From the Principal

As we head into Week 8 of this exceptionally busy term, the upcoming activities and events make it a very exciting time to be a member of the Rosehill Community.

I wish to take a moment to think about the communities affected by the recent events in Ukraine, Queensland and New South Wales and wish them our very best in what will be trying times in the coming months. Our thoughts and well wishes are with them and certainly make me appreciate how lucky we are to be able to attend work, school and be able to live a relatively settled life at this time, despite the challenges we have faced over the last two years.

Interim Reports will be available in the coming week and will allow parents and guardians an opportunity to formally view how their children have commenced the school year. I encourage parents and guardians to print the report and to bring it along to parent teacher interviews on Thursday 7th April as a reference point for discussions. Keep an eye on COMPASS for the parent/teacher interview booking module in late March. I look forward to seeing many parents on the night.

Parents are reminded to check Compass on a regular basis, at least weekly. Teachers have been excellent in posting work requirements and results both, for parents and students to better track and monitor their progress on a regular basis.

After attending a great day at the Swimming Carnival last week, I would like to highlight several exciting events on the horizon this term:

  • Year 7 Camp from 21st – 23rd March at Forest Edge - a wonderful opportunity for students to make new friends across the cohort and for staff to build a strong rapport with students outside the classroom walls.
  • Multiple Outdoor Education camps and excursions.
  • Year 12 Environmental Science camp.
  • Physics excursion.
  • VCE Dance 2021 Top Arts performance.
  • Peer Support concludes.

STEP information night for 2023 is on Tuesday 29th March. If you have children in Grade 6 and may be interested in applying for a position in STEP next year or, want to know more about the program, please come along to the information evening. Contact Ms Wasif on 9337 2488 for further information.

Rosefest is on Wednesday 30th March. It is a great day in the calendar for Rosehill and we wish the current Year 9 cohort all the best with their fundraising, planning and activities on the day.

The Rosehill Breakfast Club which runs every Friday from 8am in C5, is another opportunity for our students to connect with our community, meet new friends and support students who may not always have time to eat well each morning.

The School Council election process concluded earlier this this month with the following members representing parents: Mark Heintz, Christina Kotsafaras, Natalija Homotopoulos, Mike Lloyd, Michelle Prosenica and John Spasevski. We farewell and thank Gwenda Griggs for her support and service over the past six years - the last three served as School Council President.

Finally, it was a tremendous effort by Ms Murray to organise three very busy special guests to attend on-site, at the same time, to present and discuss key issues as part of our Year 10 Civics and Citizenship program. We thank our Federal Member of Parliament the Hon Bill Shorten, who was able to answer questions relating to federal issues; our local state member the Hon Ben Carroll who was able to answer State related questions, and finally, the Mayor of Moonee Valley, Cr Samantha Byrne who responded to questions related to local area of government. It was a great insight for our students into how the three levels of government work in our Country.

All three guest speakers were engaging and very generous with their time. Well done Ms Murray for organising this opportunity and to our Year 10 students who asked very mature and thoughtful questions.

Warm regards,

Arthur Soumalias


College Calendar

Monday 28th March -
Tuesday 29th March
Year 11 Outdoor Environmental
Studies Camp
Tuesday 29th March

Year 7 Vaccinations

STEP 2023 Information Evening

Wednesday 30th March

Rosefest Carnival
Monday 4th AprilSchool Council Meeting
Thursday 7th AprilParent Teacher Interviews

Student Free Day

Friday 8th AprilEnd of Term 1

2.30pm finish

Tuesday 26th AprilTerm 2 Commences


Swimming Carnival

On Friday 4th March we held our annual Swimming Carnival at Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre. Year 7-12 students participated in a range of events including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and relays, along with novelty events including the push-up competition and water polo.

It was great to have the weather on our side! The sun was shining and the students’ participation and behaviour was excellent throughout the day.

Congratulations to Ruby House who won the overall points competition. Also, congratulations to the individual Age Group Champions.

· 12-13 Years: Walid DARWISH – RUBY, Freya GRAF - SAPPHIRE and Kaitlyn TESTER - EMERALD

· 14 Years: William TRANTER – RUBY and Hannah CANNAVO - RUBY

· 15 Years: Josh Holtz – Sapphire and Aryanna THAKKAR - RUBY

· 16 Years: Tony TRUONG – DIAMOND and Rosha MILANI - SAPPHIRE


· Open 18+: Jayla MCDONALD RUBY and Dylan TRAN - SAPPHIRE

Thank you to all the staff and students for their participation and assistance throughout the day. It was great to see the College come together for this fun community event.

VCAL BBQ at the Swimming Carnival

Our Year 11 VCAL class organised and hosted the BBQ stall at our swimming carnival. The wild wind at the start of the carnival did dislodge and blew away our marquee, but it did not deter our students.

