The Brunswick Star  

22 September 2017
Issue Seven
important dates
the mighty brunswick
taking on the challenge
bandana day 2017
i wanna be in pictures...
see you in court!
wild at warburton
history - up close & personal
the art of life
first peoples
water and wildlife
performing at brunswick
the way of the staff
it all adds up  
Brunswick Secondary College
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Brunswick Victoria 3056, Victoria,

important dates


Monday         09/10/2017

                          First Day Term 4

Monday         09/10/2017

                          Year 12 Revision

                          Monday to Wednesday 18/10/2017

Monday         16/10/2017

                          Year 12 Revision and Graduation Activities Week

                          Monday to Thursday 19/10/2017

Tuesday         17/10/2017

                          Year 12 Dress Up Day

Thursday      19/10/2017

                         Year 12 Graduation Assembly & Final Day

Thursday      19/10/2017

                         Year 12 Graduation Event – San Remo Ballroom 6.30pm

Monday        23/10/2017

                         Year 12 SWOT Vac

Tuesday       24/10/2017

                        State Athletics Competition

Thursday    26/10/2017

                       Cabaret Evening 6.30pm to 7.30pm PAR




Monday            30/10/2017

                             Year 11 Revision Week

                             Monday to Friday 10/11/2017


Wednesday    01/11/2017

                            VCAA VCE Examinations – to 24/11/2017

Monday           06/11/2017

                            Year 11 Exams Monday to Friday 11/11/2017 - TBC

Tuesday          07/11/2017

                           Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Wednesday   08/11/2017

                           Year 9 Herbert Smith Freehills Mentoring Graduation

Wednesday   08/11/2017

                           Year 8 Camp – The Summit – to Friday 10/11/2017

Wednesday   08/11/2017

                           Year 9 Bushwacked Camp - to Friday 10/11/2017

Monday          13/11/2017

                           Year 10 Revision Week

Monday          13/11/2017

                           Headstart Year 12 2018 – to 24/11/2017

Monday          20/11/2017

                           Year 10 Examinations – to 24/11/2017

Friday              24/11/2017

                           Year 11 students  – Final Day

Monday          27/11/2017

                           Headstart Year 11 2018 – to 08/12/2017


Friday              01/12/2017

                           Student Free Day

Friday              15/12/2017

                           Final School Assembly

Wednesday   22/12/2017

                           Last day of school

Download a printable pdf of Important Dates semester 2 2017


the mighty brunswick

The Year 7 boys soccer team enjoyed a very successful term of interschool sport!


This team of optimistic and motivated players traveled to Preston for the Northern Metropolitan Regional Championships. Their focus for that day was teamwork - supporting each other and playing selfless football.


Beating Viewbank Secondary College 2-0 and following it up by thrashing Craigieburn Secondary College (8-0), then facing the highly fancied John Fawkner Soccer Academy. A draw between BSC & the Academy meant that qualifying for the Regional Final depended on the outcome between John Fawkner vs Viewbank.  The Academy could not score well enough to knock BSC out - so BSC threw down the gauntlet to Thornbury  to play for the flag!

Meeting Thornbury in the final, the boys got off to a flying start, leading 2-0 at half time. A few lapses in concentration in the second half saw Thornbury peg the score back to 2-2, putting the game into extra time. With a free kick heading to Brunswick, AJ was able to craft an amazing strike over the Thornbury defenders into the top corner of the goal. The boys held on to this 3-2 lead to win the game and cap off a fantastic day of teamwork.


State finals were held in early September,  and the team headed off to competition with heads held high.  While playing to win, they stayed grounded in their approach, maintaining and even strengthening their excellent teamwork skills and sportsmanship under pressure.

While 2017 proved not  to be our year to be State champions,  the BSC boys took much from the experience and have great respect for the competition.  


The team wore the Brunswick colours with pride, were gracious in defeat and are looking forward to next year's competition!

to the 
mighty mighty 

   Celebrating their Regional Championship win....




