Castlemaine Secondary College News

30 October 2017
Issue Nine
Principal  Update
Get Informed....
What have students been up to?
Look at us now!
The Sweet Sounds
FLO/VCAL....what's happening?
Community Notices
Castlemaine Secondary College
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Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450

Principal  Update

As I write this Principal’s report our Year 12 students are experiencing their last day of classes as secondary school students. This marks the end of thirteen years of schooling for these students, which is a significant achievement. Most of these students will be sitting their final examinations over the next few weeks, and I encourage them to prepare well for these exams while also taking good care of themselves. Our teachers, wellbeing staff and careers teacher (Mr Cook) will continue to be available to support Year 12 students throughout the exam period and after results are provided in mid-December. I look forward to seeing all of our Year 12 students and their parents at our Graduation Dinner on November 28.


Last Sunday we had a fantastic official opening for our 2018 Art Show. As always, our students have produced amazing works of art which will be on display at the Castlemaine Market Building until November 3. I encourage all members of our school community to drop into the Market Building to take a look at the works of our very talented art students.

Construction of our new Performing Arts Building continues to progress, with the building now almost at “lock-up” stage. This building is due to be completed by the end of November, which will allow us to install furniture and lockers before the building becomes fully operational at the beginning of 2018. To complete our school rebuild, we now require another $12 million to add more classrooms to the Performing Arts Building and to construct the Artisans Precinct and a new Administration Building at the front of our campus (i.e. the Lawson Parade entrance). We are hoping to secure this funding in the next State Budget (May 2018) so that these final building works can commence later next year. This will give us the new facilities that our students deserve and allow us to finish demolishing the remaining old buildings on our Blakeley Road Campus.



Paul Frye








Building Works Progress


School Council 

Thank you to those families for coming to today's working bee, we managed to clear so of those weeds in the garden beds and do  weed treatment around the school grounds.

If there are any parents who want to give a couple of hours of their time to helping weed the garden beds around the buildings, please ring the school and arrange a time. 


Biggest rubbish offenders are plastic straws, plastic lunch bags and all sorts of plastic drink containers.

Please pack nude lunches or encourage students to take rubbish home with them.

Beth Mellick

School Council President

Get Informed....

Spotlight on CSC Uniform + Extended Uniform Shop Opening Hours

To assist our families with uniform purchasing decisions, we now have most items up on display.  Pinned to a 7.2m long display board adjacent to the main Administration offices, this display provides an excellent opportunity to check out the current and new uniform items and prices.


In response to feedback from families regarding the pricing of CSC uniform items, CSC uniform supplier Beleza conducted research with a summary of findings available in the “Price Comparison with Schools in Close Proximity Report”.  A copy of this report is available on or you can access it here:

From next term the CSC Uniform Store will be extending opening hours to Tuesday to Friday, 3pm-5pm  or online purchasing is also available at


CSEF Yr 7 Uniform Package Opens

State School Relief's Camps Sports and Excursion Fund has just opened for application for 2018 for Year 7 students uniform package.


Family discussion around Safer Student Pathways at CSC

With the addition of our year 10 to 12 students to the Blakeley Road campus, vehicle and pedestrian traffic has increased both on and around the campus.


Ensuring the safety of our students is of paramount importance at Castlemaine Secondary College. 





Bus Turnaround

The bus turnaround is for buses only during school hours.  This enables safe pick up and drop off of CSC students by Castlemaine Bus Lines.  Students are not permitted to step onto the tarmac from the curbside until all the buses are parked and the bus door is open to admit students.


In a whole school assembly last week, students were reminded of this safety requirement due to concerns raised by both CSC staff members and Castlemaine Bus Lines.


Safer Student Walking Zones

In order to prevent accidents, students are required to walk around the car park using the cement walkways (pathways in green) rather than walk through the car park (pathways in red).  To reduce the number of cars in the car park, we also request that parents and carers do not use this car park to drop off or collect students. 


The diagram below shows the safer location on Lawson Parade available to drop off and collect students.


Please take the time to talk about this important safety measures with your child or children. 


Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of your children and our students.

Elissa O'Conner 

Business Manager


There is an outstanding selection of student works on display at the Castlemaine Market building at this year's CSC Art Show. Biannca Lucchesi was awarded the acquisitors art prize which will have her work acquired for the College's Art Collection. Incouragement prizes were awarded to Michael Venn, Isadora Anderson and Aiya Goodrich-Carttling.

Crispen Smythe delighted the crowd with his VCE Performance Piece .


What have students been up to?

