Photo: Science Baking Entry by Oliver Martucci 7B


23 August 2019
Issue Seven

Brighton Secondary College is a safe place where all have the opportunity to achieve personal excellence through collaboration based on respect, empathy, and integrity.

Brighton Secondary College
(03) 9592 7488
120 Marriage Road
Brighton East, Victoria, 3187

Photo: Mr Pat Gargano (Assistant Principal), Ms Lee Angelidis (Assistant Principal) and Mr Richard Minack (Principal) joining in saying "Bullying, No Way!"


Photo: Mr Pat Gargano (Assistant Principal), Ms Lee Angelidis (Assistant Principal) and Mr Richard Minack (Principal) joining in saying "Bullying, No Way!"

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Friends,


In response to the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Abuse, the body that regulates school standards in Victoria, the Victoria Registration and Qualifications Authority, introduced the Child Safe Standards in 2016.


I want to reaffirm the school’s strong support or this by re-publishing our Child Safe Standards School Statement of Commitment, below.


I also want to remind you that all our Child Safe documentation can be found on our website under the Community>Policies tab. This includes the complaints pro-forma and this statement of commitment.


I urge everyone in our community to speak up and report any information they might have about any abuse of a child by an adult that they may be aware of.


I am also pleased to report that we have had no instances of child abuse by an adult at our school, and we continue to be an extremely safe environment for your children. But what recent Royal Commission have taught us, is that we should guard against complacency, and remain vigilant. I know you will support the school in this.


Yours faithfully,


Richard Minack



Brighton Secondary College is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. Brighton Secondary College has zero tolerance for child abuse.


Brighton Secondary College is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.


Every person involved in Brighton Secondary College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

In its planning, decision-making and operations Brighton Secondary College will:

  1. Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
  2. Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
  3. Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children;
  4. Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
  5. Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
  6. Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
  7. Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
  8. Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate   authorities;
  9. Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
  10. Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.


Parent Engagement Forum at Brighton Secondary College

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Brighton Secondary College warmly welcomes you to attend a Parent Engagement Forum to discuss matters relating to the education and wellbeing of your child at the college. The forum will be held between 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Wednesday the 11th September. Please make your way to the main administration where you will be guided to the forum venue.


It would be appreciated if parents and guardians could please confirm their attendance via email: [email protected] by Monday the 9th September. Light refreshments will be provided.


The agenda for the evening will be as follows:


7:00 pm – Presentation: Brighton Secondary College – a selection of college data

7:10 pm – Information and Q & A:

  • Teaching and Learning (10 mins)
  • College facilities (10 mins)
  • College Policy (10 mins)
  • Your suggestions for college improvements (10 mins)

7:50 pm – Parent Survey and next steps


We look forward to seeing you there.


Kind Regards,

Richard Minack – College Principal

Science In Europe tour - limited spots available

We are fortunate to be able to offer a few more spaces on the 2020 Science in Europe tour.


If you are interested in attending the tour, please see attached the tour info and the application form. This form must be returned no later than Friday 30th August.



Fabulous Fun Friday Night Trivia

After the great success of the BSC PFA Trivia Night in 2018, we are doing it again this year on Friday 6th September.
Sharpen up your knowledge and prepare to win the prestigious trophy for 2019.
This is the biggest PFA fund raiser for the year and all proceeds go towards new equipment and benefits for our student community.
There are still a few tables left so be quick to book your seat or table at 
Details below:

  • When: FRIDAY 6th September 7pm for 7.15pm start
  • Where: Moorabbin Bowls Club, South Road, Moorabbin
  • Drinks at bar prices, BYO food
  • Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes on the night
  • Tickets $30 per person or $250 for a table of 10 


Sustainable School Shop - Annual Report

At Brighton Secondary College, we encourage parents to sell their second-hand uniform and school-related items on Sustainable School Shop. Below is the annual report of trading activity on the platform to inform you of the success many parents find with their listings. Please note that only second-hand items of the new uniform can be listed on Sustainable School Shop. Visit:


Bayside School Holiday Program Spring


Connor's Run 2019

Registrations are now open for our seventh annual Connor's Run, Sunday, September 15. Nearly 1000 spots have already been snapped up, and we don't want you to miss out! Remember, our early bird prices end June 9 (Connor's birthday). Join us and celebrate being part of Australia’s largest event for paediatric brain cancer - the #1 disease killer of young people in Australia.

Register here:


Canteen Menus - Term 3

ALLERGIES: Please note that we are not a nut-free school and the canteen often uses nuts in their dishes. In addition, while gluten free options are sometimes provided, the canteen make doughs in the kitchen area therefore flour is often in the air and therefore no item can be deemed 100% gluten free.

