Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

21 September 2018
Issue Three
State School Spectacular
Artwork by Jade Joseph
   Performing Arts
Fundraiser Team Borneo
IMPORTANT DATES for your Diary
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977


As Term 3 gradually comes to an end, I am reminded of the change of seasons as we leave the Winter behind and look forward to longer and warmer days ahead. This time of the year reminds me that footy finals are being played, lawns are being tendered to and NAPLAN results are out.


While I don't want to over state the importance of NAPLAN ,I am pleased to report that our school results were the best they have been in many years. Learning growth between Years 7-9 indicates that our students have experienced significant learning improvement, which reflects on the great work of teachers and the hard work of students. In fact, in most areas of the testing, our students experienced learning growth well above State levels. This is something for all our School Community to celebrate, and is an endorsement of the Schools relentless focus on teaching and learning which now is showing signs of success.


On that positive note, I wish to thank all staff and students for their hard work and dedication this term, and I hope everyone can enjoy 2 weeks of well deserved holidays.


I hope you enjoy our newsletter.



John Jovic










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State School Spectacular


I was amazed by the determination and talent of Victorian Students at Hisense arena on Saturday. Two of our students, Joseph Stewart and Rahni Wightman performed at this world class event in front of a sell-out crowd.
It is a lot of work that goes into these performances. Months of rehearsals and auditions and dedication by our students was on show. They were amazing and deserve recognition by everyone at the college  for being  involved at the  highest  level in the state.
Each year a great deal of work goes into programming the theme of the show. These songs are from diverse places but are all exciting in their own way. I Think the rendition of the Living Years performed by Joseph is better than the original. Go to the college Facebook page and sample the performance.
Congratulations to all the students who performed at this fantastic event. rehearsals begin again in October. Go Cranbourne SC.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal



Term three was another busy term for our Year 7 students who combined engaging with their studies and participating in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.

Our students were able to reflect on their NAPLAN results and in the last few weeks complete their various subject CATS with some fine results achieved across the year level.


On the sporting front our students had the opportunity to represent the College in a variety of sports consisting of Basketball, Netball and Handball. Several students also went on the Ski Camp held at Mt Hotham.  All students returned from the camp, reported that they had an amazing time learning how to ski and snow board.


Finally, last week a host of students represented the College at the District Athletics Carnival, held at Casey Fields. Some outstanding individual results were achieved with the following athletes winning or placing in their respective events:


Jordan Milne      Under 12/13 Boys            800m and 1500m             1st

Sauleola Maala  Under 12/13 Boys            100m                                     1st

Eugene Siilata    Under 12/13 Boys            Discus                                   1st

Felix Tua               Under 12/13 Boys            Triple Jump                        1st

Joel Mulligan      Under 12/13 Boys            1500m                                   2nd


They will go onto compete at the Regional Athletics Carnival in term four.



The Year 7 team looks forward to seeing the Year 7 Cohort continue to achieve excellent results academically and on the sports fields during Term Four.




Today (Thursday 13th September) we had 53 students represent the College at division athletics at Casey Fields.  The students represented the College exceptionally well, giving their all in warm conditions.

Pleasingly, out of 10 schools, we finished a super impressive 4th overall!!!


We also had 19 students qualify for the regional athletics in Term 4:

  • Jordan Milne (12-13 boys): 1500m 1st, 800m 1st
  • Murtaza Hassan (15 boys): 100m 1st, 200m 1st
  • Brenton Grbim (14 boys): 100m 1st, 200m 1st
  • Theresa Latu (17 girls): discus 1st, shot put (new record!!) 1st
  • Lomi Paniora (18-20 girls): discus 1st, shot put 1st
  • Bernadette Toumaoe (14 girls): discus 1st, shot put 1st
  • Batoor Jamalie (18-20 boys): 110m hurdle 1st, triple jump 1st
  • Sauleola Maalo (12-13 boys): 100m 1st
  • Eugene Siilata (12-13 boys): discus 1st
  • Felix Tua (12-13 boys): triple jump 1st
  • Fahtima Afaese (15 girls): discus 1st
  • Jireh Talaifaga (16 girls): high jump 1st
  • Kevin Keng (16 boys): 110m hurdles 1st
  • Tom Bandi (16 boys): discus 1st
  • Ty Kirkwood (14 boys): long jump 1st
  • Amira Addisu-Tebebu (14 girls): 1500m 2nd
  • Joel Mulligan (12-13 boys): 1500m 2nd
  • 16 boys, 4x100m relay: Sefo Maalo, Mason Heeger, Tom Bandi and Kevin Keng 1st (4th year in a row!!!!!!)