French Exchange 2017

An excited group of seven CSC students and their families met with exchange leaders Jane Sanderson and Stephen Samuel at Melbourne Airport on the 16th Sept. We were about to embark on the long awaited 3 week French Exchange. We had met with co-ordinator and French teacher Jane Macdonald every week prior to the trip, practising our French and familiarising ourselves with the social and cultural differences between France and Australia.


We began our trip in Paris, with four days of sightseeing, shopping and eating. We spent a morning in Le Louvre, wondered at Notre Dame and fell in love with the enchanting Sainte Chapelle. Students were excited for the Eiffel Tower and were fortunate to experience the world underneath the tower, with a tour of the bunker, used during WWII. That evening we watched the sun set and the twinkling lights of Paris from the very top. We walked along the Seine, ate crepes in Le Marais and explored the Catacombs. The students became confident Metro travellers and were enjoying hearing the French language being spoken around them at all times. They were busy deciphering signs and all the written French they came across in shops and on our walks.


Wednesday afternoon it was time to catch the train to Arras, 1 ½ hours north- east of Paris, where our host families were waiting for us. Students were feeling ready to experience life in a French family and their days in a French school. School is very different in France; classes begin at 8:00am and many classes don’t finish until 5 or 6pm. Each school day, students met with the exchange leaders in the morning for one hour, and we were all able to share our experiences of family life and raise any concerns. These morning sessions were always insightful and often very humorous. Days at school alternated with excursion days; we had a walking tour of Arras and visited the amazing Wellington tunnels, where we learned about the role Australian and New Zealand soldiers played in the area in WWI. It was bizarre to cross the border into Belgium for the day; we spent the day in Bruges, and rode the canals in a boat, explored the chocolate museum and spent some time and money in the amazing chocolate shops. We had a bicycle tour of the magnificent city Lille on bikes decorated with flowers and streamers, and an interesting tour of the Lille Art Gallery. Near the end of our visit we visited Amiens, where the students caught up on some last minute shopping. In addition to these activities, each weekend the students were taken on a variety of different excursions and local trips with their families.

After a very long flight, students arrived back in Australia with unique memories of a spectacular experience, as well as a much stronger grasp of the French language.

Thanks to all who participated, and to Jane Macdonald for organising this exchange for the students.

Jane Sanderson

Chess at the Old Gaol 2017


Once again the Mt Alexander Chess Challenge was held at the Old Gaol on the 19th and 20th of September. Tuesday the 19th was the Secondary School Tournament, attracting such diverse and far-flung teams as Echuca SC, Ballarat Grammar, Ballarat Clarendon College, Melbourne High and Siena College, also from Melbourne. It was a tough battle all day. After seven rounds and a long tussle with Ballarat Clarendon, Castlemaine Secondary College finished in third place behind them by a single point, with Melbourne High in first place. Castlemaine’s top five players contributing to the finish were Daniel Beers, Henry Tremlett-Davies, Tom Neilson, Michael Penrose and Darien Lupton. Rounding out the rest of a well-balanced team were Xavier Tolland, Blake Saunders, Dante Williamson and Otis Showell-Roche. Henry Tremlett-Davies had a great day at the office with 5 points from 7 rounds. Daniel Beers also had a memorable day as the only student in the whole tournament to win a game against Melbourne High!!

On Wednesday the 20th, a number of Castlemaine Secondary College students volunteered to help coordinate the Primary Division of the Chess Challenge. A large group of our students supported the players by setting up pieces, resetting clocks, giving directions, adjudicating (a fancy word for making serious rulings in chess matters!) posting pairing sheets and packing up at the end of the day. It was also a fantastic way to catch up with students from their old primary schools around Castlemaine. We very much appreciate the work of the following student helpers: Brennan Tacke, Blake Saunders, Phillip Calitz, Kane Turvey, Ethan Loosmore, Callan Loosmore, Daniel Beers, Xavier Tolland, Henry Tremlett-Davies, Dante Williamson, Michael Penrose, Otis Showell-Roche and Darien Lupton.


We are already looking forward to next year!

Mark Johansson

Chess Coordinator

Whats cooking this month


Look at us now!

Year 12 - final week activities!

Well what a week for our year 12! In the now traditional final week at school, we saw an array of cross dressing males, super heroes, childhood characters and even the odd president. All in good fun and a little release of pressure from a big year.


The final day started with a breakfast supplied by the school council and then the walk into school. The event perhaps most feared but always entertaining is the fashion parade and for the first time we had all our school come together for the spectacular. Dance routines and dramas rolled out over the next half hour and then a tough judging panel handed out their awards.