Info - Consent for Events

Any event (excursion or sports day) that a student is involved in requires online parental consent through Compass.
There are a number of sports days approaching and all students involved need consent for them to be able to leave the school grounds and attend the day.
Email reminders are sent to all parents of those students involved and your assistance with providing consent is greatly appreciated.
It is your child that misses out if consent is not received.

Young Carers

A Young Carers program facilitated by Little Dreamers is meeting at lunchtime today in N205. If you identify as a person caring for a parent or sibling with a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or drug/alcohol addiction come along and see how you can be supported during this time.

Little Dreamers is a non-for-profit organisation founded by BSC alumni Maddie Buchner; Little Dreamers aims to create a community where every Young Carer feels supported, valued and empowered through short term and long term programs. 

Medical Authority Forms

The DET compliant College Medication Authority Form can be found on Compass under School documents – College information - First Aid. This form must be filled in, signed and returned with any medication that Parents wish First Aid to provide to their student (child), including Panadol (Paracetamol).

The College is no longer authorised to provides Paracetamol and this must be provided by parents for their student individually along with the Medical Authority Form.

Homework Clubs

Homework club is available for our students every Monday and Wednesday after school. Junior and Senior students have designated rooms were they can routinely complete homework in a supervised space or receive assistance/tutoring should they require it.
Here are the details:
Mondays and Wednesdays 3.20-4.15

  • Year 7 - Room N216
  • Year 8 and 9 - Room N221            


  • Maths/Sciences - Room E217
  • English/Humanities - Room E219

Compass Cards

  • Credit on cards loaded from Compass are for the canteen ONLY.  Compass cards cannot be used at the General Office or the Uniform Shop.
  • Canteen: we discourage the carrying of cash or EFTPOS cards at BSC. Please see flyer below for info on parent loading of credit and for on-site student Kiosk info.
  • Each student has pre-loaded printing credit at the beginning of each year ($25 for local, $50 for international students). Extra printing credit vouchers can be purchased at the General Office using cash or card - $5 denominations available.
  • Compass Cards can be used on PTV public transport as ID and students no longer need to submit a form to get a PTV ID.

Photo: Daniel Pizzoni 7C, Paper Planes Class Challenge Winner


Photo: Daniel Pizzoni 7C, Paper Planes Class Challenge Winner

Year 7 Class Challenges

Last week’s paper planes challenge saw a range of aircraft created, and flying high, low and in loops! Well done to all participants, and to the winners, 7C, whose classmate, Daniel, flew his plane the furthest.


Photo: College Captains at McKinnon Secondary College


Photo: College Captains at McKinnon Secondary College

Fundraising Success - Alma Goldberg attends London International Youth Science Forum

Alma's Speech from General Assembly this week:

Recently I’ve had the honour and pleasure to attend the London International Youth Science Forum, held every year in the Imperial College in London. I attended this forum alongside 36 incredible Australian students and 500  brilliant students from 75 other countries. I was introduced to this program through the National Youth Science Forum which is another life changing program I, alongside two other year 12 BSEC students, had the privilege of attending.


Before I start talking about the forum I would just like to thank a few people for the immense amount of support I received. Firstly, thank you to the rotary club of Brighton district 9800 and especially Mr Stuart McMillan, Mr Minack, Ms Sentry, Mr Bahramis, Ms Brache, Ms Kiv as well as my teachers; Mr Naef, Mr Mallisani, Mr Tho and Ms McMahon and Ms Horrocks. This could not have happened if it weren’t for you. I’ll forever be grateful for the help and constant support I received from you, so thank you I’m extremely humbled. 


Founded in 1959, LIYSF aims to give a deeper insight into science and its applications for the benefit of mankind and to develop a greater understanding between young people of all nations. During the forum we had fascinating lectures about artificial intelligence, transient astronomy and biomedical engineering, among many other topics and areas of science. We had the opportunity to use world class facilities and learn from inspiring lecturers. We learnt about how cities impact your health, polymers that are essential in tissue engineering, the future of technologies like Siri and met lifelong friends from all over the world. This is only fitting considering this year’s theme was science at the interface.


We were “taken on a journey” as we were told. We were given hands-on experience in many fields of science as well as having the opportunity to socialise with people from other cultures, who share different ideals and values. Through debates and collaboration we made many friends and came to understand how special and unique the experiences offered by the forum are.


Usually at this point my amazing friends sitting at the back would call me out for being a nerd, not that I blame them, so now I’d like to talk about some other benefits of the forum. But if you would like to hear more about the cool stuff don’t hesitate to email or come find me during lunch and recess, I’d be happy to sit down and chat. 


One of the things the forum reinforces is how to utilise your passions into something which can help benefit the global population. I’ve discovered that there are a few things that can help you do this, and I would like to share these with you now. 


