Volume 371 Issue 1
The Rochester Review Thursday 31st March, 2011
Phone: 5484 1844 Fax: 5484 2348
Rochester Secondary College exists to provide quality learning for all in a challenging and nurturing environment.
Acting Principal’s Report: School Council &
As mentioned in last week‘s newsletter, mid-semester reports will be Apr Fri 1st Parents Club 10.00 am
distributed tomorrow and Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held May Thur 26th School Council 7.30 pm
next Thursday 7th April.
Having read through your child‘s report you will need to decide if
you wish to make appointments with all or some of your child‘s
The students will have the opportunity to make appointments next April 2011
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
1st (Fri) - Casual Dress Day Gold Coin Donation
This involves them writing their name next to a time slot on their
teacher‘s appointment page. Your child needs to know the approxi- 1st (Fri) - Reports Distributed
mate time you will be available for appointments.
Please keep in mind that interviews last for five minutes. 5th (Tue) - Cyber Bullying Workshop
If you are unable to attend on Thursday evening, ensure your child
does not make appointments unnecessarily. If you need to see a 5th (Tue) - DAV Debating Bendigo SSC
teacher, you may ring the school and arrange a suitable time with the
teacher/s concerned. 7th (Thur) - State Swimming Melbourne
Uniform 7th (Thur) - Defence Force Trades Visit
Rochester Secondary College has a policy that all students wear a
uniform. The College believes a uniform dress code reinforces in 7th (Thur)- Parent/Teacher Interviews 6.30 pm –9 pm
students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of them-
selves as an integral part of the school community and assists in de- 8th (Fri) - Worlds Greatest Shave for a Cure CVCC 1 pm
veloping pride in representing their school. Please assist us by en-
suring your child comes to school in uniform. 8th (Fri) - Last Day of Term 1 - 2.30 pm Dismissal
27th (Wed) - First Day Term 2
Congratulations to James Walsh, Adam Coghill and Lachlan Wilson 28th (Thur) - LMR Tennis
who won their way through to the state finals in golf on Tuesday.
The boys will play at Metropolitan Golf Course in Melbourne on 29th (Fri) - Year 11 English Excursion - Melbourne
29th March against the best secondary student golfers in the state. If
they win this event, they will progress to the Nationals in Sydney 29th (Fri) - Victorian Schools Team Golf—Melbourne
later in the year. Well done boys!
Last weekend, two of our students, Caleb Sinclair and Chloe 3rd (Tue) - Senior/Intermediate Badminton
Macague attended the Rypen camp for potential leaders at Axedale.
The students were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rochester & the
Rotary Club of Bendigo [Sandhurst]. While they learnt a lot about
leadership and leadership styles, they also learnt about themselves as
leaders. Both believe the skills learnt will be invaluable as they pro-
Pictured above is Mrs Herne’s Year 8 class. From the left: Penny Holm-
gress through the school and beyond . Bruce Watson berg, Rhiannon Gibson, Zac Shaw, Daniel Hill and Ryan Carr.
Around the College
Cyber Safety Information Anzac Day
n evening will be held at the Rochester Secondary s Anzac Day falls during the school holidays this year
College on Monday 4th April commencing at 7 pm. we plan to hold an abridged ceremony on Thursday
The session will go for 1 hour only. April 7th.
As part of our commemoration we plan to prepare a photo-
Susan McLean will be the presenter, she is Australia‘s fore- graphic display in our front foyer area.
most expert in the area of Cyber Safety and young people and
was a member of the Victoria Police for 27 years. Widely If you have any photos or photocopies of photos that depict any
known as the Cyber Cop she was the first Victoria Police aspect of Anzac Day you would be prepared to loan for our
Officer appointed to a position involving Cyber Safety and display, they would be much appreciated. Please remember to
young people. name all articles left at the office.
Susan is unique in her vast knowledge and expertise in this For further details contact Mrs Kaye McFarlane at the College.
area, and is the only person in Australia with her specific
background, experience and qualifications. She is a sort after
presenter and advisor and has delivered keynote presentations, Greatest Shave Update
written papers and regularly provides professional develop-
ment for both educational institutions and within the corpo- omorrow will see the ‗waxatorium‘ set up in Rooms 29-
rate area. 31 so that Rhys Eeles and Eugene Ward (Year 11) can
become smooth – well, smoother!