Connor Wolfe


Year 7


Interschool Soccer




It was an amazing experience to be part of this team and to make it to the State finals.  The opposition teams were all very good and we didn't get to the grand final,  but we tried really hard and played our best. We were all happy to have made it so far! I think we learned a lot as a team. Each individual brought their strengths to the team, so by cooperating and working together we made a really good team and had a lot of fun.   I hope we all stay together as a team to fight through to state finals again next year. Go the Mighty Brunswick!






taking on the challenge

BSC students dominate the
National History Challenge

Maddison Panozzo

Teacher - Humanities


This term the Year 10 SEAL Humanities class competed in the National History Challenge.  This competition "gives students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots."


Students conducted very thorough research and completed essays for the prompt “Making a better world?”  - visiting the State Library on two occasions to access the wide range and rare books and archives. Judging at the school level was extremely difficult with high quality entries from many of the students. This resulted in multiple readings and a panel of three teachers cross marking to determine the regional entries.


State finals were help on Sunday, September 17,  at Melbourne Boys Grammar. Students from across the state travelled to compete in the challenge and the competition was close.

Despite the pressure,  Iqbal Samuri, Michael Rasip, Zak Tsiouklas, Julian Gillies-Lekakis and Zaine Hamka-Clark were interviewed by a panel of three historians, all conducting excellent interviews.


The results were fantastic, with the BSC students dominating the competition - taking out as many top three positions possible in the state finals! These finalists entries will now be judged at a national level to determine the national and state winners.



Iqbal Samuri - is one of the top three state entries for the History of Sport

Zak Tsiouklas - is one of the top three state entries for the Year 10 category

Julian Gillies-Lekakis - is one of the top three state entries for the Year 10 category and National Archive category

Zaine Hamka-Clark - is one of the top three state entries for the Year 10 category

Michael Rasip - State finalist

Eric Seychell - Regional finalist


Congratulations to all the NHC entrants - well done!


bandana day 2017

Friday October 27



Year 8
You may remember that I spoke at the last whole school assembly  about how the organisation  CanTeen has helped me a lot.


CanTeen is an organisation that helps young people deal with the challenges cancer brings - providing counselling, peer support programs, information and resources. National Bandana Day is an event that generates funds to support CanTeen's important cause.


National Bandana Day is the 27th of October, and BSC has approved that students can wear a bandana on that day to show their support for the CanTeen cause!


This year I have decided to fundraise for CanTeen. My goal is to sell 100 CanTeen Bandanas  and 40 CanTeen pens. In other words, I want to raise $620! I will be selling  these items up until the end of October - so get them while they’re hot! I will be selling them personally and via the General Office, so please pick up a bandana, a pen or maybe just donate where you can.  


Bandanas - $5.00
Pens - $3.00



i wanna be in pictures...

Short Film Production

Emily Doyle

Head of Learning - Media

Recently, 19 students took part in principal photography for the Media Short Film Production Co-curricular program.

This student-lead program has been running all year at Monday lunchtimes - time used by the students to develop a concept,  plot, script and production schedule for their BSC ORIGINAL film as well as to learn the production skills needed in order to produce a short film. The creative team, led by Year 12 Media Captain, James Heywood, spent Semester 1 devising and writing an epic time-travel/action/buddy comedy screenplay about an egg and spoon race that goes horribly wrong.  After all of this work, careful planning and preparation, September 9th finally came around -  the opportunity to bring the CCP students'  short film Scrambled to life! 

Auditions were held (and character roles cast) a few weeks ago so the production day saw nineteen (19) enthusiastic students from across Years 7 – 12 work as cast and crew.  The movie's scenes were filmed all over the school grounds and at local Clifton Park.

But the work is not over yet.  Having produced the rushes,   the CCP team goes back to work with the gruelling editing process underway.  Again, this will be a collaborative effort and students will have the opportunity to learn the many skills needed in order to make a successful edit.  

