Castlemaine Secondary College News

07 September 2018
Issue Nine
Coming Events
Principal's News
Music Highlights
More good news
Calamity Jane
Wear It Purple Day
Literature Festival
Camps and incursions
Pick My Project
Sustainability news, exhibition review and meet our French Language Assistant...
Community Notices
Castlemaine Secondary College
03 5479 1111
PO Box 57
Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450

Coming Events

Dates to remember!

Don't forget to look on the calendar in XUNO for these and future events




9th Spring Recital

10-14th Mental Health Week

10-14th VCE Lunchtime Concert Series

12-14th Year 9 Steiner Rafting Camp

12th Mid Term College Assembly

12th School Council Meeting

13th The Colour Run 

14th Standhurst Athletics Day

18-21st Year 8 Camp

18-21st SOAR Grampians Camp

19th Year 12 English Practice Exam

21st Year 7 Language Activity Day

21st Last Day of Term 3 – early dismissal 2.30pm




Yr 10 Kwong Lee Dow

Please find attached a flyer from Melbourne University re: Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program 2019.

This is a program that current year 10 students apply for.

For more information please contact me (Mr. Cook 0438890280 or [email protected]/.au) ASAP.

Ian Cook

Year 12 Graduation 22nd Nov

Bookings for this year's graduation will be on sale from the school office at the start of Term 4. Tickets $50 maxium of three per family. 

Bus Pass Process

While students are welcome to travel on a bus that isn’t their normal bus (or they don’t use the buses normally), they need to obtain a bus pass. Bus passes are managed at Reception (front office) and students need a written note from home before the pass can be given to your child. If you would like more information about this process, please don’t hesitate in contacting CSC on 03 5479 1111.

Remember to order your Yearbook

Don't forget to pay for your copy of the 2018 Yearbook. Full of fabulous stories and photos which capture the years' activities at CSC. Payment of $25.00 is needed before the end of term to the office.

Principal's News

I am pleased to announce that Y2 Architecture have been reappointed to design the final stages of our school re-build. Over the past two weeks, Matt Dwyer and Matt Soulsby from Y2 Architecture have been meeting with staff, students and representatives from School Council to begin reviewing the proposed locations of the remaining buildings we are about to construct. The next components of our school re-build amount to an $11.75 million project which will include the following new facilities: general purpose classrooms, art rooms, media studies rooms, library, canteen, food technology facilities, staff rooms and an administration centre. Over the next few weeks, final decisions will be made about the precise location of these new buildings, and we will then move into designing the specifics of these facilities. This design process will occur throughout Term 4, and the project will go out to tender early in 2019 so that construction can begin by the middle of next year. I will keep the school community updated about this exciting building project via my newsletter articles.


Photos of the first planning meetings (Below)

Staff PD Day (Below)

As you are aware, last Monday was one of our four staff professional development (PD) days for the year. We used Monday’s PD day for our teaching and educational support staff to undertake day one of the Berry Street Education Model training. This program will help our staff to better understand the impact of stress and trauma on students’ learning. The first day of the program specifically focussed on ways that we can help students better understand and regulate their emotions and stay focussed so that they can learn more effectively. Day two of this four day training will occur on Monday 5 November (our final staff PD day for the year), and the final two days of training will occur in the first half of 2019 (February 26 and May 22).






Finally from me this week, I congratulate our staff and students involved in the performance of Calamity Jane last week. It was a spectacular production, and I hope that many members of our school community took the opportunity to enjoy the show.

