Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

30 October 2019
Issue Seven
Important Information Highlights
Year 7 & 8
Year 9 & 10
Year 12
Monash Champions
Borneo Trip
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977


After 18 months of ongoing building works, we are finally seeing the conclusion of the Wellbeing Centre and the upgrade of the Middle School Courtyard. I am excited by both projects, and I know our school community will benefit greatly from the new facilities that have been created.

The Wellbeing Centre will accommodate not only the Wellbeing team, but also the Pathways team and the team managing our students with disabilities. Those teams will come together to work in a more holistic and integrated manner that will streamline the way students are supported and improve the level of service that is provided. It is unusual for a school to have a purpose built facility to house this very important aspect of its operation, and we are grateful for the opportunity to deliver much needed support to our school community.

Our Middle School students have been without a courtyard for most of this semester, but we hope that it will be worth the inconvenience as the new facility is opened. Not only will there be provision for a calm and passive zone, but there is an exciting new active zone that is under construction. Our students will have access to a half-court basketball zone, a four-square area, and a table tennis zone.

The new courtyard and Wellbeing Centre should be able to accommodate the needs of all students and we look forward to the day the construction fencing comes down. Our students deserve the best and I am very proud to be able to say that they will have access to facilities of the highest standard.

John Jovic






Important Information Highlights


We are doing our best to serve you - swearing, abusive language, threats or physical violence towards our staff will not be tolerated.

Thankyou for your co-operation




Mondays 8.15am - 4.15pm
Tuesday to Thursdays 8.00am - 4.15pm
Fridays 8.00am - 3.45pm



Students are able to make payments between the hours of

8.15am - 8.45am, and also during Recess and Lunchtimes






Monday to Friday 8.48am - 3.10pm





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.

Second-hand Textbook and Uniform Trading


Second-hand textbooks and uniforms in relation to the college are traded via the Sustainable School Shop website:


This service provides access to second-hand textbooks, uniforms, calculators, musical equipment, etc year round.


For the best results:

  • Register on the Sustainable School Shop website
  • List your secondhand uniform items for sale
  • List wanted ads for those items you are looking to buy
  • The college’s book & uniform lists are loaded into the system to make listing ads easy
  • The system matches the ads of buyers with sellers and notifies the buyer via email
  • Buyers contact sellers and arrange where and when to trade.
  • The school is not involved in the transaction
  • Parents are well supported via Sustainable School Shop’s telephone (0438 743 444) and email help lines
  • The system is simple and easy to use - If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance


If you have books, uniforms, calculators etc you no longer need and are in good condition or better, then list them for sale on the website as this will help another family within our school community.


Uniform Stocktake Report


I have attached a JPG file of a simple second-hand textbook artwork, it may assist families to find us if this artwork along with a few words about second-hand textbooks were placed on the textbook page of the school’s website (just like the uniform page information) and a link to our front page:


Cranbourne Secondary College would like to pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the land. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.





Thursday 31st

SRC Casual Dress Day



Friday 1st

Semester 2 Reports Yr 7-12 and Progress Reports Yrs 10-12 Open


Tuesday 5th

Melbourne Cup Day (No School)


Tuesday 12th

End of VCE Unit 2 classes


Wednesday 13th

Year 11 Exams Begin



Friday 15th

Year 10 Exams Begin


Monday 18th

Whole School Assembly Period 5

Last Day Year 11 VCAL


Wednesday 20th

Yr 10 & 11 Exams conclude

Year 9 Create Festival































Year 7 & 8

At the end of Term 3, 52 junior school students attended Waratah Beach Camp. Students had  the opportunity to participate in activities such as; Surfing, Giant Swing, Ropes Courses, Orienteering and other beach activities. Students also were involved in other Teacher vs Student activities. Where the teachers were victorious in the table tennis tournament.

All students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and made a conscious effort to step outside their comfort zones and participate in new activities in a different environment.

Whilst on the camp all CSC students demonstrated that they were Safe, Respectful and Responsible and represented the college in a high regard.


Year 9 & 10

Student Experiences

Over the past few months students in year 9 and 10 have had the opportunity to engage in a number of different experiences.