Inevitably,  this phase of the project can demand significant discussion and compromise, can be frustrating and is very hard work. While the students navigate their way toward getting Scrambled ready for media release,  they will also be nurturing the Brunswick Values - teamwork, responsibility, achievement, excellence, persistence and most importantly, respect - for each other and for the process!


Scrambled will premiere at the  BSC Film Festival on Tuesday 21st November at Nova Cinema. Keep an eye out for details about how you can get your tickets. The BSC Film Festival is a celebration of the best filmed from VCE Media in 2017. It’s part of FOMAD – The Festival of Media Art and Design. 


Emerson Jorritsma-Barber

Year 7

I was an actor in the production. I loved the part where we raced down the hill in the egg and spoon race.I played the “Young Egghead”. I had to pretend I was upset - and I had to remember my lines! I wanted to be involved because I like acting and I thought it would be a good idea to help to make the school film.


Max Cardamone

Year 7

It was a really great experience. We got to learn all about film making and camera angles and about acting in short films.


Conor Phillips

Year 7

I was one of the “bully” characters in the film. I didn’t have an lines - because I would have probably have burst out laughing every time I opened my mouth. It was so much fun and I am glad I got to be in Scrambled!

see you in court!

BSC Mooting

Jay Mason

Mooting Cocurricular Program


Rosalie Fourniotis 

Teacher - Humanities



Early in September, the BSC Mooting CCP participated in Latrobe University’s annual Secondary School Mooting Competition.


The event is designed to build students skills in research and advocacy and to provide some  legal research training as well as  some insight into the legal profession.  The competition is open to Year 11 legal studies students in Melbourne, Bendigo and surrounding areas. La Trobe Law School has had outstanding success in national and international mooting competitions and has a strong contingent of law staff experienced in criminal law who support the competition.

Joyee Goh

Year 11

Initially, I felt hesitant, sceptical and yet inexplicitly excited about partaking in a fake legal court trial! The thought of speaking in front of a ‘judge’ and an audience unnerved me a little. However, the professors at Latrobe University gave us so much help – from teaching us how to search cases through legal databases, to answering each query we posed so this helped with my confidence.


Our team spent at least 3 to 4 hours every week working on our case - extracting evidence from the Moot problem itself, as well as piecing together all the other relevant legislation and related case details to form our submissions. Despite missing out on finals this year, the ride has been incredible due to the dedication of our fabulous team!


On behalf of all the BSC Mooters, I extend our thanks to Ms Mason and Ms Fourniotis for their guidance and support.


wild at warburton

Bushwhacked - Warburton Camp

Written by Year 9 Bushwhacked Class 2017


On the 30th of August, the Bushwhacked class  went to Warburton for camp. We camped for 3 days, running into September. This camp related to the topic that we were working on - Collaboration.


Our first day started off by getting on a bus and then being dropped off to begin hiking. We had to carry with us everything that we needed for three days, other that what was provided by Rubicon.
When we arrived in Warburton on the first day of camp, we exited the bus at 11am to begin a 10km hike along the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail to our camp site. On our hike we were required to carry all our gear for the remainder of the camp. This included: our clothing, tents, sleeping bags and other personal items. During the hike, we got to see the many faces of nature, and how it was still kept alive through the efforts of the people living in and around the area.

After we arrived at camp and set up our tents, we had to put on overpants and a raincoat as well as gloves and a beanie, then take a seat on the bus. We did not know what was in store for us. As we drove up the road, we noticed the cooler weather and it began to make sense why Mr. Haebich asked us to put on extra layers of clothing. The snow was upon us as the road started to turn to ice. When we arrived, we were given the chance to build snow men, throw snowballs at one another and make snow angels. We then had quiet time, remaining still and enjoying self-reflection.

