Student Guides 2020

29 January 2020
Student Handbook


junior school wellbeing staff
middle school wellbeing staff
senior school wellbeing staff
expectations & rules
important dates
information - A to Z
vcal specific guidelines
vce specific guidelines
vet specific guidelines
every moment matters
co-curricular program
Brunswick Secondary College
03 9387 6133
47 Dawson Street
Brunswick , Victoria, 3056

junior school
wellbeing staff

There are many BSC staff who are available to offer support and advice.


Ms Shalini Akhil

Year 7 Level Coordinator

Ms Akhil joins the coordination team this year. 

Working closely with the Junior School Leader, Ms Akhil provides  support and guidance for students and their families as they transition into secondary school life and is first point of contact for any queries.

Ms Akhil has an office in F Block.


Mr Tayler Roberts

Year 8 Level Coordinator

Mr Roberts is an experienced teacher who enjoys helping students navigate through the rigours of Year 8.   ​

Mr Roberts has an office in F Block.



Ms Sally Goss

Junior School Leader & Transition Coordinator

Ms Goss is the Junior School Leader, responsible for Years 7 and 8.

Working closely with the Year Level Coordinators and Assistant Principals, Ms Goss assists students to manage their  learning pathways, to negotiate challenges and to develop effective strategies toward successfully reaching their learning goals at secondary school.

As Transition Coordinator,  Ms Goss liaises with local primary schools to manage the transition program that begins while students are in Grade 6.  She also oversees the coordination of the various programs and events that affect the junior cohorts, supporting Year Level Coordinators to ensure the smooth rollout of the junior school program. 

Miss Goss has an office in F Block.




Ms Karen Harris  Principal 

Ms Harris has an office located in A Block.







Ms Claudia Johnson  Assistant Principal

Ms Johnson has an office located in A Block.






Ms Tasoula Michael  Acting Assistant Principal

Ms Michael has an office located in A Block.







Ms Caroline Hart

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Ms Hart is always happy to listen and to provide help and support to students.

Caroline's office is located in A Block.



middle school
wellbeing staff

There are many BSC staff who are available to offer support and advice to students and families.



Mr Bhekani Sibanda

Year 9 Coordinator

Mr Sibanda joins the Coordination team full time this year, having assisted on a part time basis throughout 2018.

Mr Sibanda has an office in B Block.


Mr Jarrod Warmington

Year 10 Level Coordinator

Mr Warmington has a background in teaching PE and has acted as a Year Level Coordinator since 2017.

Mr Warmington has an office in B Block.




Ms Michelle O'Brien

Middle School Leader 

Ms O'Brien joins the Leaderships team this year in the of Middle School Leader, responsible for Years 9 and 10.

Working closely with the Year Level Coordinators and Assistant Principals, Ms O'Brien assists students to manage their  learning pathways, to negotiate challenges and to develop effective strategies toward successfully reaching their goals at secondary school.

Ms O'Brien has an office in B Block.








Ms Karen Harris  Principal 

Ms Harris' office is located in A Block.







Ms Claudia Johnson  Assistant Principal

Ms Johnson's office is located in A Block.






Ms Tasoula Michael Acting  Assistant Principal

Ms Michael's office is located in A Block.







Ms Caroline Hart

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Ms Hart is always happy to listen and to provide help and support to students.

Caroline's office is located in A Block.





senior school
wellbeing staff

There are many BSC staff who will be available to offer support and advice ot students.  All staff can be contacted via email through the Compass portal or by telephoning the General Office.



Mr Kate Altomare

Year 11 Coordinator

Ms Altomare  looks forward to assisting students to adjust to and meet the demands of the Year 11 curriculum while maintaining healthy wellbeing. Year 11 students are encouraged to approach Ms Altomare with any concerns. 

Ms Altomare's office is located in C Block (Library). 




Mr Michael Bartley

Year 12 Coordinator

Mr Bartley brings extensive experience to his role in supporting the wellbeing of the Year 12students.  Year 11 students are invited to approach him at any time to discuss matters of concern.  

Mr Bartley has an office in C Block (Library). 


Ms Oki Gardner

Senior School Leader

Ms Gardner is the Senior School Leader, responsible for Years 11 and 12.

