A message from the Principal

Welcome back for Term 2. I hope students and families were able to spend some quality time together during the term break and are ready for the challenges that lay ahead.

This term is unusually short, only nine weeks, so, we will need to pack a great deal in the remaining seven weeks.

I am pleased to announce that last week in the state budget, the College was granted just under $470,000 in funding to continue with upgrading our wonderful school and facilities. These additional funds together with the Capital Works program due to commence at the end of this term as well as the Inclusive School Fund grant will provide exceptional facilities for our students and school community for many years to come. I would like to acknowledge the support provided to our school from our local member Ben Carroll and his commitment to improving education in our local community over many years.

NAPLAN testing for Years 7 and 9 students starts on Tuesday 10th May and runs every day until Friday 13th May. This year testing will be conducted online for all students across the nation, so it is a little different for our staff and students. I would like to thank Ms Snow and Mr Ross for their tireless work during Term 1 to ensure our students and staff are well prepared for the logistical and technical challenges that this new system encompasses.

The first few weeks of this term have been very busy with school tours and Open nights. I wish to acknowledge all the additional work of our staff, student helpers and parents who assist us in facilitating these programs. The feedback from our community has been overwhelmingly positive. Well done to Mr Cogan, Ms Riquelme, Ms Maree Kelly, the Junior School and Administration teams, for organising such terrific events and programs during such challenging times.

Last week Year 9 students completed an assessment called the Morrisby Survey. This is an in-depth assessment of student interest and provides an insight into possible career pathways. Once the testing is finalised, the Department of Education will send expert staff out to the school to discuss and review the findings of each student in a 1-1 interview. Most students find this very valuable and helps to crystalise possible future pathways and areas of study post-secondary schooling.

The Year 8 camp will be held during Week 5, Monday 23rd May – Wednesday 25th May. There has been strong interest and we look forward to continuing to provide extracurricular activities for our students as often as feasible. Once again, thank you to the Junior School team, Ms Riquelme and Ms Snow for making this possible for our students. A modified teaching program will run for all Year 8 students who do not attend camp.

We welcome Ms Barbaro back from parental leave and thank Ms Wasif for her wonderful work filling in as our Learning Specialist during this time. Cameron Marshall seamlessly joined our ICT team last term (full time) and has made a very positive contribution in a very short time. Last week Nicholas Kemble was appointed to a recently vacated position in ICT as a part time technician working Thursdays and Fridays. I would also like to welcome Wen Shen as our new International Student Coordinator who will replace Nan Li, who is taking leave for 12 months.

I would like to remind parents not to park across or block driveways when collecting or dropping off children. Our relationship with our neighbours is very important, therefore, your support in this matter is much appreciated. I understand that currently there is significant congestion due to road works in the surrounding streets and I ask for your patience until this improves. Unfortunately, there have been a few complaints regarding parents/guardians not following road rules and/or providing common courtesy in these situations. Patience is a virtue!!

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the superb work of Kylie Busuttil (College Reception) who sadly, for us, is leaving the College for a career change. She has been the face of our school for the last three years and has been a pleasure to work with - is always courteous, pleasant and a true professional in her dealings with parents, guardians, students, staff, and visitors. On behalf of the Rosehill community, I wish you the best of luck in your new role Kylie.

College Calendar

Tuesday 10th May - Friday 13th May


Friday 13th MayYear 11 Careers Expo
Tuesday 17th MayYear 10 Vaccinations

IDAHOBIT Day - BBQ - Casual Clothes

Monday 23rd MaySchool Council Meeting
Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd JuneArts Week

NAPLAN Online Testing

Year 7 and 9 students will take part in NAPLAN online tests next week.

To complete the tests, all Year 7 and 9 students require their own laptop and a pair of headphones (ear buds may be used). We ask parents and guardians to ensure their child(ren) have both of these items in working condition in preparation for NAPLAN.

To support students and their families understand the online format, a public demonstration site has been set up to model sample tests. I encourage our Year 7 and 9 students and families to explore this site at https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site

Tuesday 10th May - Reading Test

Year 9 - Period 1

Year 7 - Period 3

Wednesday 11th May – Writing Test

Year 9 - Period 1

Year 7 - Period 3

Thursday 12th May – Conventions of Language Test

Year 9 - Period 1

Year 7 - Period 3

Friday 13th May – Numeracy Test

Year 9 - Period 1

Year 7 - Period 3

Frances Snow

Assistant Principal


Year 7 Camp

Year 7 camp

On the 21st to 23rd of March, the Year 7's took a trip to a camp just out near a forest for all the Year 7 students to socialise and make new friends. We stayed there for 3 days and they were amazing.


