Castlemaine Secondary College News

16 December 2018
Issue Twelve
Principal
Let's go into the classroom 
Graduation
Important Information
Student news
Coming Events
Drama
What we have been up to..
Community Events
Castlemaine Secondary College
03 5479 1111
PO Box 57
Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450
AU

Principal

VALE Kyle Struhs

It was with great sadness that we learnt one of our former students, Kyle Struhs, died in a tragic accident on Friday 30 November. The CSC community expresses our deepest condolences to Kyle’s sister, Rylie,  who has just completed Year 12 at CSC, and his parents Brett and Di.

 

We remember Kyle as a kind and gentle student and a very talented musician with a bright future ahead of him.

 

If there are members of our school community who would like extra support following this tragedy, I urge you to contact me at the College so that I can arrange support from the College’s wellbeing staff or through the Department of Education.

 

End-of-Year Farewell

Since this is our last newsletter for the year, I take this opportunity to wish our school community a safe and relaxing Christmas break, as well as thanking everyone for their support throughout the year. For those families whose children have now finished their education at CSC, I thank you for your involvement in our school and wish you all the best as your children transition to further studies or employment.

 

Our 2019 school year commences with Parent-Mentor-Student interview day on Wednesday 30 January, before classes commence on Thursday 31 January. All families will receive a letter in the mail around the 21 January confirming their children’s mentor group for 2019 and outlining the process for booking a Parent-Mentor-Student interview for Wednesday 30 January.

 

 

 

Paul Frye 

Principal

Let's go into the classroom 

VCE Unit 1 & 2 Foods

 

Making amazing designs!

 

 

 

 

 

FLO end of year cooking

FLO students completed their year of Foods work with a celebration lunch that they planned, cooked and shared with their VCAL colleagues and teachers.  The results were enjoyed by all!

 

 

 

French Mime Visit

 

 

 

 

Graduation

Lets celebrate!

On Thursday, 22 November at the Campbells Creek Community Centre, we celebrated the year 12 students graduation. Even the sudden cold snap couldn't dampen the spirits of our stylish year 12's, as they glammed up in their finest. Students were treated to a special arrival thanks to the Castlemaine Hot Rods and welcomed by Principal Paul Frye  &  Assistant Principal Justin Hird.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Information

College Uniform

After much deliberation the CSC Leadership Team decide that our new process for managing uniform will be introduced at the beginning of 2019. Basically students will be expected to “arrive in full school uniform or change into uniform before attending class.” The College will have one dedicated location where students can borrow uniform from for the day. Families that require financial assistance to purchase uniforms should contact the College Wellbeing or Administration Team. Students who repeatedly arrive at class out of uniform will lose privileges, such as attending school excursions, camps, sporting days, SRC and will not be eligible awards.

Distance Education Centre Victoria for 2019

Students wishing to re-enrol in subjects for 2019 should have received information on how to complete this process. Students wishing to enrol in new subjects at DECV (Distance Education Centre, Victoria), for 2019 must adhere to the following process;

  1. Complete CSC Distance Education application form, with signatures from Mentor Teacher and me. (forms should be collected from and submitted to the Assistant Principal).
  2. Complete online enrolment form through DECV. Pay CSC for the units wishing to be studied, $80 per unit ($160 for the year). Once the payment has been received by CSC, final approval will be given and the student will have access to the course materials.

 

Victorian School of Language 2019

Student in Years 7-9 wishing to study a language not offered at CSC must adhere to our policy. “Students wanting to study a different language via distance education, which is not offered at CSC, must complete a minimum 6 month trial period, during which time they will continue to study French or Indonesian, completing their additional language at home. If a successful trial period has been completed the student may replace their CSC language with their distant education language. An individual’s progress would be continually monitored and reviewed every 6 months.”

 

Students wishing to enrol in new subjects at VSL (Victoria School of Language), for 2019 must adhere to the following process;

  1. Complete CSC Distance Education application form, with signatures from Mentor Teacher and me. (form should be collected from and submitted to me).
  2. College will complete online application form.
  3. Parents will receive email confirmation from VSL and are required to make payment directly to VSL before student will have access to online material.

 

Changing of Subject for Semester 1 – 2019

The last day for student being able to make change to their Semester 1 timetable for 2019 will be on Mentor Interview day, which is Wednesday 30th January, 2019. There has been ample time provided for students to consider their pathway, seek teacher and parental input to decide on their selections for 2019. Through the Step Up program students are already two weeks into the 2019 curriculum, therefore making changes in 2019 would disadvantage the student and create additional teacher workload. Exemptions would only be allowed due to extenuating circumstances, and would require a parent / student meeting with me.