Working closely with the Year Level Coordinators, Careers Counsellor and Assistant Principals, Ms Gardner assists students to manage their  learning pathways, to negotiate challenges and to develop effective strategies toward successfully reaching their learning goals. Overseeing the coordination of the various programs and events that affect the senior cohorts,   Ms Gasrdner ensures that students are well supported throughout their senior year.

Ms Cardner's office is located in C Block (Library). 












Ms Laura Hughes

Careers Counsellor

VET & Pathways Coordinator

Ms Hughes ensures that students have access to current information regarding tertiary and career pathways and students are encouraged to make appointments to meet with her to resolve any concerns or issues. Ms Hughes manages VET enrolments for VCAL and VCE students and can provide a wealth of information and resources to students as they consider pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, VET courses,  TAFE, university or employment.

Ms Hughes' office is located in C Block (Library). 



Ms Karen Harris  Principal 

Ms Harris' office is located in A Block.






Ms Claudia Johnson 

Assistant Principal

Ms Johnson's office is located in A Block.






Ms  Tasoula Michael

Assistant Principal

Ms Michael's office is located in A Block.





Ms Caroline Hart

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Ms Hart is always happy to listen and to provide help and support to students.

Ms Hart's office is located in A Block.






expectations & rules

Expectations - Overall Behaviour

  • student behaviour reflects the values of the college
  • students treat others with respect by being polite, using appropriate language (no swearing or offensive language) and being cooperative
  • students follow instructions from staff
  • students support a good learning environment by engaging promptly with learnign activities, speaking quietly when permitted and supporting others to work
  • students work to the best of their ability
  • students submit work that is their own
  • students submit work punctually including homework and assessment tasks
  • students bring correct equipment to class including a charged device
  • students only use school devices and non-school devices (such as headphones) when instructed by their teacher
  • mobile phones are in lockers during the school day
  • students access compass and school email accounts to remain informed and to organise timely  consent for events


Expectations for Attendance and Punctuality

  • students attend all classes
  • students arrive to class on time
  • students submit a signed parent note/medical certificate to the Year level Coordinator/General Office or a parent Compass entry to explain any lateness or absence
  • students who plan to leave early provide a signed parent note to their Year level Coordinator before 9.00am on the day  


Expectations - School Uniform

  • students wear approved school uniform, including for school excursions
  • students wear approved school sports uniform on the days of Sport and/or PE classes
  • students provide a signed parent note detailing why the student is out of uniform and when the student will be back in uniform


Expectations - Health & Safety

  • students show care for others by being inclusive and supportive
  • students move around the school and behave in a safe and orderly way, avoiding running in confined spaces, unwelcome contact and bike riding bikes etc on school grounds
  • students must not possess or use prohibited substances such as cigarettes, lighters etc
  • students eat in designated areas. Only water bottles are allowed in classrooms
  • visitors must enter via the school General Office entrance

Expectations  - Environment and Property

  • students show respect for the college and others by caring for equipment and facilities (not having prohibited substances including gum, permanent markers, laser pens, water bombs). students keep the school tidy by placing rubbish in bins (no littering or spitting)
  • classrooms are left tidy
  • students return borrowed materials on time
  • students keep lockers clean and secured with a combination padlock
  • lockers can be accessed before school, lunchtime, recess and after school
  • students leave mobile phones and school bags in lockers (students may take a sports bag to/from Sport or PE classes)
  • bikes should be secured with a lock in the the school bike shed/storage area during the day
  • students wait for a teacher to invite them into a staffroom or office area


important dates

Term Dates 2020

Term Start Date End Date Length
Term 1 Tuesday, 28 January 2020 Friday, 27 March 2020 9 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday, 28 March 2020 Monday, 13 April 2020 (Autumn Holidays)
Term 2 Tuesday, 14 April 2020 Friday, 26 June 2020 11 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday, 27 June 2020 Sunday, 12 July 2020 (Winter Holidays)
Term 3 Monday, 13 July 2020 Friday, 18 September 2020 10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday, 19 September 2020 Sunday, 4 October 2020 (Spring Holidays)
Term 4* Monday, 5 October 2020 Friday, 18 December 2020 11 Weeks

Key Dates - Whole School 

Swimming Carnival

Thursday February 20 

School Photographs

Wednesday February  12 

Students must be in full and correct school uniform for school photographs. 