The Year 7 students had recently gone on camp to Forest Edge, and it was a great experience. We were all so excited but came across some challenges along the way. Some of the challenges were going up a giant and steep hill when we went on our night walk. I’m sure even the teachers found it a challenge. In the end it was worth it because when we reached the top, we got to see the beautiful stars and mountains. Other challenges may have been waking up early and get ready for breakfast or staying away from home, but we all had a great time even though there were some challenges.


Some highlights from camp were cabins because we got to spend time with our friends and share a room with our friends. Other highlights were the activities because they were so much fun, and we got to work as a team. Another highlight for many was watching Shrek. There were many highlights from camp, and everybody probably has different ones but over all the whole camp was amazing with many different experiences.


The whole camp felt like a surprise because we had no idea what the camp was going to be like. Some surprises when we were on camp were cabins, night walk, the food, the activities and watching a movie. I loved all the surprises. The cabins were a little small but other than that it was fine. I think on the first night the food was not too bad, but the next night was very good. The supper was amazing, and it felt like I was having a second dessert. Camp was amazing and we all had a great time.

By Chelsea Hennessy 7H

Year 9 Humanities

The first day of Term 2 for four Year 9 Humanities classes involved an excursion to the Shrine of Remembrance. Having just returned from the public holiday commemorating our ANZACs, it was a timely opportunity to investigate how Australians were affected by the First World War. Students explored the Shrine galleries and were presented with artifacts that told the stories of two Australians who served in World War 1. Handling heavy samples of the type of shrapnel that remained lodged in the lungs of nursing sister Rachael Pratt for her entire lifetime really brought the reality of war experience to life. Passing around real campaign material produced to sway voters in the two referendums to vote on the issue of conscription also brought home the strong arguments both ways, and helped students to understand why the votes were so contentious and so close.

Danielle Murray

Humanities KLA Leader

Rosefest 2022

On Wednesday 30th March, as part of the My Community unit, our Year 9 Interdisciplinary Studies students hosted the annual Rosefest of 2022 with much success. All the organisers of the food stalls, game activities and Foodbank Victoria drive worked extremely hard to achieve results of which we can be proud. Our endeavours paid off to create an enjoyable and memorable time for the Year 9 and other students of Rosehill Secondary College who decided to partake in the festivities.

The Year 9 cohort displayed skills which demonstrated an ability to manage both time and money, and to organise sponsors throughout the planning and on the day. Our college was able to enjoy a variety of food including both savoury and sweet ranging from pizza to waffles. The Music Department provided live entertainment through the fabulous school band performing many great songs from jazz and pop genres. In addition to the delicious food, a number of game stalls allowed students to engage in activities such as guess the song, soccer and basketball shoot-outs, photo booth and other game activities. After all our efforts, together as a college we were able to raise approximately $4000 that included a gold coin donation from the out of uniform day and the generous collection of items for the Foodbank drive. The Keilor East Rotary Club further donated items towards the Foodbank drive, such as hygiene products and non-perishable foods. We would also like to thank teachers, parents and students who contributed to the Foodbank drive. Besides Foodbank Victoria, we made donations to Yooralla Victoria and to the Royal Children’s Hospital as part of the Good Friday Appeal.

These donations could not have been achieved if not for the attending students, Year 9s involved with the preparation of Rosefest and outside supporting organisations. We thank you all and are grateful to each and every one of you for your contribution towards an event which fundraises for the greater good of our community.

Ela Dogruyol and Delcine Li of 9E

in consultation with

Mr Bertoli and Ms Viglione

We would like to acknowledge the following sponsors:

  • Boundy's SUPA IGA Essendon
  • Domino’s Pizza Keilor East
  • Hampers with Bite
  • Hoffman's Road Fish & Chips
  • Jim's Cleaning Morwell
  • Keilor East Rotary
  • Lombard Party & Events Moonee Ponds
  • MRA Distributors Pty Ltd
  • Nonna J’s Bakehouse Tullamarine
  • Schweppes Melbourne
  • Subway Niddrie
  • The Flemington ‘People’s Pantry’
  • Woolworths Airport West
  • Woolworths Milleara Mall
  • Woolworths Watergardens
  • Diana Apostolovski
  • Denise Calleja
  • Victor Fazliu
  • Diem & Jayson Goodall
  • Kuma Peiris
  • Stephnie Pereragunawardane
  • Themis Tseros

VCE VCD Top Design Excursion

The Year 11 and 12 Visual Communication Design students attended the Top Designs exhibition at Melbourne Museum.