Firstly, talk to people. Sounds easy enough to just introduce yourself right? I can assure you that every single person in this room has a story worth hearing, and your own personal story is important to share. We all come from different backgrounds and have different experiences and perspectives on life. By listening and sharing we become wiser, allowing us to learn from past mistakes and improve others lives. Maybe even your own. I feel that Australia as a country has an advantage over other countries in that aspect, because we are so multicultural. This is clear in our school as well, which we are lucky to be a part of, because we celebrate all the different cultures that we have here. It has been proven that only groups of individuals with different experiences and backgrounds can save the world. So whether you were born here, or in a different country- please share, listen and I promise you, you will learn a lot and maybe even change the world.


Secondly, be smart. I’m pretty sure that when I said that at least 80% of the people in this room thought I meant that you need an Einstein IQ to be considered smart. I assure you all that you don’t. It's not about how many brain cells you have, being smart is all about being passionate and curious. At least 50% of motivation comes from within each and every one of you and if you’re passionate about what you do in life, you’ll be curious to find out more about it. Knowledge is empowering and your own passion and curiosity already makes you all geniuses. With the knowledge that you acquire through exploring your interests can make you successful in your own field and allow you to collaborate with people from other fields to solve worldwide problems. Disciplines in your fields of interest are not considered as individuals. They are co-dependent and that’s why only when combined can they be effective solutions. So be smart, now that you know what I mean, and use your acquired knowledge to contribute and help people.


Last but not least, believe in yourself. To explain this one, I would like to pose an argument; if you don’t believe in yourself, how will others? Having faith in yourself and always believing that you will achieve the goals you set for yourself will get you 90% of the way. So, maintain your passion and continuous efforts, always be curious and keep on going because if you don’t, who will? Most importantly- take risks and dare greatly, not even the sky is the limit.


By now you all probably think I'm insane standing here and telling you the most naive ideas about changing the world. Even if you don’t believe me, I truly think that every single person in this room has the potential to help shape a better world for us and future generations to come.

Year 12 Graduation Payments 2019

Payments for the Year 12 Graduation can now be made on Compass.
International students are to make card payments to the General Office.
Final date for payment is Monday 2nd September, 2019.

Photo: Iam Lam - Victorian Global Learning Awards 2019 winner - Student Leadership Year 12


Photo: Iam Lam - Victorian Global Learning Awards 2019 winner - Student Leadership Year 12

Victorian Global Learning Awards winners 2019

Andia Latifi Meybodi - Year 12 Global Citizenship Award

Andia Latifi Meybodi is a global citizen who willingly shares her Middle Eastern background, and in particular her love of her home country Iran and Persian language and culture. In doing so, she is able to dispel many views that are held of people from Middle Eastern countries. She has made a significant difference to the school through her leadership, advocacy for respect and her multicultural values. In Year 11, Andia was the recipient of two Victorian Global Learning awards, one for Community Engagement and another for Global Citizenship. Participating in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program enabled Andia, as one of Brighton Secondary College’s international leaders, to incorporate charitable ideas within the school. It also allowed her to participate in charity events outside of school, such as feeding the homeless and raising money for the Great Barrier Reef.

Wai Tsun (Ian) Lam - Year 12 Student Leadership Award

Wai Tsun (Ian) Lam has worked hard as a student leader to make an impact at his school. During his time at Brighton Secondary College, Ian joined the International Student Committee and was appointed to the prestigious position of International Liaison in 2018 where he welcomed all new students, planned and promoted the annual International Week program and organised the Year 12 students for their final Graduation Assembly. Ian developed initiatives such as the Clean and Green anti-litter campaign, an international band and a food donation drive for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. Ian surprised the school by preparing a unique Year 12 farewell video and accompanying speech to inspire and motivate students to follow their dreams and pursue careers that they are passionate about.

Zheng (Jenny) Tang & Sam Liu: Homestay Family of the Year Award - Government School

Zheng (Jenny) Tang and Sam Liu are exemplary homestay parents. Jenny and Sam have welcomed international students at Brighton Secondary College into their home for 16 years. Jenny and Sam volunteer at school events and activities including graduation ceremonies and greet new students at the airport. They organise social events for the school community and attend parent/teacher briefings. Jenny and Sam understand the challenges faced by new arrivals to Victoria and happily provide advice and support to parents who have recently joined the school community by providing transport, translation of documents, help with finding housing and obtaining driver’s licences. Jenny and Sam have built a strong reputation at the school and past students regularly comment about how happy they were to have lived with them.


Photo: Gavi Aleksenitser and Isabella Hollins at the Semi-Finals of the State Public Speaking Competition


Photo: Gavi Aleksenitser and Isabella Hollins at the Semi-Finals of the State Public Speaking Competition

Semi-Final State Public Speaking

Year 7 students Isabella Hollins and Gavi Aleksenitser competed at the Semi-Finals of the State Public Speaking Competition on Monday 19th of August. Both students represented BSC with pride and excellence.