 

Year 11 course expectations

CSC’s expectation is that Year 11 students study 6 subjects, which equates to a full timetable. This expectation is based on the following rationale;

  • Provides breadth with each student’s course, which maintains greater study options when moving into Year 12. As a general rule we often see substantial career pathway changes in the senior years of education, therefore keeping more options available is strongly recommended.
  • Supervising students from a human resource management perspective, becomes unsustainable if Year 11 and 12 students have incomplete timetables.
  • Having a full complement of subjects enhances time management skills, which is obviously transferrable into Year 12 and life after school. Having study periods, or free periods from a student’s point of view, is often counter-productive, as many students are unable to use this time effectively for the duration of the school year. This generally does improve for students in Year 12.

 

Exemptions can be sought through demonstrating one of the following;

  • Clear articulation of intended career pathway and if this involves additional education, provide specifics of the course, which should include pre-requisite subjects. This would be followed by a student and parent / carer meeting with myself and the student’s mentor teacher to discuss options in detail.
  • Due to extenuating medical conditions, for which medical certification would be required.

 

The overall intent of CSC’s Year 11 study expectations are designed to support students to achieve their best and allow them to reach their desired career choice, whilst maximising use of resources within our College.

Changing of Subject for Semester 1 – 2019

The last day for student being able to make change to their Semester 1 timetable for 2019 will be on Mentor Interview day, which is Wednesday 30th January, 2019. There has been ample time provided for students to consider their pathway, seek teacher and parental input to decide on their selections for 2019. Through the Step Up program students are already two weeks into the 2019 curriculum, therefore making changes in 2019 would disadvantage the student and create additional teacher workload. Exemptions would only be allowed due to extenuating circumstances, and would require a parent / student meeting with me.

 

Year 11 course expectations

CSC’s expectation is that Year 11 students study 6 subjects, which equates to a full timetable. This expectation is based on the following rationale;

  • Provides breadth with each student’s course, which maintains greater study options when moving into Year 12. As a general rule we often see substantial career pathway changes in the senior years of education, therefore keeping more options available is strongly recommended.
  • Supervising students from a human resource management perspective, becomes unsustainable if Year 11 and 12 students have incomplete timetables.
  • Having a full complement of subjects enhances time management skills, which is obviously transferrable into Year 12 and life after school. Having study periods, or free periods from a student’s point of view, is often counter-productive, as many students are unable to use this time effectively for the duration of the school year. This generally does improve for students in Year 12.

 

Exemptions can be sought through demonstrating one of the following;

  • Clear articulation of intended career pathway and if this involves additional education, provide specifics of the course, which should include pre-requisite subjects. This would be followed by a student and parent / carer meeting with myself and the student’s mentor teacher to discuss options in detail.
  • Due to extenuating medical conditions, for which medical certification would be required.

 

The overall intent of CSC’s Year 11 study expectations are designed to support students to achieve their best and allow them to reach their desired career choice, whilst maximising use of resources within our College.

 

 

Justin Hird

Assistant Principal

Some important end of 2018 and start of 2019 information for all families….

Student Reports and Yearbooks

Reports will be available online through XUNO from 20 Dec.  If you would like to collect a printed copy of the reports, please email [email protected] or call 5479 1111 to make this request.  Printed reports can be collected from Reception from 10.00am on the 20 Dec and then from the office at the start of next year.

 

Yearbooks will be available for collection at Awards Night on Wednesday, 19 December, or from CSC Reception on the  20 December from 10am .

 

Buy, Sell and Swap- CSC uniform and books

This year’s event, held on Saturday, 1 December was very popular with both sellers and buyers.  If you missed out on this opportunity, check out the Facebook page at:

We have also scheduled another Buy, Sell and Swap morning for the end of Term 1 for winter uniform items.  Look out for this event on the CSC 2019 Family Calendar available on Mentor Day, 2019.

 

A big thank you to Belinda Postill and other volunteers for coordinating this event. Bee’s ongoing enthusiasm run the event and invite feedback to improve is benefiting our school community. Thanks Bee. Love your work!

Preparing for 2019

Uniform Shop opening hours

 

With feedback received from families earlier this year in our Start of Year Family Survey, uniform supplier Beleza will be opening a pop-up store for three weeks in January in the Maxi IGA complex in Mostyn Street, Castlemaine.  Opening times are:

 

Wednesday, 16 January                10am to 5pm

Thursday, 17 January                      10am to 5pm

Friday, 18 January                            10am to 5pm

Saturday, 19 January                      10am to 1pm

Tuesday, 22 January                       10am to 5pm

Wednesday, 23 January                10am to 5pm

Thursday, 24 January                      10am to 5pm

Friday, 25 January                            10am to 5pm

Saturday, 26 January                      10am to 1pm

Tuesday, 29 January                       10am to 5pm

Wednesday, 30 January                10am to 5pm

Thursday, 31 January                      10am to 5pm

 

The Uniform Shop at CSC will re-open on Friday, 1 February, 3pm to 5pm.

