Cranbourne East Secondary College Newsletter

24 May 2018
May Issue
From the Principal
General Information
Student Success
Year 7/8 News 
Year 9/10
Year 11/12
Careers & Pathways
School Clubs
Student Voice
Community Events & News
Cranbourne East Secondary College
(03) 5990 0200
50 Stately Drive
Cranbourne East, Victoria, 3977

From the Principal

On Wednesday 9th May the Regional Director, Stephen Gniel visited CESC. Stephen was very impressed with the high engagement of all students and the safe and orderly learning environment we are providing. He was particularly interested in the Year 9 Pathway to Success program. Students explained to Stephen the learning that was happening and how their groups were contributing to the community. He was keen to learn more about the collaborative work our staff are involved in to improve writing across the school. The Curriculum Day on Friday 18th May will further support this work. Staff will be working together to learn more about highly effective writing strategies and developing action plans for incorporating these strategies into their subject areas.


We have NAPLAN assessments for Years 7 and 9 commencing on Tuesday 15th May. These tests provide us with valuable information on student learning, growth and the impact of our teaching approaches. We look forward to these tests and celebrating our improvements and achievements on NAPLAN when results are released.


During May, we will also have students completing the annual Attitudes to School Survey. This data set continues to improve as we implement positive new programs and engaging learning activities.


Earlier this term, we held a very successful Information Evening for prospective Grade 6 students from our local Primary Schools. Cranbourne East is certainly becoming a school of choice for families in the area due to the high-quality learning across the College and the Senior School results for both VCAL and VCE students.  


I will commence planned Long Service Leave on Monday 14th May and return Tuesday 12th June. Carys Freeman will be the Acting Principal during this time. The following changes to the Principal Class team will commence on Friday 11th May and continue through to the end of the year. This is due to Carys Freeman commencing family leave later in the term. We are excited to welcome Rebekah Nicholas to the Principal Class team in the role of Teaching and Learning Assistant Principal. Penni Roe will be the Year 10 to 12 Assistant Principal and Jon Flack will be the Year 7 to 9 Assistant Principal.




Mandee Strickland



General Information

Upcoming Events

21.05 - 23.05

     Year 9 CITY


     Cross Country


     Drama Ensembles

08.06 - 15.06

     Year 11/12 Exams


     Queen's Birthday

13.06 - 15.06

     Yr 10 Exams


     Yr 10 into 11 info night


     Semester 1 classes end


     Semester 2 classes start


     Multicultural Day

Improving student writing across the College

All teachers at Cranbourne East Secondary College are committed to enhancing the writing skills of every student. These skills are extremely important to the way that your children will communicate their ideas and important information during their studies and throughout their lives.


Through a series of professional learning workshops in Term One, teaching teams have worked through a range of data and evidence to learn more about how and where we can best support students to develop their written skills.


On the recent Curriculum Day (Friday 18th May), teachers developed their knowledge and skills in teaching writing skills. Teachers from all learning areas participated in this learning, as we are all teachers of literacy regardless of the subject we teach.


The focus of the sessions will be around the ‘Six Traits of Writing’. This is a way of teaching, modelling, and assessing writing.  The ‘Six Traits of Writing’ are Ideas, Organisation, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency and Conventions. This approach creates a common vocabulary and guidelines for teachers to use with students so that they become familiar with the terms and use them to focus the improvements in their writing.


As this approach is being used in all Year 7 to Year 10 English classes, perhaps you can ask your son or daughter to tell you a little bit more about them at dinner. By explaining them to someone else, this will also deepen their understanding of the concepts.


If you would like to learn a little more, there are many resources available on the Internet. This link will take you to a short summary of each of the traits - (Prezi) or (Short YouTube clip)


Rebekah Nicholas

Leader of Curriculum and Assessment

Inclusion at Cranbourne East SC

Cranbourne East Secondary College (CESC) works hard to provide an inclusive, safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for all students.  We recognise young people can reach their full educational potential only when they are happy, healthy and safe, and when there is a positive school culture to engage and support them in their learning.  Our school acknowledges that student wellbeing and student learning outcomes are inextricably linked. 


To ensure we have an inclusive environment, our inclusion team includes an Assistant Principal, Leading Teacher, Student Services Leader and over 10 staff in our wellbeing and integration team. The team has been instrumental in the success of programs such as Indigenous Art Club, ERP (Effective Reading Program), Lift Off, Doctors in Secondary School, Multi Rep Club, Celebrating Multiculturalism with a Multicultural Day, Close the Gap and RU Ok Day? to list only a few.


We provide a broad range of educational opportunities to cater for all students and our teachers work collectively to ensure that all students feel valued and cared for, have meaningful opportunities to contribute to the College, and can effectively engage with their learning. Our curriculum and programs are designed to be engaging and inclusive while also recognising and responding to the diverse needs of our students.  More details on our Wellbeing and Inclusion practices can be found in our Wellbeing and Inclusion Policy.


Cranbourne East Secondary College’s vision is to “giving every student, every opportunity to exceed their potential by providing a high quality pathway to success.”  This ethos is built on the following values:

     • Respect

     • Growth

     • Achievement

     • Responsibility


Celebrating every students’ success is an important part of our school culture. To support student success, we have a whole school rewards program that’s just been rolled out.