Paul Frye


College Uniform

After my first 6 months at CSC I can clearly say that I am proud to be associated with such a unique and diverse school community, one that offers pathways for all students. The one aspect that requires definite improvement is the wearing of the College uniform. As previously stated in newsletters throughout this year, I have worked in numerous schools in Australia and England, and I strongly believe CSC has the potential to be setting education standards, not only across our region, but across the state. The basis behind any high achieving school in establishing a culture of high expectations, must begin with students wearing our College uniform with Pride. Students should be proud to be associated with CSC and should demonstrate this every day. The wearing of uniform at CSC is compulsory for all students, with the current Year 12 students being the last year level to be exempt. The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has clear guidelines on individual exemptions, which are mainly limited to religious or health reasons. Exemptions can not be sought based on individual philosophical reasons. Rationale for wearing our College uniform includes;

  • Establishes equality among students in their dress code
  • Removes ‘grey areas’ in relation to acceptable and unacceptable attire
  • Demonstrates connectedness to our College, being part of the CSC team
  • Demonstrates personal pride in one’s appearance
  • Safety with practical subjects 
  • Enhances safety within school (intruders are easily identified)
  • Develops good practice for many careers that require uniform.

We are seeking improved support from parents and carers in the wearing of our uniform. Once again, I truly believe CSC is a great school, and this is the message our students should be sending to the local community by always wearing our uniform with Pride.

Justin Hird

Assistant Principal

Music Highlights

Unearthed High Winner 2018 Kian

Congratulations Kian on winning Triple J's Unearthed High Competition. The whole school was gathered on the oval to hear the announcement following the "emergency evacuation" from the gym. Kian graciously agreed to perform his song in it's entirety after his first attempt was rudely interrupted! Thank you to all students, staff and visitors who were part of this  amazing celebration.  And well done to Kian, a true talent.  Read more in the Triple J article below. 





































































Orchestra Victoria Workshop

Many Castlemaine Secondary College music students attended a 3 day intensive orchestral experience program in Bendigo run by Orchestra Victoria. This exciting program allowed our students the chance to be part of a full symphony orchestra, and to receive tuition from some of the state’s finest orchestral musicians and educators. Over the three days, students took part in a series of tutorials and whole orchestra rehearsals, as well as pop-up performances with their instrument group. The program concluded with a performance in Ulumbarra Theatre. This concert is often spoken about by students as one of the highlights of their musical year. The standard achieved on the challenging and extensive repertoire is a credit to both the OV staff and students who take part.    




Maisie Mellick Cooper (violin, year 9) made the following reflections on her experience:


“I enjoyed learning the medley from “Frozen”, because it was ‘dancey’ and physical, and you really got into it as you played it, and I also really like the “Trumpeter’s Lullaby”. The tutorials were really helpful – the other students and the tutors were all helpful if you were struggling with your part. I learnt a lot from watching the conductor – he was very energetic and wild and it gave the whole orchestra a bit of hype. The hardest thing about the experience were the fast passages in our parts, which we got better at as the week went on.” 


On Sunday 26th August, the CSC String department hosted
students and staff from Monash University for a collaborative workshop
day and concert at Buda.

Castlemaine SC students joined forces with Monash students to
perform "Italiana" (from Respighi's 3rd Suite for Lute), Basse Dance
(from the Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock), a medley by Yann Tiersen
(from the film "Amelie"), and Astor Piazzolla's famous Libertango.
Monash lecturer Lisa Grosman was a thoroughly engaging string
pedagogue and violist, and her leadership of the workshop was packed
full of string technique ideas and musical insights. It was also a
great experience for our students to sit as desk partners with the
Monash students, who shared playing tips with our students and boosted their confidence by providing strong playing to perform alongside.

The Monash students also presented a viola quintet (played mostly by
violinists on viola, as viola studies are a component of the Monash
Bachelor of Music) and a work for harp and guitar. The concert
concluded with Beethoven's extraordinary String Quartet in C # Minor,
Op 131, presented by the Fidelio Quartet.

Thanks to all of the families who provided lunch for the day and extra
special thanks to Rose Demaria, Beth Mellick and Patricia Cridge for
extra help on the day.




