Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

21 July 2017
Issue Four
 EID Festival
Farewell Norm
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977



Since becoming Principal of our College in the last month, I have been able to reflect on the many positive events going on in the School. It really is an exciting time for Cranbourne Secondary College.


Firstly, you will have noticed the fast progress being made along the Russell Street boundary, of the Building and Construction facility. It is due to be completed by late August, and will provide our College with a modern facility to provide much needed vocational training for our Senior Students. The refurbished woodwork room will also be welcomed by all students studying in the Technology area.

Secondly, we have just had a new relocatable positioned to run the “Doctors in Schools” program that will operate from early in Term 3. We are excited to be part of this program that will see our students being able to access much needed medical health services by a Doctor on the School campus.


Thirdly, excellent progress is being made by our architects, who are engaged in design and development work that will see major new construction commence in September 2017. Our School community will be able to look forward to a new Visual Arts Centre, a refurbished Science and Technology wing and Student Services building. This will be accompanied by a significant upgrade to the school yard with extensive landscaping of our major court yards. A Builder is soon to be appointed and we look forward to an exciting upgrade of our school facilities.


Olympic Academy Experience: 

Joshua Kimber, Year 11

On Friday, 23rd of June, Tyler Mason and I were fortunate enough to attend the 2017 Olympic Academy at the MCG. There were at least 200-220 students present from different schools, from around 150 schools from Victoria making this a very special event to which a limited number of schools can attend each year.  We were first introduced to Nicole Livingstone, a retired Australian Olympian and gold medallist. She told all the all groups about where they were going and what our specific group schedule was going to be> She also asked each of us to think about what we would take way from this experience to help us change us as a person.

 In our first activity we had to chat with other students from different schools and also make a list of what we all shared in common. Not knowing these people I was surprised on how much we all shared in common. Our group leader explained to us that if we as people don’t talk or communicate to other people then it’s much harder to succeed in life.  Next, we then had a question and answer session with Olympians and heard some personal stories of Olympians like Ellia Green (Rugby 7’s), Jeff Risely (Middle-Distance) and Catherine Skinner (Shooting) and how they fought hard to reach their goals. We were lucky enough to also get a picture with them.

 After lunch we then went to the Melbourne Sports Museum and were also greeted by retired Olympians Trevor Vincent and Pam Ryan who had both competed in the 1964 Olympics and how they also fought hard to reach their dreams on competing at the Olympics. It was great to read all the history of Australian Olympic sports and stories. Our group then headed to the last activity of the day which was to learn about Olympic values. It was run by Linley Frame, another retired Australian Olympic, who reminded us that what we wanted to take out of this event and what we would do to change us as a person. The Olympic Values were A.S.P.I.R.E, which means Attitude, Sportsmanship, Pride, Individual Responsibility, Respect and last Express Yourself. After what we learnt what these values meant, we again headed into little groups and played mini games which involved working as a team and communicating. After the activity we again listened to Nicole Livingstone as she thanked us for attending this event and encouraged each of us to keep pushing ourselves to reach our dreams and to never give up on the sport you loved as part of a wonderful cause called the Olympic Movement.

After the Olympic academy section of the day, the Pierre De Coubertin award recipients were put into a group, including me as the school recipient. The award section consisted of walking up onto the stage shacking Nicole Livingston and Catherine skinners hands and collecting the award and badge.

From this special experience I have learn how to communicate with people whom I don’t know , to be confident of myself and to never give up on the sport I love. My favourite moment during this event was meeting the Olympians and taking a photo with them as it was my first time meeting an Olympian. I also want to inspire new and upcoming athletes and to remind them that if they work and dream hard enough that one day we would all be supporting them while they are wearing the yellow and gold uniform in the future Olympics.


There are many other exciting activities that I could talk about, but I will save that for another newsletter. For today I wish to state that our school community deserve to have the best possible facilities for the students of this school. Facilities that will support our curriculum programs and provide students with the best educational outcomes and prepare them for life, long after their secondary schooling is completed.


I look forward to being able to regularly speak to you about the many great events and activities that occur in our School.

John Jovic



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The SRC helped organise the School Formal.  Ms. Gunn did an amazing job making sure that the event went smoothly.  The students  came  up with the theme and  chose  some  exotic  foods  for everyone  to  nibble at.  It was at the dance floor that the SRC were able to shine. Some of our teachers struggled to keep up with the beats of the Nutbush.

Special thanks to Kyle our home grown DJ  who resisted  playing  the  music selected by Mr. Massouris.

