2018 Murray River Culinary Challenge

The ‘2018 Murray River Culinary Challenge Grand Final’ was held yesterday at Echuca TAFE.

Our extremely talented finalists were Stephanie Crouch and Jasmin Malham who had won their way into this prestigious Grand Final by winning the Regional Final. The girls’ task for the day was to prepare, cook, plate and serve, four serves of a three course meal.

The menu was as follows:

DISH 1: Smoked trout and spinach tart with roasted pumpkin, feta and rocket salad

DISH 2: Herb crusted lamb rack with olive oil mash, buttered spring vegetables and red wine jus

DISH 3: Spiced cranberry poached pears

There were four teams of two students from the Murray River Regions including Wangaratta, Murray Valley, Goulburn Murray and our students representing Campaspe Region.

The teams were judged on bench & stove work, workflow, OH&S, hygiene methods and principles of cookery, preparation of three menu items and creative presentation.

Our students worked beautifully together, staying calm throughout the two hours of arduous  work. Their delivered meals looked and tasted sensational.

After the judges had made their final tallies of each team, on each course based on the many criteria, our girls came an extremely close runners-up to the winners from Wangaratta.

Congratulations must go to Steph and Jasmin who represented our school amazingly well and we could not be more proud of their efforts, their talents and their professionalism in this competition and their hospitality studies and skills overall. Well done girls!


2018 Fun Day

On a beautiful sunny day last Friday, Rochester Secondary College held its biennial Funday. Every form group ran at least one activity, with the help of their tireless form teachers. In addition there were two inflatable activities from The Zone, the Lions’ fairy floss machine, Leanne Hooper’s Spray Tattoos and Mr Brooks coffee van.

Many thanks to Susan Coghill, Sharon Williams and Bruce Macague for cooking a delicious BBQ. Students from both St Joseph’s and the primary school came for lunch and a look around. This year also saw an excellent participation and assistance rate from the Year 12 group, a highlight being the talent quest at the end of the day.

It was wonderful to see parents, grandparents and friends visit the school – we even had a pet snake come for a look around! From Devonshire tea to pizza and hot dogs, there was plenty to eat. Face painting and the Haunted House were hits with children of all ages. As usual all our students enjoyed a break from classroom routine, but it was also really pleasing to see groups and individuals teaming up to make the day a success. Plenty of hard workers start their journey to student leadership at Funday.

The SRC executive should feel very proud of their efforts. The College thanks you  – Mardi Ryan, Jessica Horkings, Lachlan Wallace, Brock Wright, Ella Haisman, Dimity Pearson, Sarah Trewick and Madesyn Honey. Well done to you all!

Ruth Borger, SRC Facilitator


Congratulations and Thank You Mr Ringin

Congratulations to Geoff Ringin on receiving recognition from the Department of Education and Training for 40 years of service to Public education.

Rochester Secondary College would like to express our gratitude for Geoff’s years of commitment, dedication and loyalty to our students and the wider community.

Pictured are Education Minister James Merlino presenting Geoff Ringin with his certificate of service.


Australian Defence Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award Winners

Two students were awarded the extremely prestigious Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award at our whole school assembly. The ADF provide two awards annually; one at Year 10 level and one at Year 12, for students who show the values of Teamwork, Resourcefulness, Community Spirit and Involvement, Communication, Problem Solving and a high standard of values.

Matthew Blow was this year’s Year 10 recipient in recognition of his determination, hard work and high achievements against all odds along with his problem solving and communication. James Shaw of Year 12 was acknowledged for his overall values, his level of cooperation and resourcefulness. The two boys receive $250 and $500 respectively, from the ADF. We congratulate these winners and acknowledge their values and leadership traits within our school and the wider community.


Science Week 2018

To celebrate National Science Week the local Grade 6 students from our Feeder Schools: Rochester Primary, St Josephs PS, OLSH, Elmore PS, Colbinabbin PS, Nanneella PS and Lockington  Consolidated participated in a range of different Physics based activities. Each activity was taught by a group of students from the Year 10  Space and Motion class.

The Grade 6 students learnt:

  • How light travels
  • How to make a catapult
  • UV beads and what is a hologram?
  • What are Mexican jumping beans?
  • How air pressure can drive a Lego car
  • Dissected a cow’s eye and discovered how sound waves can blow out a  candle.

The grade 6 students had a lot of fun and are looking forward to Year 7 Science in 2019. Well done to the Year 10 students who taught each activity and successfully passed on their Science knowledge to the grade 6 students.


Duke of Ed students travelled to Bogong for a week of adventures

The week of 6th –10th August the Duke of Edinburgh students went to Mount Bogong for our ski trip. Students from Wedderburn travelled with us as well.