Parent teacher Student Conferences

March 18

Athletics Carnival

Wednesday March 22

Key Dates - Year 7

Year 7 Camp 

Wednesday  March 25 to Friday March 27 

Lady Northcote Recreation Camp, Rowsley

Key Dates - Year 8

Year 8 Camp 

Monday May 11 to Wednesday  May 13 

The Summit Camp, Trafalgar East

Key Dates - Year 9

Victorian Young Leaders to China Program

Saturday March 14 to Thursday April 25 

Key Dates - Year 10

Year 10 Work Experience Week

Monday May 4 to Friday May 8 

Key Dates - Year 11

Unit 1 Exams 

Monday June 1 to Friday June 5 

Unit 2 Exams

Monday November 9 to Friday November 13 2020

Key Dates - Year 12

GAT (General Assessment Task) 

Wednesday June 10 

Graduation Event

Monday October 19 2020 - L'Unica Parkville

VCAA examinations
Wednesday 28 October 2020 – Wednesday 18 November 2020

information - A to Z



If a student is absent for any reason, the parent/guardian must approve this absence.  

This can be done  in a number of ways

  • by parent/'guardian approval of the absence via the Compass portal  (preferable)
  • by submission of a note from the parent/'guardian to the General Office explaining the absence 

Arriving Late

School gates are closed at 9.00am.

Students arriving after this time

  • must enter via the General Office entrance
  • should obtain a Late Pass from their Coordinator
  • will be marked as late on the roll
  • will require approval from a parent/guardian in accordance with the absence process (see above)

Leaving Early

If a student needs to leave school early,

parent/guardian must supply written permission.

Students leaving early should

  • submit the parent note to the relevant Year Level Coordinator before 9.00am
  • obtain an Early Leave Pass from the Coordinator
  • present this Early Leave Pass to their teacher so as to be excused from class
  • present the pass to General Office staff to be exited from the building


  • Bags should be stored in the student's locker
  • Students are not allowed to carry their school bags to class  

Bell Times

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At BSC we encourage the use of bicycles to and from school

  • students must walk their bikes whenever within the school boundaries
  • bicycles should be kept in the school bike shed (located between the Auditorium and F block)
  • students must place a lock on their bike
  • as added security, the bike shed remains locked throughout the day, however the school cannot be held responsible for any loss of personal property


The school canteen

  • is open before school, at recess and at lunchtime
  • accepts cash and paypass - no minimum spend amount
  • stocks a range of hot and cold food for purchase
  • accepts lunch orders if lodged before 9.00am
  • has separate service  windows for junior and senior students
  • the menu is subject to change; speak to the friendly canteen staff regarding item availability or suggestions

Compass Management System

  • This system is your first stop for information -  your timetable, contacting teachers and peers,  school reports and much, much more.
  • The Compass Newsfeed is an important source of information for all students and parents about school events and activities. The newsfeed appears on your Compass Dashboard and is regularly updated.
  • Students, parents and guardians should take the time to access Compass to become familiar with the information and services thats Compass provides. If you need help - just ask a friend or teacher.

Download the free Compass App to your smart phone for easy access.


Incursions & Excursions

All relevant details regarding  specific incursions and excursions including destination, supervision, additional requirements etc can be located on the Compass Portal.


Students will only be  permitted to attend excursions if

  • they are wearing correct school uniform
  • the Excursion Consent Form and payment have been submitted (via Compass or physical submission) on or prior to the required date


During recess and lunchtime the gymnasium will be open to students  and supervised by teaching staff. 

When using the gymnasium,  students must wear appropriate footwear.


All students are given a locker and should use a combination padlock  to keep their belongings secure.  

Students are permitted to access their lockers  

  • before school
  • at lunchtime
  • at recess
  • after school

Students are not permitted to access lockers during class time or between Periods 1 & 2. 


For better security

  • students are required to purchase their combination locks from the school
  • the General Office keeps a record of all locks/combinations sold
  • students must not tell anyone their combination lock number
  • the school cannot be held responsible for  any loss of personal property


The library is a popular destination for many students and offers many opportunities for learning  enrichment.