Lastly, a big big thank-you to Lauryn Miller, Lenita Engelke, Max Smith, Sam Trevethan and Rachael Van Houts for coming along and helping out on the day.


One very happy, proud College sport coordinator 


Kellie Fallon


Artwork by Jade Joseph

It is that time of year again when Unit 4 Art, Media, Visual Communication Design and Studio Arts students are busily completing all of their final folios and presentations. Although this is a rewarding experience for them, it is also very stressful as they try to complete work of the highest quality.


To celebrate their efforts and acknowledge their achievements we host the annual Senior Arts, Media and Technology Festival. Work from all the Arts areas are displayed and the evening is capped off with the screening of the short films produced in Unit 4 Media.


Come and join us and be amazed by the excellence of the student work







Senior Arts, Media and Technology Exhibition 2018

Tuesday 23rd October 

Exhibition Opening:  4.00pm

Media Short Films start at:  6.00pm

Cranbourne Community Theatre




Catherine Savery

Visual Arts Co-ordinator

Performing Arts

It has been a tremendously productive and successful time for our performing arts students recently. Our band, ‘The Common Boys’

competed in the national final of the ‘Rockfest,’ battle of the bands. This is the first time Cranbourne Secondary College has made it past our heat and we were incredibly proud just to be there. We were elated to take out the honour of best individual singer, for Sarah Santos.

As has been the case for the past few years, Cranbourne Secondary College students performed on an arena stage as part of the State Schools Spectacular. We were again proud to be represented by some of our most talented students, Joseph Stewart and Rahni Whiteman.

Keep an eye out for the telecast!



Our school rock group the Common Boys delivered a powerhouse display at the Templestowe College who  hosted the Battle of the Bands final. They played an amazing set of four songs that brought the hall to their feet in awe  of  their assured performance. They took out the best singing category. Sarah Santos was  awarded this  for what was an impressive and uplifting vocal  performance.  I am so proud of this band. They have a beautiful chemistry and have achieved amazing accomplishments at the finals this year. Josh Mitchell has given them great support. Roadie, Manager and engineer. This has been a great treat to come out here and see them perform. The  kids at Cranbourne Secondary College rock hard.


George Massouris

Assistant Principal

Number  1 FAN




















Whats happening in the Food Technology Area ?

Our Food Truck Hero's

Our two VCAL 12 food classes recently designed, prepared and produced meals for our local food truck. The Cranbourne Food Truck provides free food and fellowship to the needy and disadvantaged of the Cranbourne area and our aim is to make our clients feel socially included in a community which is caring and supportive of their needs.  Our Year 12 students did an amazing job with their meals and the food truck was very thankful for their support and effort.

A big thank you from Miss Hughes and Mrs Schmidt


Hospitality Classes Langham Industry Visit

The 1st and 2nd Year Hospitality Students spent a day visiting Melbourne's 5 Star Langham Hotel. Students were treated to a behind the scenes tour by one of the food and beverage team members where they were able to visit the hotel kitchens, a couple of the guest rooms, the exclusive Langham club and the store house. The head of the security team Mark was able to also give students some insight into the different types of jobs available at the Langham and spoke to the students about his role in the hotel where he looks after the security of guests both low key and high key guests.

All in all a great day for students to dress up, experience whats out there in the industry and enjoy a lovely buffet lunch.


