Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

12 September 2019
Issue Six
Headstart Program 2020
Important Information Highlights
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977


We were very pleased to have a visit from the Premier (Daniel Andrews) during the week. He was accompanied by our local member Pauline Richards, and they were walked through the new Wellbeing Centre, which is nearing completion. It was also an opportunity to also visit the site of the proposed new Sports Stadium, which is currently being planned by our appointed architects. Our school has undergone a massive building upgrade in the last 18 months and will continue to do so over the next few years. Our school community will benefit from these improvements for many years to come, and it was pleasing to be able to show the Premier how those funds are being used.

We did have an unexpected surprise from the Premier who announced that our school would also be provided with funding of over $200000 for maintenance, which will be very helpful in maintaining our buildings and grounds.

It was also very pleasing to get our NAPLAN results this week, which confirmed that our students learning growth was well above State and National levels in most areas. Congratulations to the students who performed so well, and to the staff who worked so hard to get the best outcomes for our students.


John Jovic











Headstart Program 2020

Head Start is a new initiative from the Victorian State Government to increase the number of students undertaking high quality apprenticeships and traineeships, while still completing their senior secondary studies through flexible arrangements.

Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships is a

  • high quality pathway with more time spent on the job
  • ensure students complete VCE/VCAL alongside their apprenticeship/traineeship
  • focus on key qualifications in high-demand industries with strong employment pathways
  • provide intensive support to students and employers through Head Start staff, all the way through the program

What are the benefits?

  • students have the opportunity to spend a significant amount of on-the-job training time, whilst still completing their senior secondary qualifications;
  • employers are enabled to train and mentor young apprentices and trainees who are ready for work, and who will also have higher levels of literacy, numeracy and employability skills;
  • the number of qualified apprentices and trainees in growing trades and industries;
  • students will undertake high quality apprenticeships and traineeships with genuine employers, with continuous and dedicated support for all parties to help students progress to completion.

HEADSTART supports students undertaking a range of Certificate III Apprenticeships or Traineeships.

If you are considering working in the following industries, HEADSTART might be for you. Explore the following options:


Undertaking a HEADSTART pathway program means that you will spend

Less time at school, more time at work, complete a certificate III and also complete a VCE or VCAL certificate


Industry Area


Building, Construction &

Manufacturing Technologies

Bricklaying, Painting, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrotechnology, Civil

Construction, Automotive and Engineering


Community Services & Health

Early Childhood, Health Services, Dental Assisting, Community

Services & Pharmacy Assistance

Business Services

Telecommunications, Information Technology & Business


Commercial Cookery, Baking

Primary Industry

Agriculture, Horticulture, Aboriculture


Contact the HEADSTART Industry Coordinator at your school for more information


As I reflect upon a busy term three in VCAL, It has come apparent that the students have been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities such as Fareshare with the Seniors and Casey Tech with the Intermediates. The Senior student’s also engaged in an incursion with Brett Alford who came in and gave a presentation on Drugs and Alcohol, the talk was based around Brent’s own experiences after he had sustained an acquired brain injury from his choices. All students were engaged and Brent had the students listening and asking questions intently.



Brad Gauci





Careers and Pathways

It has been a very busy term with the careers and pathways team. We have been working on many different projects with students across 9 - 12. 


Students in Years 9 - 11 completed Course Counselling at the beginning of term. We had a few busy days with most families connecting with us to discuss subject choices and make decisions about their courses for next year. Students in 2020 Year 11 and 12 should receive notification of their subjects over the holidays, with 2020 Year 10s receiving theirs shortly after. There will be also be instructions about how to request changes to courses if necessary.


Year 9 students have all participated in a vocational testing program called the Morrisby Careers Guidance program. This is a new initiative by the Victorian State Government which is being implemented this year. All students sit an online test and then have a careers counselling session with a qualified careers counsellor in order to get their results. Students will receive a formal report with lots of information and opportunities to investigate possible future career pathways. Thanks to Shannon Pook, Michelle Graco and the Year 9 team for helping to organise this initiative. We look forward to running it again next year as part of Year 9 Career Journey in Life Skills.


Year 12 VCAL attended the Melbourne Careers Expo at the Melbourne Convention Centre as part of their course work for the subject Skills for Further Study. They have completed investigation into different pathways providers and will be delivering their reports on different organisations to their fellow students in class. They are also in the process of deciding on their first step post-school - this might involve signing up for a TAFE course or applying for a job. The aim is that no VCAL student leaves the school without already having taken their next steps! Year 11 VCE students had previously attended the Good Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse, so this group of students have also had the opportunity to talk to post-school pathways providers about what is needed for them to move into tertiary study, employment or even a gap year.