  • are welcome to access the school library (C Block) before school, recess, lunchtime and after school
  • must demonstrate respect for the library staff, space and other students using the area
  • can obtain loan laptop devices from the library. These devices can only be obtained before 9.00am, and must be returned at the end of the school day


Lost Property

As general practise

  • all personal items must be clearly named
  • if an item is lost/misplaced the General Office should be advised as soon as possible
  • check with the General Office for lost property on a regular basis
  • the school will not be held responsible for the loss of any personal items 

Mobile Phones and Devices

Mobile Phones must be securely stored in student locker for the school day including lunch and recess. Please refer to the Mobile Phone Policy for more details.

Headphones must be removed from sight when not required.

Devices can be confiscated by a teacher where a student does not comply with these rules.


All students are expected to attend school in full school uniform.

Year Level Coordinators will be monitoring compliance and contacting parents as required.


Where a student brings written permission from their parent/guardian,  the student must

  • submit proof of permission to the relevant Year Level Coordinator before 9.00am
  • obtain a Uniform Pass from the Coordinator
  • present this Uniform Pass to any teacher when requested

Continued noncompliance may result in the student being sent home from school after parent consent has been obtained.

vcal specific guidelines

The VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program is an alternative completion of Victorian secondary school education and involves students undertaking a program based on applied learning principles.


VCAL can be completed at different levels - Intermediate or Senior.

At BSC we want all VCAL students to achieve a Senior certificate as this opens a significantly broader range of pathways for students.


Double click on the graphic below which illustrates VCAL pathways beyond secondary school.



VCAL requirements

Students must complete satisfactory work in four school based strands of learning :

  • Literacy Skills
  • Numeracy Skills
  • Work Related Skills 
  • Personal Development Skills

VCAL Assessment

  • All VCAL coursework needs to be completed in class under the supervision of the classroom teacher
  • As VCAL is competency based assessment, students can continue to submit coursework and assessment tasks until they demonstrate competency
  • Students need to demonstrate competency for each learning outcome three times
  • All students enrolled in VCAL must have both an enrolled VET course and documented Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) arrangement
  • Given that the focus of VCAL is Applied Learning many of the Learning Outcomes can be achieved through participation in, and contribution to, projects



VCAL students are required to attend 90% of classes in each strand.


vce specific guidelines

The following BSC policies for VCE students are based on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) VCE & VCAL Administrative Handbook.


Each VCE Study is designed to provide a two-year program. Each unit will be studied for a semester. Usually Units 1 and 2 are taken in Year 11 and Units 3 and 4 in Year 12. Units 1 and 2 can be taken separately but Units 3 and 4 must be taken as a sequence.


Over the two years of study, a student must satisfactorily complete a total of at least 16 units.


The diagram below illustrates the VCE pathway.  Click on the diagram to explore the detail.


ATAR Requirements

The minimum requirement  to attain an ATAR is satisfactory completion of 16 VCE units, which must include:

  • three units from the English group, including a Unit 3&4 sequence
  • at least three sequences of Unit 3&4 studies other than English, which may include any number of English sequences once the English requirement has been met

VCE Assessment

For satisfactory completion of a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) unit, students must demonstrate their achievement of the set of outcomes as specified in the study design. The decision about satisfactory completion of outcomes is based on the teacher’s assessment of the student’s overall performance on assessment tasks designated for the unit.

Satisfactory (S) performance of these tasks is sufficient evidence to award an S for the unit. The decision to award an S for the unit is distinct from the assessment of levels of achievement.


Students are awarded an S - Satisfactory or N - Not satisfactory for all School Assessed coursework (SACs) and School Assessed tasks (SATs).

This is done  in order to

  • ensure that students complete assessment tasks to the best of their ability
  • ensure that students who are not meeting outcomes in a unit make a prompt transition to another course where possible
  • support the recommendation process by showing students how their performance will be assessed in the following year of VCE.
  • develop students’ responsibility in meeting deadlines.
  • raise student expectations and work practice levels.