On arrival we unpacked and met all the staff that would be helping us for the week. On Tuesday we did Cross Country Skiing. We skied some hills and learnt the basics of skiing, in particular slowing down and stopping and turning.

Wednesday we did downhill skiing. There was heaps of runs that we got to try. We used the chair lifts which was pretty fun.

Thursday we were able to choose whether we wanted to do downhill skiing or snowshoeing. Most people choose downhill but they were both a lot of fun. Friday  it was time to pack up and return home.

Massive thank you to the Bogong staff for having us to Mr. Ringin and Mrs Evans escorted us on this fantastic camp.  Thank you also must go to Mr. Millard who organised the whole trip.


Year 7 Visual Arts Students

Framed drawings by Year 7 Rochester Secondary College Visual Arts students Jo Brown, Ava Cottam and Dana Mussared are currently on show at Kits Kafe in Rochester.

Visual Arts teacher, Meg Doller, was keen to provide students with an opportunity to publicly exhibit their art and for her students’ work to be seen by the community.

‘I have been aware of the support Kits Kafe extends to local practicing artists for some time.’ Ms Doller said. ‘I approached Kits Kafe owner, Brooke Walkley to see if student works could be included and she was    really enthusiastic about the idea.’  ‘I love collaborating with local businesses to create real-world opportunities for our students, and can’t thank Brooke and Kits Kafe enough for their support.’

The works on show are a trio of impressive shell drawings. Students had one minute (timed) to draw each shell before passing it to a  classmate on their left and receiving a new shell from a classmate on their right. The resultant drawings were photocopied and each student chose a media to add colour.

‘We are so happy to be given the opportunity to be able to show Rochester’s next up-and-coming art talent. We want to thank the students and Meg for this great opportunity’ said Brooke. ‘It’s amazing for the students to be able to get their work out there. We encourage people to come in and check them out.’

Meg is open to conversations with other venues who may be interested in showing student work. Owners are asked to make contact via the Rochester Secondary College office.


Year 11 Work Experience Camp to Melbourne

Thirty-four Year 11 students travelled to Melbourne for work experience and a number of other Year 11 students also completed a local placement. The Melbourne Camp took off on Sunday and gave students the chance to use public transport to find their workplace before heading out the door Monday morning. Students completed placements in a range of areas including landscaping, building, airplane maintenance, auto mechanics, panel beating, media production, vet clinics, real estate and property valuation, hospitality, fitness industry, graphic design, primary schools, a specialist school, child care, golf course and bicycle maintenance and more.

The week went extremely well, with very positive feedback from the workplace and the students. The students were one of the best groups we have taken away and should be congratulated on the responsible way they went about the week. Thanks also to Mr Callaway for running the camp and Mrs Gray, Mrs Bolitho and Mrs Pelligrino for all their efforts on camp. A very rewarding week for everyone involved!

Colin Huddy – Year 11 Work Experience Coordinator

For Melbourne Work Experience I went to St. Joseph’s Primary School in Malvern. At first, I was nervous, going to somewhere that I didn’t know anyone was confronting. The public transport was something that I was scared about at first but after the first time, it was easy to find my way to and from the hotel in South Yarra. When arriving there, the teachers welcomed me with open arms and after only a couple of hours of being there I felt comfortable. I spent my week with the Prep Class and they made my week even more rewarding. While I was at the school, I was able to see the different ways teachers were able to get the kids to learn (even if they didn’t want to). Each teacher teaches differently and I was able to see that in the week. I was able to get many pointers from each teacher I worked with and I was able to create a relationship with both the teachers and students in the school.

We were able to be independent by finding our own lunch and dinner with friends around the city. The teachers trusted us and allowed us to go out and do our own thing having to be back by a certain time.

This camp has been one of the best so far and I really encourage future year 11’s to go.  Sarah Trewick

As most of the Year 11 students loved the work experience camp in Melbourne last week, it is fair to say that it is an experience to remember. Personally as my placement was in the retail dense core of the Melbourne CBD, I was able to gain an insight on what it is like to not only work but also live in the hectic nature of the city, something that I can’t observe in the country.