On the second day of the Warburton Camp we all went canoeing along the Yarra River. We started our river journey at Warburton caravan park at about 10am and canoed approximately 5km to end our journey at Dee Rd. We had to wear thermals, wetsuits and fleeces to keep us warm as the river was very cold. During our time on the river we encountered various rapids and beautiful scenery. Due to shallow water and the large rocks everyone kept getting stuck on the rocks and falling into the river. Some of us tipped into the rapids, which meant we needed to protect ourselves by getting into the white-water safety position -


The canoe activity was a fun and challenging experience. 

During our time at camp, we participated in many activities that required us to collaborate and work well in teams. During the hike,  we were required to work together by helping others by carrying equipment when they got tired. During canoeing, collaboration was essential to safely make it to our destination. Canoeing requires lots of teamwork and communication to ensure a boat won’t capsize or crash. Some canoes did flip! It was cold, and at times frustrating, however, as a team we still managed to accomplish the course in high spirits, and as friends!
Another activity that required collaboration was cooking. Our class was divided into cooking groups.

Each night, one group was required to prepare, cook, portion and clean everyone’s dinner. This required communication and teamwork to get everything done efficiently and correctly. Sometimes this required for people to step up as leaders, while others had to step down and follow instructions.
The story telling exercise where we had to construct and present stories about Indigenous culture (which was part of our assessment task) was really fascinating. We got to hear other people’s interpretations of stories and they were really good because everyone learned about Indigenous animals and Indigenous people’s culture. It taught us fundamental listening and responding skills which is crucial in collaboration.   

It seemed that by the end of the camp, everyone had heaps of fun and had learned a lot about each other and themselves.

The white water challenge...


history - up close & personal

BSC Medieval Day

Marianne Hicks

Teacher - Humanities


An annual event,  the BSC Medieval Day is a fabulous interactive learning day on the BSC calendar! Activities support the Year 8 History (Humanities) curriculum and  bring history to life.   


Travelling through a wrinkle in time, BSC hosts visitors from long ago who tell  stories of Ye Olde world, show and explain battle gear and armour, exhibit medieval clothing, host games and play music enjoyed by those who lived in medieval times.



The interactive sessions were run by the wonderful presenters from History up Close, whose extensive knowledge and passion for medieval times was infectious.  It was fabulous to see students enjoying the experience - bringing their knowledge out of the classroom and into conversation.  Students interacted well with the visitors, asking interesting questions and invariably getting very interesting  and sometimes surprising answers!  It was good to see them take advantage of the opportunity to seek out  knowledge independently of their teachers.  


The feedback from all the students was overwhelmingly positive - another very successful BSC Medieval Day! 


Christos Detsikas

Year 7

Medieval Day was great!

I learned what it meant to be in the position to attack and raid other countries.


Eve Johnson

Year 7

I think Medieval Day was fabulous because it let us experience what living in that time period would have been like and gave us an insight into what people wore, the music they listened to, how they fought battles and the games they played.

Alexandre Roulant

Year 7

Medieval day was awesome because of the range of activities and knowledge of all the presenters.



Billy Nicolopoulos

Year 8

It was fun and interesting to learn about the armour, tools and music of Medieval times.


the art of life


Mitchell Brannan

Head of Learning

Art & Design


Karen Ferguson

Teacher - Studio Arts


During third term,  BSC hosted  life drawing classes for senior Studio Arts students once per week in after school sessions.


Teachers were invited to come along and draw as well, and several took advantage of this opportunity. In every session, the atmosphere in the room was focused and concentrated,  only broken at intervals so that participants could grab  a lolly or two (sugar needed to keep up our energy for drawing!)


The conclusion of every class gave way to much discussion of the completed drawings, allowing  all the participants to  share their creative experience with each other.


This is the third year that life drawing classes have been run at BSC and again it has been a great success.  The program provides a unique opportunity for students to hone talent and technique while drawing from life.  Students report that the experience is very inspiring.


Thank you to  the many students and staff who helped to ensure that these classes could take place. This program required a high level of  preparation for each class as well as  packing up afterwards. Many hands made light work and the support was greatly appreciated. 