Whole School Rewards Program

We have recently rolled out our Whole School Rewards Program, which is a whole school formal scheme that recognises the efforts and achievements of all our students. The program is directly linked to our 4 school values and students have the opportunity to be awarded a Values card, related an outstanding behaviour or achievement. Year Level Assemblies will be held throughout each term and these gatherings will allow students who are awarded Value Cards to be recognised and accomplishments celebrated.


When a student receives a Values Card, parents will receive a text message and a compass notification and students will be encouraged to take their Cards home to show their parents.


We encourage parents to generate conversation at home that relates to our values and being rewarded with a card.


Student Teachers

CESC hosted 47 pre-service teachers from Monash, Deakin, Victoria and Melbourne Universities over the past three weeks.  These student teachers worked across many curriculum areas of the school and participated in the Breakfast Club, Homework Club and Indigenous Art Club. They attended staff professional learning sessions and Student Voice meetings.


Student Success

Kyle Pouwels-Hay

Congratulations to Kyle, student of 2017 Winner of the ‘Best SBAT Trainee Community Project 2017’ at the 2018 ATEP Awards Night!   Kyle participated in the Certificate II in Parks & Gardens, School Based Apprecticeship.  The award was presented by Chris Crewther MP Federal Member for Dunkley.


“Kyle has exhibited all of the qualities of an engaged and enthusiastic worker. His trainer enjoyed his polite demeanour and positive approach to work. Kyle’s work ethic and punctuality were always exceptional and he worked extremely hard to deliver to an excellent level of work quality with each assessment. Kyle was a stand out when it came to outdoor work and demonstrated great leadership amongst his peer group.

Great effort Kyle.”




Jennifer MacDonald

Over the past 6 months of hard training I have managed to compete in all three major track & field championships. I didn’t always get the result I wanted but I’ve learnt that you don’t always have to win, you should just be happy to have the experience and to compete at a high level.


I competed at the National All school track and field championships, the National combined event championships and the Australian junior track and field championship, where I managed to finish in the top 10 at all championships.


I competed in the hammer throw at the Australian all school championship. I had to compete in the older age group since they didn’t have my age group, I wasn’t happy with my result but I tried my best to enjoy the experience while I could. My overall result was 10th in the u/16 girls.


Next I competed at the Australian combined event championships which went over 2 days. It was the most mentally challenging thing I’ve done in my sports. I competed in something called a Heptathlon which consist of the following 7 events: 90m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m sprint, long jump, javelin and 800m run. It was a really fun and I’ll never forget it. It was one of the most fun experience’s of my life. I managed to receive the bronze medal in Victoria and finished 9th in Australia.


Lastly I competed in the Australian track & field championships which was the last major completion for the summer season. I competed in the u/16 girls hammer throw and finished with the best result all season. I placed 6th although I was happy with my placing I wasn’t happy with my throws as they were all below average. But I realised I should just enjoy the experience and atmosphere.


Year 7/8 News 

Assistant Principals News

It is hard to believe that we are closing in on the midway point of this term. Our Junior School students have been working hard in their various classes and have been involved in a number of extra-curricular activities.

A significant event this term was the whole school ANZAC assembly. At this assembly we remembered those who served Australia in times of war and conflict and honoured the sacrifices they made.   

Major events in the coming weeks include NAPLAN for our Year 7 students on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May and Cross Country on Thursday 24th May.    

Please ensure that your son/daughter is wearing the correct uniform each day, including the school tie and school jumper, especially in these colder months of the year. As a reminder, students are not permitted to wear hoodies.

Looking forward to seeing further growth and development in our young people over this term.

Mr. Jonathan Flack

Assistant Principal

Year 7 News

At the moment in year 7, the class captains have been decorating the Year 7 cohort area to make it more welcoming for our year 7 students. They have created a welcome wall near the main entrance of the year 7 building. They have also started up a new system for home group points. Each home group will be able to collect points by wearing the right uniforms and behaving appropriately etc.  


The year sevens are active in the C.E.S.C sports activities to further improve the students’ health as well as giving the students an enjoyable time whilst learning about team work, co-operation and good sportsmanship. Students have been active in Soccer, Volleyball, Netball, Badminton, etc. For most of these activities there is an opportunity for both genders to participate in.


The student voice leaders have also been collecting soaps and shampoos for the pinchapoo foundation with help from year 7 students. The year 7 student voice leaders have also had the opportunity to participate in Breakfast Club which is something students of all ages come to for breakfast in the mornings. They have also scattered posters around the green building of upcoming events like multicultural day as well as previous events like the sod turning, ANZAC day march, etc.


All year 7 students are encouraged to participate in the upcoming cross country which is going to be held on Thursday the 24th of May. The year 7s are very excited to run alongside their friends on this 3km run/walk.


Written by Alyssa and L’Aurielle

Year 8 News

Term 2 is well and truly in the grove with staff and students flat out working towards achieving as much growth as possible before semester reports begin.

Students have been experiencing great results in Maths while participating in Mangahigh, with several students being rewarded Gold medals in a state wide competition.