 

Resource Lists

 

Orders for items on your child’s resource list can still be placed with Castlemaine Office Supplies throughout December and January.  As this is a new supplier for CSC this year, any feedback families have on this service is welcome and appreciated.  Please email [email protected] with the subject “Resource supply feedback”.

 

Parent Payment Schedules 2018 & CSC Parent Payment Policy

 

CSC Reception (ph 5479 1111) will be open until 2.30pm on Friday, 22 December and will re-open at 9am on Wednesday, 23 January.  Staff will be available to answer general questions, provide assistance with payment of essential student learning items and setting up of payment plans, and in 2019, assist with Mentor Day bookings.

 

 

Mentor Day, 2019

 

Wednesday, 30 January will be the first day back for the 2019 school year and students are required to wear the CSC uniform.  On this day students will meet their mentor teacher for the year, receive their timetable and a locker and have their photo taken for their ID cards. Classes start the following day on Thursday, 1 February.  

 

Mentor Day meetings

 

Information for the start of the school year will be (snail) mailed out to families the week of 7 January.  This letter will include instructions on how to log into XUNO to book a meeting with your child’s mentor teacher for 2018.  XUNO will open for bookings on Wednesday, 23 January and close on Tuesday, 29 January.

 

 

 

We finish the year with the design of the new Administration, Library, Artisans Precinct and extension of the Performers’ Precinct well underway.  I am very much looking forward to commencing final stage of the redevelopment of CSC in mid 2019.

Have a wonderful holiday.

 

 

 

Elissa O’Connor

Business Manager

 










Student news

Senior Exams

 

 

FARMING CAMP!

On the 12th of November our Year 9 class went on Farming Camp. We left at 9am. and arrived at Gellibrand Camping grounds at 2:30pm. After setting up our tents we went swimming in an extremely interesting pool. We had a scrumptious dinner of tofu and rice. On Tuesday we went to the Otway Fly, and walked the Tree Top Walk, some of us went zip-lining, with a couple of legendary instructors. We then went to Triplet Falls, a very lovely walk through thick rainforest amongst towering Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus Regnans), the tallest flowering plant in the world. On Tuesday night we had an amazing dinner of pasta. On Wednesday we had a tour of Paul’s biodynamic dairy farm where we saw his cows and his adorable doggy called Casper. We then went to Johannna beach where we walked to Cannonball Cove after sprinting down a cliff, being pursued by swarms of leeches. On Thursday we went to Ken and Judie Forrester’s herb nursery. We had a tour of their beautiful biodynamic nursery and had a delicious shared lunch of wraps and fruit. We then helped them weed and mix and spread 500. Afterwards, we went to Steph’s house in Apollo Bay, where we made wonderful pizzas and had an entertaining music performance. On Friday, which was our final day, we left Gellibrand and made our slow and exhausting way home, stopping only in Colac and then Ballarat where we had some truly unappetising chips. It was a very fun camp and an amazing experience!

Teague Ashwell Callaway and  Lulu Carolan

 

Degustation Menu presented by VET Kitchen Operation students

Students of VET Kitchen Operations completed their studies with a practical exam where a 2-course degustation lunch was prepared and served for 12 guests.  

 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROJECT

Year 10 and 11 Foods students continue to work on the YMCA Social Enterprise Launchpad Project following a workshop with businessman Dennis Barnett from AFS & Associates Chartered Accountants, Bendigo.

 

Their project involves planning the set-up of a social enterprise business where they would make and deliver delicious, healthy lunches to customers in local workplaces, providing themselves with work experience opportunities and aiming to raise money for their chosen charity, Mary's Meals.  During the workshop students completed a SWOT analysis, started to draft a Business Plan and worked on logo designs for their social enterprise idea: "Lunches with Love".  In Foods classes the students have been creating a range of different recipes that could be delivered to customers.  Students have enjoyed the Launchpad Project and gained a valuable insight into setting up a social enterprise business.

 

Caroline Cook

Music Recital Nights

 

We have had a wonderful series of Recital Nights recently, starting with 9P and 9S combined, 8P and 7P. The Performers Precinct Gym and Drama Room were used for all performances and the space worked well acoustically for bands especially. All students and instrumental teachers worked hard towards the performances which consisted of solos, duos, trios and larger ensembles on show, including string groups, jazz bands, percussion ensembles and best of all, many original works from our super creative students. It’s always a terrific way to finish the year and to hear how much the students have developed on their instruments from the beginning of the year. A very big thank you to our wonderful accompanist Pauline Walden who worked many hours above and beyond her role in order to accompany so many students.