Year 10 Food

Our year 10 food classes have recently designed, prepared and produced some amazing cakes as a part of this terms assessments. our students are  very talented when being creative.

The pictures tell it all so enjoy !


What’s happening in Materials technology?

The Year 7&8 wood classes have been designing and creating boxes this term. They have mastered Butt joints and learned to use different woodwork tools while making their boxes.

























Cranbourne Secondary College was a sea of yellow and black as students released hundreds of balloons in memory of a student who passed away earlier in the year.

Year 9 student Tom Cairney died as a result of a heart condition, and students organised the balloon release and free dress day to raise money for Cardiomyopathy Association of Australia, in line with the wishes of Tom's family.


Students brought a gold coin to donate and were encouraged to wear footy colours to represent Tom's passion for the game. "We wanted to make the family proud and support them in raising awareness"



Fundraiser Team Borneo


Team Borneo comprises of 15 Cranbourne Secondary Students who are working towards raising funds to support their trip to Borneo in December 2019. In Borneo, the students will be participating in environmental protection work which involves replanting saplings in areas affected by deforestation, as Borneo is one of the major areas where forest is being ploughed to the ground to make was for palm oil plantations, which you may know have caused many injuries and deaths among Orangutans.

They may also be involved in kindergarten development and water sanitation projects.


Team Borneo have spent the last year fundraising for their trip in December 2019. They have  participated in several trivia nights

and small fundraisers around Cranbourne Secondary College, with an upcoming sausage sizzle at Bunnings Cranbourne on the 4th November

 One of the fundraising opportunities they have come across is the Lunar Drive in. As you can see from the flyer there are some fantastic specials that you might like to take advantage of during these school holidays. 





The majority of our Year 10 students will be commencing work experience on the 17th September. 

Work experience provides students with the valuable opportunity to:

  • develop employability skills
  • explore possible career options
  • understand employer expectations, and
  • increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.

Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise.


We look forward hearing from them upon their return next term. 



This term VCE Year 12 students have been undertaking the important process of preparing their Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC) selections for next year.  Information, guidance and assistance has been delivered through a number of after school workshops, including a VTAC session, a SEAS session and a scholarship session.  Each student has received a copy of the VTAC Year 11 and 12 Guide too. 

Date Reminders

Applications through VTAC                                        27 September, 2018 (5pm)

SEAS applications close                                                    12 October, 2018 (5pm)

Scholarship applications through VTAC close         12 October, 2018 (5pm)



Students applying for courses that have essential requirements (i.e. submitting a folio, a pre-selection kit, arranging an interview, etc.) are reminded that failure to meet the deadline date for these means students may no longer be eligible for selection into their desired course. ALL CRANBOURNE SECONDARY STUDENTS MUST APPLY FOR SEAS CATEGORY 1. 


Senior VCAL students are currently working with Mrs Kathie Jacobs to work through their transition plans.  It is important that all of our students take control and work alongside our careers team to plan for their post school destination/s.

We would encourage all eligible students to seriously consider the FREE TAFE courses being offered by the government in 2019.  


From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses covers tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training. This includes:

  • 30 priority non apprenticeship courses
  • 20 Victorian apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre apprenticeships).


Free TAFE courses lead to occupations in industries where there are likely to be more jobs. Some of them lead to work in important areas like preventing family violence, rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria and delivering our major infrastructure projects.  Please visit the FREE TAFE website to find out more. 