The eager VCAL students, were involved the whole day in various tasks helping teachers cook the meat, serve the hungry customers, stock the drinks and clean our area.

The money we raised on the day just over-$1300- will support our fundraising for The Salvation Army Christmas food drive and subsidise our incursions and excursions for term 2. A special mention to all the regular tireless teachers who supported us throughout the whole day: Mr Raiti, Ms Boulos, Ms Ivas Ms Mortellaro and Ms Sikalias. A very special mention to our parent helper, Mr Ahmet Karabay, who not only supplied us with 30 kilos of Halal sausages, but cooked them too. Ahmet told me that he will continue to donate and help us with the school Carnival BBQs until his son leaves our school (one year to go Ahmet!!)

Ms Vicki Handris

VCAL Coordinator

Outdoor & Environmental Studies Excursion

On Monday 7th March, the Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies class went for a day trip to Queenscliff to explore the marine environment out in Port Phillip Bay. We first visited the Marine Discovery Centre to learn more about the Marine National Park, the wonderful marine creatures that live there and the threats to this unique environment. Afterwards we got into our wetsuits, snorkels, masks and fins to explore the underwater world.

For 3 hours we cruised around the bay learning more about the past and present users of the area, and the impacts of these groups on the bay, as well as getting up close and personal with some Australian Fur Seals at China's Hat and all manner of other marine life living in and around Popes Eye. Some students were even lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of the bays resident dolphins.

Shannon Smith

Year 11 Outdoor & Environmental Studies

International Women's Day

Tuesday 8th March 2022 was International Women's Day.

Ms Heather Davies, Tori Foster (School Captain), Anoosha Thambi (Student Leader) and I attended the International Women's Breakfast which was held at the Clock Centre in Moonee Ponds.

Valerie Zivcic
Assistant Year 12 Coordinator

ROSEFEST, Wednesday 30th March

As part of the Year 9 Program at Rosehill Secondary College, students participate in an Interdisciplinary Studies subject. This term students have been investigating the concept of ’My Community’. As part of their assessment, the students will organise a gold coin donation for the out of uniform, food drives, food and activity stalls (Rosefest) which will be held on Wednesday 30th March at lunchtime. We will also have live entertainment from the Music Department.

The proceeds from this event will be donated to Foodbank Victoria and Yooralla Victoria. We would greatly appreciate your support by donating goods to the College by Monday 4th April. The following is a guide of goods that can be donated to Foodbank Victoria:

Thanking you in advance for your support.

Maria Viglione

Language Teacher/ 9 Interdisciplinary Studies Leader

Congratulations Jasmine You

Best of luck to Jasmine You of Year 10 who has created an event to support the performing arts industry. This non-for-profit concert will be held on Friday 18th March, 2022 at Doncaster Secondary College Presentation and Performance Centre to raise much needed funds for the Arts Wellbeing Collective who support artists that have been affected during the pandemic.

Our very own Year 12 Dance class is delighted to be a part of the show and to support this amazing cause.

For more information, please visit @shiningstarperformance

For tickets:

To donate to the cause:

Good luck Jasmine and congratulations on all your efforts!

Miss Wasif


2023 STEP Information Evening

The 2023 STEP Information Evening will take place at Rosehill Secondary College on Tuesday 29th March 2022 from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Bookings are essential. Please contact the College on 9337 2488 or email

The Brave Program

The Brave Program are offering this great free online program for anxiety management. Parents or Students just have to create an account.


Here is the description:

BRAVE is an acronym for the CBT anxiety management strategies covered in the program. Each letter refers to a different strategy: The child and adolescent programs focus on the acquisition of these anxiety management strategies. In the parent versions of BRAVE, parents receive training in the strategies and are empowered to help their child acquire these skills and use the strategies learned in the program. There are also examples provided to help manage situations where their child becomes anxious.
Body Signs: Training in the detection of the physiological symptoms of
Relax: Calming down one’s body signs using relaxation techniques
Activate: Helpful Thoughts. Training in coping self-talk and cognitive restructuring
Victory Over Fears: Incorporating strategies for overcoming fears using exposure
and problem solving
Enjoy Yourself: Learning about positive reinforcement and self-reward

Caitlin Kennedy

Mental Health Practitioner

Victoria Police

Do you have CCTV? Victoria Police would like your help.

Your footage could help us solve a crime.

If you have CCTV that covers driveways, front yards, streets, rear laneways and security doorbells that active when pressed, then North West Metro Police would like to add this to our secure database.

To register e-mail:

Details that we are looking for are:

  • Name
  • Contact Number
  • Email address
  • Address
  • CCTV location / Coverage
  • Storage time

This information may be valuable to investigators as we work towards investigating and solving crime in our local area.

Newsletter, Issue Three - 11 Mar 2022