Our free dress day this term was a great success raising some valuable money for the State School Relief.

We are planning the free dress day for term three. There have been some interesting suggestions so far. There is also talk about a concert at lunchtime coming soon. We are looking forward to being involved with the Presentation Ball.

We recently had our luncheon at Schnitz. It was a great way to get to know each other.



Stella and Sene 

College Captains


Rhiannon Tracey Spinchat presentation:

On the 29 June 2017 Cranbourne Secondary College

This presentation given by Rhiannon Tracey taught me lessons that I will never forget. Her outlook on life and her positivity is amazing and extremely unique, considering her situation. My first impression when we walked into the theatre, was that we were going to be served an extremely serious presentation on the possible outcomes of reckless driving. This I deduced from the TAC; transport accident commission logo that was on Rhiannon's PowerPoint presentation, and I most commonly see the organisation associated with road accidents. I was taken aback by Rhiannon's positive personality. She was so open and joking about how sometimes dragging yourself out of bed on a Thursday morning feels impossible, but at least Friday is only around the corner. It was in this opening discussion about how everyone's day had gone so far, when Rhiannon made her jokes about Thursdays and how her morning had gone, that she delivered her first life lesson. Rhiannon explained the idea that bad days make the next good day even better, that yes today is bad because it’s Thursday and we are so close to the end of the week without truly reaching it, and yes her car almost broke down and she got a little bit lost, but tomorrow is only made sweeter knowing that you survived through the bad day to finally reach a good one. So, she noted, you can’t really appreciate the simple things in life without going through situations that are undesirable.


Her own story shocked me with the reality that a spinal cord injury can happen to anyone, I of course knew this but being confronted with someone seeming so normal as Rhiannon; someone who at one stage was just like us teenagers,  had her whole world upended so suddenly. I had no idea that a simple jump into a pool could break someone’s neck and back, I always assumed that spinal cord injuries were harder to sustain, but Rhiannon is, in her words “wheeling proof” that quadriplegia and paraplegia can happen to anyone so easily. I was most shocked when Rhiannon revealed that she was a quadriplegic because I had watched the way she moved around the stage in her wheelchair, tapping her feet and moving her upper body, but the determination that she showed with regaining this mobility was beyond inspiring. Another message that Rhiannon bestowed upon us a few times in this presentation was that while you can’t control what happens to you in life, you can control the outcomes. It is what you decide to do with this situation that really matters. This message doesn't really sink in until you find out how hard she worked to beat the odds to walk again, not only was it a long process to get out of hospital after the poor medical care she received in Bali, but the mental process of neuroplasticity she went through in order to retrain her limbs to have movement, was extremely awe inspiring and moving. It made me glad to live in the country that I do, where I have access to good doctors and surgeons who know what they are doing.


Rhiannon's story enabled my peers and I to understand that just because we are young it doesn't mean we are immune to such serious injuries like these. Rhiannon herself was only 2 months off from turning 21 when her life changed forever.


I believe part of the reason that Rhiannon is so inspiring is her positivity, I don't think that only 8 years after such a life changing event I could talk about it in detail in front of a hundred unknown 17 year olds, but I am so thankful that she did. Watching her walk across that stage with the help of a classmate, was one of the biggest messages ever, that she used people telling her that she couldn't do something, telling her no, as motivation to prove them wrong. Rhiannon used her accident and her recovery to teach and help others, she didn't give up on life but rather let this accident empower her because what impossible really means to her is that I’m possible. The work she is doing not only by travelling to schools across the state to warn  students, of the reality that something as fun as jumping into a pool can cost you, but also her work with her not for profit organisation where she helps rehabilitate people with spinal cord injuries, is simply awe inspiring. Rhiannon was such a warm character, so passionate about her work and educating others, and I know that her lessons will stick with me for the rest of my life. She has inspired me and the others in my year level, to not let other people tell you that you can’t do something, and that bad days only make the good days even better.


Chloe Purvis, Year 11

 EID Festival

The Eid  Festival was proudly celebrated by our school. This school represents a  beacon in cultural diversity when the students and teachers come together to present these events  to our  community.

There was a strong  staff  presence on the stage that night. Some of  the dance moves had to be seen to be  believed. A really colourful event with some  great messages  of  student empowerment.


Once again Annette Evans  has  done a remarkable  job in bringing  all of this together. She has worked tirelessly to ensure  that  this event looks  professional and that  the students  ideas  for the event are fully realised. We thank Annette  and  the MultiPride  team  who we are very proud of the way they  bring the community together to celebrate diversity.