To reach this level of the competition, these students have demonstrated exceptional public speaking skills and performed in front of students and teachers from around the State. We commend Gavi and Isabella for their hard work preparing for this competition, and look forward to supporting their future public speaking endeavours!

Photo: Science Baking Best Appearance Winning Cake by Saskia Medd Year 11


Photo: Science Baking Best Appearance Winning Cake by Saskia Medd Year 11

Science Week

Science Week 2019 revolved around all things Space. Over the week students had the chance to get involved in activities such as: the Space Kahoot Quiz, a showing of the film First Man, the grand annual Science Baking Competition, Ice Cream Making and Bottle Rockets. Photos below:

Year 7 Terrarium Lesson

The SEAL I and E students had the opportunity to make terrariums for their study of Biology. They investigated the relationship between biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem.

Year 8 Heart Dissection

This week Year 8 Students got some hands on experience with a heart dissection during the Body Systems unit; check it out! *Not for the faint of heart!*

Year 10 Titrations Neutralisation Practical Experiments

This week Ms Drechsler's Year 10 students completed a titration of hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide creating a salt and water as part of the Chemical Reactions unit.


Young People of Bayside Art Exhibition 2019

There are only 2 weeks left to submit art to the Young People of Bayside Art Exhibition 2019 - get in quick! Enter now at


Photo: Year 11 French Students


Photo: Year 11 French Students


Year 12

Year 12 students have started their countdown for their final SACs and Exams. Here they are working closely together, supporting each other with their learning. 

  • The Oral Exam is on Monday 21 October at the Tudor Box Hill, 1101 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill. The students have individual appointment times, starting from 9:00 am to 9:40am
  • The Written Examination is on Tuesday 19 November 3.00pm–5.15pm

Year 11 Visual Aids

Here are some fun photos where the Year 11's are proving that visual aids are a fantastic way to help with vocabulary learning.

Oh those Irregular French Verbs!

Students make cards in order to learn them, as well as make posters to remind them that repetition is the key to learning them. This is an example of the many practical and creative ideas we use to teach French at BSC in order for students to be ready for Senior French.


The Japanese faculty is hosting an assistant teacher who helps out in a number of classes for nearly all of Term 3. Koki is already widely known and liked within the school community and we are very lucky to have him. He is also an excellent basketballer and has sometimes been able to help out in PASE classes. Attached is a little bit of info about him and a photo of him in action.

Language Homework Clubs

French Homework Club: Monday and Wednesday after school for French Conversation with Madame Schroffel in the Library.

Japanese Year 12 speaking sessions: Thursdays from 1 p.m. in N205. It is usually speaking practice with the teacher and  assistant teachers as well as a number of very helpful native speaking students.

Photo: Charlie Scales Year 10, Work Experience at Graphic Packaging


Photo: Charlie Scales Year 10, Work Experience at Graphic Packaging

Work Experience - Employer Evaluations

Ethan Martin at Xavier College, Kosta Hall

Ethan has completed an exceptional week of work experience at Kosta Hall. Ethan’s many positive qualities have “shone through” and he has been a true asset to our team. Ethan has been perceptive and gentle in his interactions with the students in our care. Ethan has assumed responsibility and guided the children over the course of the week. Ethan has been respectful and open in all interactions with students, parents and staff.

One Ethan’s greatest abilities is his propensity to read  situations. There have been many examples of this in the classroom and playground throughout the week. We speak of the importance of having a child -centred approach in early childhood education and Ethan naturally demonstrated this.

I commend Ethan for his sense of dedication and maturity and thank him for his magnificent efforts this week. Ethan has made a wonderful impression on us all at Kosta Hall.

Katie Calley  from Xavier College, Kosta Hall


Alexander Robinson at Baade Harbour Australia (Architects)

Alex is enthusiastic & follows instructions with little fuss. He has fit in well in the office environment and worked well with all staff members. He has required minimal supervision, embraces tasks and achieves good outcomes despite limited exposure to the field of Architecture.

Brent Tullio, Director of Baade Harbour Australia


Alexia Antoniou at Hampton Beach Dentist

We congratulate Alexia on her courteous manner, complete engagement & enthusiasm. She asked relevant questions and maintained interest throughout the week. She followed through on the few tasks we gave her, with professional efficiency.

Dr Rikki Georgandas, Hampton Beach Dentist


William Dart at Quest Personnel

Will is a wonderful young man, speaks articulately and presents well during his time here this week. Would love to have him back anytime during the holidays

Tracey Jee General Manager Recruitment & Finance, Quest Personnel

CONTINUED - Student Reflections

Charlie Scales working at Graphic Packaging

Tanya Patel - Bentleigh Travel Agency

During my time at the Bentleigh travel agency, I learnt about the amount of commission the travel agents make, the questions they get asked, and how they book flights, hotels and transport. I now know that being a travel agent is a lot of work and you need to deal with a lot of customer questions. I had a lovely time at the travel agent, and I might pursue it in the future.