The Whale Rider is being analysed in English this term, the film and book getting rave reviews from numerous students which is generating valuable discussions during class.

In PE striking sports are the focus this term, students have been exposed to several different sports involving hitting like t-ball, baseball and cricket so far. Classes have been going crazy over a modified game called “Diamond Cricket” which allows four batters to compete together as a team at the same time. Mental Health with a focus on anxiety and how to manage it is being worked through during health lessons, preparing students with strategies to cope when heading in to senior school.

Unfortunately due to not enough forms being returned the “Amazing Race” excursion was cancelled. We will look at modifying the events so it can be completed at school instead of the planned trip to Casey Fields. This was really disappointing as staff and students were really looking forward to the day and a lot of time and energy had gone in to the planning. A huge thank you to those that had returned forms, hopefully we can improve the submission rate next time when we have whole year level events.

Speaking of events, we are super excited to announce that a Camp is planned for Year 8 during term 4. The camp will be held in Inverloch and will involve coastal activities like surfing, beach hikes and cave exploration. Even if students are not interested in surfing, there are plenty of other activities to keep everyone entertained. We are all really excited for this and need as many students as possible to attend to make sure the camp is a success and ongoing feature in the Year 8 program. Deposits are due by June 4th but if there are any issues with making this payment please contact the school. Payment plans can be organised and the CESF is available to go towards this. We will have an information session scheduled for both students and parents in the next few weeks so watch this space.

If there are any questions regarding camp or anything else Year 8, please don’t hesitate to call.


Year 8 Leaders

Mr. Hobba and Ms. Kaur.

Year 8 Camp -  Week 3 of Term 4 2018

One of the next highlights to look forward to for year 8 is the term 4 camp. The Year 8 OutBeyond Leadership Development Camp term 4, 24th to the 26th October at Inverloch will engage students with a variety of exciting adventures such as surfing, along with developing both their individual confidence and the ability to work as part of an effective team. The camp will be a great opportunity for the year 8s to grow and develop within a scenic coastal environment of Inverloch, Victoria. A great way to finish year 8 and prepare for year 9. 

Year 8 Team

Creative learning in Mathematics at CESC

Learning at online platforms is not only easy and helpful, but it is creative and a way to understand topics at a wider range. At Cranbourne East Secondary College, we use many online sites to help us improve our understanding and practice our lessons. Some of these sites include Mathletics and Mangahigh just to name a few. It has been great to see many year 8 students trying their best to both build and challenge their abilities.  


Mangahigh is one of the world’s first game-based online learning platform for primary and secondary school kids for Mathematics. It is a very effective site as it guides students to their level of understanding and develops their ability to observe, test and hypothesize both answers and skills. While this platform is designed for teenagers, it would be of benefit to anyone of any age wanting to further develop their knowledge and skills in Mathematics.  As a student, I have found the experience of using Mangahigh to be very enjoyable, entertaining and personal as its individual game-based activities puts ‘real world’ problems in front of you to solve.

On a clear positive note, I would like to, again, congratulate all the year 8s who have tried hard with Mangahigh and especially those who were acknowledged in the recent assembly for their achievements. You have made our school very proud, keep up the good work! If any students have forgotten their access to Mangahigh, please ask your Mathematics teacher for your username and password.

Jaismeen 8E 

Mathematics Competition


This year at CESC, as well as having access to the Mathletics internet resource for Mathematics, the students are trailing another internet resource called Mangahigh. 


In Term 1 Mangahigh held a “Maths Ninja Challenge” for 2 weeks.  The challenge consisted of exciting maths games and quizzes - using a resource that improves student engagement and productivity in maths learning.


The goal was to pass each activity by achieving either a Bronze, Silver or Gold standard. Every Bronze standard achieved earned 1 medal point, a Silver standard achieved was worth 2 medal points, and a Gold standard achieved was worth 3 medal points.


We would like to acknowledge and CONGRATULATE two of our Year 8 students who achieved gold medals in The Mangahigh Maths Ninja Challenge.    WELL DONE BOYS!

This year at CESC, as well as having access to the Mathletics internet resource for Mathematics, the students are trailing another internet resource called Mangahigh. 


In Term 1 Mangahigh held a “Maths Ninja Challenge” for 2 weeks.  The challenge consisted of exciting maths games and quizzes - using a resource that improves student engagement and productivity in maths learning.


The goal was to pass each activity by achieving either a Bronze, Silver or Gold standard. Every Bronze standard achieved earned 1 medal point, a Silver standard achieved was worth 2 medal points, and a Gold standard achieved was worth 3 medal points.


We would like to acknowledge and CONGRATULATE two of our Year 8 students who achieved gold medals in The Mangahigh Maths Ninja Challenge.    WELL DONE BOYS!


8H science - Light

As part of the ‘Light and sound unit’ for Year 8 science this term, on Friday April 20, 8H science students learnt about the ‘Law of reflection’ and how different surfaces reflect light. They were introduced to terms such as: reflection, reflected ray, incident ray and the fact that light only travels in straight lines. Students then practised using a light box (most for the first time) and using various Perspex shapes and concave and convex mirrors to see how different objects reflect light. Next lesson students focused on concave and convex mirrors and the patterns made when light reflects off these surfaces, as well as where concave and convex mirrors are used in real life.

