At this time of year, we are actively engaging a range of strategies to support our current and prospective future students with their transition into years 11 & 12 at Rosny College. When we reflect upon the important transition into years 11 & 12, our ultimate goal is to support all students to develop a meaningful, relevant and engaging two years program of study that will enrich their lives and provide the skills and qualifications that will enable future opportunity.
Students should be encouraged to select TASC and VET courses that interest them and that also have the potential to provide them with access to their chosen future learning or career pathways. It is sometimes difficult for students to navigate the vast array of TASC and VET courses when they are developing their study programs. In recognising this challenge, we continually consult with a range of Industry and UTAS representatives to ensure that we can facilitate a contextually relevant approach to supporting students with their College course selection process.
Last year we created an innovative and highly successful approach to presenting course information to our students. Our Rosny College Course Guide provides students with some examples of how they can use their TASC and VET course selections to align with their prospective future Industry and/or UTAS pathways. This year, we have again consulted with UTAS and Industry to ensure that our Course Guide is current. When perusing our 2022 course guide, you will note that we are now completely aligned with the University of Tasmania’s newly formed “Study Areas” which were established this year. Relevant and meaningful course selection is a critical first step in ensuring that our students enjoy an engaging and successful learning experience that facilitates their preferred future opportunities.
We continue to closely monitor and communicate all COVID 19 related matters as we endeavour to minimise any potential disruption to student training and learning. Most recently, you may be aware that the Tasmanian Government announced that it will be delivering free COVID-19 vaccines to year 11 & 12 students aged 16 years and older. Next week, we will be using our social media platforms and communication channels to outline the details of the Rosny College Vaccine Clinic that will be facilitated on-site from the 9th-14th of September. Students and parents will be provided with all of the relevant information and administration relating to this opportunity next week.
I hope that you enjoy reading this edition of our Newsletter. You will see that we are taking the opportunity to share a range of student achievement, performance and experience across a diverse range of our Learning and Training areas. As a College community, we celebrate diversity and take the opportunity to build a sense of student community, wellbeing and belonging by participating in and supporting a range of broader community events.
As we pursue an ongoing college improvement agenda, we are always very keen to seek and receive feedback from our community. Please always be encouraged to contact me at any time with any general questions, concerns and or suggestions.
The well-being of our students is important to us.
To get an understanding of how students across Tasmania feel about their own wellbeing, students in Years 11 and 12 at Rosny College will be taking part in a wellbeing survey. The Student Wellbeing and Engagement Survey is part of the Department of Education’s Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy.
The details for the survey are:
When: Wednesday 1 September 2021
Who: Year 11 and 12 students
What do I need to do: You and your child don’t need to do anything. The survey will be done in class time and will not require your child to prepare in any way.
A letter with more information has been included with reports sent home with all students, including a link to Frequently Asked Questions and a form to sign and return to the school if you do not want your child to participate in the survey. Thank you for supporting us to ensure that all our learners are safe, feel supported and are able to flourish, so they can engage in learning.
During Term 3, the visual art students have been creating pop up exhibitions aligned to each studio area. The exhibitions kicked off with 2C and 3C Photography. This exhibition showcased portraiture, macro photography and landscape images from Visual Art 2C and the beginning images from major independent projects from the Art production 3C students. It was a great chance for us to see what these students have been working on!
The exhibitions have continued with Graphic Design in recent weeks and Mixed Media, Digital Art and Media and Ceramics will all feature before the end of term, so keep an eye out!
We had a blast celebrating Book Week at Rosny during August with a special morning tea and dress up day. So many great costumes and the book of Where’s Wally bought to life around our school by our HPOE department. Thank you to all students and staff for taking part in this great event!
Rosny College has one of the largest outdoor education departments in the Hobart region with 7 different classes in the subject area. We have been busily exploring the outdoors and learning many new skills.
At the beginning of Term 2, we finished our sea kayaking unit by paddling across the Derwent River. We had amazing weather and were accompanied by a pod of dolphins whilst exiting the harbour! We also attended surfing lessons with 420 Surf School at Clifton Beach.
At the end of Term 2, we completed mountain biking, which is one of our most exciting units of work. Students ride coastal tracks, forest trails on Mt Wellington and challenge their skills at the Meehan Mountain Bike Park and the Tolosa Mountain Bike Park on green and blue graded trails.
Adventure Recreation students began their bushcraft unit by hiking and climbing into The Lost World. This is a challenging walk with some very steep sections of trail which rewards students with an amazing view whilst standing on huge fallen basalt columns.
Students learned bush first aid techniques in theory class and were required to apply these in the bush for their assessment. Students had to treat 4 injuries that occurred whilst on a short walk and construct a makeshift stretcher to carry an injured student out of the bush.
In Term 3, Adventure Recreation has been learning about nutrition for overnight adventures and learning how to cook on Trangia hiking stoves. Students recently completed their assessment of cooking a two-course meal in a challenging environmental setting. In this case, Luckman’s Hut on Kunanyi.
Outdoor Leadership has been running their Individual Outdoor Leadership Project assessments where they need to plan and run a full outdoor education lesson. They are required to use group management strategies, facilitate effective teamworking and develop technical skills by implementing leadership theories they have learned in class.
Here Emma running her lesson bushwalking to secret huts on Kunyani.
John organised a rafting session along the Derwent River around New Norfolk.
Luka and Alex both organised complementing Mountain Bike sessions at the Meehan Range and Belbins MTB trails.
Kayal organised team building activities at The Lea Scout Centre
Holly organised Arrowgone Archery to deliver a session at Moonah where she assessed their improvement over the lesson.
We had seas of purple flooding the college recently in support of promoting the visibility of our LGBTQIA+ community.
In celebration of Wear it Purple Day, purple smoothies and cupcakes were available in the cafe. The theme of Wear it Purple Day this year was, “Start the Conversation… Keep it Going!”, which is focused on the important and necessary conversations we have in our daily life that centres around sexual orientation and gender identity. The theme of this year aims to remind people that the issues we reflect on Wear it Purple Day should not only be considered on the day, but every day!
Week 5 and 6 saw Rosny College musicians take the stage for the 2021 RosnyStock and The Acoustic Challenge. These events are a celebration of the talented musicians and vibrant live music scene we have at our school as well as the professionalism of the VET live production class in their lighting and sound.
Five acts from these events are going on to represent Rosny College at the Tasmanian Rock Challenge (southern heat) at Altar on Thursday 2nd September.
The Acoustic Challenge: