Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

08 November 2017
Issue Seven
Important Parent Information
Schools on Stage 
Senior Arts/Media/Technology Festival
Sports News
Outdoor Education Year 10
Outdoor Education Year 10
2017 Badminton Tournament
2017 City Journey Week
News from the Careers Office
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977


This week marks the completion of classes for our class of 2017. Our senior VCAL students can look forward to strong job prospects, while our VCE students will enter an intense period of exams over the next few weeks. I wish them all the best of luck in their endeavours.

While we can thank the Year 12 teachers for their dedication and hard work with the class of 2017, the whole school can celebrate the achievements of our Year 12 students. They are the product of many years of teaching and input from the staff across all of the year levels, many as far back as year 7. When we celebrate their final day we do so as a whole school and we can all be proud of our input into the development of every student. I know our staff will find the experience a very rewarding one and, at times, an emotional occasion since they all want to see our students succeed in whatever pathways they select.

While we celebrate the achievements of the class of 2017, we should not underestimate the personal journey of every student. Each individual will have experienced unique difficulties and challenges during their time in secondary school, and it will make their achievement even more significant. Our students will have developed the skills and resilience to overcome a range of challenges, and they will have become better prepared for the life they will encounter once they complete their schooling.

So while we acknowledge the achievements of our class of 2017, let us never forget that this is a celebration for our entire school community. Enjoy the occasion and be reminded of why we are all involved in such fulfilling work




John Jovic






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Important Parent Information


All students currently in Years 7-8, and 10-11 will need to pay $225 for the Netbook by the 24th November 2017. If payment is not received by this date the netbooks will be disabled off until payment is received.



Forms are now available and can be collected from the office



Schools on Stage 

State School Spectacular

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the students who performed at the

Victorian State Schools Spectacular

“Anything is Possible” shows on Saturday 16th September.

Sene Smalley, Joseph Stewart Bonnie Ramsey, Rani Wightman and  Jessie Rose Woods represented the college at  the  shows displaying  great  talent and  commitment to achieve at the highest level.

After months of rehearsals students performed two shows on  Saturday to huge crowds at Hisense Arena and were remarkable!

Thank you to all the parents and teachers who supported students throughout the year. The students and staff very much appreciated your support.

Well done all

You were spectacular and showed us that anything is  possible.  George Massouris




Senior Arts/Media/Technology Festival

On Tuesday October 24th we held the annual festival which showcases the work of students in Year 10,11 and 12 in the subjects Visual Communication Design, Art, Studio Art, Media, Food Technology and the Performing Arts.

Works included paintings, drawings, printmaking, digital technologies, photography and even an art installation. The evening was capped off beautifully by the screening of the creative short films created in Year 12 Media.

The night was a magnificent celebration of the excellence of the work that students are producing in their varied classes. Of course this event would not be possible without all the efforts of the committed staff who teach in these subject areas.

Don’t miss it next year!



Catherine Savery

Visual Arts Coordinator

Sports News


On Monday the 4th of September, 26 Students headed off to Mt Hotham ski resort for a week of skiing / boarding.  After the long bus journey, students arrived at the Peninsula lodge and got equipped with their ski’s, boards, boots and poles. Students participated in a lesson that afternoon and every morning with qualified instructors and had free skiing/boarding in the afternoon. The weather was very tough this year, with blizzards, white outs and heaps of snow. The road was closed until Wednesday and only a few runs were open until midweek. Lucky for us the sun came out on Friday so students were able to see the mountain and take some great photos.

All students picked up the skill of skiing/ boarding by the end of the week in some very challenging conditions. With the help and patience of some excellent staff, students were making it down with no stacks and attempting blue runs by the end of the week.

In between the riding and falling the students spent time in the lodge playing pool or cards, relaxing in the spa and also had great fun during the annual trivia night on Thursday.

I would like to thank the students for their fantastic attitude throughout the week, their enthusiasm and effort was a credit to themselves and the school. I would also like to thank the Staff, Mr Taig and Mr Davies for their help and support during the week. Mr Davies for running the Ski Camp training sessions leading up to the camp, Miss Fallon for helping with all the food shopping and Judy for her lovely cooking!

Bring on the 2018 Ski Trip.


Melinda Campbell

HPE Coordinator





Outdoor Education Year 10


On Wednesday the 18th Oct the year 10 Outdoor Education group headed off hasting with Ace fishing charters. It was a beautiful day with every student catching a fish! We had a mixed bag throughout the day catching flat head, Kuta and Mackerel. We had Makenzie catch the biggest fish for the day and Harry even catching a shark! Too bad it was too small to eat! Great fun had by all.

Melinda Campbell

Outdoor Education Year 10

On Wednesday 25th Oct, the year 10 Outdoor and Environmental Studies group set off to Phillip island for an overnight camp. While there they had their second surf lesson at Smiths Beach and were happy with bigger waves than last time. Thanks to Island Surf for helping all the students ‘hang 10’. We then camped at the Big 4 caravan park where students jumped on the tramp, road scooters and played spot light tiggy. The next day students walked the George Bass Coastal walk, experiencing fresh air and great views.

Melinda Campbell

2017 Badminton Tournament

I am  pleased to hear the Staff were able to  defeat the students at the badminton tournament. I’d  like to  thank Brian Yong  for  working with MultiPride to bring about another  fabulous tournament. The smiles in the  photos are genuine and  priceless.  Brian  has done a magnificent job in bringing us all together under one roof to experience the great sport of badminton.


The VET hospitality students enjoying an industry tour of the Langham hotel at Southbank.

The VCAL 11 students competing in our MasterChef cook off.

The winners of MasterChef Ali Isikli and Hulya COSKUN


2017 City Journey Week

City Journey Week 

Eureka Sky Deck

I craned my neck as I approached the extremely tall skyscraper. The sun bouncing off the glass windows, blinding me as I continued closer. In the waiting line, I read all about all the amazing memories people have made here in the past, seeing photos and videos of the unbelievable view. As I did this, my heart thumped and pounded; though not at all with fear, but with pure thrill and excitement.

As the elevator ascended, my ears blocked and my stomach churned, chewing on a minty fresh gum to relieve the silent pain. When the doors finally opened, I rushed over to the huge transparent window and inhaled the feeling. A feeling of motivation. A once in a lifetime feeling.

“The EDGE” I hear students murmur as they pass behind me. I’m going to do it. I climbed into the translucent glass box, not knowing what to expect. The rough sounds of clinking metal made me nervous. The tension in the tiny room felt intense. Very slowly the glass walls faded from a foggy texture to a clean and clear skylight as it gently pushed me out of the tower. I lay down, looking at the city of Melbourne below me; as if I am a floating cloud in the sky, watching over the cars driving and people walking.


Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market; packed with people from various cultures as always. I visited many stalls and found the strangely odd things people sell there. Some stalls sell things for kids, things that you can eat, things you can use to furnish your home, things you can wear and even things that are alive. I eventually stumbled across a large stall that sell really cool brand jumpers and shirts for a surprisingly cheap price, so I bought a few.

A soft cloud of bakery steam lured me to a doughnut van right across the street. The doughnuts are handmade; I saw them rolling the dough and piping the jam through the vans window. So hot and fresh and oh how delicious. I enjoyed my day at the Queen Victoria Market very much, (mainly thanks to the doughnuts)


Magistrates Court

Walking through the double doors of the Magistrates Court, I immediately got confronted by a security guard. She told me to take of my bag and anything I may own that is metal, and to put it through the baggage scan. “What if I left something metal in my bag?” I wondered to myself in panic as I cautiously made my way through the metal detector. She then used a body scanner to check for anything peculiar. I felt violated. I collected my things and moved as far away as I possibly could from that nosey guard.

It’s time for the trial and I’m ready to watch the action. I walked into the courtroom, bowed and took a seat. The judge began to speak and the lawyer told him what the case is about. I can’t hear all that well but it is still so fascinating to see what it is like to be in a courtroom, and what it is like to witness a real case, like in the movies.  A police man opened a door and out came with him a under dressed man in hand cuffs. I automatically feel restricted. I don’t like the look of him. Even though I don’t understand the case all too well, he clearly did something wrong to end up here. When the trial ceased, the typist told the group to stand and to quietly exit. I bowed for the last time in honour of the judge and left.


The Old Treasury Building

The dirty white walls and chipped floor tiles of the Old Treasury Building remind me of an ancient medieval castle. It was built in 1862 for the Victorian Gold mines. It’s where they would store all the riches the miners had discovered. There is even an exact replica of the largest gold nugget ever discovered. It seemed heavy and expensive, glinting tiny specks of gold wherever the light hit it. The tour guide ushered us through a circular hallway and into a room with a huge screen playing a video telling the full story of the Gold Mines in Ballarat and other places around there. We then visited another room where he taught us the importance of women’s rights and how it first came about. Then another room on Aboriginals and White settlement and another on Ned Kelly. Sadly, this activity was cut short due to the tour guide losing track of time.


Urban Seed

The outside of the Collins Street Baptist Church reminds me of a Greek Parthenon.  The inside is huge, with a giant pipe organ at the very front. The tour guide had told the group and me many stories on homelessness and tried to gain perspective. He asked us about stereotypes and stereo typing homelessness. After our little lesson was over, he then took us outside and told us about really expensive stores out the front of the church e.g. Dolce & Cabana, Ralph Lauren, Mont Blanc.

The first ally way he took us to is located right outside of a shopping mall. It felt really warm in there, with fairy lights strung upon the open ceiling. I were to be homeless, I would want to stay here for the night that is if I was allowed to. The tour guide told us that if homeless people were to come here they would be kicked out. Horrible isn’t it? The second ally way smelled strongly of urine as we made our through. I looked up and saw a pair of shoes hanging from a pipe sticking out of a wall. He says that this is where the homeless people would sell drugs; to meet "under the shoes". He then took us to another ally that leads up to a garage. As I walked, I cautiously stepped around broken needles and worn contraceptive devices that have been dumped on the dirty concrete floor. I automatically felt uncomfortable and a little grossed out to be completely honest.

After the day was over, the groups went their separate ways and I was personally glad that I didn’t have to walk into another ally way for the rest of the week.


Police Museum

As I entered the Police Museum, I took a seat and listened patiently to the Teacher of the day. She told us stories about Police men and women who sacrificed their lives to serving Melbournians. One story about a police women in particular I liked. Speaking of women, the main focus of the lesson was about women power and their rights, and how women are just as strong as men when it comes to “saving the day”.

After the lecture, she let us explore the Museum, take mugshots of ourselves and dress up like police men from the past. Overall, this activity was fun and definitely something to remember.


Etihad Stadium

Arriving in Docklands after taking the City Circle Tram, I passed the stunning docks, The Melbourne Star, Channel 7 Headquarters and of course, The Etihad Stadium. Ascending on the escalators, my mind flooded with elation and adventure. The group and I had to wait at the bar for the tour guide to find us, which was fun because I played with the foosball table (even though nobody wanted to join.) When the tour guide finally reached us, he took us down to the field. As I converged through the dark tunnel of which the players would present themselves, the sun shine revealed itself and made my eyes feel dizzy. Then I saw it.  The field. Round and tall with seats sinking into the soft green oval shaped turf. Reaching up to 38 meters in height and 19,053 square meters in length, the stadium can fill in 53,359 people for any sport event or concert.

On the tour, I visited the athletes changing rooms, the underground carpark and even the corporate boxes of which the sponsors like Channel 7 and Coca Cola can catch a great view of the game.