Mrs Crawford - 8H science teacher


Year 9/10

Message from the Assistant Principal

The Years 9 & 10 students have been working extremely hard over the past month and should be proud of the way they have conducted themselves both in school and whilst representing the College. It was fantastic to hear such positive reports of student behaviour and work ethic whilst on Work Experience. Thank you to the employers who provided the opportunity to our students, the teachers and Year Level Leaders who prepared our students for this experience and the staff who took the time to visit.

The Year 9 students have also had the opportunity to further investigate potential careers with their excursion to the Careers Expo. Thank you to Annabel Bond, Dylan Cousins and Nancy Huez-O’Rourke for organising this event. In addition to this, students are also busily using their P2S time to complete their Community module. There are some fantastic projects being undertaken including “The Hunger Project”, solar lights, care packs and activity packs for children in hospital.

As we are heading into the cooler weather, can you please ensure students are in correct school uniform. Students are to wear the full winter uniform each day however a student is permitted to wear their PE uniform on days where they have PE. Students are not to wear hoodies, windcheaters or other non uniform items.

Finally, thank you to all of our class captains who are doing such a fantastic job running year level assemblies, supporting their homegroups and doing various activities around the school. You are developing excellent leadership skills and are demonstrating the values we stand for. Well done!

Penni Roe

Years 9 & 10 Assistant Principal


Year 10 news

Well done to our Year 10 students on such a positive start to the term! We have just finished our week of work experience and couldn’t be happier with the feedback that has been provided from multiple employers. We are proud of the cohort for showing independent planning and communicating skills in organising their work experience, and we want to thank the parents and wider school community for supporting the Year 10 work experience program.

Some of the feedback that we have received from employers includes:

  • The student is very punctual and enthusiastic with a great work ethic.
  • The student was very interactive and was a great asset to the team.
  • The student is polite and has completed all duties without fuss. She was organised prior to arriving and has shown initiative.
  • Just letting you know that the student is sensational.  He has been an absolute pleasure to have with us this week. He has been in classes, though today I've kept him for myself for a few periods. When he completed his university placement we would like to have him back.

Some of our employers have even mentioned that our school was the most polite and enthusiastic group. The Year 10 team would also like to extend our gratitude to the Careers Team and Year 10 visiting teachers who supported out students throughout this process.


With work experience finished we now move onto preparing our students for their midyear exams. The Year 10 exam period will run from the 14th-15th of June, with students completing an English, Maths, Humanities and Science exam over the two days. Parents will receive a letter outlining more details about the Year 10 exam period in a fortnight’s time. If you have any queries about the exam period, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Home Group teacher.


Year 10 formal

Our Year 10 formal is coming up quickly and our Class Captains have been working very hard in planning and organising this exciting event. To ensure that the formal does run this year, please ensure that your child’s permission form is handed into the Year 9/10 administration office by the 8th of June. We are looking forward to sharing a night of dining and dancing with our Year 10’s.


Subject in Focus: STEM Program

The Year 10 STEM class visited the Dolphin Research institute (DRI) in Hastings on the 2nd of May. There we learned about environmental stressors that impact Australia’s marine life and what we can do to prevent further damage. DRI instructors encouraged us to bring our knowledge back to school and promote sustainability within our community. They challenged us to create a peer-presentation that will educate others about the urgent call to action to preserve our marine life. We were taught how to use scientific binoculars and in our next visit to Western Port Bay, we will be able to apply our knowledge and conduct a dolphin census.



Year 9 news

Congratulations to year 9 students for the way they conducted themselves during NAPLAN. Their teachers were impressed with the focus and attentiveness the students showed during the three days.

Year 9 students will have an English exam on Thursday 14th June and a Maths exam on Friday 15th June. Students should now be preparing for the exams and speaking with their teachers for advice.

Congratulations to the captains who presented to the year level during their assembly at the beginning of term. Each captain contributed to creating a slide show and spoke to over 200 students in the year level. We are looking forward to performances and another fantastic student lead assembly at the end of term. Well done captains!

The orange building is buzzing with the P2S Give It Forward projects which are well underway. Students have selected the group in need they would like to help and are now completing fundraising, collecting donations and promoting their projects. Their teachers are looking forward to seeing everything the year level can achieve and help those in need!

Our next City Experience will take students to the Shrine of Remembrance to further develop their understanding of the Humanities classwork and develop a deeper understanding of our history. Remember to be in full school uniform and on time to the station.   

 Sports Pathway Program



Term 2 is full of exciting excursions and learning opportunities for students in the Sports Pathway Program. In theory classes students have been learning about sports nutrition. They will be learning specifically how to effectively fuel their bodies for training and competition and what to eat to aid recovery post exercise.

We were lucky enough to have Jess Rothwell a Sports Dietitian from the Victorian Institute of Sport and St Kilda FC run a seminar with all SPP students on the importance of nutrition for sport.


