An open letter to staff, students and the RSC community from College Principal, Julie Kennedy: 

Do you remember Christmas Eve when you were little? I used to go to bed early- because time flies when you’re sleeping. However, my excitement always made sleep very difficult and I often spent the night tossing and turning and listening for Santa.

I felt a similar sense of excitement on Friday when we were visited by the honourable James Merlino MP, state member for Monbulk, Minister for Education and Minister for Emergency Services. The Minister wanted to see first-hand the great things we have already achieved at Rowville Secondary College and our unique and evidence-based approach to high quality teaching and learning.

He was particularly interested in:

  • Seeing how we use an additional half a million dollars to boost the literacy and numeracy of all year 7 and 8 students in their English and Maths ACE teams
  • How our Maths and Science Academy supports the important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) capabilities
  • How we support students to be “Powerful Learners” through nurturing their curiosity, high expectations, empowering them in and out of the classroom and the development of a growth mindset
  • Our philosophy that supports and nurtures students strengths in each of our four programs
  • Great teachers as great role models, in particular our two AFLW players Lisa Williams and Lou Wotton and the positive influence they have on all students, but in particular our female AFL students

I felt so proud of all of our students and staff!

Thank you to our school captains, Dana Schwass, Brooke McCrae, Hannah Teo, Veranga Ranaweera and our vice-captain Molly Forster-Little who hosted the Minister’s tour and were wonderful ambassador’s for our great school.

Thank you to all the students in the classes that the Minister visited and also those that the Minister spoke with about their learning. Thank you to all our staff who always work hard to create an environment where students thrive! Thank you to Peter Dietzel who represented our School Council.

The Minister left us to attend a meeting with the Deputy Secretary for Education. He said that he would be telling everyone at that meeting all about our fantastic strength based programs and the curious and powerful learners he met at Rowville Secondary College. He congratulated us on being:

One great school with two campuses and four unique learning programs.

Julie Kennedy


Rowville Secondary College