Emma Dowsing - My Physio

While working at My Physios I did filing, administration and advertising, as well as doing observations with Physios in the gym, pool and practitioner room.

I had the opportunity to speak with staff and I found that most did not go straight into the department of health. I also asked them what subjects they studied in VCE to get into physio and what they wished they had done in school.

Something I found interesting was the way the staff communicated with deaf and blind people, it was very fascinating. From this experience, I have definitely improved my communication skills with the staff and clients.

What I admired about being a physio is that it you are always faced with different scenarios, because the clients that came in all have their own stories about why they are here. You also build great relationships with people as you see them quite often and you feel great at the end of the day because you know you have made someone’s life easier and happier.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at My Physios, especially being able to join in on Pilates classes every day!!!


Declan Hales - Brighton Beach Primary School

For my work experience, from the 15th of July to the 19th of July, I worked at Brighton Beach Primary School. My job was to go to different classes, where help was needed, and the teachers with tasks and looking after the children. I got to work in a variety of grades, however I did not get to work with the year 3’s.

 My favourite part of the week was working with a year 5 class which I grew fond of as the week progressed. Paul. T, (the teacher of the class) was friendly and got me to help around the class and even got me to run my own mini-maths class. I continued to get to know all the students in the class and I feel like they all got to know me too.

I found it challenging when students lost focus when working with me in my mini class, however I found a way to segue back into the task most times.

I found it interesting going to the staff room at lunch times and recess, I got to know all of the teachers and it felt odd seeing the staff room as a place where every-day people hang out unlike how I viewed when I was in primary school.

In conclusion I had a great week of work experience at Brighton Beach Primary School and I hope I can go back in the future.

An Interesting Read
Spooks and Psychologists: Jobs of the Future

By Anna Patty and Nigel Gladstone 
Sydney Morning Herald August 12 2019

A career as a spy may become more mainstream with new data indicating their jobs will be among the fastest-growing in Australia in the next few years.

The latest figures from the Department of Employment predicts intelligence and policy analysts jobs will increase by more than a third to 40,200 in the five years from May 2018 to May 2023.

Jobs growth for psychologists, adventure guides and audiologists are also being forecast. Personal assistants, the retail sector, switchboard operators and secretaries are among the jobs in decline with 13,600 fewer secretaries forecast to be employed in five years, a decline of almost a third.

Overall employment is predicted to grow by 7 per cent or 886,100 jobs with many of these likely to be part-time with an increase from 20.4 per cent to 31.7 per cent over the 30 years to May 2019.

Add to shortlist

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is presently recruiting for intelligence officers and analysts.

An ASIO spokeswoman said intelligence analysts identify and investigate patterns and anomalies, draw intelligence value from large data, solve complex problems and produce high-quality advice.

"The role of intelligence analysts is vital to our work to protect Australia from violent, clandestine and deceptive efforts to harm its people and undermine its sovereignty," the spokeswoman said.

"Intelligence analysts work in a broad range of analytical roles within ASIO, and have the opportunity to develop a diverse career across a range of specialised analytical areas."

ASIO intelligence officer 'Emily' said over the past 10 years her role had changed significantly and would "continue to do so into the future".

"Our information comes from a variety of sources that includes technology and people. We now have new ways of addressing problems using technology – however we also now need to turn vast amounts of data into a clear picture and figure out what it all means," she said.

"I wanted this job because I wanted to make a contribution, and I have a real sense of challenge in accomplishing this."

However, some jobs are in steep decline in NSW, for example, telemarketer job ads have reduced 91 per cent from 708 options in June 2006 to 61 in June 2019, the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) of new job ads lodged on SEEK, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch shows.


Accountants are being sought less, down more than 60 per cent from 4261 positions over the same period. Meanwhile, registered nurses are in demand with ads for their services growing from 555 to 1400, and psychologists are up from 26 positions to 148.

The biggest growth will be in the relatively low-paid aged and disabled care sector with their workforce expected to rise to 245,000 by 2023, an increase of 39 per cent.

The Australian Psychological Society is bracing for an 18.9 percentage point increase in the number of psychologists by 2023.

The society's chief executive officer Frances Mirabelli said it was aware of the Department of Employment figures predicting a need for 11,300 extra psychologists by 2023.

"I think a burgeoning mental health problem in Australia that is driving the increase," she said.

"There is a general shortfall of psychologists at the moment, particularly in rural areas. I think it is a societal issue. We are all a lot more stressed."

Clinical and counselling psychologist Elisabeth Shaw, who is also the chief executive officer of Relationships Australia, said there has been consistent growth in the profession.