Students will continue to work hard on improving strength and conditioning with Collingwood FC coach Luke Kitchen. The aim of this term is to develop student’s aerobic fitness through many different training techniques.


The Sports of focus this term are AFL and Soccer. We are hoping the extra skill development and game sense will help us to perform to a higher standard during Interschool Sporting competitions.


Year 9

Kokada Memorial Track- 1000 steps

AAMI Park and The Tan running track 


Year 10

Victoria Institute of Sport

Kokoda Memorial Track -1000 steps


Regards, Craig Kennedy CESC Sports Coordinator.



Year 9 and 10 Access Monash Champion information day:

On the 26th of April, 7 Year 9 students and 5 Year 10 students, attended the Access Monash Champions information day at the Cranbourne Racecourse. This day was held to inform students about what their focus is for their project and to get them working in their groups to form ideas about what their project could be based around. This year the Year 9 students will be basing their project on ‘Education’ and the Year 10 students will be based around ‘Community’. Each group will be working with mentors from Monash University on a fortnightly basis for 8 sessions, and at the conclusion of the sessions, each group will present their project to an audience. Congratulations to all the students that were selected and we look forward to seeing the progress made and the end result of these two projects.



9B Science

On Monday April 23, as part of the Term 2 Chemistry unit, 9B STEM science students were introduced to the 'Law of conservation of mass', which most students had previously heard of. After some theory, students got into groups to perform an experiment to demonstrate this law in real life. They observed a chemical reaction and analysed data collected from this experiment. All students behaved safely and completed a practical report based on this experiment.



9B Science

As part of the Term 2 Unit 'Crash Course Chemistry', on Thursday April 19, 9B STEM students participated in a series of 'Reactions' experiments. Students donned their safety glasses and mixed or heated various solids and ionic compounds. Students then completed a 'P.O.E' results table where they had to 'predict' the results of each experiment, 'observe' the experiment and finally 'evaluate' the experiment (categorise these reactions as chemical or physical changes and exothermic or endothermic. Students were able to name some of the products of these reactions without researching them and participated in these experiments in a safe and responsible manner.

Kyla Crawford - 9B STEM science teacher.

10G Science

On Monday April 23, as part of the Term 2 Chemistry unit, 10G science students revised the importance of observations in science, particularly in relation to experiments. After using the sense 'sight' to make some observations of images they were shown and also a demonstration shown in class, students looked at various elements in jars. Students were encouraged to note the state of matter of the element, find its name using a Periodic table and also note its properties.


Year 11/12

Upcoming Events

Term 2


31 - Yr. 11 VCAL: Primary School Visits


1 - End of Semester 1 VET Taster Electives

1 - Final Day for Course Changes: Unit 2

1 - Yr. 12 VCAL: PDS – Retirement Village Visit (Amy Watts) (Period 3 and 4)

4 - VET Taster Electives Semester 2 Start

6 - Last Day for Unit 1 & Unit 3 Assessment

7 - Final Day for Unit 1 & Unit 3 Classes

7 - Yr. 11 VCAL: Holocaust Museum Excursion (full day)

7 - Yr. 11 VCAL: Primary School Visits

7 - Yr. 12 VCAL: SECASA – Respect, Connect, Protect Program (Period 1 & 2 Ms Stone’s Math Class and half of Ms Friso’s Numeracy Class – students to be advised)

8 - Unit 1 and Unit 3 VCE & VCAL Mid-Year Results Due

8 - Yr. 12 VCAL: PDS – Retirement Village Visit (Mathew Donnelly) (Period 3 and 4)

8 to 15 - Yr. 11 VCE Mid-Year Examinations

8 to 15 - Yr. 12 VCE Mid-Year Examinations

11 - Queen's Birthday

13 - VCAA GAT Examinaton (all students studying a Unit 3 & 4 Subject)

14 - Yr. 11 VCAL: Primary School Visits

14 - Yr. 10 into Yr. 11 2019 Information Night

14 - Yr. 12 VCAL:SECASA – Respect, Connect, Protect Program (Period 1 & 2 Ms Latchford’s Literacy Class and half of Ms Friso’s Numeracy Class – students to be advised)

18 - Start of Unit 2 and Unit 4

18 - Yr. 12 Wellbeing Day - Federation University

18 - PDS - Retirement Village Visit (Kellie Friso – Period 5)

21 - Yr. 11 VCAL: Primary School Visits

22 - Yr. 12 VCAL: Ikea Excursion (full day) Date TBC

25 - Yr. 11 VCAL: Victorian Electoral Commission - Natalie Bisi's class (period 1 and 2)

25 - Yr. 12 VCAL: Gambling Victoria (Pd 1 all classes)

28 - Yr. 11 VCAL: Primary School Visits

29 - Victorian Electoral Commission - Kim Hawking's class (period 3 and 4)

29 - Term 2 Ends


13 to 21 - Central Australia Camp

Assistant Principal News

Welcome back to Term 2.  I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and Easter break.  Term 2 is always a very important time in Senior School; many of our students will be involved in examinations and major assessment tasks over the coming weeks.