Year 12 VCE students have all met with Michelle Graco to discuss VTAC and to list their preferences for tertiary courses. All of the students were well prepared and had obviously done some extensive thinking about what their future holds for them. Students also participated in a workshop run by Deakin Uni which told them about the Special Education Access Scheme, which can give them a bonus to their ATAR, and they are now aware of the many scholarships that they may also be eligible for. I encourage all families of Year 12 students to look at the Study Assist website ( to find information about government assistance for financing tertiary study. If your family do not hold Australian citizenship or Permanent residence status, it is very important that you become aware of the costs of tertiary education, both for Higher Education and TAFE.


Our Year 10 students have had a number of careers initiatives targeted towards them by our University partners, with Deakin, Monash and RMIT all providing on campus activities to help familiarise students with campuses and courses. Students participated in a mock Law trial at Deakin, completed a scavenger hunt around Australia’s biggest university campus at Monash, and learnt about coding, web page design and Melbourne’s dual provider campus at RMIT. Each of the Universities are very different, and students saw positives and negatives associated with all of them, but essentially their experiences helped them to realise that hard work and ambition could lead them to many great opportunities in the Higher Education sector.


We have also had TAFE and RTO representatives at our Information evenings, and this has been of great interest to parents as they learn about Vocational education and School Based Apprenticeships and Training. We have also had a number of students express interest in the Headstart Apprenticeships program, a project aimed to keep young people at school until the end of year 12, by allowing them to combine an apprenticeship, work and secondary school study.


Finally, our Year 10 cohort are just about to go out on Work Experience, with a little over half of the group having secured a placement for the last week of Term 3. This is actually a great achievement, as it is indeed difficult for young people to find an employer who has the time and resources to take a work experience student on. Students will work in a range of workplaces, including supermarkets, schools, auto repair centres, hospitality, beauty and hairdressing providers, real estate agents and many more fields. The common factor will be about working with other people, learning new things, persevering and experiencing what it is like to get up and go to the workplace every day (and to be on time!) Students needed to complete Occupational Health and Safety training before they can go on their placement. Those who don’t find a placement will be expected to be at school every day. They will have classes in their core subjects, and will also complete an additional OHS assignment. This will be the assessment task for Life Skills, whilst those who have gone on placement will complete a Journal for their Life Skills assessment task.


Michelle, Shannon and Carren welcome your contact if you have any questions about careers and pathways, including what steps you might need to take if you are thinking about leaving school, what to do if you need to change subjects, or help with resumes, references and cover letters. From next term we will be in our new offices and career resource room in the new student services building, so we will have lots of space and hopefully some great new resources to help you with all your careers needs.



The SRC have had a very busy term working on some excellent initiatives. Students have taken great ownership of our lunchtime Toastie Club by working as a team to ensure that toasties are made in advance and ensuring there is always ample supply. Many students from across the college have volunteered to give up their lunchtime to help this great student led initiative.

The SRC successfully ran a whole school assembly which involved showcasing the many talented students from our Performing Arts Department. The college acknowledged students by presenting Above & Beyond awards to students who have represented the school in a positive light. Our high achievers were acknowledged for their consistently high results across subjects and we heard from our School Captains as they addressed the whole school for the first time this year.

Recently, the SRC raised over $1200 for Royal Childrens Hospital and Monash Childrens Hospital as a result of a successful Free Dress Day. They maximised takings by putting on a bake sale, a bbq and live band performances. The group worked cohesively to ensure the success of the day and we noticed many little Minions amongst our students!

The SRC are now working on planning for the future with the introduction of new student leadership roles such an Environmental Captain and Social Justice Captain positions. Keep an eye on Compass for further information regarding this positions.



It’s been another exciting term for MultiPride.

Students are continuing to join our Monday lunchtime meetings in the conference room. After attending 3 sessions they receive a maroon jumper and MultiPride badge that they can wear to let other students know that they represent MultiPride.

Congratulations to our 4Cs Pasifika students who participated in the festival at Bunjil Place on the 20th August. Led by the extremely capable Albelyn White the students rehearsed and organised their performance which comprised of dancing and live music. 4Cs is a hotly contested coming together of Pasifika students from secondary schools in the area: Hampton Park, Carrum Downs, Narre Warren, Fountain Gate and Officer to name a few.

