H R Westcott Oval

We have reinstalled the sign near our oval, the H R Westcott Oval was named in recognition of the contributions of Mr Ron Westcott to the Rochester School Council and the wider Rochester community.

An exert from the 1992 school magazine reads;

“The Rochester Secondary College oval bears the name H R Westcott Oval and is named after a gentleman who served on the School Council for twenty-six years including nineteen as chairman.

Mr Westcott was the Shire Secretary for our local shire for the record term of thirty four years. During that time he was  strong supporter of our school and was able to assist with its progress and development in many ways.

In later years, following his retirement, Mr Westcott was able to speak to groups of students  in relation to the history of the local area and, of course, this school.  He was a regular visitor at our annual Presentation Evening.

Mr Westcott was a long serving member of many organisations in this town including the Primary School Council, Hospital Board, Advance Rochester Association, Show Committee, Lions Club, Presbyterian Church, Local RSL Branch and the local Bowls Club.

The Campaspe News reported Mr Westcott’s passing with the words that he was a man “that more than any other, shaped Rochester’s post war history.” Mr Westcott was a long serving supporter of this school and we deeply regret his passing.”

Thank you – Campaspe Irrigation

A big thank you to Campaspe Irrigation for materials donated to support our VCAL PDS students Nash Hocking, Chase Lind and Mitchell Cricelli.  The irrigation equipment will be installed  in the vegetable garden to return it to a productive site for their Unit 1 project.  The produce grown in the garden will be used by the Canteen and Food Technology students.  Without the support of Campaspe Irrigation, this project would not have been possible.

Official Opening

Our new building was officially opened on Wednesday 13th March by Mr Mark Gepp – Minister VLC for Northern Victoria.  We enjoyed a magnificent morning, Koori Elder Mr Rick Ronnan and KESO Mr Howard Armstrong performed a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse our school of bad spirits and to promote the wellbeing of people.  We welcomed a number of special guests including the Honourable Peter Walsh MP, Cr Leigh Wilson from Campaspe Shire, Anne Cunniff and Paul Hon representing Campaspe Loddon in North West Victoria Region for the Department of Education, Alan Darbyshire from the Rochester Business Network and the Bendigo Bank and Graeme Hodgens Principal of Rochester Primary School. 

 The morning provided our school community to show our appreciation to former Principal Bernie Altmann and Assistant Principal Barbara McCarty for their foresight, dedication, determination and commitment that has made this facility a reality.  Our School Captains Grace Bubb and Fraser Cleary, Sports Captain Yolanda Foley, Arts Captain Robert Bessell and SRC President Jessica Horkings were magnificent tour guides for our guests and helped cut the ribbon to officially open our building.


History Master Class

7A were fortunate to attend a History Master Class, where the students could ask questions to a real historian, our very own Mr Peter MacIver. Recently, the Year 7s have been investigating the differences between primary and secondary sources and learning how sources are used by historians.

Mr MacIver shared his story about how he worked as a historian, examining sources from Trove, national archives and family trees to help write a book about a famous Australian cricketer, Billy Murdoch. Mr MacIver shared some funny stories about Billy Murdoch and how he had uncovered them by asking the right questions. After the Master Class the Year 7s were keen to explore Trove, reading articles written around the time the first Australian Cricket team played. They uncovered facts about one of Billy’s team mates Harry Boyle, who is buried at the White Hills Cemetery. We would like to thank, Mr MacIver for talking to 7A and sharing his skills and passion with us. It was certainly a lesson we won’t forget.


ARTS Domain 2019

Rochester Secondary College Arts Domain started 2019 with a beautiful new Arts wing, that is spacious, filled with lots of natural light and inviting for students to use their imagination and to create art. With a Photography darkroom, ceramics/3D area and the most compact Art storeroom packed to capacity students have no excuse not to excel in their Art and Design studies.

Pictured are Year 11 students Emma Palmer, Casey Ryan and Year 10 student Bianca Gent. Continuing to display student work at Kits Kafe, Rochester on a monthly basis the display showcases the work that students create at Rochester Secondary College. This month is no exception. Emma exhibits a divine tonal portrait worked with greyed pencils, Casey’s dry point etching incorporates the beauty and intricacy of the human eye and Bianca’s digital photographs which incorporates the use of macro photography are innovative in subject matter and colour.

