Rochester Secondary College
THERE is a new face at Rochester Secondary College, as Melissa Gould has been announced as the new principal for 2019.
Coming to Rochester from Echuca College, Mrs Gould spent 12 years there and six of those serving as assistant principal.
Mrs Gould began at RSC in term three where she was assistant principal while Bernie Altmann served his last term at the helm.
‘‘I am incredibly passionate about student outcomes and believe that all students deserve the right to the best possible outcomes,’’ Mrs Gould said.
‘‘My priority as principal will be to continue developing strong relationships with all families and the school community.
‘‘It is through these links that the depth of the school culture can be developed and future pathways established. As I have in the past, I will listen to the needs of the community, students and staff and employ participative decision-making practices to determine need and expectation.’’
Mrs Gould said she hoped to work with teaching staff and the school community to bring a greater sense of belonging into the school.
‘‘We hope to enhance the school environment so all members of the Rochester Secondary College community have a strong sense of connectedness, our students feel school is a safe place where people care about them, and their needs for learning, support, respect and friendship are met,’’ she said.
‘‘Rochester Secondary College will provide a challenging learning environment where staff and students are driven by a desire to learn, grow and think deeply.’’
RSC will also be holding a ceremony to recognise the official opening of the new building.
‘‘We’re inviting the community to attend the opening of our new building; after 12 months of demolition and building works it’s fantastic to see the classrooms in operation,’’ Mrs Gould said.
Staff and students will be running tours through the new spaces and the community will also have the opportunity to meet Mrs Gould on February 25 from 5-7.30pm.
There will be a free sausage sizzle, while drinks will be available for purchase.
‘‘We would love to see as many people as possible in attendance,’’ Mrs Gould said.