It was great to catch up with ex-teacher Broady Kata who is now a Leading Teacher at Officer SC and organises 4Cs as part of the VCAL program with Laitini Mamautia, who created 4Cs. It’s an example of the wonderful work being done by the Pasifika community in the Casey area.

MultiPride also organised the now annual Asian Lunchtime Festival which included such hits as Henna Hands at lunch, Bollywood dance class and K Pop videos in the Theatre Foyer. The now titled Brian Yong Cup teacher versus student badminton cup was finally won by the students now that Mr Yong has left Cranbourne, although they would have probably would have preferred to have him back. It was a bittersweet win.

Lunch was also made for students at lunchtime but was gone in about 5 minutes. It just shows how delicious it was!

Looking forward to planning for 2020!



It has been a busy term for Humanities, with students participating in different opportunities to better engage with their learning.

At the end of Term 2, 100 Year 7 students had the exciting opportunity to explore Chinatown and visit the Chinese Museum. They engaged with primary artefacts as they were taken on a guided tour of the different levels of the museum and further developed their understanding of Ancient China and the lives of its citizens. Students also explored Chinatown and its history with their teachers, ending the day by sampling delicious Asian cuisine for lunch.

Year 10 Hands on Humanities students ventured out into the Melbourne CBD as part of their Geography unit of study. They had a busy day as they explored different destinations that draw people into the city and the different means of transport people use daily. They also collected research from both tourists and locals, which they used in class. Year 10 Doing the Books, Avoiding the Crooks students also went on excursion. They participated in the exciting TalkLaw program, where they gained practical information about the law, with a focus on helping them to understand and protect their legal rights, as well as to avoid legal problems in the future.



Materials / Woodwork

We would like to welcome Craig Spence to the Technology team. Craig is our new woodwork teacher. He will be teaching Year’s 9, 10 and 11.

Our year 7 woodwork students have made a small box. This has seen them learn new skills such as sawing, hammering, nailing and learning about wood joints. They have also been working on their Design a Keyring assessment task. Students have been learnt about different types of plastic and have had to design and make their own keyring using acrylic. We have had some really great design ideas that have been produced by our year 7 students. Some are also working on a wooden pencil box and have been able to use the wood burning to make some intricate patterns on their pencil boxes.


Food Studies

The year 10 students are currently completing their Celebrate cake assessment tasks. They have had to investigate and research different cake design ideas and then produce their ideas in class. They have produced some awesome cakes as in the pictures in the newsletter.

The Hospitality students had a chance to visit William Angliss Hospitality College in the Melbourne CBD. It was a chance for student to see what course they had to offer and to also eat in the student run Bistro. William Angliss Hospitality college courses in Tourism, chef, baking, pastry cooking, Air hostess, hotel and many more. Certainly a place for students to train at in higher education if that is the industry they wish to pursue a course in. our current students were able to see the different students learning in their different areas.


Students need to bring their own food containers to cooking class if they wish to take their food home.


Recipe of the Month


  • 100 g dried apple
  • 200 g self-raising flour (1c + 1/3c)
  • 100 g unsalted butter , (cold)
  • 100 g caster sugar (1/3c + 1 Tb)
  • 1 large free-range egg



  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas 6.
  2. Line two trays with greaseproof paper and rub with olive oil.
  3. Blitz the apple in a food processor until finely chopped, then add the flour, cubed butter, sugar and a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Blitz to fine crumbs for 1 minute.
  5. Remove 3 tablespoons of the mix and set aside.
  6. Pulse in the egg until combined, stopping to scrape down the sides, if needed.
  7. Divide into 24 pieces, roll into balls, then press down lightly into 4cm rounds, lining them up on the trays as you go.
  8. Sprinkle over the reserved mix, lightly pressing it into the cookies.
  9. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Leave to cool slightly, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.


In Year 10 this term, Mr. MacLennan introduced portraiture to his Year 10 Art students. Students selected their own image to draw so subjects range from musicians to iconic comedians. The  medium for this task was black and white charcoal, used with varied techniques.

The black charcoal was invariably used as a base, while the white charcoal was used as a stunning highlight to emphasise the form and shape of the face.

When these images are viewed, one cannot help but be amazed by the ultra-realism of these striking and powerful portraits.




Australian Maths Competition

On Thursday 1st August, 20 students across Year 7 to 11 participated in the Australian Maths Competition. The Australian Mathematics Competition was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has since spread internationally, with students in more than 30 countries attempting the same problems.

The AMC was aimed at students of all standards. Students were asked to solve 30 problems in 75 minutes. The problems were designed to test mathematical thinking and questions were designed so that they could be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems increased in difficulty throughout the competition, so that at the end they were challenging to even the most gifted students. Students of all standards could make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.