Year 10 students in the last week of term 3 were involved in work experience. Students were able to experience what it is like to work a full time week and potentially get a greater understanding of what is involved with their dream career. There were over 120 students who took the opportunity to engage with the world of work and staff had the pleasure of visiting them and having some very positive conversations with them about their experiences.

Year 9 students recently visited Deakin University as part of the Future Me program. This program is designed to engage students with the possibilities of work in the future. Along with education around enterprise skills; the skills of the future (things like communication, digital literacy, problem solving). While at Deakin, students were taught communication skills and shown the benefits of body language and a good handshake. The most fulfilling part of the program is when students in groups of 3 or 4 lead conversations with Deakin staff. Some of them are professors, lecturers or excecutives. The Deakin staff were extremely impressed with the way our students presented and held themselves throughout these conversations.

We also had year 9 student Maddie Wilson complete her term at Operation Newstart. She receives an Achievement Award for her growth and development whilst a part of this program. We look forward to seeing her hard work continue throughout the remainder of 2019 and onwards.

A reminder that year 9 students will be completing their City Journey as they present these movies to parents and friends at the Presentation Nights on the following evenings. We expect all students to attend and hope to welcome a number of parents to show their support to our students.

29th Oct – 9 A,B,C,D,E

30th Oct – 9 F,G,H,I,J

Year 10 students should also receive their exam timetables very soon. The exams are 15th to 20th Nov.

Rick Taig

Year 12

End of school for the Class of 2019

Formal classes for all Units 3/ 4 (Year 12) classes concluded on Wednesday 23 October, in anticipation of the first major written exam scheduled to occur on 30 October. For our Year 12 students, this represents a very major moment in their lives, signifying for most the end of 13 years of formal schooling. This also poses the challenging question about what will the future hold! Once again, the work of our wonderfully committed team of VCE teachers should be acknowledged, as they have continued to run extra classes (even at weekends!), to work closely with individual students and to assess practice exam pieces.

Following on with our new tradition established in 2018, we will once again hold one end of class celebratory event, unifying all departing VCE and VCAL students. As a result, most Year 12 students and a large contingent of their teachers will once again enjoy a wonderfully relaxing and companionable day, bathed in glorious sunshine, at the redeveloped Gumbaya World on Thursday 24 October. Student awards will be presented by the student leaders and everyone will no doubt enjoy feasting upon a wonderfully-rich vast chocolate cake made by Maree Schmidt (a tradition in itself).    

The final formal event for the Class of 2019 will be the Valedictory Dinner, to be held at the Grand on Cathies on the evening of Tuesday 17 December (6.30-10.30pm).            


Exams loom large!

For both Year 11 and 12 VCE students, formal exams are a critically-important form of assessment. In the case of Year 12 subjects, exam scores are used to moderate all internal classwork scores and so are the most influential element in deriving individual Study Scores in each subject, and thus the overall ATAR (Australian Tertiary Achievement Rank). Therefore, the depth and breadth of pre-exam revision undertaken by students, the number of practice tasks they undertake, and the extent to which they actively seek out the assistance of individual subject teachers will greatly impact on their performance.

All Year 12 students, and Year 11 students undertaking a Year 12 subject have been given a personal copy of the official VCAA Exam Navigator, which includes not only the VCAA exam timetable, but all rules, regulations and processes outlined. These run from Wednesday 30 October until Wednesday 20 November in V Block. Year 11 students will be given a copy of the Unit 2 exam timetable and rules at a special assembly during step classes on Tuesday 29 October. These exams commence on Wednesday 13 November and conclude on Wednesday 20 November.    


Pathways to the future: VTAC preferences

Our exiting Year 12 students are wonderfully supported by the Pathways Team led by Carren Brennan and VCE Careers practitioner Michelle Graco. She has overseen the process of entering VTAC preferences. Once the ATAR scores are released at 9am on Thursday 12 December, students have an opportunity to amend their course preferences until 14 December.  Any student want to make a change to their course selections need to make an appointment with Michelle Graco on Thursday 12 or Friday 13 December.


Importance of VCE Headstart 

You should have received the confirmed 2019 VCE courses by now. The two week Headstart program (25 November-6 December) is a critically important time for students to become acquainted with the nature of each subject as well as commencing elements of each course.