All Year 11 and 12 VCE students will have end of semester examinations.  A reminder, end of semester one is Thursday 7th June.  Year 11 and 12 examinations will commence on Friday 8th June until Friday 15th June.  Examination Timetables will be distributed to students in the coming weeks.  Students must have a study/revision timetable in place and consistently review their class notes in preparation for these examinations.  Any students who would like assistance with study skills should contact their Teacher, Year Level Coordinator or myself. Students who are studying a Unit 3 and 4 (Year 12) subject are required to sit the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 13th June.  There will be no timetabled Year 12 classes on this day or during the examination week.


Thank you to all parents / guardians and students who attended parent teacher interviews.  We have received lots of positive feedback from both staff and parents regarding the quality of conversations and the importance of communication between home and school.  These interviews provide an important opportunity for parents, students and teachers to work together to further improve learning outcomes.  If any parents did not have the opportunity to speak with individual teachers, I encourage you to contact your child’s Year Level Coordinator to arrange a meeting time to receive feedback on your child’s progress/performance in Term 1.


Carys Freeman

Senior School Assistant Principal

VCE Information: Yr. 11

Homework Club will run every Thursday after school from 3:10pm to 4:10pm in Study Hall.  This is an excellent opportunity for your child to come along and receive extra support with their schoolwork.  Consent must be given for your child to attend.  Consent forms can be obtained from Miss Corney or Ms Bisi  in the Yr. 11 office.


VCE English Club- The English team are running an English class every Tuesday morning at 8:00am in the LRC.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to build on their English skills and meet the expectations of VCE English.  Students must sign up and a class roll will be taken.


VCE English Study- The English team are also putting on English Study Club Friday mornings at 8:00am in the LRC.  Again this is an excellent opportunity for students to get extra assistance for English- no sign up required.



School based assessment tasks are well underway.  Due to multiple classes in some subjects, these SACs have to occur after school. Students are aware of these dates prior to the SAC commencing and must re-schedule any extra-curricular activities.  Please note that if a student misses a scheduled SAC, a medical certificate must be supplied.  For parents, all SAC dates are on our senior school compass calendar.

Year 11 News

Presentation Ball

Presentation Ball is happening on the 20th September.  There are still spaces available for students.  Rehearsals will begin on the 22nd July at the College.


Central Australia Camp

Students need to be returning the medical forms and student code of conducts to Miss Corney. Payments for the T-Shirts are due by Friday 1st June. 


Final Payments plan dates are:  Thursday 17th May $370 and Thursday 14th June $350.


Year 11 Footy Tipping

Footy is back!!!!! All Year 11 students and teachers are welcomed to join the CESC 11 Footy tipping competition. Students log onto to join. Good luck and happy tipping!!


Elevate Education

The team from Elevate Education came out and presented a session on Time Management. Students were provided with information regarding prioritising work tasks, creating a weekly planner, completing non-required tasks and tips on how to reduce work loads. Students will hopefully take this on board in preparing for assessments and improved their results. Presenters were all impressed by our students, well done!


Career Action Plans

In Victoria, all students 15 years and over in Government schools are provided with Individual Pathway Plans and associated support as a means to continued education, training or full-time employment.

CAPs help young people to:

  • Make a smooth transition from compulsory schooling to further education, training and employment
  • Develop skills to manage their Pathways throughout their working lives
  • Develop their knowledge, understanding and experience of opportunities in education, training and employment.

It is extremely important for our students to know where they are planning to head at the completion of their schooling. To this end, every Year 10, 11 and 12 student will have an Careers Action Plan interview with Nancy Huez-O’Rourke and Liz Hassell.


Please support your young person in assisting them to complete the CAP. Careers Action Plan appointments will start on Monday 30 April until Friday 1 June.

VCAL Information: Yr. 11

VCAL Homework Club

During Term 2 VCAL Homework Club will run once a week after school from 3:10 to 4:10pm. This will mostly be on a Monday but will take place on a Thursday three times during the term. Dates for Term 2 VCAL homework club are below. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to come along and receive extra support with their schoolwork. It is very important that your child works productively during these sessions and maximises the time available. This will be a supervised session where one or more VCAL teachers will be available to help students with their work. Permission forms can be obtained from Yr. 11 office or Vanessa Mohr’s office.


Term 2 in Yr. 11 VCAL


This term Year 11 VCAL students are studying ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ in Literacy, and will have the amazing opportunity to visit the Holocaust Museum. The goal of this book is to expand students understanding of diversity and difference.



Students will begin their term with Financial Literacy and will end their term considering responsible pet ownership. Be ready for an exciting opportunity to visit the RSPCA in Term 3, which will be available to a select group of students.


Personal Development Skills

In their Personal Development Skills subject students will begin their work with Cranbourne East Primary School to provide reading support and develop literacy skills with the junior levels of the school. Further, in Personal Development Skills this term students will begin to examine Social Issues and the organisations and individuals who are affected and supported. As students move toward young adulthood they will also have the opportunity to learn about the Australian Voting System whilst they vote on a class project.


Work Related Skills

The majority of our students are now undertaking a work placement as part of their industry specific training. It is important that all students are now completing their provided Log Book as part of this process as this will ensure a positive assessment of their Work Related Skills Unit 2 subject.