Students engaged in a range of design thinking tasks throughout the day and thoroughly enjoyed seeing previous student examples.

Digital Thumbprint Presentation 2022

Our VCAL Year 11 class recently welcomed Dom Phelan from Digital Thumbprint, who delivered two workshops: Digital Identity and Balance. The program teaches young people to be safe, responsible and positive online. Dom asked students to consider the idea that ‘Every time you interact online, you impact’.

The workshop on Digital Identity gave students the opportunity to examine their social media profiles and posts through the lens of a prospective employer. Everyone can google, including employers checking social media channels to screen potential new employees and their suitability for a job. This is when your digital history may catch up with you! If a potential employer uncovers salacious or otherwise unflattering material about you online, that job offer you were expecting could vaporise. With 77% of employers googling and otherwise researching applicants, you never know what your future bosses may think about those times you ranted about your co-workers or got sloshed at a party!

Dom gave many practical examples of online postings that had a negative impact. Students were encouraged to be mindful of the information they share with the “world”. Dom suggested that they regularly Google themselves, check privacy settings and avoid posting anything they’d rather the world didn’t see. That way they will be secure in the knowledge that employers won’t see anything embarrassing or difficult to explain.

The workshop on Balance focused on finding a fine line between face to face socialisation, sleep, school and social media. Dom asked the students, “How much time do you spend on your phone per day?” Answers varied from 8 to 15 hours daily. It seemed like an excessive amount of time!! Dom told the students that their mental wellbeing was at risk with so much time on social media!! He asked them to prioritise their “real life”. This can be done by enjoying family time, avoiding media before bed time, charging your phone in another room and “cleaning” your feed by removing certain types of content entirely.

Finally, Dom introduced students to a “Digital Wellbeing” tool (found in the Settings of your phone). It helps users create healthy social media habits.

How can teenagers use it?

*They can track their most-used apps

*Set a timer on addictive social media apps (to limit their use at certain times)

*They can create a nightly ‘bedtime” when they won’t receive notifications.

Overall, the presentation proved to be a highly engaging, informative and beneficial experience for our students. Hopefully, they will be responsible and proactive members of our online community.

Ms Vicki Handris


Year 12 Careers Show

On Thursday 28th April the Year 12 students attended the Careers Expo at the Caufield Racecourse. Students were able to walk around and talk to all the different Universities, Companies and Employers who were at the event. Being able to ask in depth questions about possible pathways for our future was a big help. We were all able to collect valuable resources and information. Year 12 students found this day to be extremely beneficial and valuable. It has given us the inspiration and motivation to move forward with our career goals. The day wouldn’t have been possible without Ms Vossos and Mr Raiti , our school career’s councillors, so a huge thanks to them for organising the day.

Nathan Roberts

Year 12 College Captain

eSafety Resources for Parents, Carers and Young People

Parents and carers may be interested in the range of resources and a series of webinars provided by eSafety . eSafety is a government agency dedicated to keeping people safer online and offers a wealth of advice and tips for parents and carers, young people, kids, women, seniors and diverse groups. Scroll down to view the parent and carer webinar schedule for 2022 or visit the website directly at www.esafety.gov.au/parents

Afterschool Tuition at Rosehill Secondary College

A reminder to all students and parents that the Afterschool Tuition Program is currently running on Tuesday afternoons on a weekly basis from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the College Library and all students are welcome. Individual assistance is provided to students in literacy and numeracy by teachers and highly academic senior students of Mathematics.

Come along on Tuesday afternoons to complete your class work and study, as benefits to be attained are numerous.

Ms De Goederen


eSafety Resources for Parents, Carers and Young People

Parents and carers may be interested in the range of resources and a series of webinars provided by eSafety . eSafety is a government agency dedicated to keeping people safer online and offers a wealth of advice and tips for parents and carers, young people, kids, women, seniors and diverse groups. Scroll down to view the parent and carer webinar schedule for 2022 or visit the website directly at www.esafety.gov.au/parents