Sonia Qambari and Sina Zahedi were entertaining and skilled in hosting the evening. Our school is producing some fine ambassadors that proudly represent the college values.







George Massouris

Assistant Principal


On the 28th of June, Sharon Linsell and I travelled just over 16,000kms to Germany with 10 of our lovely Year 10, 11 and 12 students.  We arrived early Thursday morning (German time) and were met by host families at the airport who transported us to Hermann-Voss Realschule in Wipperfürth.  This is the school with which we have established a strong connection and hope that we can host some of their students this year and next.  While we travelled throughout Germany – from Cologne to Füssen to Munich and then on to Dresden and Berlin – students encountered the friendly people, the amazing food and the rich culture and history that Germany has to offer.  As teachers, Miss Linsell and I were witness to the development of new friendships and maturity in our students as well as great personal growth through the experiences at the places we visited.  In hopes that we build strong relationships with our sister school in Germany and assist in developing global understanding of our students, we hope to have another Study Tour in 2018.  The view of the teacher always seems a little exaggerated, so here are a few words from our Study Tour Alumni:

Having the opportunity to travel to Germany with my school at my age was too amazing to even express in words.  The memories I have collected of beautiful cathedrals, breathtaking sceneries and mouth-watering cuisine has already got me wishing I was back.  I can’t narrow the trip down to one favourite thing as it was all simply amazing but some of my favourite things were the view of the Neuschwanstein Castle near Füssen, the view of Köln from the top of the Kölner Dom and the beautiful rebuilt churches and buildings in Dresden.  Overall, going to Germany was an opportunity I am forever grateful for and I could not recommend going enough.                                 - Jess Pettigrove, Year 11


Personally, I had the greatest experience with my host family.  They welcomed us with open arms and spoilt both Brittany and I so much.  I can honestly say that I made lifelong friends with Ellen and Lars, our host siblings.  Although it was sad to leave them, the rest of our journey was mind blowing with the amount of extraordinary foods I tried, and the sites I saw.  My favourite place was probably the Kölner Dom which is a big cathedral in Cologne.  Although it was a fair hike up to the top, the view was unforgettable!  Füssen was a really beautiful and peaceful place that we also visited!  We were even lucky enough to swim in the lake on the edge of the Alps, which was again, another great experience!  Another awesome thing that we got to do was travel to Austria for a day, which was absolutely stunning.  The small town we visited, Salzburg, was picture perfect and was really lovely to walk around and experience.  I feel extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity!  I mean, who would think that 10 kids as young as 15-18 from Cranbourne would be traveling all the way to Germany!  We owe the biggest thanks to Miss Kuli who spent so much time and effort planning this trip for us!  And another huge thanks to Miss Linsell for coming along and being a great support!  I will definitely miss all the great food, and just in general the awesome German culture!  What an amazing experience!  Can’t wait to go back in the future!     

                                                                                         Kristin Waller, Year 11


Germany was a trip that changed my life.  The people and the entire country was amazingly welcoming and kind to all who went.  It has taught me the importance of seeing more than our small town.                                                                                                                        Alexander Smith, Year 12


The trip was amazing and a great experience.  All the site seeing we did was beautiful, different yet similar to Australia.  I learnt so much about the history and culture of Germany, and everything I learnt and saw made me realise how huge and awesome the world is.  It also made me extremely grateful that I was given the opportunity to go on the trip, to the other side of the world, where I got to meet some fantastic people and make awesome friends.  It was a trip of a lifetime that I’ll always treasure.                                                            - Jasmine Weldon, Year 10


No doubt those that went will remember not only the generous hospitality of their host families but also have a deeper appreciation of German culture and a broader view of the world around them. It is hoped that we can continue to grow this program to provide this unique opportunity to future students.  If you are able to host a student (aged around 15 years) from Hermann-Voss Realschule in the coming year (December 2017 or mid 2018) please email me at your earliest convenience (  Also, please keep an eye out for information sessions about a Study Tour for 2018. 

I would like to thank the students, staff and parents who have shown great support of the students who travelled to Germany and of the program itself.



