Principal's Report

End of Term 2

We find ourselves at the end of another semester. The school holidays are upon us so on behalf of the staff at Rosehill I wish all our families a safe, relaxing, and happy term break. I strongly recommend that our VCE students take the time during the break to summarise notes to help consolidate understanding. Many will be in attendance during Week 1 to complete Unit 3 trial exams on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June.


I would like to acknowledge Ms Hayes who is finishing up this term and will be pursuing other opportunities. She has been at Rosehill for over 12 years and has been a key member of our food technology and performing arts teams.

I also take this opportunity to wish Mr Pavlidis all the best in his future endeavours. He has decided to hang up his boots after almost 38 years in the teaching profession. George has been a permanent fixture at Rosehill and has established himself as a teacher who is always there to help and assist - nothing is too much trouble. Mr Pavlidis will be missed by the English and Humanities faculties and his logical and calm demeanour will be hard to replace. His work with our neurodiverse learners and the Learning Support Team has been invaluable for a very long time and no doubt his absence will be felt and he will be difficult to replace. I am also certain that the library staff will miss his constant presence and daily support. Thank you for your contribution, Mr Pavlidis, and from the Rosehill school community, best wishes with your new endeavours!

Semester 1 Reports

Semester reports will be available shortly, please keep an eye out for a COMPASS notification. As always, I encourage parents/guardians to spend at least 15-20 minutes with their child reviewing and reflecting on the semester report. It is important to celebrate successes and to look for areas of improvement. The work habits section of reports is of particular importance. The correlation between very good behaviour, effort, organisation, and academic performance is no coincidence.

Semester 2

I remind families to check the new timetable on COMPASS for changes over the holiday period. Students in Year 7-10 will commence new electives when Term 3 starts on Monday, 10th July.

Year 10 Work Experience

It has been pleasing to see our Year 10 students attend work experience during the final two weeks of term. This is a valuable opportunity to experience the workforce and for many of our students this may well be their first experience in a work environment. It never surprises me to see many children successfully secure part time/casual work from such an opportunity. Well done to the Careers team, to the families and to the students for securing some terrific work experience placements.


Last week our Year 12 students and Year 11 students completing a Unit 3 and 4 subject participated in the GAT. This is an important assessment and is used to ensure minimum standards of literacy and numeracy are attained. In addition, students seeking to secure an ATAR completed additional testing, which is used to moderate results and derive a score, if needed. By all reports, all students displayed an excellent commitment and attitude throughout the testing. Well done to all involved.

Scaffolded Numeracy Program

After a small trial during the second part of 2022, the College embarked on a research-based numeracy program. This semester, half the students in Year 7 numeracy have been working on a Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years program (SNMY), which was developed by RMIT University in conjunction with the Victorian Department of Education.

An initial assessment identified any potential gaps in student learning. Students then worked collaboratively through a series of numeracy tasks that were designed to address their specific learning needs. We have been able to assess the learning growth of these students and are pleased to report that preliminary data indicates their learning growth has been significant. We are very excited by this data and look forward to delivering this program to the remaining Year 7 cohort in Semester 2. Additionally, the college has committed to continue with this program into 2024 for our Year 7 and 8 students.

Facilities Update

The steel scaffolding for the new auditorium is almost complete and the building has now revealed its presence – a most imposing and impressive structure. At this stage the project is on track for completion in early 2024, and at that time we will begin work on the refurbishment of A Wing.

I can also report that Q Constructions have been awarded the work for the upgrade to the Gym foyer and toilets. This is due to commence early next term. We had our start up meeting this week and it is anticipated these works will be finalised by the end of Term 3.

Thank You to Staff

I wish to acknowledge and thank all our staff who have worked tirelessly during the first semester to ensure Rosehill students are given every opportunity to succeed and develop into well rounded young adults. The day-to-day work of teaching can be emotionally very tiring. It is a job that requires teachers to be ‘on’ all the time, even when they are not feeling well, or are having their own personal issues, such as sick children, helping or looking after elderly parents or having to say no to their own children and teenagers for being naughty or petulant. Despite all these life moments, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing our students try their best, achieve great results, and display our values of Respect, Initiative and Learning. When you can, I ask that you take a moment or the opportunity to say thank you to our staff.

A Final Word………

Finally, a quick reminder about the benefits of reading.

One minute of reading per day – 8000 words per year.

Five minutes per day – 280,000 words per year.

Twenty minutes per day – 1,800,000 words per year.

The reading program that has been established in the college provides at least 20 minutes of reading multiple times per week for students in Years 7 - 9. This should also be encouraged and complemented at home, where possible. As adults, by modelling this behaviour, we encourage our children to read. Fortunately, the school librarians have provided me with several recommendations of late. I recently finished reading a quirky easy read called, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, and have just commenced reading Exiles, by Jane Harper. With the term break upon us, I look forward to some quiet time in front of the fireplace with my book.