Kirsten Boerema
Music Coordinator

More good news

Launchpad Social Enterprise Experience


Castlemaine Secondary College students recently participated in an amazing YMCA Launchpad Program.  A group of Year 10 & 11 Food Technology and VET Kitchen Operations students travelled to Melbourne, together with students from other Bendigo schools, to visit social enterprise businesses and gain a valuable insight what a social enterprise is, and how creativity and passion can be harnessed to make a big difference in the lives of others. 


Students were hosted by the company: “thankyou.”, where they learnt about their social enterprise business model and how they work towards ending global poverty.  Next, students were taken out to lunch at “Streat”, a social enterprise cafe in Collingwood. To finish the day, students visited “The Social Studio” in Smith Street, a fashion business dedicated to improving the lives of young Australians who come from a refugee or migrant background and who may have experienced barriers to accessing education and/or securing employment.


Students then participated in a one-day workshop in Bendigo where they were guided to drill down into what really matters to them, and helped to develop enterprise skills, and create a social impact plan. 


What happens next?  The group now have the opportunity to pitch their own idea for a social enterprise and to be supported and mentored by local business experts along with YMCA staff. 
Watch this space!


Caroline Cook, Foods & VET Teacher

Alex's recent success

CSC Year 8 student, Alex Gen, has placed third in Australia in the 13-15 age group in the 2018 Australian Open Kyokushin Karate Championships at the Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre. Here he is (above) after receiving the bronze medal over the weekend as well as, earlier this year, receiving Gold in the Portland Open Border Challenge and the Victorian Championship (below). Congratulations Alex on your great achievements!


Cyclocross National Championships

3 weeks ago I competed in the u19 Cyclocross National Championships.

The race was held at the Sam Miranda Winery near Wangaratta, on a very technical course, with stairs, sand traps, mud traps and due to the rain, very slippery hills and corners. 


For months I have been training once or twice a day, every day. 

Although Cyclocross is not my predominant cycling discipline, I am very proud to wear the National jersey for it, and hopefully there will be more results to come...!

Piper Albrecht


The Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program is searching for Victorian hosts!

We are pleased to announce that the 37th Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) has begun its search for prospective Australian hosts. 

AIYEP is a one of a kind, highly successful DFAT program marking its 37th year in 2018/19. Eighteen young Indonesians aged 21–25 spend two months (October to December) in Australia experiencing work placements, home-stays, community service, cultural performances and visits to local schools and communities. Eighteen young Australians undertake a similar program in Indonesia with their Indonesian counterparts from December to January.

How can you get involved? 

Australian Host Families: This year the Australia phase of AIYEP will be hosted in Victoria! Do you live in Melbourne or Bendigo? Are you interested in actively contributing to Australia's international relations by welcoming an Indonesian AIYEPer into your home for 3 weeks? Melbourne hosting dates are 14 October to 2 November. Bendigo hosting dates are 5 November to 28 November. Inquire here.

Australian Host Organisations: If you are a Melbourne or Bendigo-based organisation interested in engaging with our program by offering work experience to an AIYEP delegate, we would love to hear from you! This program gives your workplace the chance to contribute to an Australian Government priority. Melbourne work placement dates are 15 October to 1 November. Bendigo work placement dates are 7 November to 27 November. Click here to express your interest.

Thank you to our ES Staff


These cakes were made and decorated by Year 10 & 11 VET Kitchen Operations students to help staff celebrate ES Week, in recognition of the wonderful work done by CSC's Education Support Staff.

Calamity Jane


Another successful production by Daren Lowe & Kirsten Boerema!  We have amazing talent at our school from our performers, lighting & sound, choreography, stage management, backstage, props, band members, hair & makeup, front of house ushers, and costumes.


Three big shows, with two sell out nights. Everyone pushed through the dreaded flu bug going through the cast , as the show must go on!  


A big thank you to all the students, staff, parents and community partners that help make these events possible.


Check out our program which list our cast and crew.