This competition gave our students an excellent opportunity to challenge themselves and compete against students across Australia, with certificates being provided to all students who participated. It also provides our school with valuable data about how our students compare with others across the country.

Congratulations to all who participated, we eagerly await the results and look forward to passing on your certificates as soon as they arrive.

Corey O’Shea

Maths/Numeracy Leader

Important Information Highlights


We are doing our best to serve you - swearing, abusive language, threats or physical violence towards our staff will not be tolerated.

Thankyou for your co-operation




Mondays 8.15am - 4.15pm
Tuesday to Thursdays 8.00am - 4.15pm
Fridays 8.00am - 3.45pm



Students are able to make payments between the hours of

8.15am - 8.45am, and also during Recess and Lunchtimes






Monday to Friday 8.48am - 3.10pm





All students must report to the Office when late arriving at school 

Parents who need to pick up their child early during school hours for appointments, etc, must send a note in the morning to receive an early leavers pass from the sub school offices so the students teacher/s are aware that they are leaving. This enables your child to be at the office and ready to leave when you pick them up. Should you arrive at the school without prior notification, lengthy waits can occur while we locate and organise your child



Did you Know ?

Missing one day of school each week adds up to 2 months missed over a year or missing one day a fortnight is the same as missing 4 whole weeks of school  a year. From Prep to year 12 that adds up to 1.5 years of school !!

Each day absent at Secondary School has an impact on skill development and social connections

Patterns of late arrival at School or missing classes are early warning signs of disengagement from school


Remember you can talk with school staff such as: teacher, year level coordinator, wellbeing staff, careers staff, to find out what support we can provide your child to keep them attending School and to help keep them engaged











It is important that your Family contact details are kept up to date. If anything changes throughout the term,  please notify the College.

Second-hand Textbook and Uniform Trading


Second-hand textbooks and uniforms in relation to the college are traded via the Sustainable School Shop website:


This service provides access to second-hand textbooks, uniforms, calculators, musical equipment, etc year round.


For the best results:

  • Register on the Sustainable School Shop website
  • List your secondhand uniform items for sale
  • List wanted ads for those items you are looking to buy
  • The college’s book & uniform lists are loaded into the system to make listing ads easy
  • The system matches the ads of buyers with sellers and notifies the buyer via email
  • Buyers contact sellers and arrange where and when to trade.
  • The school is not involved in the transaction
  • Parents are well supported via Sustainable School Shop’s telephone (0438 743 444) and email help lines
  • The system is simple and easy to use - If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance


If you have books, uniforms, calculators etc you no longer need and are in good condition or better, then list them for sale on the website as this will help another family within our school community.


Uniform Stocktake Report


I have attached a JPG file of a simple second-hand textbook artwork, it may assist families to find us if this artwork along with a few words about second-hand textbooks were placed on the textbook page of the school’s website (just like the uniform page information) and a link to our front page:


Cranbourne Secondary College would like to pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the land. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.





Thursday 12th

Division Athletics

Year 10 Outdoor Ed

Trees adventure Excursion

Monash Champions Presentation Day


Friday 13th

Year 9 Morrisby Testing


Monday 16th

Year 10 Work Experience 


Tuesday 17th

Year 9 Life Skills Presetation


Wednesday 18th

Year 7 Immunisations


Friday 20th

Last day Term 3

Break for the holidays




Monday 7th

Ist day of Term 4 Students return

Progress Reports Yr 10-11 open


Thursday 10th

Region Athletics

All Schools Badminton Comp


Friday 11th

Year 9 Assembly Pd 5

Year 10 Assembly Pd 4

































The Year 10 SRC  leaders Jordan  Minter and Alicia Dorning with their Year 10 teachers collaborated  to  bring about the very first Year 10 Generate festival.

The festival was designed to display the achievement of our students during the first three terms. The evening was attended by about 30 parents and 60 students. The Performing Arts Area dazzled us with some dance and music sequences.  The Visual Arts teachers provided some incredible work for our parents and students to view. All our learning areas were involved in presenting a slice of Year 10 life.

We would like to thank parents, students and teachers for their support yesterday. Our first ever Generate festival was an exciting mix of learning from 2019. We are very proud of our Year10 group. The SRC leaders were able to bring together a wide cross section of Year 10 activity from our classes this year.

We hope to expand this event to be even more effective next year by assisting students to work in partnership with teachers to improve curriculum design and all aspects of school life.

George Massouris

Assistant  Principal

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