Next up was a whole school assembly in the gym to reminisce  about the days at school and it was lovely to see so many parents come along.  Mr Frye congratulated our class of 2017 for their efforts and wished them well with their exams and future endeavours. Then students, staff and parents had morning tea together.


Year 12 Hoodies 2018 (from Faye Cordy)

Following a process which involved the Year 11 Precinct Leaders the 2018 Hoodie is very close to being finalised.

Students will soon receive instructions about how to place their order using an on-line system which will require the use of a credit or debit card. The cost of the Hoodie is $76 plus a small card fee. Students will have had an opportunity to try on sample sizes prior to placing their order.


Year 7 & 8 Excursion to La Trobe University

On the first Friday of term, all year 7 and 8 students went on a free excursion to Latrobe University in Bendigo.


We started the day with an orientation experience and then we separated into our year levels to do different activities.


The year 7’s had a Q and A session with some of the students from the campus to get an insight into what university life is like while the year 8’s did a “Race around Latrobe” which was identifying different parts of the campus and seeing what opportunities they could take in the future.

All year levels then went and filled in a survey about what goals they may have in the future.   We filled out what we wanted to achieve and how we could get there with the help of some of the students. The survey also assessed what choices we would have to make and what skills, values and abilities we would need to get there.


Overall the experience enlightened all of the students and the opportunity was amazing.


Year 8 Engagement Day


On Wednesday, 18 October, Year 8 students participated in an Engagement Day. These days have been designed to have a positive effect on the mental health of a particular year level by covering some serious issues, but also by including some fun ways to relieve stress and just relax. Last Wednesday’s event included presentations about consent from Alli Williams our school nurse, Mindfulness from our Chaplain Lisa Cochrane and two guests from Headspace to discuss Mental Health. On the lighter side were a session of Muso, Mingo, Bingo run by our own students and a perennial crowd-favourite: dodgeball! Students quickly devoured a free morning tea provided by their mentors, and had chips at lunch and an ice cream to wind down the day. They were also able to enjoy the day in casual free-dress. We got very lucky with the weather, as it was a lovely, warm, relaxing day. If any parents have any feedback for us on this day, please let us know.


Mark Johansson

2018 CSC Second-hand Books and Uniform Sale

Watch this space... Date announced soon...


We all know that getting our kids in uniform and ticking everything off on the booklists can be expensive. So we've set up a sale where you can trade with other families instead of buying everything new. This also gives you a chance to make some money back on your old items too. 


The date will be confirmed soon - we are working closely with the school so that we can be sure it will be before the booklists are due back. 


But right now, you can go through all of your uniforms to see if there is anything you no longer need and encourage your kids to clean out their lockers and bring home books they are no longer using. 


Want more information? 

Have time to help? 

Please contact Bee Postill on 0400 180 516 or [email protected]


Our Book clubbers have been busy over the last two weeks making bookmarks to send overseas as part of the Connecting Communities & Cultures initiative of the International Association of School Librarianship. The CSC Book club has been partnered with the Braće Radić school, located in the town of Đakovo in the heart of the historic region of Slavonia in eastern Croatia. In following the theme of Australian Identity, our students have exhibited amazing creativity and had a lot of fun designing and creating their bookmarks. Before the end of the year, the students, from year 7 to 11, should receive bookmarks made by the students from Đakovo.

Andrea McDonald








Students run the Konjo Mama food van for Mental Health Week lunch!

Year 12 VCE/VET Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) students cooked and served deliciously healthy vegan lunch dishes from the Konjo Mama food van on Friday 13th October, as part of the Mental Health Week activities. The students worked very professionally and the food was very well received!

Caroline Cook

The Sweet Sounds

Drama performances

All members of the school community are invited to some VCE Drama performances in the first few weeks of term four.


Year 11 Drama “ The Arrival’, Tuesday November 14, 6 30 pm.


Year7/ 8 Drama, Wednesday November 22 , 6pm


A group devised ensemble performance, exploring a range of styles in a theatre performance which uses Shaun Tan’s , ‘The Arrival’, personal and family experiences to examine the history of Australian Immigration.

Not to be missed!


Darren Lowe

Drama Teacher

Calling on bakers! Cake Stall

The Music Support Group is holding a sausage sizzle on Mostyn Street on Saturday 4th November from 7:15am-1pm. Any cake/slice/biscuit donations would be greatly appreciated. The cakes make the most money on the day and all money goes directly back to the students.

If you would like to donate your baked goodies, please drop off at the BBQ early on the day (but anytime is still great) or come by and buy a snag and a cake.

