A message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

We congratulate all students on successfully navigating and completing what has no doubt been a challenging year. We are so pleased to have been able to run classes on-site this term, as this has allowed us the opportunity to reconnect and re-establish the routines and habits that makes Rosehill such a successful school.

I wish you and your family a safe, healthy and happy end of year break and I look toward 2022 with hope and positivity, as there are many exciting projects about to commence at our College. Although there may be some short-term disruptions we understand and appreciate that these are necessary to provide the latest facilities and infrastructure to facilitate the next phase of our improvement journey. Please take moment to view the proposed new building on our website.

If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

    On behalf of all the staff at Rosehill Secondary College we thank you for your support, well wishes and commitment to the college throughout the year.

    We wish our Year 12 students the best of luck, results were received on Thursday 16th December and I remind you that key personnel will be available at the college to support the Year 12 students with course preference changes should they be required on Friday 17th December, 9am – 12pm and on Monday 20th December from 9am – 2pm. We are extremely proud of this cohort with a large number of students achieving exceptional VCE results with ATARs in the high nineties.

    On Monday night it was terrific to see our Year 12 students and parents attend the Graduation ceremony at San Remo Ballroom. All students looked spectacular, dressed in their best, and it was a proud moment and a bookend for the students, teachers and parents to celebrate 13 years of schooling. I would like to acknowledge the work of Ms Morabito and Ms Singleton for making this event possible, and Ms Kelly and Ms Catoggio in administration for managing all the details behind the scenes.

    On Tuesday night the Awards Presentation was conducted face to face with parents able to attend and witness the academic success of their children. A big congratulations to all students who received an award, well done; your resilience and commitment to academic excellence is well earned. I would like to mention the effort required to run this event this year with all the additional requirements. A very big thank you to Gladys Mora for the clockwork organisation, timing and management of the Awards night. Special mention to Brooke Gualtieri, Stephanie Wasif and the school band and instrumental music staff for their support and performances during proceedings. I would also like to acknowledge all our special guests for their support and sponsorship, in particular Community Bendigo Bank East Keilor, ADF, Ampol, Chemist Warehouse, Coughlan Motors, Essendon Lions Club, RMIT, Insight Publications, Kwong Lee Dow, Sam Pennisi, Roger Smith, Shane Jacobson and Sunbury Coaches.

    To the families of Year 12 students and all other families who are leaving Rosehill, we wish you the best of luck on your new adventure. Keep up the hard work and success will follow. We hope your time with us at Rosehill has been a positive experience.

    We have a number of staff either retiring or moving to new schools next year, so we take a moment to wish them all the very best for the next chapter in their journey. Thank you for your contribution to Rosehill over the year(s).

    • Mr Benedetti
    • Mr Furneaux
    • Mr Houghton
    • Mr Madden
    • Mr Marks
    • Mr Martens
    • Mr Tadros
    • Ms Vida

    Ms Hayes and Ms Liakakos are taking a year of leave to pursue personal interests.

    A number of new staff join us next year, we welcome, Mr Campbell, Ms Riquelme, Mr Rose, Mr Billett, Mr De Cata, Ms Prior and Ms Allen, including new tutors, who will join our team to help targeted students by providing differentiated support in literacy and numeracy across all year levels.

    Finally, as we head into the summer holidays and we spend more and more time with friends and family and enjoy trips to the bay and away, I take this opportunity to remind our community the benefit of some summer reading. Encourage your child to take their novel on the long drive, you too can do some reading on the beach while working on your tan. What book are you reading now? I strongly recommend The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith.

    Stay safe,

    Arthur Soumalias


    College Calendar

    Monday 31st JanuaryYear 7, 11 & 12 Students Resume
    Tuesday 1st FebruaryYear 8, 9 & 10 Students Resume
    Wednesday 2nd February - Friday 4th FebruaryYear 12 Camp
    Thursday 3rd FebruarySchool Photo Day

    2021 Rosehill Awards Night

    2021 Rosehill Secondary College Academic and Achievement Awards

    The annual Rosehill Secondary College Awards Presentation held on 14th December 2021 celebrated the successes of our students and it also included the induction of the 2022 School Captains, Tori Foster and Nathan Roberts. Awards for academic excellence were presented in all Key Learning Areas and for all Year 12 subjects studied at the College. A number of special awards were also presented during the award presentations including:

    Year Level Dux Awards – Sponsored by Bendigo Bank East Keilor

    Year 7 – Layla Lish

    Year 8 – Ela Kulac

    Year 9 – Dhiyaneshwaran Jegadesan

    Year 10 – Hung Vy Nguyen

    Year 11 – Anastacia Calleja

    Year 12 – Nikala Bervanakis - to be presented at an assembly in 2022

    ‘Optima Semper’, Best Always Awards:

    Year 7 – Amalia Corbalan

    Year 8 – Isobel Robertson

    Year 9 – Dhiyaneshwaran Jegadesan

    Year 10 – Thanuri Vidanage

    Year 11 – Charlotte Robison

    ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award: Nandun Wijeweera and Cooper Witts