Wear It Purple Day

On Friday, 31 August 2018, like many schools, businesses and organisations around the Australia, CSC celebrated Wear it Purple Day. This annual event was started in 2010 after several young LGBTIQ+ people took their own lives as a result of bullying and harassment. The Wear it Purple Day response raises awareness of the very real danger that such bullying carries and counteracts it with a celebration of the wonderful diversity in our communities.


This year’s event at CSC included the very special event of raising the Rainbow flag to fly proudly on a permanent flag pole on the school grounds, donated generously by Chill Out. In their speech before the flag raising ceremony, Diversity Group student Olivia Hocking praised ex-staff member Alana Wearne, who was in attendance, for starting the Diversity Group years ago and also the current staff mentor Shera Blaise. Thanks was also given to Principal Paul Frye for his support of the day’s activities, which included free ice-cream for the whole school, music bingo, raffles and more.

The Rainbow flag now flies in the school, signalling that gender and sexually diverse students, staff and families are welcome at CSC. This public gesture affirms the right for LGBTIQ+ students to attend CSC, be supported in their gender affirmation and free from harassment. It is up to all of us to ensure that this is the daily reality at CSC.


Fiona Gatt


Literature Festival

Year 7 Literature Enrichment Program

Each year the Library runs a short Literature Enrichment program for year 7 students based around the CBCA Book of the Year awards. Students are recommended for the program by their English teachers, based on their academic ability, and/or a passion for reading. The aim of the program is to encourage students to read quality literature that will challenge them to think more deeply about what they are reading; and to give them the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas with others.

We use the vehicle of the CBCA‘s Australian Book of the Year Awards, which were established in1946, and celebrate books of outstanding literary merit. The students are asked to read the books shortlisted for the Picture Book of the Year category, as well as attend a workshop on “Judging picture books”. They are also encouraged to share their thoughts via our Literature Enrichment blog. The program concludes with a Judges’ Conference, where students discuss and ultimately agree upon a winner.


The winning Picture Books for 2108, as selected by our year 7 judges, are:

Winner: Mopoke (by Philip Bunting)

Honour Book: Florette (by Anna Walker)

Honour Book: Ten Pound Pom (by Carole Wilkinson & Liz Anelli)


A selection of student responses from the Literature Enrichment blog:


The Great Rabbit Chase

The Great Rabbit Chase is an exciting book about a rabbit named Gumboots who keeps on escaping out of a hole in the garden. I love how each page a new character with a different personality joins the chase. I also love in the end how the family end up with, what looks like 7 rabbits. The pictures add to the exciting lead up of the fantastic ending. Freya Blackwood has done an amazing job! (Lulu)



Mopoke is about a mopoke that changes “mopoke” into other things like a posh poke who is very posh and a high poke that is sitting on a high branch. That is just a few mopokes from the book. I personally like the uniqueness of the mopokes and how that the mopokes themselves are all the same but if you look at a real owl and an animated owl they are different and that is one of the things i like about a book. One thing I like about books is that they are never the same and that they are individuals.

I think this book is for people who want to have a laugh. I think that people over ten will enjoy it even adults will have a laugh. (Ana)

Mopoke is a real contender for the picture book of the year award!

Mopoke is a very interesting and quirky book. The pictures were the highlight for me, there were all these different types of pokes, all conveying a different feeling or characteristic they were also very cute! and I think the simplicity of it all was  great and would be very appealing to kids aged from 3-6.

I think that Mopoke  could also be like the new Hairy Maclary, in the sense that kids anywhere will start to remember the order of Mopokes and will read along and even create their own actions. (Tilly)


A Walk in the Bush                                                                                                                A Walk in the Bush is a book by Gwyn Perkins, who is the author and illustrator. The book is about a grandad and Iggy, a small cat. Grandad goes out into the bush and introduces Iggy to the beauty of the Australian bush. The book also has some educational elements about it such as how to crush eucalyptus leaves for that scent, what creature makes the scribbles on gum trees, and the way trees sprout new growth after a bushfire. The book also has an eye-catching art style and looks great. Overall ‘A Walk in the Bush’ is a great book for all ages not just children. (Tav)


