2019 School Captains and SRC

Pictured left are the Rochester Secondary College Captains for 2019

Grace Bubb (Girls Captain)
Robert Bessell (Arts Captain)
Yolanda Foley (Sports Captain)
Fraser Cleary (Boys Captain)





Pictured right are the Student Representative Council Executive for 2019.

Rueben Hooper (Publicity)
Seth McLure (Secretary)
Sarah Trewick (Treasurer)
Jasmin Malham (Events and Fundraising)
Jessica Horkings (President)
Aimee Rankin (Events and Fundraising)
Blake Humbert (Vice President)
Eloise Foott (Events and Fundraising)

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.