Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

22 February 2019
Issue One
Important Information Highlights
Compass User Guide
IMPORTANT DATES for your Diary
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
VCE News
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977


Welcome to the first Newsletter for 2019 and I hope that everyone had the chance to relax and enjoy the holiday period.

We have had a smooth and successful start to the academic year, even though we continue to operate as a school in the middle of major building works happening around us. This is always going to be a challenging experience but credit to our school community for their patience and understanding as we navigate our way through this difficult period. I’m in the privileged position of being able to access the new building and I can assure everyone the new facility is most impressive indeed. The Science & Technology Wing is rapidly taking shape, and will be ready for operation from the beginning of term 2.

I’ve been extremely pleased with the way our Junior students have embraced the new courtyard. It is a hive of activity with students playing a variety of ball games and generally being involved in healthy active play. It is a great example of the way in which a facility can positively impact the wellbeing of students and I’ve never seen so many students in the area at once.

This is simply one of many examples to highlight the positive start to the year, and I know there will many others as you read the first edition of our Newsletter.

There is a lot to look forward to in 2019 and I am pleased to be able to share the highlights from our great school with all readers of our Newsletter throughout the year ahead.

I hope you enjoy our newsletter.



John Jovic










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Important Information Highlights


Monday 8.15am - 4.15pm

Tuesday to Thursday 8.00am - 4.15pm

Friday 8.00am - 3.45pm



Students are able to make payments between the hours of

8.15am - 8.45am

Also during recess and Lunchtimes





Monday to Friday 8.48am - 3.10pm




If you hold a valid means tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

 You should contact the office to obtain an application form, the program for 2019 closes on the 28th June, 2019. 

If you applied in 2018 you do not need to complete an application form unless there has been a change to your family circumstances




All students must report to the Office when late arriving at school 

Parents who need to pick up their child early during school hours for appointments, etc, must send a note in the morning to receive an early leavers pass from the sub school offices so the students teacher/s are aware that they are leaving. This enables your child to be at the office and ready to leave when you pick them up. Should you arrive at the school without prior notification, lengthy waits can occur while we locate and organise your child




Did you Know ?

Missing one day of school each week adds up to 2 months missed over a year or missing one day a fortnight is the same as missing 4 whole weeks of school  a year. From Prep to year 12 that adds up to 1.5 years of school !!

Each day absent at Secondary School has an impact on skill development and social connections

Patterns of late arrival at School or missing classes are early warning signs of disengagement from school


Remember you can talk with school staff such as: teacher, year level coordinator, wellbeing staff, careers staff, to find out what support we can provide your child to keep them attending School and to help keep them engaged




It is important that your Family contact details are kept up to date. If anything changes throughout the term,  please notify the College.








Compass User Guide


IMPORTANT DATES for your Diary


Friday 22nd

Year 12 VCAL Torquay Camp

ADF Careers Expo

Progress Reports due


Monday 25th

Year 7 & 8 Photo Day and catch up photos for Years



Tuesday 26th

Year 12 VCE Parent Information Night 7.00pm


Wednesday 27th

Swimming Carnival (for students who have signed up)


Thursday 28th Whole School Assembly




Friday 1st

Curriculum Day, Student Free, Office will be closed on this day


Monday 4th

Whole School Progress Reports open


Wednesday 6th

Year 7 Immunisations

Year 10 Outdoor Ed

Surf Excursion


Thursday 7th 

Year 11 VCAL Holocaust Musuem


Monday 11th

Labour Day Public Holiday


Thursday 14th

Division Swimming

Year 11 VCAL Plan your own excursion


Friday 15th

 Bullying - No Way day


Wednesday 20th

Year 7 & 8 Sports


Thursday 21st

Year 11 VCE and VCAL P.A.R.T.Y Excursion











Year 7

Welcome Breakfast

On Wednesday 30th February we welcomed 290 new year students into our College with our annual Welcome Breakfast. There were many eager and anxious faces among the crowds and that was just the teaching staff.  It was great to see so many families supporting their child’s transition to secondary college and we look forward to seeing this level of involvement in all activities throughout the year.

Year 7 Camp

Next week sees 125 Year 7 students head off to year 7 camp at Alexandra Adventure Resort. Here the students will get to participate in activities such as raft making, rock climbing and canoeing. We can’t wait to hear all about when they return!

Year 8

The transition from year 7 to year 8 has been smooth for most students. Uniform is looking good but just a few reminders to ensure it stays this way throughout the year-

  • Shoes must be plain black, polishable and lace up/T-bar
  • Hair must be a natural colour
  • Hats must be plain black and are not to be brought into classes at all
  • Items with hoods are not acceptable at any time
  • PE uniform is not acceptable day to day school uniform and should only be worn during PE class or when an out of uniform note is brought from home

Swimming Sports

It would be great to see as many Year 8s as possible sign up for the upcoming swimming sports. This is a great day to get involved and become an active member of our school community.

Year 9

Year 9 News

Year 9 students have begun the year in a hurry, not only getting into classes and coursework but also experiencing their first city excursion of the year.


Students have mostly settled really well coming back in 2019 following the three weeks of Headstart in 2018. There have been some teething issues with students unsure of new classrooms on their timetable, locker changes and still some uniform being sorted out.  As a teaching team, we would hope that all students have now worked through some of these issues and are now set up with correct equipment (pens, books, netbooks, etc) and correct uniform (school shoes, business pants/shorts, etc) ready to tackle the rest of the term and year ahead.


