Andrew Batchelor

Open Day 2018

Our College Open Day on Thursday 26 April was a huge success with large numbers attending tours throughout the course of the day on both campuses, and visiting the Junior Campus during the afternoon and evening.

With well over 300 prospective parents and students touring the Junior and Senior Campuses shows a high level of interest in our college.  Open Night saw many families who toured the school during the day return to engage in the activities on offer. 

Thank you to all staff for their participation in our 2018 Open Day/Night. Thank you to Ms Jane Carter, Mrs Kerry Dragwidge, Mr Wayne Griffin, Mr Matt Hall, Mr Tim Hocking, Mr Tim Peters, Ms Amanda Sfindilis Reed, Mr Peter Soutar, Miss Hayley Dureau, Mr Bill Thomas, Mr Paul Graham, Mrs Stephanie Thomas, Mrs Tijtje Keatley, Mrs Narda McLennan, Mrs Colleen Pritchard, Mrs Rhonda Palstra, Ms Bronwyn Nash, Ms Cecilia Beniga, Mr Steve Martin, Mr Andrew Wallace, Mr Nathan Liow, Mr Greg Campbell, Mr John Simon, Ms Lauren Kelly, Ms Emma Kerr, Ms Katie Radak, Mrs Bindi Gatward, Mr Way Lim, Mrs Debbie Sekula, Mr Matt Sheehan, Mr Jason McCrae, Ms Lisa McKiernan, Ms Kari Simmons, Mrs Julie Cain, Mr Ian MacLeod and Mrs Karen Wade for their efforts and work in organising displays and special activities through the day and/or on the evening. We continue to grow in reputation based on our excellent program and opportunities for students. 

I would like to thank and recognise our Junior Campus Student Leaders who conducted tours in the evening.  These students are to be congratulated for the mature and professional way they conducted these tours.  Thank you also to our Senior Campus Student Leaders who also supported this process.  Many parents and members of the public commented to staff on how our tour leaders were knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and great role models for younger students.


Student Attitudes to School Survey 2018

The Student Attitudes to School Survey is an annual survey conducted by the department to provide schools with valuable feedback on how they are performing from a student’s perspective.  Our Year 7 and 8 students have completed the survey online this week, covering a range of areas including Learning and Teaching, Relationships and the Learning Environment.  We look forward to unpacking the results later this year to help with our ongoing school improvement work.  


Parking and Visiting the Junior Campus

Parents are advised that the car parks at the Junior Campus are for staff only unless a special drop off provision has been approved or a disability sticker is displayed. We have had several occasions where staff have been unable to enter the car parks when travelling from the Senior Campus. Parents are also reminded that when coming to the college you must sign in at the Junior Campus reception at all times. Parents are not permitted to enter buildings to go to student locker areas or to teacher areas to see staff, unless authorised and a pass has been issued at reception. This procedure is in place to ensure a safe and secure environment for all students and staff.


World Challenge 2018

We are looking forward to the World Challenge expedition in September this year. Our current Year 10 and 11 students have enjoyed the build-up from last year and the opportunity to plan, fund and ultimately lead their own 28-day long expedition to Cambodia and Laos. Last weekend, the two teams spent the weekend on a mini-expedition in Gembrook. Thank you to Ms Lynette Spiller, Ms Emma Kerr, Ms Lauren Kelly and Mrs Kerri Haworth for their time and efforts. We look forward to supporting our students and staff as they undertake further preparations.

Year 8 Camps

In 2018 we are holding four separate Year 8 camps at Rubicon, with our first group heading out next week. The students are looking forward to the activities including an overnight hike. Thank you to all of the staff who will be attending and to Mr John Simon and Ms Lauren Kelly for their organisation of the camps.



NAPLAN will be held on the Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 May in Week 5.  All Year 7 and 9 students will sit:  
  • Language Conventions and Writing: Tuesday 15 May, Periods 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Reading: Wednesday 16 May, Periods 1 and 2.
  • Mathematics: Thursday 17 May Periods 1 and 2.

Normal classes will be replaced by NAPLAN and rolls will be completed to accommodate Compass Updates.   Can students please remember to bring a calculator for the Numeracy Test on Thursday.

If you have any queries please contact Mr Jason McCrae on 9887 9290 or email



Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School