Judith Hansen and Andrea McDonald



CSC 2018 Literature Festival

On Tuesday the 7th August, the Literature Festival began with a short presentation from the Goldfields Library staff. This involved a run through of all that they offer and a brainstorm of everything they could add, from indoor plants to a small kitchen area.  After a small morning tea with the Library staff, we started illustrating a front cover for short stories we were writing with Lorena Carrington. This process was called cyanotype. She explained the process for her own illustration, and the process for using the specific chemicals required before we began our 4 period workshop. By the end everyone had a beautiful artwork and a rough idea of a storyline.


On Wednesday we started with a morning tea with Ellie Marney. We then began workshopping our stories. We began breaking down our storylines and then looked at the layout of common story plots. On Thursday we edited our own and each other’s stories and continued working with Ellie. We also had a Q and A with Susan Green and Lorena Carrington.

On Friday we went on an excursion to the Bendigo Writers Festival. We heard some excellent speakers and really enjoyed the experience. By the end of term we will have our stories made into an anthology, with each of our stories illustrated by one of our cyanotype artworks. This was a wonderful week, and helped to motivate, inspire and challenge all of the students involved.

Thanks to Lorena Carrington, Ellie Marney and Susan Green!

Lulu Carolan

Camps and incursions

Soar Adventures in Broken Hill

On the 13th to the 17th August, seven year 8 girls, Shiralee Bothe, David Tolputt and three support team members involved in the SOAR  Program, went on an Outback camp to Broken Hill and Mungo National Park.


Broken Hill is known as a mining city lead, silver and zinc and Australia’s First National listed heritage city. Key highlights for the students included visits to the Royal Flying Doctors [RFDS]  Bruce Lanford Visitor Centre . The RFDS has a role of providing cutting edge health care since 1936.

The trip included a visit to the Pro Hart Gallery then an afternoon at the town of Silverton. It is known as a former mining town, and famous for Australian movies filmed there such as Mad Max and Razor Back.

Education, personal development and resilience were key outcomes as a part of the SOAR Adventures program and the Camp. This involved community work in partnership with the local Salvation Army gardening, painting and assisting with general organisation, cleaning and organisation of their facilities and resources.

The girls and their support team witnessed the effects of the drought especially the impact to farmers, communities, organisations and even the local wildlife. Emus were prevalent throughout Broken Hill parks and residential areas.

The last leg of the trip involved one night at Mungo National Park a world heritage listed area. It has the world’s largest collection of ice age human footprints and the oldest of human remains second to Africa. This was a great cultural educational experience especially in terms of the local Aboriginal culture and heritage.


The year 8 students have thoroughly enjoyed the benefits of the SOAR program and grateful for the opportunity of their Outback Trip.

Shiralee Bothe


Brainstorm Production presented ‘Cyberia’

Brainstorm Production presented ‘Cyberia’

Brainstorm Productions recently returned to Castlemaine Secondary College to deliver Cyberia-  An entertaining investigation into the pitfalls of technology, including cyber bullying at school, stress, lack of privacy and de-sensitisation. The production was not only very entertaining, but thought provoking, reminding us that technology and social media is all around us and although can be used to great effect can easily turn, and we can’t always press “undo”.

In consultation with IT, education and mental health experts, the creative Brainstorm team have woven together true stories of Gen Y/Z's internet experiences. Cyberia posed questions about how the digital age is affecting our brains, our humanity and our future.

In Cyberia, Ruby, who loses her moral compass on blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and MSN

banished to "Cyberia". Whereas, Tim was in self-imposed exile playing online games.

When Ruby & Tim indulge in cyber bullying and anti-social behaviour, they discover that it creates havoc in the real world. They suddenly realise they cannot just press the "undo" button to retrieve their relationships, reputation, dignity and most of all their privacy.