Parliament House

The Parliament House of Melbourne. So beautiful, even on the outside. Before I was allowed in I had to be checked for any weapons, kind of like at the Magistrates Court although without all the new technology and machinery.

The first room took my breath away. It’s a giant hall with rather impressive paintings of past governors and governesses all hung up on the walls. The tour guide took us into the first chamber, called the "Legislative Council Chamber". My eyes immediately went to the eye catching carvings in the walls and ceilings, with legitimate gold lining surrounding the perfect sculptors. So much detail, meaning, purpose and history in them.

I learnt a lot that day, from how the government works to the history of the government.


Article written and designed by Aaliyah Carrel, Photograpghs taken by Aaliyah Carrel


A time to remember the students who have contributed to MultiPride throughout there school years. Last Friday we said farewell to our year 12 leaders of MultiPride. We are appreciative of the efforts of this group. They have worked very hard to bring about harmony in our school. The were able to develop our logo and ensure the  jumper and  badges were worn with pride. They made themselves available to students in need and  developed many engaging activities to promote well being in the college. They regularly attended and contributed to this program. They have been significant in raising the profile of MultiPride to the wider community. I know Anita Templin was very proud of these students because they helped build the leadership skills of all students who have been part of this experience.

We now have a new generation of leaders who are keen to carry on the good work that our year 12 students have carried out. They are guided by the dedicated work of Annette Evans who has been instrumental in maintaining the high standards of  this group of students. In a year that was presenting itself to be difficult MultiPride has grown stronger than ever.

I have been privileged to be working with such dedicated and enthusiastic young people who will no doubt continue to lead in their own way in the wider community. I am forever grateful for the knowledge and friendship they were able to bring to me as we worked together in MultiPride.

Farewell friends sure to return to visit as you will always be a part of our MultiPride.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal

News from the Careers Office


Year 10 Work Experience program

During the last week of Term Three, approximately 110 Year 10 students left the confines of the classroom to experience a week of interaction with the real world, through the College’s work experience program. We would like to offer our thanks to those organisations in our community who were able to assist by providing placements, and to families who supported their children in this important endeavour.

Students worked in a diverse array of settings, including childcare, manufacturing, construction, health, hairdressing, office administration and fitness centres. A large number of students chose a placement in a retail setting and a handful went back to their old primary schools in order to experience education from the other side.

The aim of the work experience program is not just to get a taste of what it might be like to work in their intended future pathway. Strict privacy and OHS laws (and competition for placements) mean that many students are not able to “try out” their intended future career. But the value of work experience is also found through everyday basics, like an 8 hour working day, a 6.30am start, needing to be on time, needing to operate as part of a team and to follow instructions – and for those in retail – needing to be able to stand up all day!

This year’s program was a great success, with a number of students gaining part time jobs or work placement for Intermediate VCAL. More importantly, students gained a better understanding of the skills they need to operate effectively in the workplace, and some realised how important it is for them to stay at school and achieve the best possible results in order to access further education.

Comments from students included:

“I’ve really enjoyed being able to work with customers.” - retail

“It’s exhausting and my feet hurt!” - hospitality

“It’s been a challenge and I didn’t think I could do it at first, but as the week went on, I’ve been able to do more tasks and the boss said he is really happy with me.” – office

“The kids were so much fun.” – education

“I got to talk to the other people here about what they did at Uni and it has helped me decide.” – engineering

“We were demolishing a $16 million house in Toorak – wow!” – construction

“I don’t think I actually want to work in this area any more. It’s just the same thing over and over.” – fashion retail







Monday 6th

Curriculum Day (No School)


Wednesday 22nd

Year 7 Parent Information Night


Thursday 23rd

School Council


Monday 27th Nov-Friday 15th Dec

Headstart Commences



Monday 4th

Awards Evening (Bunjil Place Narre Warren)



Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th

Activities week







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