"The positive reflection of that is that mental health issues and awareness of self- care has been stronger in terms of public discussion," she said.

"The impact on workplace productivity, well being, more open discussions about the severity of mental health risks has led to people seeking well-trained help faster."

During her 10 years at ASIO, Emily has had a variety of roles including running investigations into people deemed as possible security threats.

"In my role I need to be able to make sense of vague information from a range of different sources, understand what this means and communicate this to whoever needs to know," she says. "As an ASIO intelligence analyst you need to be courageous in your judgments but also able to learn and adapt. "You need to be curious, creative, strategic and tenacious. I derive a lot of satisfaction out of working in this environment."

Jobs of the Future: A five year projection to 2023(Source: Department of Jobs & Small Business)


Percentage growth rate

Aged and disabled carers


Audiologists and speech pathologist


Intelligence & policy analysts


Welfare, recreation & community arts workers




Personal carers and assistants


Outdoor adventure guides


Other health diagnostics and promotion professionals


Other information and organisation professionals

25.5 %


24.9 %

Photo: Ms Donehue with library captains Iris Gitlin and Sarah Black


Photo: Ms Donehue with library captains Iris Gitlin and Sarah Black

Book Week poster competition

To celebrate Book Week the library is running a poster competition.

To enter, design us a Book Week poster with the optional 2019 theme of “reading is my secret power,” for your chance to win a book voucher and some other goodies.

Please submit your design to the library in person, or via email to: [email protected] by Monday 26th August.

New to the Library Catalogue


Photo: Enviro Team Bake Sale


Photo: Enviro Team Bake Sale

Enviro Team Bake Sale - Raising money for the Climate Council

On the last day of Science week the Environment Team held a bake sale to raise money for the Climate Council. We raised a very impressive $365 thanks to the hard work of a number of our team. Thank you so much to the students who contributed food and for the enthusiasm from those who bought the baked goods. Thank you especially to our captain, Saskia Medd, who baked, with a little help from her friends, 150 delicious tasting and beautifully presented cupcakes. 


Our first step will be planting a vegetable garden out the front of the school. We are looking for any parents with experience in planting a vegetable garden who would be able to help us begin the project. Please let Ms Boyd know if you are available to help by emailing her at [email protected]

Thanks, Sarah Black, Yr 11

Photo: Intermediate Girl's Basketball


Photo: Intermediate Girl's Basketball

Sports Results

The BSC Intermediate Girl's Basketball played at Dandenong this Wednesday. While coming in fourth was not the desired result, the girls had a fabulous day out!




Monday 8am - 2pm

Friday 12pm - 4.30pm




Monday 8am - 2pm

Wednesday 12pm - 4.30pm

Friday 12pm - 4.30pm

Poncho can be worn in inclement weather over correct uniform

The College has taken on feedback from parents, our suggestion to parents and students who feel that perhaps the soft shell isn’t rain resistant enough in particular for students who ride their bikes is to use a clear plastic poncho over correct college uniform.

The below options are available from Kmart and Kathmandu, both for under $10.

College Uniform Expectations

We thought it timely to remind everyone of the College's uniform expectations and ask for your support in ensuring your child wears their uniform well and with pride.


We are currently in winter uniform. This looks like:


  • College striped skirt, length just on the knee
  • College grey trousers or shorts
  • White College long sleeve shirt, tucked in
  • Purple College jumper
  • Grey tights or long grey college socks
  • College tie, to be worn so that it covers the top button of the shirt, button done up
  • Black, lace up, polishable leather school shoes
  • Black, unadorned belt (with trousers only)
  • College blazer 


  • College grey trousers or shorts
  • Purple College jumper
  • College long grey socks
  • White College long sleeve shirt, tucked in
  • College tie, to be worn so that it covers the top button of the shirt, button done up
  • Black, lace up, polishable leather school shoes
  • Black, unadorned belt
  • College blazer 


  • College sport shirt (short or long sleeve option)
  • College sports shorts
  • College sports socks
  • Sports shoes
  • College grey soft-shell jacket (only to be worn with Sport Uniform or to and from school if raining)
  • College tracksuit pants
  • College sports rugby jersey
  • College peaked hat
  • Note: runners must be worn in the gym at all times


  • College gloves and scarves (grey) - available from Bob Stewart Uniform Shop
  • College grey soft-shell jacket (only to be worn with Sport Uniform or to and from school if raining)
  • College School Bags (compulsory) - available from Bob Stewart Uniform Shop
  • College umbrella (black)
  • Hair scrunchies/ribbons (College colours)

All items must be clearly marked with the owner's name. Names should be sewn to each garment.