Peter Biancofiore

Year 11

I found life drawing to be a great experience as, in the past I have mainly worked in a cartoon-like or unrealistic illustration style. The workshop was a good opportunity for me to explore another form of drawing that I had little experience with.


 Adam Reade

Year 11

The Life drawing program was an excellent opportunity to practise drawing from life and learn skills in form drawing. It was an experience that we were fortunate to be a part of and have have learned much from.


Elena Caffrey

Year 11

I really enjoyed life drawing, it was a great experience and I liked trying out lots of different mediums to draw with.


Jessie Marshall

Year 12

This was such a great chance to experiment and improve my drawing skills in a really lovely, accessible environment. Lots of fun!


Carys Matthews

Year 12

The life drawing program was a great way to improve my drawing skills. It helped me experiment and develop skills for my Year 12 work.



first peoples

Year 7 students enter
the ancient world the
first peoples exhibition


Katherine Houston

Head of Learning



Year 7 students visited the First Peoples exhibition at Melbourne Museum as part of their investigation into the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Students explored a range of evidence about ancient Australia and developed their understanding of the importance of conservation.




Charlie Combridge

Year 7

I really enjoyed my visit to the Melbourne Museum First Peoples exhibit. It was fun, informative and a great reason to get out of the classroom. My favourite part of the exhibit was all of the interactive, hands-on stuff. It made the experience feel a lot less learning and a lot more fun! It was enjoyable day and I learned a lot more about the first people of Australia. The information I gathered really helped me throughout the rest of the First People unit we continued to study in Humanities. 



Ruben Bell

Year 7

The Melbourne Museum is one of my favourite places to go as a young child, only being rivalled by the zoo and Scienceworks! The exhibition we saw was based around the lives and traditions of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. It involved many things about that time and era also,  like how they caught food (eel traps) to other things like the prehistoric animals of the time (mega fauna). Overall I found that the excursion to the Melbourne Museum was very enjoyable.

water and wildlife

Wildlife Corridors Program 

Written by Year 9 Bushwhacked Class 2017


The Year 9 students from bushwhacked completed a Wildlife Corridor Program in Rosanna Reserve and Palter Reserve. This wildlife program was to educate young children about the great outdoors and how we can use limited resources to complete tasks and leave minimal impact behind. Teaching  to cook on trangia stoves was enjoyable - but rather upsetting because we didn't get to eat any of the noodles! The primary school students were rather unattentive at the beginning of the activity - likely distracted by the prospect of food! After the students had their noodles, they found it much easier to learn. We found that the activity worked better if we  each spoke to individual students, rather than conduct it as a class. We spoke to them about why we were cooking on trangias instead of an open fire, as well as the safety risks involved with using a gas flame.


Another activity that we  participated in was revegetation - we helped children (between the ages  of 3 and 6) with planting and establishing the flora for native animals.  By the end of the day, we had planted more than 200 plants - an amazing achievement! In a few years the area will be covered in flora which will provide new homes and food for the local fauna.

Each school group was a different challenge to teach. All the children had different personalities and while some would listen others simply could not! The children learned best when they had fun and with their friends instead of being separated and not talking at all. However, when they were with their friends they would not listen. It was a challenge figuring out which group would react to each different way we taught.  By changing the way we were teaching to suit the group,  in the end the children always had fun.


BSC Students ran four activities and one of these was Water Watch. This activity that was taught in two parts. The first part was to identify different types of water bugs in a tub of water from a creek that has healthy, clean water. We also had a diagram that showed common bugs that could be found in the area,  so that the children could refer to it. On this diagram the bugs were separated into 'tolerant' and 'sensitive'.

The second part of Water Watch was to determine the turbidity of the water. The water from the creek was poured into long tubes with symbols of waves at the base. We added water until the waves could barely or no longer been seen. - and the lower the water level the higher the turbidity. The primary school students engaged well with the secondary students and were interested in Water Watch.