Musician of the Year

You are invited to attend the 2017 Musician of the Year Competition on Wednesday 1st November at 7pm in the Blakeley Road Music Centre. Students who are entering will present 2 contrasting pieces and be adjudicated by Dr Barry Bignell, who will decide on a winner-$150 prize and 1st and 2nd runners up-both $100 prize. The criteria include both musical ability and the student's contribution to the Music Department over their years at CSC. The students will receive a medal on the night with prizes being received at Awards Night in December.

Due to building works, please park in the main carpark and walk past and behind the new Engineers' Building towards the Music Department on the east side of the campus (near the bush).

We look forward to seeing you there to support our students and our Music Department.


This year’s adjudicator is Dr Barry Bignell (LRAM, ARCM, LTCL, M.Ed, PhD)


Born in 1947 in Bundaberg, Barry Bignell attended All Souls School from 1955 to 1963.  A member of Ramsay House, he was awarded in his last year of school the Scholefield Cup for All-Round Athlete, the Paull Cup for Best Footballer, the Under 16 Swimming and Under 17 Athletics trophies, the Thomasson Cup for Open Boxing and the Welterweight Boxing trophy.


Barry Bignell’s career encompasses all aspects of musical endeavour: performing (classical and improvised music), conducting, composing, arranging, lecturing, teaching, adjudicating and directing music events.  He attributes his success to seminal music activities at school, including piano lessons, singing in the chapel choir, school musicals and local eisteddfods, and playing in The Phoenix Five, the school rock band.


Barry left school on completion of Fifth Form to take up a music apprenticeship in the Australian Army, on completion of which he was awarded the Gullidge Memorial Medal for Best All-round Student.  Following six years’ service in the Royal Military College Band, Duntroon, he was selected for three years advanced training in music direction at the prestigious Royal Military School of Music in the UK, receiving prizes for conducting, instrumental performance and leadership.


On return to Australia he was appointed Director of Australian Army Band (Melbourne), a post he held for seven years, completing many arrangements and compositions and developing a band of international standing.


Barry left the Army in 1984 and, with the assistance of a Goethe Institute scholarship, studied German language and orchestral repertoire in Berlin.  He subsequently pursued a career as a freelance conductor while at the same time serving as Director of Music at Haileybury College, Melbourne.  His conducting commitments include concerts with some of Australia’s best symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, choirs, and symphonic bands at home and abroad.


Barry’s teaching career includes a fifteen-year tenure as Head of Postgraduate Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne, where he developed a ground-breaking Masters course in performance.  He has authored many discussion, curriculum and miscellaneous papers, book chapters and public addresses. He is a passionate advocate of music education and lectures widely on its social and psycho-spiritual implications.


Kirsten Boerema
Music Coordinator

FLO/VCAL....what's happening?

The Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge:

Official Billy Cart races were first held in Castlemaine in 1949 and ran through to the 1960’s. After a break they were resurrected in the late 1990’s until 2002. This year, the third incarnation, was as a fundraising community activity for a local suicide awareness group called ELM (Every Life Matters).


4 teams were initially keen to construct a Billy Cart, but given our short timeline we needed to work through the school holidays and the only students prepared for the challenge were Charley Muscat, Sequani Telford and Chase Norfolk.


We partnered with our new best friends, The Salvage Yard, who provided a fantastic work space, tools and the wonderful Jim Norris to help the kids cut, grind, measure and put together their wonderful creation.


In order to make all this happen, a huge shout out to Kath Coff who secured a Quick Response Grant from the Shire Council….in Quick Response time,  that made it all possible. And, from the council’s end, a huge thanks to Shannon Lacey who fast-tracked things against all odds.


During the holiday’s the 3 boys took their plans and learnt skills in cutting, grinding, measuring, problem solving, welding and creating.


We had brilliant media coverage the week before the race with 9News Central Victoria and ABC Central providing teffific coverage for both television and online coverage.




On the day of the race there was a terrific atmosphere in Mostyn St. Over 60 entries were presented for the 4 categories of U12, U16, 16-Open, and the Pro Section.







The first drama of the day occurred when the car didn’t pass scrutineering. The front wheels were too small and risked blowing out if it raced from the top of Monument Hill. To the boys credit they accepted the umpires decision and raced in the U16 and Over 16 race respectively.




The boys enjoyed their race and won one and lost one. At the presentation the CSC FLO entry won the ‘Dr Norma Smith Community Spirit Award’.







Norma Smith was a Billy Cart racer back in her day and won the 1951 event in Castlemaine, and became the Australian Champion racer.




Norma spent her life working in Education and completed her PhD 10 years ago. She still lives in Castlemaine and was present on the day of the race. She visited the school to meet the boys and present their trophy.




