webster (all 9H)

Second: Lucas Boanazinga, Jeremy Bromley, Josh Holtz and Hamza Petro (all 9E)

Third: Olivia Karantonis, Eleanor Quarrell, Omer Petro, Phillip Homatopoulos and Anikan Peiris (all 9E)

Showing School Values winners:

9A - Brendan Rutledge and Olivia Calleja

9B - Lachlan Skilbeck and Angelina Posenjak

9C - Ethan Jacobs and Madison Hunter

9D - Jaspreet Kaur and Kaila Bravo-Ravanal

9E - Petra J. Manalo and Elenor Quarrell

9F - Cillian Mckenna Burke and Zoe Brown

9G - Jason Luong and Chloe Russell

9H - Christian Frazzica and Olivia Cooper

Daily Challenges winners:

First 9B: Melissa Capogreco, Isabella Russo, Marcus Sculli, Evie Esposito

Second 9B: Jada Madikiza, Lily Black, Angelina Posenjak, Zainab Malik

Third 9E: Jeremy Bromley, Luca Bonanzinga, Josh Holtz, Hamza Petro

The following groups were acknowledged for doing one of the daily challenges

9E - Olivia Karantonis, Eleanor Quarrell, Omer Petro, Phillip Homatopoulos, Anikan Peiris

9E - Arianit Fazliu, Evan Waddell, Lucas Checinski, Nicolas Tseros

Our students displayed our school values and did an amazing job with communicating with the teachers, participating during all events, and cooperating with each other.

We would like to thank the Year 9ID team for preparing the students for City Experience and for looking after our students.

Thanks to Maria Viglione, Annette Ellis, Michael Sioukas, Lina Liousas, Jessica Deprost, Ling Billett, Peter Furneaux, and Giuseppe Bertoli.

Thanks to the Middle School, Student Engagement and Principal Class teams for attending excursions, assisting with welfare and discipline issues and just being there every day. Thank you to Beth Allen, Sonia Mortensen, Will Stubbings, Matt Hosking and Sirocha Bruckard.

Thanks also to Ewan Campbell for organising staffing and timetabling for the program. As always, the Administration staff supported us by preparing lanyards, organising first aid kits, taking phone calls and with attendance. And last but not least, a very big thank you to all the staff that came along and assisted (too many to name), braving the elements and really engaging with the kids on all their activities and excursions.


Maria Viglione and Giuseppe Bertoli

Year 9 ID COORDINATORS

Dorr-e-Dari

On Thursday 1st September at the Melbourne Arts centre we attended the performance “Dorr-e Dari” directed by Paul Dwyer. We were invited into a Verbatim Theatre and a poetic crash course of the Love Language set in the town of Kabul. Each character shared their story about first love.

What helped the stories to become better was the use of set, lighting changes, music, dancing, costume changes, props, phone calls projected on the screen and use of blocking. Most cultural scenes had use of music and dancing to represent their connection to their family and traditions.


Annette Ellis

PERFORMING ARTS COORDINATOR


I really liked the use of a different language. It made the stories more personal and I felt more connected to the characters and their monologues. I rate this play a 7/10.

Marcus Sculli


I really enjoyed their performance the stories and language are both interesting. The way they convey and tell the story is very engaging. Their expressions and auras, but the way they convey the message is very special.

Cindy Ha


In the play the actors taught us about their language and culture. They were wearing traditional clothes singing and dancing to their traditional songs. There was even a costume change during it which made it more interesting to watch and learn about their past lives and culture.

Holly Rowstron


I don't think the production could’ve improved much because it was really good and poetic. The skills the actors used were great, they had good focus, their expressions of feelings and moments were excellent and the monologues were great.

Kaia Harris

Year 10 Rubicon Education Camp

In week 4, Term 4, the Year 10 Outdoor and Environmental Studies class spent a week at Rubicon Outdoor Ed Camp. Nestled among the paper barks, blue gums and tree ferns of the surrounding damp forest, Nayook is the perfect location for outdoor adventures and the camp was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

After a short journey on the V-Line to Warragal, we arrived at Rubicon, where we met our wonderful group leaders. My group’s leader was Sorrel. She introduced us to the camp and got us our gear, including water bottles, lunch boxes, bags and raincoats (which we ended up needing to wear every day!). We then undertook a short hike up to the camp site where our tents would be placed and where we would sleep under the stars for the next two nights.