Lena Kuligowska

Head of German



WED 26TH -

Course Counselling Yr 11 into Yr 12, 2018



Course Counselling Yr 10 into Yr 11, 2018





Production full dress rehearsal



Presentation Ball



Year 9 City Journey (9 A,B,C,D)



School Production (Evenings)



Yr 10 Immunisations



Yr 9 City Journey (9 E,F,G)



VCAL Immunisations

School Council



Yr 9 City Journey (9 H,I,J)



Curriculum Day (student free day)




Farewell Norm

The Cranbourne Secondary College and wider Cranbourne community are mourning the loss of a great teacher and all around top bloke, Norm Avard.
Norman Richard Avard, affectionately known as Normie to his students and colleagues, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday 12 July.
He was the woodworking teacher at Cranbourne Secondary College for 15 years and was well-liked by staff and students at the school.
Tributes have flowed for Norm on social media with people from far and wide expressing their condolences to the Avard family.
Past students, friends and families have shared memories of a lovable man who loved his footy and his teaching as much as he loved his bright yellow kombi van.
Norm was a loving husband to wife Helly and a dedicated father to five children who have remembered their dad as a man who cared deeply for his family.
Norm’s youngest son Tony Avard, 29, said his dad was a rock for the family who was always there when they needed him.
“Dad was, and us kids found him to be, everybody’s ear and he would listen to everyone,” he said.
“We found him to be a compass; he would never tell you what to do but he would guide you along a path and never said ‘I told you so’ if you went another way.”
“He was always there, always dad, always he went to everything, and was a very hands-on dad.”
Tony Avard said his dad was not afford to show how proud he was on his kids and always encouraged them to be who they are at heart.
“He had five kids but raised five individuals; we have similarities because we are family but we are all very clearly individuals and that was a big motivator for dad.”
Norm’s second eldest son Brose Avard also has fond memories of their ‘hands-on’ dad and his no-nonsense approach to parenting.
“Dad was very hands on; he got us all up and ready for school in the morning, usually by bellowing our name through our open bedroom door,” Brose Avad said.
“He’d make breakfast and send us on our way before heading to school himself. On Mondays he would pop home at lunchtime to put the weekly roast in the oven for dinner that night.”
“On weekends he would drive us to footy, cricket, the church to play music, or anywhere else we needed to go.”
Norm Avard was best known at Cranbourne Secondary College as a teacher that had the respect of his students for his sensible demeanour and fair treatment.
“He was tough with his students and spoke in a casual manner and earned their respect,” Brose said.
“He was once told by a vice-principal; ‘Norm, if you are going to swear around the kids, could you only use the word once? It’s easier to defend that way’.”
Norm was loved and respected by the whole school community from the moment he started there in 1995 to when we stepped down from teaching duties in 2007.
Cranbourne Secondary Assistant Principal George Massouris said Norm was a great colleague to have; always happy to lend a hand.
“He was a pretty loveable guy,” Mr Massouris said.
“He was always was our Santa at end of year functions because he had the beard and the look and is honoured on our 15-year service honour board.”
Mr Massouris said Norm was always up for a joke and found creative ways to get a laugh out of people.
“He was famous for writing notes for students to go to the office on blocks of wood and we were always quite impressed he had that kind of method.”
“He was a pretty straightforward kind of guy, not like a regular teacher but more like a tradie; a bit more laid-back.”
“He was also a mad Collingwood supporter and would always talk footy with anyone that would listen.”
Norm Avard was farewelled by family and friends on Wednesday 19 July at the David W. Bull Funeral Home in Cranbourne.
The family have asked in lieu of flowers that donations to Ward 5G North of Frankston hospital would be preferred.

Neal Corcoran, former student, sent a personal message to Brose Avard and the family recounting how Norm had become his favourite teacher.
“Norm was my favourite throughout my years of schooling,” Mr Corcoran said.
“I was bullied quite a lot for the first few years and he always kept an eye on me in woodwork/metalwork and gave me a nickname that stuck to this day.”
“He really made a difference for me in those years and was the only reason I did woodwork. He passes me even though I was s*** – couldn’t do woodwork to save my life but in a way he saved my life as I knew I was always safe in his class.”
“A truly lovely man and I will be thinking of you in the coming weeks.”

Another former woodwork student of Mr Avard’s, Peter Douglas said students simply warmed to him.
“Like many others, Norm’s classes were always something I looked forward to,“ Peter said.
“In a funny way, he was really humble in his ability to connect with students and get them interested in what he was teaching.”
“He could be funny but get a message through at the same time, which is why he was such an outstanding teacher.
“I’m sure he put countless students on the right path, both in their careers and in their lives.”
“He was one of a kind and he’ll be sorely missed.”


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