Joining the Dots Reservoir (2017)

Leveraging the wealth of knowledge gained through JTD Yarra, JTD in Reservoir will focus on improving the transition journey (Year 5 to Year 9) for students and families, particularly those at risk of disengagement. The Project involves William Ruthven Secondary College and three feeder primary schools. The voices of both parents and students will be captured to inform improvement in the schools’ transition processes, as well as their parent and family engagement policies and practice.

The JTD Reservoir Project comprises of the following components:

Recording the digital case study at William Ruthven Secondary College


William Ruthven Secondary College (WRSC) was established in 2010 as the result of a merger between Merrilands College (P-12) and Lakeside Secondary College. The Secondary College shares the same site as William Ruthven Primary School but has a separate identity and operates independently of the Primary School.

Currently the School’s student population of 420 is made up by a greater proportion of boys (60%) who tend to dominate the School culture. Families come from a broad range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

The next phase of WRSC’s development is a physical rebuild that sees the School eager to simultaneously rejuvenate teaching and learning processes; improve primary to secondary transition practices for staff, students and families; and develop stronger relationships with families and their local feeder primary schools.

Project Partners

The JTD Reservoir Project (2017) was made possible thanks to the funding support from School Focused Youth Service (Merri Health).

A Project Steering Group made up of WRSC, feeder primary schools, INLLEN, School Focused Youth Service (Merri Health) and relevant community agencies will be developed once all participating schools complete their Transition Review Process.

Information for Schools

The JTD Reservoir Project includes the development of a Transition Cluster comprising of William Ruthven Secondary College and up to three feeder primary schools.

To be involved in the Transition Cluster, each school completes the Transition Review Process which enables them to develop their own Action Plan on Transition and Engagement and have a shared platform for partnership, meaningful engagement and collaboration.

The aim of the Cluster is to strengthen the relationships between schools and enable the collaborative flow of information and ideas to improve the transition and engagement of all students and their families for greater engagement in learning.

William Ruthven Primary School has committed to undertake their TRP in Term 3 of 2017.

An Introduction to the Transition Review ProcessDownload Now

Information for Agencies

The JTD Reservoir Project will soon be seeking the support of local community agencies to be members of the Project Steering Group. Similar to the JTD Moreland Project, the Steering Group will develop a Terms of Reference outlining the roles and responsibilities of Members. This may include providing input, advice, contributing resources and working collaboratively to add value and support the implementation of the Project.

It has been encouraging to see a number of collaborative opportunities evolve from the community agencies in the Steering Group of other JTD Projects. These actions have led to a better understanding of the school and agencies’ roles, as we work towards more effective student and family engagement and improved school-family-community partnerships.

Events and Activities

Digital Case Studies Launch – JTD Reservoir – November TBC
This event will celebrate the launch of the Digital Case Studies resource arising from the JTD Reservoir Project featuring the students, families and staff at William Ruthven Secondary College and William Ruthven Primary School. There will be three professionally produced videos exploring transition into a small co-ed school setting from the perspective of student, parents/families and school.