Are you able to see over your child’s shoulder all the time? They have bravely volunteered to wax their legs to raise money
Learn skills to help your children to be Cyber Safe. for the Leukaemia Foundation. Entry by donation.
Then on Friday 8th, the last day of term, the other volunteers
Presented by Community Cyber Bullying Committee. will be shorn and dyed:
Mrs Herne (staff): shaving (shortness depending on money
For more information contact one of the following: raised)
Graham Moyle—Rochester Salvation Army 54843 090 Tim Murray (Year 7): Shave
Leesa Ross—Rochester Primary School 54841 072 LOOKING FOR A YEAR 8 VOLUNTEER SO WE HAVE
Jennifer White—Rochester Secondary College 54841 844 SOMEONE FROM EACH YEAR LEVEL (see Mrs Borger if
you are up for this)
********************************************** Beaudie Avis (Year 9): Shave
John Medina (Year 10): Dying his hair – guess what colour?
Flood Recognition Dylan Milsom (Year 12): Ponytail going...
Many thanks to Em‘s Hairdressing and Bellus Studio for their
n recent weeks we have had many companies and organi- support.
sation offer support and assistance to students and fami-
lies who were adversely affected by the floods. Last week
we omitted to thank the following organisation: Parents Club
*Rotary Club of Rochester he Rochester Secondary College would like
to invite any interested parents/guardians to
come along and enjoy a casual morning tea
Sale and meeting of the Parents Club on Friday 1st April
commencing at 10.00 am at the College.
reminder to the people who left books or clothing at
last years book sale, could you please check at the Come and find out more about your child‘s school.
general office if there is money waiting to be col-
lected. Please send a note in with your child if you wish for
Mr Bernie Altmann the College Principal joins us to
them to take the money home on your behalf. discuss what is happening at the school. Meetings
run no longer than an hour.
Also a reminder to anyone who might be looking for second-
hand books or uniforms we still have some available through
We will explain the workings of the Parents Club
and the areas where we support the College and stu-
Should you require further information please do not
ny student that has not yet banked their Scholarship hesitate to contact either of the following members:
cheque, could you please do so A.S.A.P.
Leanne Holmberg 54887 223 or Anne Budge
Thank you Mrs. Oliver. 54845 315
Around the College
Careers and Employment VCAL Help at Pamper Day
n Tuesday 29th March, six VCAL students assisted at
n Friday the 25th March, our VCAL class (as pictured the Flood Relief - Pamper Day at the Rochester
above) left Rochester at 7:40am to attend the Careers Sports Club.
and Employment Expo at the Melbourne Exhibition
Centre. On arrival we walked to the centre and looked around Bec O‘Dwyer worked on the door, Brooke Nuttall, Britt Busut-
at all the job agencies and training providers that were there. till, Sarah McIntyre and Melissa Bond served food and Grace
There wasn‘t things for everyone there but there was still Godfrey gave head massages to some very appreciative clients.
heaps to look at. Britt Busuttil and Tamara Dowsett asked lots
of questions, making the day truly worthwhile for them. This was the second flood relief activity the class has been in-
volved in, after the whole class visited Rochester Community
We walked along the Yarra River and had lunch. The Formula House to assist with flood cleanup earlier this term. The group
1 Grand Prix was on so we had a look around the Fan area greatly appreciates the support of all staff who allow VCAL
where there was a Formula 1 car, and had a photo with the car students to leave their classes to participate in these events.
and the winning cup. We received free Krispy Kreme donuts.
An inflatable track was pumped up so some of us were able to
use the peddle cars to race. We were able to have free ice cof- VCD Excursion
fees from ―V‖, so the day just kept getting better.
n Monday 28th March, the Year 12 Visual Communi-
We found a photo booth where we had a few photos taken and cation and Design students travelled to Bendigo for a
headed off to Federation Square to find Luke Zouwer‘s work- presentation of clothing, made by local designers Kane
shop venue for next week. Onto some alleys and had a look at Barri and Kyle Mac.
the graffiti for Luke, some of us girls found it pretty creepy.
Kane and Kyle are the creative duo behind clothing label 'Kosi
There was time for some shopping before we headed home on Kosi' and they were willing to share with us the design process
the 6.05 pm coach. behind a successful business.