The Cyberia Cyber Safety Program covers:

  • Cyber Bullying
  • Exclusion
  • Internet Addiction
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Alienation
  • Impulse Control
  • Cyber Safety
  • Internet Security
  • Social Websites
  • Isolation
  • Online Reputation
  • Responsible Use of Technology

 Our Year 9 students, in addition to receiving the Brainstorm drama production, met with our local Youth Resource Officer, Senior Constable Kim Garsed, the following day.

Kim presented a very interesting and factual presentation that not only embed the issues explored the previous day, but encouraged the students to take a deeper look into keeping safe online. This information was infiltrated with the laws that are in place around cyber safety.

Important points to remember:

  • Passwords: Have a strong password is one of the easiest ways to protect your information.

“New research shows that the strongest passwords are made up of a random collection of four or more words. These words should be unrelated and be made up of at least 12 characters. For example ‘instapastasmellyshoe'. Make it meaningful to you so it is easy to remember”

  • Sharing information:

“When you share information online, think about if you are comfortable having everyone seeing it.”

  • Cyberbullying:

“Don’t join in—don’t share or comment on nasty posts, images or videos.

Leave groups and conversations that are negative.

You may not always be aware that your actions are a form of cyberbullying and can be harmful.

It is a good idea to read your messages out loud before you send them to make sure they cannot be misinterpreted by others.

Cyberbullying is never okay – even if it is a joke or the person was mean first.”

  • Sexting:

“Relationships can break down over time, so while you might be happy for someone to have your personal image or video today, tomorrow might be a different story.”


The involvement of the Year 9 students is part of a bigger project in which the school is linked with the Mount Alexander Shire. The objective of the MASC Youth Wellbeing Project is for Young People to gain skills and capacity to design and implement projects that increase resilience and mental Wellbeing.

The second part of this project is happening Wednesday the 5th, in which the year 9 students will be encouraged to pull out key issues and messages that they have learnt from the training and also hear from local IT consultants on how the key messages can be presented as a form of peer education, in an exciting, eye-catching, engaging way.

So watch this space on how this wonderful opportunity evolves!

Photo: VCE Mt Hotham Snow Trip

Pick My Project

Photo: VCE Mt Hotham Snow Trip


VCE Mt Hotham Snow Camp


I liked the camp because it gave us enough time to learn how to snowboard and be self-sufficient in the snow. I can’t wait to go again. I rate this camp 10/10. Jamie Porker


It was fun to learn how to snowboard and meet some new people. It was a great chance to improve our snowboard skills from last year and get to know a new alpine environment. James Charlton and Mason Tacke


Last week our VCE students had the opportunity to embark on a 3-day Ski Camp at Mt Hotham. Students chose to either snowboard or ski. Each day the students had a ski lesson with a qualified instructor to improve their skill acquisition. In the lodge students were responsible for planning and cooking their own meals. Thanks to Trudy Woods and Michael Besley for attending and supporting this camp as staff members.


Cole Waters

CSC Outdoor Education Teacher




VCAL Student with a heart of gold!


Renee Lochhead, a senior VCAL student at Castlemaine Secondary College has a heart of gold! She is undertaking a School-Based Hospitality Apprenticeship whilst completing Year 12, and will be putting her cooking skills to good use in her current project "Hearts for Hamlin", to raise money for the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation in Ethiopia.


Renee's project; "Hearts for Hamlin" will see her partnering with the Konjo Mama Ethiopian Food Van to cook and sell Ethiopian food for this social enterprise initiative.  Renee will be cooking a range of savoury dishes to be sold from the Konjo Mama Food Van at the Castlemaine Artists' Market in September, as well as baking shortbread hearts, flavoured with cardamon to give them an Ethiopian twist, to be sold to friends, family, the school and community.  Renee will be supported in her project by the FRRR Community Connect Program.