VET Tasters

Business & Events

Yr. 11 and Yr. 12 VCAL students in the VET Business and Events class are busy planning an ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ event for all staff. This fundraiser for Cancer Council will take place on Thursday May 24th. A Sausage Sizzle for students will also be held on this day and we hope to see all staff and students supporting this very worthy cause.


VCE Information: Yr. 12

VCE calendar

Please be aware that the VCE SAC Calendar is live on compass. You are able to access this and see when your child has a SAC/event coming up.


Students need to be aware of their upcoming SACs so they are able to best prepare for them. In the lead up to their SACs it is vital that the students are at school attending their classes and speaking to their teachers and making the most of the time they have with their teachers.


Keeping up to date with coursework is becoming an issue for students. The 3 weekly progress reports are a good way to track how your child is performing.


If you are unable to access Compass please contact the school to receive your username and password.


Mid Year Exams

Unit 3 exams commence on Friday, 8th June, with students sitting an English exam. These exams allow students to assess where they are up to with regards to their studies and reflect on what strategies have worked well, as well as what strategies have not worked so well for them. Students will be receiving their exam timetable and instructions on how the week will run, shortly.



On Wednesday 13th June all students studying a 3/4 subject will be sitting the GAT (General Assessment Task). It is very important for students to take this exam seriously and complete it to the best of their ability.


Closer to the date students will attend an information session around expectations and will also receive a brochure containing all the information they need to know: expectations, why the GAT is important and rules to abide by. Please read this brochure so you are aware of the expectations.

Year 12 News


Monday 7th May students attended their third Elevate session-Ace of Exams. Students gained many helpful tips on preparation. Presenters spoke to the students about common mistakes made when preparing for exams, and strategies to use in the lead up to the exams and SACs.

They emphasised the importance of completing practice exams and getting feedback from their teachers. Hopefully the students begin to use this useful information in the lead-up to the mid year exams.

VCAL Information: Yr. 12

VCAL Homework Club

During Term 2 VCAL Homework Club will run once a week after school from 3:10 to 4:10pm. This will mostly be on a Monday but will take place on a Thursday three times during the term. Dates for Term 2 VCAL homework club are below. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to come along and receive extra support with their schoolwork. It is very important that your child works productively during these sessions and maximises the time available. This will be a supervised session where one or more VCAL teachers will be available to help students with their work. Permission forms can be obtained from Yr. 11 office or Vanessa Mohr’s office.


Term 2 in Yr. 12 VCAL


As part of a unit relating to finances students will have the opportunity to participate in an incursion with the Commonwealth Bank relating to banking and investment options for their future. Students will also begin to consider buying and furnishing a home and as part of putting their knowledge into practice will visit Ikea in Richmond later in the term. Students will also consider responsible driving, which will include mathematical calculations regarding stopping distances and will hear from an expert relating to car safety.



In Literacy Students will be considering the pursuit of happiness in multiple aspects of their lives, and and will attend a double period incursion relating to respectful relationships.


Personal Development Skills

In Personal Development Skills students will continue their work with Cranbourne East Retirement home and will be involved in writing stories about the past.


This term in PDS students will also be involved in a project with the RACV which will not only teach students to consider their responsible actions on the road now and in the future, but also allows students to have a say about road safety and potentially win a prize for themselves and the school. Furthermore students will participate in the Pay it forward scheme this term, which may result in additional incursions/excursions based on student selection. Stayed tuned……


Work Related Skills

The majority of our students are now undertaking a work placement as part of their industry specific training. It is important that all students are now completing their provided Log Book as part of this process as this will ensure a positive assessment of their Work Related Skills Unit 2 subject.


VET Tasters

Business & Events

Yr. 11 and Yr. 12 VCAL students in the VET Business and Events class are busy planning an ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ event for all staff. This fundraiser for Cancer Council will take place on Thursday May 24th. A Sausage Sizzle for students will also be held on this day and we hope to see all staff and students supporting this very worthy cause.


VCE and Careers Expo

On Thursday May 3rd our Yr. 11 VCE and VCAL students as well as our Yr. 12 VCE students attended the VCE & Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse.


Students had the opportunity to explore post school pathways and talk to representatives from all the major Universities and TAFE's. They came away with a lot of valuable information, goodie bags and a variety of freebies!!


MEDEA Excursion

On Friday the 4th of May (May the force be with you), our year 12 students went to The Drum Theatre in Dandenong to see Medea.  Medea is an ancient Greek play written by Euripides in 431BC, and we are studying it in VCE English Unit 3.


It was great to see many students attend their first ever play, and the fact we were able to have a question and answer session with the actors afterwards really helped increase the students’ understanding of the play and historical context. Being able to understand the way ancient Greeks thought about citizenship and visitors to the lands is vital to understanding the play, and the session really helped the students significantly.


The play follows Medea who commits the most horrific crime of killing her own children, and it was interesting for the students to see the actors interpret the dialogue of the play.



Careers & Pathways

Careers & Pathways

Welcome to the Cranbourne East Secondary College Careers Newsletter.  Should you require and further information please contact the Careers Team on 03 5990 0200.