By Grace Godfrey & Melissa Bond As part of the VCD course, students are learning about the pro-
fessional practice behind a designer or design company. The
day was a worthwhile experience and we would like to thank to
Kane and Kyle for giving us an insight into the workings of the
Learner Permit Test
V icroads has offered to conduct Learner Permit Tests at
the Rochester Secondary College once a month if the
demand is there.
t has come to our attention that some students in the school
If you are interested, you will need to phone Tim Gretrix on
have head lice. We seek your cooperation in checking
54345 000 to book an appointment.
your child‘s hair and, if headlice are found, treat accord-
ingly. Treatments can be obtained from the chemist.
The cost of the appointment is $35.20 and if successful in
passing the test, an additional $20.30 will be required to issue
the Learners Permit.
Around the College Careers
Intermediate and Senior Apprenticeship Information
Apprenticeship Information Session
Yesterday, Wednesday the 30th of March, three school teams Thursday, April 7th 5.00pm –6.30pm (approx) in Rooms 29/31
headed off to Echuca for Intermediate and Senior Interschool at the College.
Tennis at Echuca Lawn Tennis Courts.
Apprenticeship information Session
Our Senior boy‘s team consisting of Jarod Bacon, Jason
McCurry, Marcus Angove and Ben McPhee and our Interme- Want to find out more about what an apprenticeship/traineeship
diate boy‘s team comprising of James Walsh, Jacob Ding- is all about? Then this information session is for you! Parents
wall, Ryan Byrne and Liam McCormick where successful and and students (from any year level) are invited to attend to hear
will progress to the next stage of the competition. Unfortu- from experts in the field. Group trainers will provide informa-
nately our Intermediate girl‘s team of Lucy Ward, Evie Neate, tion on a range of topics relating to apprenticeships/traineeships
Tess Ringin and Hollie Hildebrandt came up against some including;
strong opposition and were eliminated. * how to get started as an apprentice or trainee
The Senior girl‘s team will also move onto the next round in * how to choose the apprenticeship or traineeship that‘s right for
Bendigo next term, due to other competing schools failing to you
enter teams. * what type of training is available
* wages and contracts
The opposition schools were St Josephs Echuca, St Mary‘s * whether you can get financial assistance
Nathalia, St Augustine‘s Kyabram, Kyabram Secondary and * who can help.
Also available on the night will be local employers with their
Well done to all players and good luck for Bendigo! current apprentices who will be able to give a personal insight
into this type of career pathway. The Defence Forces will also
be represented to discuss the many and varied apprenticeships
Junior Tennis at Kyabram that are available in the army/airforce/navy.
he Junior team who competed at the Kyabram Lawn If you would like more information about this evening, contact
Courts yesterday, March 30th were Year 8 students Chris Driscoll at the College.
Connor Gledhill, Daniel Hill, Brandon Byrne, Ryan
Carr, Zena Wareham, Monique Keech, Emma Homberg and Certificate III and IV Fitness
Megan Baker. The Year 7 students Josh McPhee, Joss
Howlett, Ethan Hooppell, Nick McNair, Georgia Palmer, Lil Would you like to obtain a Cert III and a Cert IV in Fitness? All
Ward, Grace Ingram, Stacey Bacon and Georgia Morgan. it will cost you is $30.00 (to obtain your Level II first Aid) but
you must be between 15 and 20 years of age. Starts April 10, 11,
Although being unsuccessful the teams had a great day and and 12, 9.00am to 3.30pm. Includes the following Sunday, Mon-
represented the College well. Congratulations to all con- day and Tuesday, then two afternoons per month, 4.00pm to
cerned. 6.30pm. You collect your Cert III at the end of Term 2.
If you want your Cert. IV, you simply follow on in term 2 holi-
days and term 3.
Victorian Schools Team Golf Need more details? Course coordinator is Cameron McMullan,
Championship Echuca. phone 0400035617 or contact Mr. Driscoll at the col-
This course is delivered by Australian College of Sports Devel-
n Tuesday 29th March, three students represented the
opment and is NOT part of EDVET.
College at the Bendigo Golf Club in the Victorian
Schools Team Golf Championship.
Played in perfect conditions the team of Adam Coghill, Lach-
lan Wilson and James Walsh finished the day on 77 points.
Lachlan on 33 points, Adam 44 points and James 32 points.