The first excursion was in week 3 and students visited the Melbourne Museum and the Melbourne Magistrates Court. It was pleasing to see excellent numbers attending all days and students engaging with all the activities provided. There were some interesting experiences for the students, including cancelled trains, long walks and even some being evacuated from the Magistrates Court. All of these help set the students up for our excursions and week long trip later in the year.


Upcoming Excursions


Wednesday 27th March

9F, G,H,I,J

Friday 29th March

Year 10

Year 10 News

Year 10 students are well and truly in the swing of the academic year. All students have an accurate timetable of classes and VET students are also into their new courses.


There have been some teething issues with students unsure of new classrooms on their timetable, locker changes and still some uniforms being sorted out. As a teaching team, we would hope that all students have now worked through some of these issues and are now set up with correct equipment  (pens, books, netbooks, etc) and correct uniform (school shoes, business pants/shorts, etc) ready to tackle the rest of the term and year ahead.


There were some new and exciting subjects on offer for students in year 10 this year along with the introduction of pastoral care system in year 10. Students have been engaging in subjects such as  Hands on Humanities, Earth and Me, Health Wellbeing and Lifestyle and Doing the Books Avoiding the Crooks. These subjects are designed to tap directly into the interests of the students and provide a more targeted, engaging experience. Hopefully staff and students are relishing these new opportunities available at Year 10.

A reminder to parents and students that progress reports for year 10 have been introduced this year. It will demonstrate every four or five weeks whether a student is progressing at the appropriate rate. You will be given a report on attendance, work habits and progress. If a student is not progressing, the teacher will instruct what work needs to be complete and you will be given a new due date. This work must then be completed for progress to be made. We look forward to seeing how the year 10 students have begun the year.

VCE News

Congratulations to all VCE students on a smooth transition to the 2019 school year.


Below are a list of key VCE dates and important reminders:


Presentation Ball Information Night  - Wednesday 20 February 6:30pm in the Cranbourne Community Theatre. Further information is available on COMPASS. This is a compulsory meeting for all interested participants.

Year 12 VCE Parent Information Night  - Tuesday 26 February 7:00pm in V Block. We will be inviting all parents of VCE Year 12 students to attend this night. The purpose of this evening is to inform parents about the key aspects of the VCE Year 12 program and support strategies. A letter will be sent home shortly with more information.

Progress Reports – All Year 11 and Year 12 VCE students will receive a progress report on Friday 22 February for each individual subject they undertake. These will be available on COMPASS. It is important that parents review these reports with their child and discuss any areas of concern.

Attendance - Families are reminded that it is an expectation at Year 11 or Year 12 VCE when any student is absent, a medical certificate must be provided and to contact the absence hotline (5990 8134) on day of absence.

V Block Facilities - Students from Year 11 and Year 12 VCE are reminded that Study Hall, V6, is an opportunity for additional private study before and after school.

Unit 1 and Unit 3 Course Changes - All courses are now finalised, and therefore no further changes will be possible.


VCE Team

Tim Bray, Jade Vernon, Sharon Linsell





VCAL 2019 students have settled in very well, They have an number of excursions and activities that relate to their curriculum and subjects.

Last week the Intermediate VCAL students participated in the Peninsular Obstacle Course for PDS as part of team building.

Seniors will be participating in the senior camp in Torquay during week 4. They will also be busy organising Harmony day workshops for the junior students.

VCAL students should be now using their work placement day to look for and find work placement in their VET industry, if you are struggling to find work placement please see Miss Vines for Help.



Mr Gauci and the VCAL Team




SRC News

2019 has begun on a very positive note for our student leaders. The SRC team is now finalised with our last additions being the Year 7 SRC students who went through rigorous process in order to be selected to represent their year level. There were over 30 nominations from Year 7 students so the SRC team decided to run activities to narrow down students they wanted to interview. The Year 7 students undertook a team building activity by being randomly assigned to groups and creating a human knot. Students were then regrouped and asked to present what leadership looks like to them through a poster which they presented to SRC and the remaining groups. Select students were then progressed through to the interview phase where they were asked questions by the SRC team.


All students involved are congratulated for their efforts and showing initiative in becoming part of SRC. We now have a complete team ready to tackle the real issues within our school.


Congratulations to the elected SRC students of 2019




Year 12 (School Captains)

Kayleigh Hower

Leigh Gibson

Mele Leaso

Mikey Usaraga


Year 11 VCE

Kyalla Sibley

Tyler Bushell


Year 11 VCAL

Joshua Bradford

Georgia Sinadinov


Year 10

Alicia Dorning

Jordan Minter


Year 9

Prathana Maharaj

Jordan Budiono


Year 8

Bianca Buckley

Casper Trayessa


Year 7

Ella Monks

Ryan Santa





Our annual visit to Point Leo care of the Surf Life Saving Club was another wonderful day. Ms. Evans and Ms. Mala with 16 students hopped on a bus and  headed down  the windy road to surf in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula water. What a great start to 2019. MultiPride has  been  visiting Pt Leo for the  past  6 years . Each time we work with the surf life saving club we build the  leadership skills  of  our  young people. The SRC leaders joined in this year and had a great time in the water.



George Massouris

Assistant Principal


Positive Parenting



Breakfast Club

“ A reminder that breakfast club is open every Friday from 7.45am – 8.30am in H2,  everyone is welcome to come and enjoy some food before school “






Tegan Lipson

Food technology and Health & Human Development teacher

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