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Friday 31 July, 2020

2021 Course Selection Website CLOSES
Friday 7 August

GAT Exam
Wednesday 9 September

2021 Course Confirmation & Payments
Friday 18 September - Friday 16 October

Student Free Day
Friday 18 September

Last Day of Term 3
Friday 18 September

First Day of Term 4
Monday 5 October

Last Day of Year 12 formal classes 
Thursday 29 October 

Year 12 Celebration Day
Friday 30 October 

Year 11 & 12 Exams
Monday 9 November - Friday 4 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 7 Orientation Day
Tuesday 8 December 

Last Day of Term 4
Friday 18 December

1. SHOUT OUT for Term 3 photos! 
Attention Students: we are seeking remote learning photos, on campus photos and mask photos PLUS a 'word' or 'short sentence' to sum up how you are feeling about term 3. Please send it to Marketing. Thank you! It's for our yearbook!  
2. Course Selection is OPEN
Course Selection is now open. Please make your elective subject choices if you are going into year 9, 10, 11 and 12 in 2021. Website closes on Friday 7 August.  
3. Weekly Career Newsletter - click here
4. Study Tips to Help you Learn & Revise   
To ensure you do your very best we have put together '7 helpful study tips' to make sure you get the best out of learning, revising and studying. These tips can be useful for all year levels. We plan to add a new tip every week. Here are the first 2 tips.
5. RSC Competitions
On Monday we launched our Close Up competition AND congratulations goes to our winner, Phoebe Jansz who guessed apple stalk. On Monday our Secret Sound competition will begin. These comps will be run alternative weeks during Remote Learning 2.0. Visit our website for details and watch Facebook and Compass for announcements. 

1. Zoom with Successful A League Football Coach, Ernie Merrick 

On Tuesday Morning, our RSA Senior Footballers were treated to an insightful Zoom meeting with Ernie Merrick, one of the most successful A League Football Coaches in Australia. Ernie chatted to our student footballers about the importance of decision making as a coach and as a player. From a coach's perspective you know your players have the skill, ability, fitness and talent but you have to analyse and predict what the competition is going to do and make the best and correct decisions. The mental side of sport is very important also, and we need to address our players and their fears, as these fears hold them back from becoming the best they can be.

Merrick said that he is looking for creative players and that when you train for your sport the actions must be specific to the requirements of your sport and even though long runs can help with your general fitness, footballers are required to perform high intensity, intermittent and repeated sprints during games and therefore players and coaches need to include a lot of this in training programs, both with and without the ball. At the end, our students had the opportunity to ask Ernie some questions. 

“Ernie thoroughly displayed his knowledge of football and taught us RSA students the tactics and strategies required to play at the highest level and what we can implement into our own program.” - Kareem Khayat, Year 11.
“An amazing insight into professional football.” - Jiei Motoki, Year 11.

We are very grateful for this opportunity and thank Ernie for sharing his knowledge and wealth of experience with us.

2. Year 11 Students #Masks 

Check out our year 11 VCAL SBAT students making masks in class with Teacher, Ms. Singh at the West Campus. Great work students. 

3. Chatbot Winners!! 

Congratulations to the MSA winners from 8M of the KIOSC and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Chatbot Challenge awards. "Amazon was very impressed with the students work!"

The awards were based on:

  • Customer Value: The extent to which the Chatbot answers your users problem. 
  • Quality of Idea: Creativity and originality of the Chatbot idea. Is your Chatbot differentiated or does it solve your users' problems in a unique way?
  • Implementation of Idea: How well the Chatbot idea was executed and developed. Does it function as intended?

Congratulations to these winning students:
Jorja Ann Daisley – Wellbeing Bot
Award: Customer Value. Most creative 
A chatbot that gives students the opportunity to voice their problems and provides wellbeing support and access to speak to a real person
Jayden Rashleigh – Steve the Canteen Bot 
Award: Quality of Idea. Very intuitive 
A chatbot that enables users to look at the school menu and ‘order’ food without having to go through the struggle of going to the canteen and waiting in line to order their food.
Adam Flore – Maths Help Bot 
Award: Customer Value
A Chatbot which helps students with Maths by researching the provided question, and automatically getting a webpage to help the end user understand and fix the problem at hand. (Adam's chatbot is pictured below.)

There were 5 other students whose efforts were commended from KIOSC and Amazon. Well done to: 

  • Daniel Shamir
  • Julia Shannon
  • Michael Anoniou
  • Tristan Edwards
  • Siqi Liu.
4. #RSC Teachers published in Journals & eBooks 

Ms. Gillian Neumann, English, EAL & Literature Teacher 

Congratulations to our English Teacher, Ms. Gillian Newmann, who co-wrote an article ‘Modus operandi: Approaches for developing crime curriculum in the middle years’ for the journal Literacy Learning: the Middle Years, June 2020 edition. You can read it here. We interviews Ms. Neumann below.

How did this opportunity come about?   
I presented a session at AATE (Australian Association of Teachers of English) Conference last year with a colleague, Natalie Scott, on the topic of teaching true crime in English. A few weeks later, we were contacted by ALEA (Australian Literacy Educators Association) who asked us to turn the presentation into an article for their journal.

What is the article about and what is the purpose?
The piece we wrote was titled ‘Modus Operandi: Approaches for developing crime curriculum in the middle years and was published in June this year. The abstract at the start of the article sums up the piece and was: ‘One’s passion for English teaching has the capacity to wane when faced with teaching the same set of texts year after year. In this article, we delve into the possibilities of developing our dream curriculum with units for students in Years 8, 9 and 10 which are centred on our passion for true crime. We propose that such coursework has the potential to inspire interest and engagement in teachers and students alike.

What are your future plans?
Natalie and I continue to work together on both conference presentations and educational articles but, with covid-19, we don’t have anything in the pipelines right now

Dr. Stephen Keast, Teacher

Well done to Dr. Keast who also has a new publication out this month with a chapter in a Science Education ebook: Panizzon, D., & Keast, S. (2020). Assessment for student and teacher learning. In A. Fitzgerald, & D. Corrigan (Eds.), Science Education for Australian Students: Teaching Science from Foundation to Year 12 (ebook., pp. 179-204). Taylor & Francis.

In this ground-breaking book, science education is explored as a learning continuum across all years of schooling from Foundation to Year 12. The expert authors, members of Monash University's Science Education Research Group, seek to build pedagogical and content expertise by providing both a level of support and challenge for all teachers based on current research and best practice.

5. Double Acceptance for RIA Dance Student

A massive congratulations to Hayley Coleman who was accepted into TWO full time dance institutions for 2021! Hayley completed successful auditions at both Spectrum Dance and Kelly Aykers. WOW! Hayley has chosen to continue her dance journey at Kelly Aykers, joining fellow RIA student Hayley Spiers.

"I am so proud of Hayley! Hayley is a quiet achiever and she always works hard, is dedicated and persists at developing her dance skills. It’s a joy to teach her and to see her develop into the dancer she is today. I am thrilled that she will be continuing to dance next year and cannot wait to see what they future brings for her." - Ms. Kacey Hocking, Head of RIA and Year 12 Dance Teacher.

Congratulations Hayley! 

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