Catherine and Reg Hamlin, pioneering Australian surgeons, founded the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia almost 60 years ago.  To date 55,000 women have been treated, many midwives trained, and numerous hospitals established in both Ethiopia and Uganda.  The hospitals treat women who have suffered the horrendous - and preventable - childbirth injury: obstetric fistula.  The aim of the Hamlin Foundation today is to ensure the health and dignity of mothers by treating and preventing terrible childbirth injuries that leave them incontinent, humiliated and cut off from their communities.  


Just $600 is required to fund one fistula operation to restore a woman's life.  Renee is hoping that her project will go a long way towards restoring health and dignity to a fistula patient.


You can help Renee by  buying a meal or a shortbread heart, or by making a donation through:


Sustainability news, exhibition review and meet our French Language Assistant...

Sustainability News


For those of you who missed our ‘Solar Win’ front page of the Castlemaine Mail (Friday 10 August), we are thrilled to announce that CSC has won a solar system worth over $20,000. This work was led by Nioka Mellick-Cooper, with support from CSC students and parents involved in the sustainability group. We applaud this outstanding achievement as well as her enthusiasm and vision. This is a huge step forward. Well done everyone involved!


Amy Ferguson has also been busy. On behalf of the SRC, she applied for a $600 Landcare Youth grant, and was successful, meaning that on Wednesday 22nd August, she and a team of SRC students were able to begin planting a native garden near the Performers' Precinct.

Behind the scenes, the SRC have been working alongside students, parent volunteers, staff and the school council to address the issue of waste at school. This focus is part of a larger school ResourceSmart audit. As we work towards a 5-star rating, we will be investigating our current waste, energy use, biodiversity and water use, creating actions that will enable all students within the school to see positive sustainable differences over time. See future newsletters for further updates on our ResourceSmart journey.


On Tuesday 21st August, Jane Sanderson and a group of students from year 8-12 participated in a full day Energy Workshop, also run by ResourceSmart. We were all inspired to see how we could reduce our energy use and excited by the possibilities of implementing changes across the school through the sustainability group. We see the benefits as three-fold (at least) impacting: student and staff ownership of the school, our understanding of ourselves as citizens who can make a difference, as well as reducing power bills. We also learned how to use simple devices to measure electrical equipment, light and temperature. ResourceSmart kindly donated a variety of measurement tools to use when we conduct our own energy audit.

Jane Sanderson



Exhibition Review



On Friday the 24th of August our art class went down to Melbourne on an excursion to see the MoMA exhibition being put on by the NGV, as the 2018 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition. The Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, is located in New York City consists of a wide variety of artworks from the past 150 years. The NGV, in partnership with MoMA is presenting over 200 artworks stretching over the past 130 years.


The exhibition had artworks from many famous and talented artists that are household names, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. Seeing artworks in real life that we are constantly taught about, shown in every form and talked about was pretty surreal. The whole planning and layout of the exhibition was done in a coherent and aesthetic way that made the exhibition experience interesting and enjoyable. The experience of seeing an artwork in person was a very different experience than just seeing it on a screen, in a book or on a t-shirt. The feeling was very different and see something that was actually touched by the incredible artist themselves made the experience much more personal. There were numerous artworks that awed me and intrigued me, but with that said there were still artworks that were very underwhelming, solely because I often don’t enjoy modern artworks, and it can be confronting. Despite that I was able to appreciate the time, thought and effort put into every work.


One of my favourite artworks was Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein. This artwork was painted in 1963 in oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas. It is known as Roy Lichtenstein’s most famous artwork and is often described as a “masterpiece of melodrama”. Lichtenstein is known for his works that resemble comic strips. Lichtenstein was a Pop artist, and like many Pop artists he used appropriation as inspiration and as a feature of his artworks. Drowning Girl depicts a distressed and crying girl drowning in the rough sea. The image is derived from a DC Comics panel, and inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave. It is done in a classic comic art style, with thick black outlines, blocks of colour and small dots called Ben-Day dots..


Overall, the MoMA exhibition was very enjoyable and interesting, and I enjoyed seeing many incredible artworks.                                                                                                                  Iliah Carolan

Meet our French Language Assistant in this exclusive interview !