The next few days were a whirlwind of rain-soaked abseiling, terrifying high ropes courses, and building bridges. For this activity, we travelled into Nayook to build a bridge across the La Trobe River. This required us as students to communicate with each other about how to successfully, construct a bridge across a flowing river. None of the teachers were involved which allowed the students shine as leaders.

Finally, we came to the main activity, caving. Britannia Creek Cave was incredibly fun to scramble through, as I had never done that before in my life. It was amazing seeing a whole new dimension of nature which I had never previously considered. Once we had successfully navigated Britannia Creek Cave, we were ready for the real challenge, Labertouche Caves. These caves are massive, and we were in them for more than two hours. We entered the caves by using our knowledge of abseiling which we had learned on the second day. It was about ten meters into the cave. Students assumed the role of leaders to navigate through the caves using a map and a set of instructions. There were many challenging spots throughout the cave. In particular, the ‘chimney’ which a straight vertical tunnel that felt very dodgy and required extra concentration and special equipment. All of us made it up safely. The caving was simultaneously challenging and fun and everyone was so relieved to resurface above ground where the raindrops kissed our cheeks, and we basked in the glory of our achievement.

One of the highlights from camp was being separated from my phone for a week. When you really think about it, your phone is filled with negativity from other people, news, family, and friends. It felt so good being separated from all that drama for a week. Year 10 Outdoor Ed camp was one of adventure, fun and transformation. Thank you so much to Miss Nancarrow, Mr Kissick, Mr Leaver, Sorrel and Ali for the amazing experience!

Toby Foster

Surfing Excursion

This semester the Year 10 Outdoor Education class had a lot of fun doing their out of class activities. I believe, out of all the activities we’ve had the opportunity to undertake, all would agree that surfing was the most fun and the most exhilarating. We could not have asked for a more perfect day down at Ocean Grove, where Surf Sessions handed us a wetsuit and taught us how to get up on our board and catch waves.

When we finally managed to squeeze into out wetsuits (which, if you’ve never done before, is a feat on its own), we were asked to lay on our boards, in a semi-circle in the sand. Here, we practiced paddling, popping (the action of pulling your feet underneath you in preparation to stand) and finally the correct position to balance on the board while you’re coasting across the water.

When we entered the water, so many of us were able to get up on our boards and experience what it is really like to surf and glide through the waves just like you see in the movies and on TV. The weather was incredible, the sky was clear and the sun was warm - almost 29 degrees with no wind. Everyone had to wear sunscreen because the UV rays were extremely high but it was perfect for the day. Overall, we all had the most amazing time, learned some new skills emersed ourselves in our beautiful Victorian coast.

Luca Stellato

Come from Away

On the 12th October our Performance Studies class went on an excursion to the Comedy Theatre to see the Musical “Come From Away”.

The musical “Come From Away” is a story about the kindness of strangers during the crisis of the 9/11 attack in 2001. Thousands of people were stranded in Newfoundland, Canada, hoping to go home, without any way of communication they were stranded and worried. Stories were told and romances were created. Sadness was life, but kindness prevailed.

In the theater there was a gift shop and some merchandise on display.

"Come from Away" was a beautiful and iconic experience. The musical went for 100 minutes.

“Because we come from everywhere we all Come from Away.”

By Sofia, Athens and Freya

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Newsletter, Issue Sixteen - 18 Nov. 2022

Come from Away

On the 12th October our Performance Studies class went on an excursion to the Comedy Theatre to see the Musical “Come From Away”.

The musical “Come From Away” is a story about the kindness of strangers during the crisis of the 9/11 attack in 2001. Thousands of people were stranded in Newfoundland, Canada, hoping to go home, without any way of communication they were stranded and worried. Stories were told and romances were created. Sadness was life, but kindness prevailed.

In the theater there was a gift shop and some merchandise on display.

"Come from Away" was a beautiful and iconic experience. The musical went for 100 minutes.

“Because we come from everywhere we all Come from Away.”

By Sofia, Athens and Freya

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