Top school news
Friday 9 October, 2020

Return to School - Year 7, 11 & 12 (& Year 10's doing VCE) 
Monday 12 October

Year 12 Formal 
Monday 19 October

AFL Grand Final Holiday
Friday 23 October

Return to School - Year 8, 9 & 10
Monday 26 October

Last Day of Year 12 Formal Classes
Thursday 29 October

Year 12 Celebration Day
Friday 30 October

Melbourne Cup Day
Tuesday 3 November

Year 11 & 12 Exams
Monday 9 November - Tuesday 1 December 

Orientation Week: Year 11 into Year 12
Monday 23 November - Friday 27 November 

Orientation Week: Year 10 into Year 11
Monday 30 November - Friday 4 December  

Year 12 Graduation
Saturday 5 December   

Year 7 Orientation Day
Tuesday 8 December 

Year 12 Graduation (viewing event)
Saturday 12 December

Last Day of Term 4
Friday 18 December

First Day of Term 1, 2021
Monday 1 February

1. Return to School 
The return to face to face learning will begin on Monday 12 October for our year 7, year 11 and year 12 VCE and VCAL students (also year 10's doing VCE subjects). Year 8-10 students will return on Monday 26 October with online learning continuing until then. Read the roadmap here.  

2. World Teacher Day - Who Inspired You? 
In honour of ‘World Teachers’ Day’ on Friday 30 October, we’re putting together a collection of clips sent in from staff, students and the wider community (parents/guardians, alumni, former staff) thanking an educator that has made an important contribution to their lives. WE’RE CALLING ON YOU TO CONTRIBUTE! Click here to help. 

3. Weekly Career Newsletter - click here
4. Wellbeing News & Events  
Cyber Safety Online
Wean your teen off the screen
How to get your child's learning mojo back
Managing mental health during coronavirus
Parent Educators Network Meeting 
101 Resilience Building ideas - free eBook
Online Ace Week event

5. School Uniform   
If you need to order school uniform, PSW are open and offering delivery or click and collect. Visit psw website
6. Study Tips
Visit our website to get 7 practical study tips to help you get the best out of learning, revising and studying. 

1. Victorian High Ability Program 

Congratulations to MSA student, Bailey Warren-Simon from year 7 and RIA student, Cherry Dangerfield from year 8 who have been chosen to participate in the Victorian High Ability Program. Bailey for Secondary Mathematics and Cherry for English. “This is certainly an exciting opportunity for our students. The Victorian High‐Ability Program (VHAP) is an online program where students engage in both synchronous and asynchronous learning with a teacher using VSV Online, our Moodle‐based Learning Management System (LMS). The High‐Ability Practice Leaders (HAPL) – Ms. Anita Punnoos & Ms. Emily Lasorella (RSC Teachers) will support the students participation. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of participation. Well done to Bailey & Cherry.” – Ms. Punnoos, Teacher.

2. Interview with Hockeyroos Goal Keeper, Rachael Lynch

During term 3 remote learning the junior PE classes participated in a five week Olympic Challenge. Each week they were given new activities based around our Olympic ring themes. 

Students were lucky enough to be able to interview Australian Hockeyroos Goal Keeper, Rachael Lynch. 

The students came up with the questions that they would most like answered and Rachael was good enough to give up some time from her temporary role as a COVID tester in the Western Australia mines to answer them. Rachael is not only the reigning best Goal Keeper in world hockey and an integral part of the Hockey Roo’s team in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics, but she also works as a nurse and is a mental health ambassador for RUOK Day. Her insights were invaluable and the students all gained a wonderful understanding into the life of a professional athlete. 

Student Reflections Post interview with Rachael

“I found her take on pressure interesting because not many people would ever think of welcoming it. And what I have taken from the video is that you have to work hard and prepare for things you want.” - Cassandra Wan 8M.

“I thought that her strategy of managing pressure was very interesting. I think it's interesting that she is able to look forward to being under pressure and continue to perform well because she's not worried. My takeaway message from this video will be to pursue what I'm passionate about. Rachael does nursing, hockey and runs her own business, and she is obviously very passionate about everything she chooses to do.” - Julian Shannon 8M.

“Good habits are really important to keep in mind when you're an athlete, always eating healthy, working out, practicing and keeping a good mind-set. It was also interesting that pressure really motivates her to do better and to keep going, to have that perspective on pressuring situations would help a lot of people and that's really admirable that she can do that. I would say the take away would be that to keep going and be as resilient as you can. Ms. Lynch mentions that she had a difficult time getting to the Olympics but she eventually did and that she was very happy she kept growing and continuing her dream. She also said that she learned from her past self which allowed her to realise what was holding her back (in her case it was her mental health).” - Lana Jesus 8M.

“She is really optimistic with everything that she does and it really shows that you have to not only have good food and stay healthy but it’s also very important to have good mental health to compete at the top level.” - Marco Baker- Athanassiou 8M.

“In the interview I found it interesting how she was talking about stressful situations in sport and how to cope with it. She said that you want to be in stressful situations and if you don’t want to be in them then you won’t be able to cope or perform well in them.” - Brayden Rumpf 9D.

“I found it interesting how she manages pressure. She manages it in a cool and calm way and turns it into a positive. My takeaway message would be that don't buckle under pressure just try and do your best.” - Sam Fry 7M.

PE Olympics Reflection

“I personally really enjoyed the PE Olympics and Run challenge. I enjoyed the running challenge because it allowed for me to see what I can do and what I can improve on, it also forced me to go on a walk/run by myself which helped me relax and realise that physical activity can be enjoyable. The PE Olympics was definitely the most fun activity out of all the tasks. I really liked being able to choose what I could be doing for the day. I loved having the options to either work on my lifestyle, wellbeing or physical health, it gave myself an excuse to just relax and meditate or workout at my own speed.” - Lana Jesus 8M.


3. Online Biology @KIOSC 

Late term 3 our year 12 Biology students participated in Biology Unit 4: Tools and techniques for manipulating DNA program with KIOSC. This lab looks at how humans impact on biological processes. It's usually taken onsite at KIOSC with the students, but was completed virtually this year due to current Covid-19 restrictions. “It was presented online and was a great experience for students. Below are photos from behind the scenes. It takes 3 staff to deliver the session - 1 presenter, 1 camera person and 1 Lab Tech. All staff monitor the online chat, answer student questions and deal with connection issues etc. It takes a team! Thank you RSC students for your participation.” – Leanne Caira, Project Leader, KIOSC.  

4. Year 12 VCAL Community Project 

Our year 12 VCAL personal development class are on a mission to reach their goals, which is to help give back to our community. One of the team projects is researching all about poverty; how it affects lives, what we can do to help cure a particle of this issue and what it means to live in poverty. You can click here to read all about this project and also donate on their GoFundMe page to raise money for the Melbourne City Mission. 
5. How to Get Your Child's Learning Mojo Back + Positive Language 

How to Get Your Child's Learning Mojo Back
This is a free online event on Thursday 15 October from 7.00 - 8.00pm. This session will look at   
  • The 10 things all highly successful students do
  • What we can learn from video game designers about motivation and engagement
  • The after-effects of 2020 – what to look for, what to prepare for
  • Overcoming anxiety about 2020
  • Weaning Your Child (and Your Teen) from the Screen.
Read flyer and register here.

Positive Language 
Our Wellbeing team have provided some wonderful positive language alternatives we can use to support each other in these tough times. 

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