The student receives an S for a unit if the teacher determines that all the following requirements have been achieved. A student must:

  • Produce work that demonstrates achievement of the outcomes
  • Submit work on time
  • Submit work that is clearly their own
  • Observe the rules of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and the school.
  • 90% accounted for attendance
  • Attend all SAC, SAT and resit dates and provide medical certification if absent


The student receives an N for the unit when one or more of the requirements listed below are not achieved, for example:

  • performance level for SACs/SATs below 40% for SACs/SATs at Units 1 & 2 and Units 3 & 4 and/or not demonstrating a satisfactory level of work prior to the SAC/SAT
  • The student has failed to meet a school deadline for the assessment task, including if an extension of time has been granted for any reason, including Special Provision
  • The work cannot be authenticated
  • There has been a substantial breach of rules
  • Attendance requirements are not met
  • Medical certificate or adequate reasons for absence is not provided

 All students will have the opportunity to complete work and/or Resit the SAC to satisfy the outcome/s. For Unit 3 & 4 SACs the original score received is reported to VCAA, as this is a VCAA requirement.

For Unit 1 & 2 SACs the original score will be reported on student semester reports.

Attendance requirements

  • VCE students are required to attend 90% of classes for each unit of study they undertake at Brunswick Secondary College in order to gain a satisfactory completion for that unit of study.

vet specific guidelines

VET programs are qualifications approved by the VCAA following consultation with schools, industry and training providers. 


VET programs lead to nationally recognised qualifications, thereby offering students the opportunity to gain both the VCE or VCAL and a VET qualification concurrently.


The diagram below illustrates how VET fits into both VCAL and VCE pathways.  Click on the diagram to explore the detail.



VET Requirements


To participate in a VET course students are

  • required to meet with the VET Coordinator to discuss course options
  • required to enrol in a VET course the year prior to commencement
  • provide relevant documentation as required by the VET provider


  • VET students are required to attend 95 - 100%  VET classes
  • If attendance falls below an accepted rate,  the BSC will be advised by the VET provider
  • Students who are unable to attend their scheduled VET class must advise their provider by telephone and provide a medical certificate


  • Students are assessed externally by their VET provider
  • Students are assessed using competency based assessment, however, many VET subjects have scored assessment as an option

every moment matters

Did you know that your BEST learning is acheived at the START of the day?

If a student is late to school,  they are missing valuable learning time. 

If a student is consistently late,  this will significantly impact their learning outcomes.


Every minute of class that a student misses, they add to this tally.  




co-curricular program

What is CCP?

The Co-curricular program is fabulous!  There are a wide  range of clubs and activities for studentsall that all take place outside of class time. Sessions run before-school, after-school as well as at lunchtime and recess breaks.  Students drive the content of these clubs - choosing actiivities and projects for which they have a real interest.

Why would I join?

Perhaps a better question is "Why wouldn't you join?"!!!

When you participate in a CCP you can

  • work on projects and enjoy activities that are of special interest to you - eg.  social justice or environment & sustainability
  • try something you have never done before!  Learn new skills - perhaps in Maker Space or Art Club
  • improve and challenge the skills that you already possess
  • meet others with the same interests as you - be in good company!
  • meet students from across all year levels
  • be supported in your learning eg Maths or English Help
  • make the very most of your time and have a lot of FUN!

What are my choices?

To find out more about the Co-curricular program,  read the Co-curricular Program Handbook.  A current CCP list can be accessed via this handbook. 

BSC offers a huge range of different activities through the program - from Musical Production to Basketball Skills - so have fun choosing what you want to do!

There's something for everyone!



ATAR - Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

The ATAR is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university programs in Australia.


CCP - Cocurricular Program

BSC's diverse and dynamic cocurricular program is designed to challenge and engage our students


SAC - School Assessed Coursework

SACs are completed during school hours under VCAA examination conditions eg tests or exams


SAT - School Assessed Task

SATs are tasks that are completed both inside and outside scheduled classes eg an art folio


VCAA - Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

The VCAA administers curriculum in Victorian schools including the study designs for VCE and VCAL.

VCAA also oversees assessment processes across all Victorian schools


VCAL - Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning


VCE - Victorian Certificate of Education


VET - Vocational Education and Training


VTAC - Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

VTAC administers the application process for tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme.  

VTAC also calculates and issues the ATAR scores for VCE students

Student Guides 2020