Tim Bray, VCE Leader 


Term 3 and the beginning of Term 4 has seen the VCAL students running their community projects. VS3 raised awareness about mental health. They organised for Lara from Headspace to come to help plan their event. Headspace had a stall, VS3 students provided a sausage sizzle and held a “throw a wet sponge at a teacher” event. All of which was a great success.


VS1 arranged a food drive and invited junior school students to a presentation about FARESHARE. This is a charity they visited that collects food which would otherwise be wasted and makes meals to give to the homeless or to charities who then distribute it to families. They donated 75 kg of pasta, flour and tinned tomatoes to FARESHARE.


VS2 visited a retirement village and interacted with the residents there. The students cooked a sausage sizzle and sang songs.

VI1 and VI2 were involved in a HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) class vs class competition. They had three session at Casey Fields Criterium Circuit where students organised different events for their fellow class mates, event included a drag race, obstacle courses, time trials, and relays.  VI4 students brought the Cranbourne Regional Uniting Church Food Truck to the school at lunchtime. Concluding their community focus on food wastage.


All the projects were a great success well done to the students for planning such engaging events.



Annette Evans


It continues to be a busy time for the Careers office as we start to pack up to move into our new resource centre. In the meantime, we have been busy working with students on a range of Pathways activities. We are also contacted by many outside providers at this time of the year, and are able to provide news about programs that can benefit students and their families which we will also attach to this newsletter.


Course Allocations

By now all students in Year 10 and VCE have been alerted to their courses for 2020. There have been a number of students who have required or requested changes to their programs, and they have been working with Mrs Brennan to make these things possible. We know that unfortunately not everybody is able to get their first choice of subjects or electives, but we are committed to trying to ensure that necessary changes are made wherever possible. Senior and Intermediate VCAL students have not yet received notification of their courses for next year but for the most part these will be the same as what was chosen at course counselling, since everybody does the four core units plus a VET subject. Mrs Lynlee Coutts, our VET coordinator, is currently working through the VET requests and enrolling students in their TAFE courses. If there are any problems in this area, she will contact you to resolve the matter. If you wish to check on a course at Year 10, VCE or VCAL, you can contact me on . Please note that all course changes need to be finalised by Thursday October 24.


Monash Mentors Program

On Thursday 10 October, I attended the graduation ceremony for the students who have been involved in the Monash Mentors program over the past two years. In this program, Year 10 and 11 students who are interested in attending university at the end of Year 12 are matched up with a current University student mentor. Together the student and their mentor work on developing study skills, preparing for exams and gaining a general awareness about University life. The program has had great results over the years, with past students saying that they are more prepared to handle University life when they get there, as well as benefitting from the real life experiences and support from their mentor. Mentee applications for the Access Monash Mentoring program is now open, closing on Friday 29 November. This program is open to students studying VCE in 2020. If you are interested in becoming a mentee in 2020, please click on this link to register your interest. 


Headstart Apprenticeships

You may have heard reports in the media over the past few months about the need for Australia to increase the number of apprenticeships. Additionally, there has been discussion about how to support young people in apprenticeships. The Headstart Apprenticeship program matches up employers with students who wish to undertake an apprenticeship as well as to complete their Year 12. Cranbourne SC are part of the Outer South East Headstart Cluster. We have had a number of students express interest in this program, and have recently been successful with our first sign up, Geordyn Balcombe (currently in Intermediate VCAL). Geordyn has been signed up as an apprentice in the field of Commercial Cookery, and next year will be both working as a paid apprentice, as well as undertaking Senior VCAL. If you are interested in the Headstart Apprenticeship program, please come and see me in the Careers office for an expression of interest form.



A group of Year 10 students spent the day on Wednesday 16 October at the offices of the NBN in Collins Street for a workshop called Interview2Impress, run in conjunction with our partner the ABCN. The students were matched with a mentor from the company, and had the opportunity to practise their “behaviour based” interview skills. They learnt how to reflect on their own strengths and experiences and to show an employer how they could use these in a new role. Everybody had the opportunity to have at least one interview and to receive feedback from their mentor. One student commented “It was actually quite interesting – I feel really confident about having an interview now”.