 

Coming Events

Dates to remember....

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

 

December

19   Awards Evening at the Castlemaine Town Hall 7.30pm

20  Reports available online XUNO

21  End of Term 4

 

January 2019

23   CSC Office opens

28   Public Holiday - Australia Day

29   Staff  Professional Learning Day

30   Mentor Day and School Photos

31   First day of classes for 2019

 

 

 

 

Awards Evening 19 Dec

CSC invites our school community to attend the 2018 Awards Evening at the Castlemaine Town Hall this coming Wednesday. Come along and share our students successes. Please arrive for a 7.30pm start. 

 

Student texts/letters have been sent to those students requested to go on  stage to be presented honours or a speciality award. All students are required to be in full uniform.

 

 

Looking for host families for the French exchange in 2019

 

Students studying French who will be in years 9, 10 or 11 in 2019 are invited to host a French student for two weeks next year.

A group of 16 students from Arras, France will be arriving on Monday the 1st April, 2019, which is the start of the last week of Term 1. They will be staying for two weeks on their exchange trip here and then later in the year many of them will host our students participating in the trip to France.

 

We will be organising school for the French students here at CSC on two days during the first week and also several excursions before the holidays start. The next week is holidays for you to spend time together. We already have some host families but need and would like more families to have this opportunity. It is a wonderful experience to host someone from France and they will enjoy practicing their English with you and discovering life in Australia. (Students, you can also get a bit of practice of French in as well). This is a really great way to make a friend from another country, possibly even a life-long friend you could visit one day in France, if you’re not already going on exchange right now.

 

For further details about hosting you can call me, Jane Macdonald, or Mark Johansson on 5479 1111 during school hours as soon as you can as we would like to let the French people know how many students they can bring over.

 

 

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What we have been up to..

Di Restoran Malayan Orchid

 On Friday November 16,  students from the year 9 Indonesian classes, travelled to Bendigo to enjoy an Indonesian banquet at the Malayan Orchid Restaurant. Students although hesitant at first, devoured a banquet of Nasi Goreng (Fried rice), Sop Ayam (Chicken soup), Sate Daging (Beef satay), Ayam Kecap Manis (Sweet soy Chicken) and Es Krim dengan saus coklat panas (ice cream with hot chocolate sauce). Many students experienced sambal (hot chilli sauce) for the first time and soon became aware that only a little is needed to spice up your meal!

All students enjoyed the day and the experience of trying some traditional Indonesian dishes. Makanan ini lezat sekali! (This food was very delicious)

Year 9 French

Our  year 9 French class went on an amazing food trail in Melbourne. We visited a bakery called Laurent  and it had some very perfect and delicious looking French cakes and pastries. We then visited the Vic Market where there was an abundance of fre4nch food at reasonable prices, next was the creperie called La Petite Crêperie, though it the crepe I ordered looked to perfect I didn’t want to ruin it by eating it. Overall we had a great day and I would like to do it again in the future and I recommend going to any other French students who get the opportunity.

 

 

 

String Orchestra

On Friday November 9th, CSC's String Orchestra and string teachers ran a music incursion for Castlemaine Primary School. First up on the program was Mascagni's Intermezzo for strings. Before playing this work, we introduced the primary students to the various instruments and sections of the orchestra. We then examined the work's key features, including identifying the melody and the accompanying motifs, the featured rhythms and the various instrumental techniques utilised (such as pizzicato). This allowed for a deeper and more engaged listening experience for the primary students when we performed the work through in its entirety. 

 

We then performed two movements of the Telemann Viola Concerto in G, a baroque work, which allowed the  students an insight into concerto form and the role of soloists, the accompanying role of the orchestra and the interplay between the two. Our soloists, Rilke and Palmira, had grappled with the challenges of these works in their preparation, and presented musically convincing performances. 

 

Ezra and Alex then performed a feisty "Pillow Dance" duet from Bartok's 44 duos, an evocative piece which no doubt had the kids conjuring up images of wild pillow fights. This was followed by the whole orchestra's performance of Peter Warlock's 'Mattachins" from the Capriol Suite. This dramatic work really captured the children's attention and allowed for some demonstration and discussion of dissonance, and extreme dynamic levels. 

 

Many thanks to the CSC string students for their work at this event! The feedback from CPS staff was extremely positive and we look forward to returning for another incursion in 2019.

 

 

 

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