Working at one of the top offices on Collins Street as a property valuer gave me the best possible experience because it is definitely something that I can’t observe in the country. The week away in Melbourne wasn’t just great for the occupational side of things though. It was also a great experience to be given the freedom to roam the city with friends and get used to the rush and experience something different. A huge thank you to Mr. Huddy, Mr. Callaway, Mrs, Bolitho, Mrs Pellegrino and Hayley who made the experience a great one for all of us.  Fraser Cleary

Last week, I went and stayed in Melbourne for the week to complete work experience at Kosdown Printing in Port Melbourne. Kosdown Printing is a commercial print company. On my arrival, I was shown around the different areas of the workplace and was given an explanation on their machinery and how it works. They gave me many jobs and activities to do, even including working on one of their major projects going for a university. I was also able to design my own business card, posters and multiple t-shirt designs. Overall, I gained a lot of insight on the graphic designing industry and how it works. I had an entertaining time participating in the workplace and learning from the workers around me.  Jheuban Medina Chan

Wallace Green  –  My work experience was fantastic. I worked at Richmond Panels in Swan Street Richmond. The guys I worked with were supportive and helpful and taught me many tricks of the trade. The key to having an enjoyable work experience week is to show interest in the work and that way you will get more out of it.

Steph Crouch  –  I worked at Etihad Stadium in the Delaware Kitchen. The work experience camp was really good. The highlights of my week were the tour of the stadium and decorating and packaging desserts for the “Pink” VIP’s.

Zarah Hayes  –  I worked at Ascot Special School with Yolanda Foley. I worked in room 12 with a mix of middle school primary students. The staff I worked with encourage and supported both of us. My highlight of the week was the activities with the little ones.

Robert Bessell  –  Execu Jet was the best place to work. I got to work on private jets and then have a test flight in one. The work place atmosphere was great and it was a great place to be from the start.  My highlight for the week was going up for a test flight. I would highly recommend the Melbourne Work Experience week for any student.

Stacey Sanders  –  Edithvale Nursing Home is where I went for work experience. I really enjoyed it and it was a great experience. I experienced a lot of new and different things. My highlight of the week was talking to the residents and listening to their stories and being asked to dance by one resident.

Tia Mitchell  –  Bundoora Park was a wonderful work experience placement. I fed the animals. The staff there were very friendly. Feeding the kangaroos was the most enjoyable part of the week and I was almost bitten by a pig.



Rochester Secondary Debating Wins Against Girton Grammar in Round 5

On Tuesday the 24th July, three of our debating teams from Rochester Secondary College competed in Round 5 of the Bendigo Debating Competition. We also had two other Year 7s who have previously debated attend to watch and learn from the debates and feedback from the adjudicator.

D Grade – Abigail Clarke (Year 7), Summer Pain (Year 7) and Georgia Matthews (Year 8)  arguing from the negative side that ‘There should be minimum mandatory sentences’. Successfully winning against Girton Grammar’s Year 7 and 8 side with strong arguments and rebutting against all speakers from the affirmative side.

C Grade – Alex Ingram (Year 7), Isabella Miriklis (Year 7) and Makayler Tatt (Year 7) arguing from the negative side that ‘There should be an inheritance tax’. RSC were winners in this round too, against Girton Grammar’s Year 9 and 10 side. This team has some naturally talented speakers, who have continued to improve with each debate they complete.

Due to these wins we now have a Year 7 team going on to the next level in Essendon, Melbourne. We wish Alex Ingram, Summer Pain and Isabella Miriklis all the best as they will represent Rochester Secondary College in the zone finals.

Our VCE team won by forfeit but had the opportunity to still debate “Why celebrities should not go into politics” against Bendigo Secondary. Olivia Clarke, Madesyn Honey and Olivia Dimovski provided a very amusing debate explaining why Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian would attract the interest and influence the younger generation in current political matters. This is the last debate for our VCE girls, but it was great to see them encourage our younger debaters through holding meetings and supporting them through the rounds.

We thank George Dimovski and Ms Pudney who puts in many extra hours to help all our debaters research the topic, brainstorm ideas and examples. Also a big thank you to Ruth Borger who drove the bus and supported each of the teams on the night.


Attendance Awards

Every term, our College will award regular school attendance by giving away two movie tickets to the Echuca Paramount Cinema, to one student in every year level who has a 100% attendance rate for that term.

The following students have achieved 100% attendance rate for Term Two:

Year 7: Reed Hocking, Brooklyn Martens, Abby Clarke, Declan Pearce, Holly Taylor

Year 8: Chelsea Jones, Sam Ryan, Hayley Ferrinda

Year 9: Jayvier Horkings, Elle Palmer, Emily Giffin, Tayla Ferrinda,    Sarah Jones

Year 10: Samuel Coughlin

Year 11: Fraser Cleary

Year 12: Morghan Cairns, Darcy Myers, Brock Wright, Kate Else,  Gemma Fitzgerald, Sarah Harris, Jarred Lewis, Callan Macague, Steph MacNab and Harrison McPhee.


The winners of the two movie tickets were:

Holly Taylor, Sam Ryan, Tayla Ferrinda, Samuel Coughlin, Fraser Cleary and Harrison McPhee.