In an interesting aside, Norma lives in Mostyn St and her house is opposite the Billy Cart finish line. Her sister also lives in Mostyn St and her house is at the official starting line for the race.




Norma presented a speech to the boys, told of  her life in Billy Carts, what she learnt from the event all those years ago, and encouraged them continue entering the event and keep thinking of ways to make their car better. Norma want to maintain a contact with the team and encourage them in their future endevours.




From Dr Norma Gray to the FLO students:








Your efforts have been recognised and rewarded for the way the three of you participated and contributed through the Flexible Learning Options (FLO) program to building your Billy Cart.




My father who in the late 1940’s built the winning soapbox (Billy Cart) in his backyard shed, had no qualifications, no money but an inventive mindthat allowed him to build from virtual junk material a winning entry.




In the early 1950’s when I was 15 he made a special, aerodynamic soapbox called ‘Shooting Star 2’ for me to drive. We won and I became the ‘Australian Sap Box Derby Champion’. I won this title several times.




Developing the design of the soap box from Shooting Star to Shooting Star2 was trial and error, so please, take time to discover ways to improve your own thinking, readingand creative skills and I am sure you will have a bright future.




I now ask you to accept this trophy, the ‘Dr Norma Gray Community Spirit Award’ as the beginning of many great things to come.








Dr Norma Gray


Independant entrant Thomas Every of year 11 placed 4th in the Pro Division on the day! Well Done Tom


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A visit from Jeremy Forbes

A Westpac Fellow in 2016, Jeremy Forbe’s work has been recognised on a National level. 

Jeremy spoke to the VCAL class in late term 3 about what leadership is, and how to become a community leader.


Jeremy’s Westpac Award was for his work as co-founder of HALT (Halt Assistance Local Tradies) which is a foundation that organises activities to support Tradies access services to metal health services.

But Jeremy’s work is reaching a broader appeal. Each February he mobilises people in the community to donate a tin of pet food that then get’s donated to the RSPCA. In another part of the year, Jeremy co-ordinates people to donate toilet accessories such as soap, a razor, a toothbrush or toothpasete. Jeremy collects the donations, makes them up into kits and delivers them to services who distribute them to homeless men living in the community.


Another project was collecting and distributing nappies for single mums.

Next year, VCAL will be getting on board to support Jeremies work. Stay tuned.


Gingerbread madness:

An annual event is VCAL involvement in the Berekely Street kindergarten annual fete. This year, Courtney, Tarlesha, Alyce, Ebony (and whoever else wants to help out!) will be making 150 gingerbread men with Ms. Cook and then run a stall on the day where young kinder kids buy a gingerbread man and then decorate it as a fundraiser for the kinder.

A terrific partnership has led to one student doing an extended work placement this year that will lead into a traineeship next year.

The fete will be on Saturday 28th October and will have lots of fun stalls and that ‘special communty vibe’ that Castlemaine is famous for!



One of the strands in VCAL is Work Related Skills where students learn about OHS and the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that people must use to be safe in the workplace.


Our ever-vigilant groundsmen Neil Critchley, worked with the VCAL students explaining some of the OHS requirements when using mowers and brush-cutters, that enabled them to take some ownership of their space at ESC. Thanks Neil !





At school the internet is mostly used to support teaching and learning. However, at home it is often used differently. Not only is it a study resource for students, but it is a social space to meet, play and chat. The internet can be lots of fun.

If you have the internet at home, encourage your child to show you what they are doing online.

Bullying, stranger danger, gossip, divulging personal information have long been issues for young people online. These are not ‘virtual’ issues. They are real and can harm and hurt.

At home we recommend you:       

  • make some time to sit with your child to find out how they are using the internet and who else is involved in any online activities
  • ask them to give you a tour of their ‘space’ if they are using a site which allows them to chat, publish photos, play games, etc.
  • always get them to maximize their privacy settings if they use a social networking site like Facebook.
  • have the computer with internet access set up in a shared place in the house - not your child’s bedroom.
  • negotiate appropriate times for your child’s online activities and use of mobile phones
  • ask questions when your child shows you what they are doing:
    • How does it work, how do you set it up and can you block out people?
    • Who else is sharing this space or game - did you know them before or ‘meet’ them online and what do you know about them?
    • Why is this so enjoyable - what makes it fun?
    • Can you see any risks or dangers in the activity - what would you say to warn/inform a younger child who was going to start to use the space?
    • What are you doing to protect yourself or your friends from these potential dangers?
    • When would you inform an adult about an incident that has happened online that concerns you?


If you or the students become aware of any cyber-bullying involving students at CSC, please report this to the school.




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