Deakin Future Me

In this past week, Year 9 students have worked with ambassadors from Deakin to learn about employability and enterprise skills, and about how to make themselves ready for the future world of work. Deakin host Nathan Coffey expressed his appreciation for the work undertaken by our students – “your groups have stepped it up and made the school proud!” We look forward to continuing our involvement with Deakin programs into next year and beyond.






Carren Brennan

Career Practitioner



Affordable Cars for Employment (ACE) Information Sheet

What is ACE?

ACE stands for Affordable Cars for Employment. It is an exciting new program that aims to help school leavers get full time work in areas with limited transport options by providing no interest loans to buy safe and reliable cars.

ACE was started by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and is delivered with help from the Commonwealth Bank, ASIC,

RACV, and LeasePlan

Who can join?

You can join ACE if you are planning to work full-time e.g. not working part-time, not studying full-time, and not taking a gap year.

To be eligible for a loan, you must have:

  • a current probationary driver’s licence, and
  • an offer of a full-time job Why join ACE?

With ACE, you can get:

  • Support from a Youth Development Coach to help with you find a full-time job.
  • A no interest loan of up to $10,000 to buy a car that is safe and reliable.
  • Free comprehensive insurance in the first year of the loan with big discounts in the following years. This means big savings e.g. comprehensive insurance for a 2015 Mitsubishi Triton driven by an 18-year-old living in Hastings is approximately $1,900 per annum.

Comprehensive insurance is important because it means you are covered for damage to your car or any damage to someone else’s car/property.

  • Free roadside assistance — an enormous help if you get into trouble out on the road. Normally roadside assistance is in the range of $200 per annum.
  • Free registration for the first year of the loan. Registration is approximately $800 per annum.

»     Free set-up of a CityLink e-tag to travel on Melbourne‘s toll roads.

  • Free training to help you manage your loan, budget, save, prepare your tax returns, and maintain your car.
  • Payment of motor vehicle duty and transfer fees on your behalf by ACE when you buy your car. For a

$10,000 car, motor vehicle duty and transfer fees is approximately $500.

  • A safe and reliable late model car that comes with a roadworthy, full service history, and a high safety rating. How does the program work?

Once signed-up for ACE, a Youth Development Coach will provide you with support and guidance in helping you find

full-time work.

Once you have found full-time work and obtained your driver’s licence, you can get a loan. If approved for the loan, you will:

  • Need to choose a car from the range available.
  • Make regular repayments over the loan period.
  • Attend training sessions that will improve your financial and car maintenance skills. How to find out more

Contact ACE to find out more by calling Sarah Lean-Jones on 0490 291 582 or by emailing



Monash Champions

Fifteen of our middle school students presented their projects to twelve other school groups at Monash University, Clayton. Their work was well received and they learned a great deal about project management and collaboration. 



Borneo Trip

The end of 2019 is a special one for 12 of our Cranbourne Secondary College students and 2 of our teachers as they depart for Borneo, Malaysia on November 23rd. Macey Costelloe, Kasey Davis, Maddi Garnham, Chelsea Kimber, Shaiyenne Carruthers, Ruby Redfern, Ella Banfield, Tylor Gardner, Tiffany Attwell, Olivia Smith, Jessica Allen and Abigail Sipos will be accompanied by Kim Vines and Sam Trevethan as they head overseas, many for the first time, for 3 weeks of adventuring, project work and making an impact on a very special part of the world. As a team they have raised $11,013 which is an absolutely outstanding effort that has been 2 years of hard work. They have an Instagram page in which you can follow their journey “cscborneoexpedition”. Team Borneo appreciates all of the support from our school community in helping our students participate in this once in a life time opportunity – so thank you!


Tegan Lipson


This month Ms. Bowker has been working through the Studio Arts Process with her Unit 2 students.

This process is the students first trial at developing their own concept for an artwork. Beginning with visualisation and development drawings, students then select the appropriate media for their artwork.

Students explored various media including acrylic and watercolour paint, graphite and coloured pencils, Copic markers, soft pastels, collage and sculptural forms.


This was invaluable experience for those students who will soon undertake Units 3 and 3 Studio Arts.

Cathy Savery

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