Who and what is a language assistant ?

The Victorian Government values Languages teaching and learning in our schools and helps by employing a number of individuals in schools who are native speakers and come from a country where that language is spoken. In our case this year we have a French Language Assistant, called Marie, who works at our school 3 days a week and in another local school one day a week. Marie comes from the south of France and has been studying psychology prior to working with us in our French classes. She organises games and activities to assist students with their French, she talks with students in groups or one on one and boosts teachers language skills by being around speaking French. Marie has been an invaluable addition to the Languages Learning Area this year.

Some students have interviewed Marie as presented below in French and English.

Linc, Phillip and Josh of Year 11 French Interview the French Assistant, Marie, about France and her time here in Australia.

  • Qu’est-ce que tu aimes en Australie ? What do you like about Australia ?

« Premièrement, J’aime la multiculture présente en Australie. Il y a toutes les nationalités c’est une expérience incroyable ! J’aime également les différents paysages, la nature et les couches de soleil me fascinent »

Firstly, I like the multiculturalism here in Australia. There are all nationalities and it’s an incredible experience. I also like the different countryside, nature and the sunsets.


  • Quels types d’animaux y-a-t-il en France ? What type of animals are there in France ?

« On trouve plusieurs types d’animaux en France comme : Les sangliers, les loups, les renards, les ours, les fouines les hérissons et pleins d’autres espèces. »

There are several types of animalsin France like : wild boars, wolves, foxes, bears, martens and others.


  • Est-ce qu’il y a des choses qui te manquent ? Do you miss anything ?

« La première personne qui me manque le plus, c’est bien évidement ma mère. Puis ma famille, mes amis aussi et enfin le fromage mon meilleur ami ! »

The main person I miss is my mum. Then my family, my friends and my best friend, French cheese !

  • Qu’est-ce que tu fais pendant ton temps libre ? What do you do in your free time ?

« Pendant mon temps libre je lis, j’écris beaucoup mes idées de projets futurs, je regarde des films, je vois mes amis à Melbourne, et enfin je voyage durant les vacances »

During my free time I read, I write a lot of plans for the future, I watch films, see my friends in Melbourne and travel on the holidays.


  • Quelles sont tes intentions pour le futur ? What do you plan to do in the future ?

<< Mes intentions pour le futur sont d’enseigner la Pleine conscience à l’étranger et de réaliser mes projets >>

I intend to teach minduflness overseas and to carry out my dreams for the future.

Community Notices

Youth Mental Health First Aid for parents




The Young Makers Market is back!

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Youth Advisory Group invites you to day of retail therapy, live music and tasty food, as they welcome back the Young Makers’ Market.


The Young Makers Market will feature an exciting range of homemade arts, crafts, one off designs and other treasures. Some of the stalls from the last market included polymer-clay earrings, rope baskets, handmade clothes, metal work garden sculptures as well as a variety of fine arts.


The Young Maker’s Market is on Sunday 7 October between 10.00am and 2.00pm at the Theatre Royal courtyard, Hargraves Street, Castlemaine.


Young people between the ages of 12 and 25 are encouraged to be part of this event and demonstrate their creativity in whatever area they choose. Register for a stall by Sunday 30 September. It is free to register a stall.


Anyone interested in having a stall at the Young Maker’s Market or for any enquiries, please visit and click on the Events page or call/text Shannon Lacy, Youth Development Officer, on 0429 369 894.



Wednesday 12th September

The Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band are thrilled to be making a visit to CSC.

We have put together a few pieces for you to enjoy. We will be available at the end of the assembly to discuss the band and new memberships for those interested.


Parents/ guardians most welcome.


Castlemaine Secondary College News
Kwong Lee Dow Brochure 2018.pdf
Flyer - Young Makers Market - October 2018.pdf
community letter.pdf
Calamity Jane program Final Copy.pdf