  • Uniform items must be in good repair at all times - damaged items will need to be replaced.
  • Uniform must be clean, neat and in good condition. 
  • The length of the skirt must be such that it should rest on the middle of the knees.
  • The hem of pants must sit against shoes, not rolled up inward or outward, nor cropped or hemmed above the ankle.
  • Students attending excursions where they are required to wear their sport uniform must either wear their tracksuit pants or their college sports shorts. They are not permitted to wear bike shorts.
  • Blazers must be worn when travelling to and from school except in Terms 1 & 4 when it sufficiently hot to wear shirts/dresses only. 
  • Sport uniform must not be worn to and from school unless PE is in their schedule for that day or they are attending an excursion where sport uniform is required. Items of academic uniform and sport uniform should not be worn together. 
  • Undershirts under any of the uniform be it academic uniform or sport uniform must not be visible in any way. They must not show through under white school shirts nor have any logos that can be seen through a shirt. No long sleeve undershirts are permitted.
  • The grey soft shell jacket and the college grey cap are items from the sport uniform and may only be worn with sport uniform. Caps are to be worn outdoors only.
  • Hair must be neat. Shoulder length or longer hair should be tied back neatly with college colour ribbons or ties of the same colour as the student's hair. 
  • Boys must be clean shaven at all times and have a neat and tidy hairstyle. 
  • Scarves and gloves may be worn with the winter academic uniform. Please note that the scarves and gloves must be the kind purchased only from either Bob Stewart Uniform Shop (if in new uniform) or in the past from the General Office (if in old uniform). No fingerless gloves or any other derivatives of scarves and gloves are permitted.
  • Jewellery, obvious makeup and coloured nail polish must not be worn with the uniform. A single plain silver, gold or stainless steel stud or sleeper in each ear lobe is permitted. Teachers will ask students to remove any incorrect jewellery and confiscate inappropriate jewellery to give to the Year Level Student Managers for students to collect after school. Uniform sanctions will apply.
  • School Bags: the BSC backpacks are a compulsory item and must be free of graffiti and stickers. The backpacks and the Year 7 issued tote bags are the only bags permitted.
  • Ties must be worn and worn appropriately - collar done up to top button and knot of tie against that button.
  • Shirts are tucked in, both for boys and girls, regardless of whether they are straight or wavy cut. For winter shirts are long sleeved only.
  • Blazers to be worn as the outer most garment to and from school. If it is raining the green spray jacket or new soft shell jacket may be worn to and from school only (with the respective version of the uniform).

Please help us to support your student by making sure they have the correct uniform. We thank all parents and students who have supported the college as we transition into the new uniform and to all who have respectfully adhered to the uniform policy.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College.

Bob Stewart Uniform Shop


The on-site uniform shop is run by the Bob Stewart Uniform Shop company and is independent of the college. Any inquiry about the store needs to be directed straight to the shop itself.

Please also note that students cannot pay at the uniform shop with their Compass Card.

You can, however, purchase uniform online here:

All orders are to picked up from the store during the hours below:



Contact Information:

Phone: 03 9036 7383
Email: [email protected]


Opening Hours:

Normal Trading Hours Terms 1, 2 & 4 (2019)
Monday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Friday: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Normal Trading Hours Term 3 (2019)
Monday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Friday: 1:00pm – 4:30pm




Full information regarding uniform guidelines and store information can be found at: 

Uniform FAQ's

Please see below for a revised list of some frequently asked questions about the transition to the new uniform.

Q: Can students wear the current sports top with the new tracksuit pants?
A: Yes.

Q: Will the blazer have to be worn when it is really hot?
A: No, although during terms one and four, the expectation will be that if a student requires another layer of clothing on cool days, the blazer must be the outer-most garment.

Q: What if my son’s shorts or pants become too short during 2019, do I then have to purchase the whole new uniform?
A: No. Until the end of the transitional period (Dec. 2020) new grey shorts and pants may be worn with the older white shirts.

Q: Does my child have to wear the blazer if she/he rides a bicycle to & from school?
A: Yes. If a student requires another layer of clothing on cool days, the blazer must be the outer-most garment. It may be removed on warm days whilst cycling.

Q: Will the blazer have to be worn at lunch time or when moving between classes?
A: No, but if a student requires another layer of clothing on cool days, the blazer must be the outer-most garment.

Q: If it’s raining, can the spray jacket be worn over any uniform, including over the blazer, on the way to & from school?
A: Yes, the new soft-shell jacket with the new uniform, or the old green spray jacket with the old uniform, may be worn as the outer-most layer only if it is raining. 

Q: Year 12's are the only ones who don’t have to wear the blazer this year.  However it is my understanding that they will not be allowed to wear the spray jacket.  So, what will they wear?
A: They may wear a school jumper on cool days, and/or their bomber jacket . If it is raining, they may wear the old green spray jacket to and from school.