Next time when you are in town why don’t you pop into Kits Kafe, have a coffee and see the talent of Rochester Secondary College Art/Design students. Congratulations and well done Emma, Casey and Bianca. Whose work will feature next month?

Strategic Partners

We had a very successful meeting with our strategic partners at Elmore/Lockington/Rochester Community Bank Branches, we are very grateful for their ongoing support.  Our Campaspe Academy Sport (CAS) program would not be able to operate without this ongoing financial support.  We look forward to further developing this relationship and building the opportunities for our organisations to work together.


Year 10 Design It Make It

In a dual act of #waronwaste, Year 10 Design It Make It students have been upcycling men’s shirts into cutlery holders. Their fabulous, original designs – including this one by Bianca Gent – will ensure they can confidently say no to single use plastics (and paper serviettes!) when eating on the go.

This upcycle challenge has provided students with an opportunity to apply creative thinking and problem solving, whilst working through the design process and developing practical skills in cutting, ironing, pinning and sewing.

Design It Make It provides a pathway into VCE Studio Arts, Visual Communication Design and Product Design and Technology.


Bendigo Bank House Presentation

We saw the end result of a positive collaboration between Rochester Secondary College, the Elmore/ Lockington/ Rochester Community Bank® branches and Bendigo Health.

Year 8 students, Kody Lees, Josephine Brown, Isabella Miriklis and Aylee Treacy travelled to Bendigo along with Visual Arts teacher, Meg Doller and Assistant Principal Barbara McCarty to officially present two pieces of art to Bendigo Bank House.

The students and Ms. Doller had been approached last year to create art works which would bring the rooms at Bendigo Bank House to life and give patients and their families something vibrant and colourful to lift their spirits during their stay. The process then began of creating two multimedia pieces which represent aerial views of the Rochester, and the Elmore and Lockington, landscapes.

The four students worked on the pieces as a team, with Ms. Doller, in a “masterclass” during blocks of allocated time, to create the final masterpieces. The works now hang in the “Rochester Suite” and the “Elmore/Lockington Suite” of Bendigo Bank House.

Our students were interviewed and photographed by the media and provided with a special morning tea. “We are very proud of our students; their talents and the mature, respectful way in which they presented themselves. They were excellent ambassadors for our school,” said Mrs. McCarty.

Thanks must go to Tracie Kyne, Senior Branch Manager, and the Elmore, Lockington and Rochester Community Bank Branches for playing a major role in this collaboration and a big thanks to Ms. Doller for her assistance, guidance and inspiration.


Emerging Science Victoria

With the support of Miss Conway we have 10 students studying Neuroscience, Physics and Earth Science through the Emerging Science Victoria virtual interactive classroom, providing a unique opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to study contemporary STEM subjects.

In Frontiers of Physics, students journey through the Universe where they explore the phenomenon of black holes, quasars, dark matter and dark energy. We discuss how stars, the solar system and other objects are formed and link this to the likelihood of life existing on these objects.

Brainstorm: Big Ideas in Neuroscience will tackle what we already know about the brain and how cutting edge technologies are changing this, using a mix of videos, discussion, practical activities, guest speakers, group and individual work.

Students learn about the way Earth Science affects our everyday lives, including exploring concepts connected to meteorology, hydrology, seismology and geology, and their application to real-world data, problems and predictions.

2019 Rochester Secondary College Swimming Sports Results

2019 Overall House Points Score:


2019 Age Champions:

13 years Ray Pearson (C) Kaitlyn Joyce (B)
14 years Kody Lees (R) Josephine Brown (C)
15 years Samuel Ryan (C) Tegan Williams (R)
16 years Samuel Lees (W) Ella Kerlin (C)
17 years Thomas Clarke (R) Yazmin Hayes (R)
OPEN Broden Evans (B) Zahra Hayes (W)


A fantastic day was had by all competitors, enjoying the perfect weather. Campaspe were once again crowned champions, continuing their decade-long dominance of the swimming carnival, including 4 Age Champions. We had 8 Age Champions go “back-to-back”, including all the returning girls for 2019.

I would like to make special mention to the House Captains for all of their hard work on the day, it is a big job and they certainly worked hard on Friday to ensure the best results for their respective houses. Also to the staff who helped out on the day, especially those who braved the darkness to be there very early to set up everything. These fantastic sporting days would not be possible without the help of everyone involved and I am grateful to those who helped out.

The athletics carnival will be held early next term so let’s make sure it is another wonderful day!  Mr Harris