Hook in 2 Hockey
They will now represent Rochester Secondary College in Mel-
bourne on the 29th April to play at the Metropolitan Golf Echuca Moama Hockey Club ―Hook in 2 Hockey‖ program for
Club. Ages 5-12.
This is a fantastic effort from all three boys and we wish them Sign up/Come and Try on Thursday 7th April at 4 pm at Echuca
well in Melbourne. East Recreational Reserve, Sutton St, Echuca.
Many thanks to their parents for taking and bringing them Further information contact Renee 0409 434 868
back from this event.
Affected by the Flood Rochester United Cricket Club
Rochester A.O.G. Have available good second-hand clothing, Presentation Day on Sunday 3rd APRIL
Chest of four drawers, 3 x TV‘s, Lounge Suite, Sofa bed and KIDS v‘s PARENT Match starts at10.30 am (Windridge Oval)
Floor Lamp. Roast Lunch available from 1pm, $10 per person, Under 14‘s
gold coin donation, this will be followed by CLUB PRESEN-
For more information contact Anne 54842 042 TATIONS commencing at 2 pm to be held at the RUCC Club
Rochester Safety House
Committee All players, family, supporters and sponsors most welcome.
For more details contact Lisa 0448 556 528 or Mick 0417 067
Annual General Meeting 262
Date: Thursday 28th of April
Time: 7:30 p.m. Rochester & District
Venue: Rochester Hotel, Moore St Rochester Garden Club
New members or interested persons are more than welcome to Rochester & District Garden Club in conjunction with Rochester
attend. The committee is very keen to expand and thus keep the Community House are running a PLANT DRIVE where people
Safety House programme active within our community. Our can come and pick out some new plants for their flood affected
meetings are bimonthly for about half an hour, so please con- gardens.
sider supporting us.
Please don‘t hesitate to contact me after hours for further infor- When: Saturday 30th April - 10 am until 2 pm .
mation. Helen Coughlin Secretary - Phone: 54841 444 Where: In the car park behind Community House, Mackay
Rochester Lawn Tennis Club
We also need people to propagate plants from their own gardens
Junior Coaching with ANDREW CROSSMAN or donate plants, seedlings or bulbs towards our plant drive.
Friday night coaching session, 1st April (normal time as allo-
cated). Your help would be greatly appreciated.
The final Friday 8th April will start an hour earlier: Group 1 - For more information contact Belinda-Ann Burgoine 54841 572
beginners at 2.45pm & Group 2 at 3.30pm.
Coaching will be back in Term 4. Rochester Netball Association
Winter Tennis Squad All players that are interested in registering a team for the up-
All juniors interested in playing for the Rich River Squad please coming winter Netball season you will find forms available for
contact Sarah Crossman Ph: 54809 690 and or register for try- collection from the Secondary College foyer.
out tournament on April 3rd.
If you require anymore information contact Jackie Kerr.
Saturday Morning Tennis Competition at Rich River
Saturday mornings at Rich River, 8.30am start. Comp (doubles/
singles) and will begin Saturday 30th April and runs for the term. Runnymede Junior Football
Cost is $3 p/wk. Club
Please register your interest with Sarah Crossman.
Training, and Jumper Presentation also a Pie Night will be held
Rochester Little Athletics on Wednesday 6th April at the Elmore Football grounds from
5.30 pm for all Under 12 and Under 14 players.
All families are reminded that our PRESENTATION NIGHT is
to be held this Friday 1st April at 6pm in the Rochester Football Hoodies from the 1st round of orders will be available for collec-
Club Rooms. All athletes will receive a participation award as tion. Payment will be required for those who have yet to pay.
well as the presentation of other trophies.
Further enquiries to Jacki Brown 54329 323 or Darren Trewick
A free BBQ tea will be provided for all attending as well as run- 54326 476.
ning a disco for the children while we hold our Annual General
Meeting during the night. To date nominations have been re- Rochester Driving School
ceived for all positions on the committee with the exception of
Fundraising Coordinator and Assistant Publicity and Promotions Brian Crockett Accredited Driver Trainer is offering driving
and we ask members to consider taking on these two roles. lessons in a Manual & Automatic car in the Rochester & Dis-
We look forward to seeing you to help celebrate the end of an- For more information he can be contacted on 54842 182 or
other successful season. 0438 095 651 or www.rochesterdrivingschool.com.au