Arthur Soumalias



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 website Our School > Policies > Minimum Standards Compliance – June 2022.


Monday 10th July

Term 3 Commences

Friday 14th JulyYear 10 Careers Expo
Wednesday 19th July to Friday 21st JulyYear 11 Ski Camp
Wednesday 26th July to Friday 4th August

Japanese Visit from Sister School - Kogakkan High School


Trip to Japan Program

Trip to Japan Program for Years 9, 10 and 11 Students in 2024

Would you like your child to experience the beauty of the Japanese culture? How about joining us on the 2024 Trip to Japan? All students are welcome regardless of the language they are studying at the school.

Highlights of the trip will include a visit to Tokyo Disneyland, beautiful historical places in Kyoto and the peace park museum in Hiroshima. We will also visit Kogakkan High School, our sister school in Mie prefecture, and stay with their families. The last trip was extremely successful and those students who have taken part in this program have found it to be one of their most rewarding experiences.

The trip to Japan will take place from 14th to 27th September 2024. We intend to depart a week before the Term 3 break and return during the break.

If you are interested in participating in this trip, please complete the online form by following the link below -

If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hayakawa or Ms Snow.

VCAL Digital Thumbprint Workshop

We recently welcomed Digital Thumbprint to deliver their workshops to our VM Year 11 students. Our facilitator Dom, delivered a program which was fun and engaging. The interactive workshops were designed to empower and inform students about the advantages of having a positive online presence and armed them with the vital information they need to stay safe online.

The first part of the program focused on Cyber security. Cybercrime is costing the Australian economy up to $4.5 billion annually. Hacking is a serious problem, especially on “free” WiFi. We learnt that one in four social media accounts get hacked.

How do you know if you have been hacked?

The most obvious way is you are locked out of your account or money goes missing. You must report hacking immediately and change all your passwords. Dom outlined the rules for creating a strong password:

  • Use an unusual combination that you can remember ( e.g. dialogue from your favourite movie)
  • The longer the password the better
  • Use a mixture of symbols, numbers, upper and lower case letters
  • Test the strength of your password on the website

The second part of the program focused on Digital identity. Students were encouraged to always think before posting or sharing personal information online. Nowadays, everyone can google, including employers checking social media channels to screen potential new employees and their suitability for a job. Students were also encouraged to refrain from having “rants” on social media. Dom gave many practical examples of online postings that had a negative impact. In one instance, an irritated employee posted on Facebook his feelings for his employer and the boredom he had for his job. Unfortunately for him, he had forgotten that he had included his employer as “a Facebook friend”. His employer’s response was swift as was his job loss.

Our school has proudly joined the Digital Thumbprint program in its commitment to ensure our students are savvy, responsible and proactive members of Australia’s online community. Overall, the program proved to be a highly beneficial experience for students and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Ms Vicki Handris


Student Leadership

Push For Better - Push-Up Challenge

Congratulations to Jack Shears in Year 12 for demonstrating our College Value of Initiative by initiating and supporting the Push-up Challenge 2023. Well done Jack for being a great role model to all of our students, and for showing awareness of social issues and the need to be proactive in making a change in the world!

The Push-Up Challenge was about raising awareness for mental health and fundraising for charities such as Movemeber and Lifeline. Our student leaders organised a Push-Up Challenge and a sausage sizzle to show Rosehill’s commitment and support for the campaign to raise funds and awareness for this campaign.

A big congratulations and thank you to our amazing school leaders who gave up their time and effort to run the challenge, to set up for the sausage sizzle, to serve the sausages, and to clean up – well done 😊

What was the Challenge?

The Challenge - 10 x 10 x 10

Teams of students had to complete the most push-ups, or alternative exercises (sit-up, star jump etc.), in sets of 10, within 10 minutes, and the team of 10 with the highest number of exercises snagged a free sausages!!!

Who won the Challenge?

The Year 12s!!! Even though they were a team of five, they showed energy and drive to complete the most push-ups per person.

The Year 12 team included:

  • David Jankulovski
  • Sebastian Ramos
  • Hung-Vy Ngyuen
  • Zak Karabay
  • Abyan El Leissy Soto

A huge thank you to the BBQ Queens: Ms Aquilina, Ms Mortellaro and Ms Georgiades for their awesome tong work and crowd management – and also to Mr Rose, Mr Patch and Mr Vincent for their support, and all the teachers who donated by rewarding RIL behaviours with a sausage 😊


The Canteen provider is upgrading the EFTPOS machines running at the school canteen to provide a more reliable service.

They have advised that as part of this process, the transaction fees will be charged at a subsidised rate of 1% per transaction - the provider will continue to pay the monthly terminal and maintenance fees to support these EFTPOS facilities at the canteen.

The use of Cash at the canteen is widely accepted and remains transaction and surcharge free.

State School Relief

Leanne Mortellaro

Student Wellbeing Manager

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