Q: Will year 12’s be allowed Bomber Jackets from 2019 onward?
A: Yes

Q: Will there be a new spray jacket design in future years, or will the current one continue?
A: There will be a new soft shell jacket available for use, travelling to and from the college, on days with inclement weather.

Q: Can I still use a functional working old grey schoolbag if I am in the new uniform?
A: Yes, until the end of 2020.

Q: If I am buying new a uniform, do I need to buy new sports uniform too, and vice versa?
A: No. A student may wear the old PE/PASE kit and the new summer/winter uniform, or vice versa, until the end of 2020. 

Q: My child’s blazer is on back order – what should I do and what can they wear in the interim?
A: Your child may wear the college jumper in the interim, but we would ask that parents provide their child with a brief note which explains the situation.




New Building Opening - 9:30am



Leadership Workshops


Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Meeting - 7:30pm in the College Conference Room 



Staff PL Day (Pupil Free Day)



Year 10 Advance Camp


Intermediate Round Robin

Finance Committee Meeting - 7:30-8:30am


General Assembly





College Council Meeting - 7:30pm


Casual Clothes Day
Blowout Day



Kingston Athletics

Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Meeting - 7:30pm in the College Conference Room 



Finance Committee Meeting - 7:30-8:30am


Year 8 Hockey and Table Tennis Day

Tokoname Japan Tour Departs



Year 8 Hockey and Table Tennis Day


Yr7-11 TAPAS Conferences

College Council Meeting - 7:30pm


General Assembly





Tokoname Japan Tour - September 13th to the 28th

Photo: Richard Minack and Pat Gargano with Alum Jennifer Simpson


Photo: Richard Minack and Pat Gargano with Alum Jennifer Simpson

Where are YOU now? - Diana Kupke (nee. Mann)

Dear Brighton Secondary College,


I began Brighton High in 1956 and matriculated from there in 1962. I then joined The Age as a Cadet Journalist. As a Journalist I worked and lived in Wellington, Hong Kong and Darwin - where I lived through Cyclone Tracey.

My travels eventually brought me to Mackay in Queensland where I have worked as a Journalist, a Volunteer Co-ordinator, and a Project Officer. When I was 60 I began a multimedia degree through UCQ and this led to my next career, writing code for websites and now, as a 74 year old, running four websites for a natural resources company.

I remain in contact with three of my friends from BHS.


Kind regards,


Diana Kupke (nee. Mann)

Where are YOU now?

We would love to hear from you! Send us an email about what you are up to these days and you may feature here too!

Email [email protected] to get in touch.

Photo: College Council 2019


Photo: College Council 2019

August 2019 Meeting Report

The August meeting is scheduled for the 28th of August at 7:30pm.

A report will be published in the newsletter following this meeting.

June and July 2019 Meeting Reports

College Council met on Wednesday the 26th of June and the 24th of July. We are reporting on both meetings due to the intervening school holidays.

Routine reports from sub-committees were received and a number of standard motions, in which the Council approves the financial operations for May and, then in the second meeting, June and July were approved.

Matters of general business from the month of June that are worth noting include the approval of the Alpine school applications for 2020, Antipodean Expedition to Nepal for 2019 and the Tokoname tour for 2019. The Council had a long and interesting discussion about the low response rate to the annual Parent Attitude to School survey. Information on the response rate has been requested from local schools to allow Council to better understand this phenomenon. A number of policies were also approved at the June meeting, including the College CCTV Policy, Volunteers Policy, Yard Duty & Supervision (Secondary Schools), Yard Duty & Supervision (Parents & Students), and Student Drivers Policy.  The meeting closed at 8.43pm.

Matters of general business from the month of July that are worth noting include an interesting discussion about the level of VCE attainment at BSC. Some work is being undertaken by the principal and the school captains to understand how school culture drives student effort and thus results. Other factors that may impact on school results were also noted, including the school’s open selection practices into senior classes. As part of the finance committee report, the principal also discussed, at length, measures being taken to ensure our budget remains balanced in future years.

The meeting closed at 8.41pm.




Tania Madjaric Grierson                                                                                Richard Minack

(President, College Council)                                                                         (Executive Officer, College Council)

May 2019 Meeting Report

College Council met on Wednesday 29th of May. No meeting was held in April due to the intervening school holidays.


Routine reports from sub-committees were received and a number of standard motions in which the Council approves the financial operations for March and April were approved.

Matters of general business from this month that are worth noting include the endorsement of the Annual Report to the College Community for the year 2018, and the final approval of the College budget for 2019. The meeting closed at 8.14pm.


The College Annual General Meeting will be held prior to the next College Council meeting on the 26th June at 6.30pm - more info in Principal's Report. Please RSVP your attendance - click here.


The meeting closed at 8.48pm.




Tania Madjaric Grierson                                                                                Richard Minack

(President, College Council)                                                                         (Executive Officer, College Council)

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