The students of Brunswick Secondary College really enjoyed teaching - but we felt very exhausted by the end of the day!


performing at brunswick

Make your own kind of Music

The 2018 Music Information & Workshop Evening will be held Wednesday 18th October between 6:30pm-8pm in the Performing Arts Room in D Block (entry via Fallon Street).

This session is primarily aimed at the 2018 Year 7 cohort,  however existing BSC students who are considering adding instrumental Music to their studies are warmly encouraged to attend and to bring along family members.



Guests will hear a presentation about the BSC Music Program and have a chance to try out instruments as well. 


This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with staff who teach instrumental music, to ask questions and get all the information you need before the start of the new school year. 


Music is a strong, vibrant and highly valued part of our Performing Arts Program and school community; come along to start your musical journey with us!


For more information, read the flyer below.



Cabaret Homicide

Readers will remember that last year, eight talented Brunswick Secondary Students performed locally in the play 1916. 

The show, which highlighted the battle around conscription  during WWI,  was written by award winning playwright Neil Cole and performed at the Mechanics Institute on Sydney Road. It was a roaring success!


This year, those same students (in both Years 8 and 9) have collaborated with Neil Cole to create a brand new theatrical work. Together with Neil, the students created a collection of characters, developed an idea for the plot and have been rehearsing for their premiere performance season at the prestigious Butterfly Club in Melbourne.


The Butterfly Club is an intimate venue in the city which hosts young rising stars, household names and the odd big fancy superstar who misses the feeling of performing to an intimate crowd. Performers like Tim Minchin, Eddie Perfect, Sammy J and countless more have started out in this venue. The students are busy putting the finishing touches to their performance and spreading the word.


Come along and support these young rising stars as they perform in October. Tickets on sale now!  BOOK HERE.


the way of the staff

Ben Sheppard


Kendo CCP


The BSC Kendo Co-Curricular group recently participated in the 2017 Interhigh Gasshuku (training camp) recently.

This was a great opportunity to meet other kendo enthusiasts,  hone their craft and really test their skills.

The team made the most of the camp - embracing the art of kendo and pushing themselves to perform their best.  This art takes immense focus and commitment,  and to their credit the students put in their very best efforts.


Isabella Munoz

Year 9

I found the camp was challenging and I learned a lot .



Cooper Mackey

Year 7

I found that I got very tired - mentally and physically.  We were training all day and really focusing and concentrating on what we were doing.

Isabella Harding

Year 9

One of the exercises worked us especially  hard - where we had to hit the teacher!  It took an awful lot of energy, but I can really see how much the training at this camp has improved my kendo skills and has helped my footwork. I am also not so worried about having to hit people! 


Zarif Syed

Year 8

My favourite part is learning how to use a new weapon - last year I learned the naginata and this year I learned the jo (a straight stick or staff) .  The jo is very long and it was weird as I had never used it before.  And - I really liked breakfast!


Archer Treloar

Year 8

I liked the challenge of  free sparring against the teachers - although my men (mask/helmet) came undone during the last one!



it all adds up


Year 12 Accounting Students from Brunswick Secondary performed magnificently at the recent  Monash Accounting Competition.


Natalie Chung, Kim On and Layla Abdi-Hashi presented well in the final of the Monash University Accounting Week Case Study Competition held on Wednesday the 20th of September.


The competition involved analysing and interpreting financial data for a fictional company named A3 Milk. The girls successfully wrote a report advising 'management' on decisions.  Thier report impressed judges to the extent that they were placed among the top six teams.


The Brunswick Secondary College team was the only group competing who were from a  public education system school


The next phase of the competition was to prepare for an oral presentation, again at Monash University.  The girls had to present  to Professors and a Doctor in Accounting.

Natalie, Kim and Layla demonstrated thorough preparation in their presentation and impressed the audience. Although, they didn’t win the competition, the girls were adamant that the day at Monash was a great opportunity and fabulous experience.



Congratulations on a fantastic effort!


2018 Music Info Night Invitation.pdf