Non-apprenticeship courses

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Diploma of Accounting

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Advanced Diploma of Accounting

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Certificate II in Agriculture

Certificate III in Agriculture

Certificate IV in Agriculture

Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)


Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) 

Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying

Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention

Certificate III in Civil Construction

Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate III in Community Services

Certificate IV in Community Services

Diploma of Community Services

Certificate III in Concreting

Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing

Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Certificate IV in Disability

Certificate III in Education Support

Certificate IV in Education Support

Certificate IV in Engineering

Certificate III in Horticulture

Certificate III in Hospitality

Certificate III in Individual Support

Diploma of Justice

Certificate IV in Mental Health

Diploma of Nursing

Certificate IV in Plumbing and Service

Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure

Certificate III in Tourism

Certificate IV in Youth Work


Apprenticeship pathway courses

Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology

Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology

Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology

Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation

Certificate II in Baking

Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship

Certificate II in Construction Pathways

Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)

Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)

Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

Certificate II in Engineering Studies

Certificate II in Furniture Making

Certificate II in Glass and Glazing

Certificate II in Horticulture

Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services)

Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)

Certificate II in Production Nursery

Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Certificate II in Signage and Graphics






The Afghan Mothers’ Morning Tea was a great success on Friday morning.

We are so fortunate to have Masooda as the administrator of the grant that is funding this and the reflective garden.

As an Afghani herself she was able to beautifully translate and act as a mediator as well as co-host the morning.

There was much lively discussion and feedback. The women are keen to get involved in the school and participate, but feel held back by the language barrier.

There were a number of outcomes which Masooda will collate as a report.

They are very keen to cook for us!

A huge thankyou as well to Elizabeth Bettink our CSCPCA(Cranbourne SC Parents’ and Carers’ Association) president who came and helped serve tea at the start.

The CSCPCA are a group of dynamic individuals that have already contributed so much to the school this year.

Andy Craig dropped in towards the end. As he has about 10 Afghan students in his pastoral care class he came to show his language skills, which were both impressive and hilarious.

When he greeted the group in Dari they thought it was fantastic.

Thanks also to Mahtash and Trish. Mahtash offered to translate and Trish offered to release her for the morning but unfortunately in the end Mahtash was unable to make it.

Finally thanks to Sharon Bourne who offered to represent the leadership team in the school as the PCOs were on PD.

The group will meet again next term in what will be the beginning of a community hub for the school.


This term MultiPride are seeking to deal with issues that come up in the meetings. One issue mentioned has been lockers. The group developed a survey and surveyed all classes in Year 7 and 8 to find out about issues that students have. These surveys are being collated and feedback will be given to the principal staff.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, students are also working on a “Welcome” sign in all the languages in the school. They hope to put this into the front office area and are currently working on making a list to send to the printer.

New students are always welcome to join MultiPride and after committing they are given a maroon school jumper. This jumper signifies the fact that they are approachable in the school yard if students have any issues they would like to talk to another student about.

As part of our community outreach and engagement of cultures, the school hosted an Afghani Mothers’ Morning Tea on Friday 14th September. This was the result of a Social Cohesion Through Education (SCTE) grant. The mothers were able to come to the school and discuss their issues and needs, and also spoke about how they enjoy sending their students to Cranbourne Secondary College. MultiPride students assisted in getting the Afghan students together to let them know about the morning tea.


IMPORTANT DATES for your Diary


Tuesday 18th - 21st

Year 10 Work Experience


Friday 21st 

Last day of Term 3



Monday 8th

School Resumes for Term 4

Monday 15th

Year 12 Schoolies presentation

Year 9 Fishing Outdoor Ed


Tuesday 16th

Year 9 Casey Tech Experience


Friday 19th 

Year 7 Digital Tech Excursion


Monday 22nd

Surf Camp

Thursday 25th 

Last Day Year 12

Friday 26th

Year 12 Farewell


Monday 29th

Free Dress


Wednesday 31st

VCE Exams Commence



Friday 2nd

End of Semester Two

Reports Open


Tuesday 6th

Melbourne Cup Day Student Free











Regrettably there is a growing trend for students to leave their lockers open without locks on them.

Reminder that all students need a working lock on their lockers, so their school equipment can be kept safe at school at all times.

This not only leaves the contents exposed for thieves but also results in more damage to them. Please encourage your children to ensure they have a suitable lock attached to assist us to both minimise theft from, and damage to their lockers






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



It is important to remember that students are required to follow the Uniform Policies of the school, these can be located on the College Website, failure to do so will result in consequences been issued.







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