Welcome back senior students

Today marks the first day of return to onsite learning and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our VCE and VCAL students.

At SRCS we will be taking the following precautions to safeguard our students and staff:

  • If staff or students are sick or experiencing symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or fever they must stay at home
  • Visitors will be limited to those with essential wellbeing, curriculum or maintenance related duties 
  • All programs involving parents/volunteers have been cancelled 
  • All activities involving other schools have been replaced or canceled 
  • All school assemblies, excursions, and camps have been canceled 
  • All school members will practice hand hygiene on arrival and before eating
  • Signs re physical distancing have been placed around the school 
  • Staff will adhere to a physical distancing of 1.5 m between adults
  • Parents will be invited on-site only if absolutely essential
  • Assigned seating and laptop use in all contact rooms
  • Shared items to be sanitised before and after use ie sports equipment 

We continue planning to welcome all students back over the next few weeks and look forward to the eventual resumption of all school activities and parent participation.

Please contact Irene or Tess with any concerns or questions.




Return to face to face learning

Dear parents and guardians,

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning and following the advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to onsite schooling. We are sending you this email to remind you to return to onsite learning will roll out and measures we are taking to ensure everyone is feeling safe and supported. To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

In the first stage, senior students in Years 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE will return to school from Tuesday 26 May. Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies should attend school on the days their subject is scheduled. VET music on Wednesday afternoons, however, will continue to run remotely both for our students and those attending from other schools. Hands-on Learning will also begin on-site next week on Thursday 28 May. The current remote online timetable will continue to be used both onsite and online. The only exception will be a few VCE classes, relevant students will be informed before next week.

In the second stage of our return to onsite schooling, all other year levels students in Year 7 to 10 will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

There will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice and will apply until further notice which includes:

  • staff will practice social distancing at all times
  • students will practice social distancing out of class and in-class where is practicable
  • parents will be asked not to come into the school but make contact via phone or zoom
  • other adults will be restricted
  • Staggered lunch breaks
  • cleaning during the school day
  • we will encourage frequent hand washing
  • hand sanitisers will be placed at each entry point and in each classroom

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. If you have any concerns please make contact with Irene and Tess via phone and/or email.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:


Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

Irene Savakis                                                         Tess Abbottsmith Youl

Co Principal                                                           Co Principal

irenesavakis@sydneyrdcs.vic.edu.au              tessabbottsmithyoul@sydneyrdcs.vic.edu.au
0413443014                                                            0497 562 933




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30 years ago – on May 17, 1990 – the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTIQ people globally, and raise awareness for the work still needed.

At SRCS our Stand Out Group worked with staff to create an online celebration and lunch on Monday The 18th of May. Staff, students, and their supporters (family and friends) joined together to show their support for our LGTBIQ+ community members and make pledges to continue to stand up for each other and fight against discrimination. It was so wonderful to see our community rally together despite the barriers of social distancing and bring their pride colours to this event via zoom.


Sleep Hygiene – the theme for this fortnights wellbeing group sessions



With this week’s government announcement regarding the easing of COVID 19 restrictions and the gradual return of students to face to face learning over the next month, the wellbeing team thought it a great time to start getting students, parents, and or guardians thinking about sleep patterns. To support students to be practicing good sleep in the lead up to returning to school the team will be running group sessions for students and parents over the next two weeks looking at not only the benefits of getting enough sleep but what supports and constitutes good sleep and what individuals can do to improve their own sleep patterns.

The session will run via zoom at the following times:

  • Thursday the 14th of May at 2:30 pm for Middle students
  • Tuesday the 19th at 11 am for VCA students
  • Wednesday the 20th at 10:30 am for VCE students
  • Thursday the 21st at 2:30 pm for Junior students

We will also be running a session for parents on Wednesday the 27th of May at 5 pm via zoom – lookout in your email inbox for further details.



Professional Learning Community (PLC) update

It’s been an interesting shift from classroom teaching to online learning. And our Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have been working hard behind the scenes to try and make the content as engaging as possible to support student learning. 

PLCs are an integral aspect of teaching at SRCS. It provides staff the opportunity to take a closer look at specific areas of student learning and engagement and see how we can better support growth and success. It encourages us to tweak our teaching, and learn new and important skills to keep up with the ever-changing environment of the modern classroom. 

In response to online learning our PLC teams have been collaborating on the best ways to support students in this new space. We’re currently at the ‘evidence-gathering’ stage and just about ready to implement some strategies. The four key areas of focus are:

  • Feedback – how we can provide meaningful and varied feedback to support our diverse cohort
  • Activities – at the start of each class to encourage engagement and fun
  • Zoom – Using Zoom as a way to promote social connection
  • Independent learning – supporting the valuable skill of independent learning through project-based activities