    ADF Future Innovator Award: Hung Vy Nguyen & Jayson Thomson

    Anthony Pryor Student Encouragement Award: Quynh Nguyen

    Ampol Best All Rounder Award: Emily Baker

    Chemist Warehouse Community Award: Abdiriman Abdi

    Community Award: Claudia Bradilovich

    Coughlan Motors Award: Emily Cooper

    Essendon Lions Club Award: Tori Foster

    RMIT Excellence in Science Award: Amelia Weston

    Insight Publications English Encouragement Award: Danielle Choo-Koon

    Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program Recipients: Hung Vy Nguyen

    Sam Pennisi Student Encouragement Award: Jessie Anderson

    Roger Smith Memorial Award: Evie Hammond

    Shane Jacobson Performance Arts Awards: Emily Baker

    Sunbury Coaches Student Participation Award: Nikala Bervanakis

    Gladys Mora

    Awards Co-ordinator

    2021 School Captains

    As one of our final acts as School Captains for Rosehill Secondary College, we had the honour of meeting with Mayor Cr Samantha Byrne and CEO Helen Sui of the Moonee Valley council and a handful of other leaders, to chat about our experiences within our school communities. The school leaders included both secondary and primary students, providing a wide range of stories and perspectives.

    After a nervous introduction, we shared our challenges of representing our cohorts within the disjointed nature of the pandemic. We also had the pleasure of tuning in to the journey of Mayor Byrne and Chief Executive Officer Sui as they form the first all female head leadership of Moonee Valley.

    We were very lucky to have a one on one with Cr Mayor Byrne, having a more in-depth conversation about VCE during a pandemic and the intricacies of her mayoral responsibilities.

    Thank you to Ms Murray for accompanying and supporting us, showcasing her own passion for civics.

    Emily Baker and Nikala Bervanakis

    Rosehill Secondary School Captains 2021

    Danielle Murray

    Humanities KLA

    Activities Week

    In the final week of the school year, students enjoyed the company of their peers and teachers in a wide range of activities and events.

    Students ventured out on nature walks to the Maribyrnong River and Steele Creek to enjoy the wildlife and amenities of our local area. They used their creative instincts to make an impressive array of tote bags, pewter casts, Christmas cards, bath bombs, magiclay food baubles, and friendship bands.

    After a long year, many chose to relax and unwind with mindful colouring in, Japanese anime, wide reading, movies, board games and dominoes. Others chose to be more active with sports games, downball and dungeons and dragons and ultimate dodgeball. The enthusiasm and respect with which students participated in activities was a credit to all involved.

    House Sports Day

    Year 7-9 students participated in a House Sports Day at Rosehill Secondary College on Friday 3rd December. As our Athletics carnival had been cancelled earlier in the year we were thrilled to be able to have a house day for all students to enjoy.

    Unlike many carnival days, the weather was on our side! The sun was shining and students were seen enjoying a range of different games and activities. House spirit was in full flight as students competed to win points for their team.

    One of the highlights of the day was the Year 9 v's Staff Ultimate Frisbee game. A big thankyou to all staff who competed and once again, showed the students a thing or two, winning the match 5-1. A great effort from the Year 9’s - maybe with some training they can challenge the staff to a rematch!

    Ruby House was the winner of the day, breaking a long streak of 3rds on the podium. Well done Ruby!

    Thank you to all the staff and students for their participation and assistance throughout the day. It was great to see the students being able to have fun and get active after what has been a challenging year!

    Bring on sport in 2022!

    VCAL - Fundraising BBQ

    The VCAL staff ran a Fundraising BBQ during our Athletics Carnival last Friday. The BBQ was an overwhelming success. We sold out on all sausages and drinks! A special thank-you to Mr Raiti and Mr Pavlidis who cooked all the sausages and Ms Boulos, Ms Ivas, Mr Martens and Ms Sikalias who sold all the food and drinks to our hungry customers.

    Ms Vicki Handris

    VCAL Coordinator

    VicPhysics Photo Competition

    Two students from Rosehill Secondary College entered the VicPhysics Photo Competition earlier this term.

    Both students were successful in winning prizes in the competition.

    Asya Alishek (Year 9) won first prize with her entry ‘Repulse’ which showcased an everyday situation artistically, with the key physics concepts described in an engaging and informative style.

    Akeeshan Uthayakumar (Year 7) won fourth prize with his entry ‘Noise Cancelling Headphones’.

    The judges were very impressed with the commitment and dedication shown by a Year 7 student and are excited to see his future entries. Congratulations to both students.

    Ms Sarah-Jane Baker


    Capital works at Rosehill!

    Please click on this link to watch a short video depicting our new theatre, specialist classrooms and surrounds.

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    Sustainable School Shop

    College Newsletter Issue 16 - 17 Dec 2021