Career Development is a vital element of the lifecycle as it assists people to navigate their way through education and training into employment and fulfilling working lives. Career development and guidance programs, help people to:

  • explore their career potential through self awareness activities
  • research a wide range of career options
  • understand how they make decisions and how these decisions impact have on their future aspirations
  • develop their career management skills so that they are well prepared to face the challenges of a changing world.

The Careers Team publish a regular fortnightly newsletter as well as an active Careers Facebook page.  We endeavour to interview every student in Year 10, 11 & 12 as part of our Careers Action Plan.  Please feel free to contact the Careers Team with regards to your students pathways.

What the Career Centre can assist you with?

Careers Action Plans -

Apprenticeships Information

Résumé Writing Skills

Cadetships & Traineeships

Scholarship Opportunities

Career Expos

Subject Selection Counselling

Career Tools

SWL Program

GAP Year Opportunities

TAFE Courses & Programs

Individual Interviews

University Courses & Programs

International Studies

University Extension Studies

Interstate Universities

VCAA Information

Interview Skills

VET in Schools

Open Days

VTAC & Interstate Application Processes

Overseas Exchange Programs

Weekly Career News Updates

Part-time & Casual Job Opportunities

Work Experience

VIC State Budget Information

In addition to last week's announcement regarding the VIC State Budget, we now have further information on the free priority courses that will be offered by TAFE.

The information includes FAQs for students, a fact sheet listing all the free priority courses on offer (including which are and aren't apprenticeship pathways) as well as a general fact sheet on changes/additions to Apprenticeships and Traineeships due to the budget..

All three factsheets can be downloaded below
Student FAQs regarding priority courses
Free course Fact Sheet
General Apprenticeship/Traineeship Factsheet

If you require further information you can visit the VIC Sate Budget website:

VET. It's Right Now.

VET. It's Right Now. - MySkills

Vocational Education and Training is one of the most progressive forms of education available to school leavers. It’s in touch with the realities of the current and future employment market – because it’s entirely driven by the employment market. It’s right now.

News from Chisholm Institute

Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation / Certificate IV in Guiding - SIS40313 / SIT40216

Mid-Year Enrolment available

If you know of students who love the outdoors and recreational lifestyle with possible opportunities to work at overseas summer camps, then this may be the course for them! This nationally recognised qualification may lead to careers as an Adventure Guide, Assistant Outdoor Guide, Outdoor Instructor, Youth Work - outdoor specialist, Camp Manager, Outdoor Educator, Program Manager to name a few.


This dual course is two Certificate IV courses rolled into one and involves a combination of theory and practice, and many exciting field trips.


Typical units include:

Apply canoeing skills

Apply climbing skills on natural surfaces

Apply intermediate bushwalking skills

Apply navigation skills in an intermediate environment

Apply river crossing skills

Conduct projects

Coordinate emergency responses

Demonstrate basic cycling skills

Demonstrate basic off-road cycling skills

Demonstrate bushwalking skills in a controlled environment

Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment

Demonstrate sea kayaking skills

Demonstrate simple sea kayaking skills

Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities

Develop and maintain the general and regional knowledge required by guides

Develop work priorities

Guide bushwalks in a controlled environment

Guide canoeing trips on flat and undemanding water

Guide off-road cycle tours

Implement and monitor health and safety policies

Instruct off-road cycling skills

Manage risk in an outdoor activity

Operate communications systems and equipment

Perform deep water rescues

Plan outdoor recreation activities

Respond to emergency situations

Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site


Fees:  Government Subsidised:

Concession: $3,145.85*


Non-concession: $7,369.15*


Full fee paying: $15,657.70*


*When checking fees against other training providers it is important to check that their fees include the materials fee and amenities fees. Some students have realised this AFTER commencing their course and have discovered in many cases Chisholm’s course was cheaper. 


Campus: Frankston campus however, much of the time the student can expect to be on camps and field trips.

Course length:                    Full Time, 1 year. Part Time, 2 years.

Course commences:         2018 start dates Weeks commencing 29 Jan and 16 Jul.

Job outcomes:                    Did you know that 83% of graduates find employment within six months!


Dual Qualifications in Engineering

Our Engineering department are now offering a dual qualification to Chisholm apprentices completing a Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical or Fabrications).


Students have the option to increase employability skills by studying the Certificate IV Engineering in the evenings over 2 years. Streams available are CNC, Mechanical, Fabrication & Welding and Mechatronics. The course is offered at a fraction of the cost to make it more accessible for apprentices.


For further information please speak to one of our friendly Course Advisers on 1300 244 746.


Alternative Options to School


Upcoming information sessions for MIDYEAR INTAKE only


Berwick VCAL and trade pre-apprenticeships

Thursday 17 May at 6 pm - Berwick TEC, Building G, Berwick

Thursday 14 June at 6 pm - Berwick TEC, Building G, Berwick


Dandenong VCE/VCAL

Tuesday June 12th 6-7pm Building G, Room G218

Frankston VCE & VCAL

Thursday, 24th May 6pm Building M Room M101

Monday 18th June 2018 5 -7 pm Building D


MIDYEAR intake applications now open

VCAL Intermediate & Senior – Frankston, Berwick TEC and Cranbourne

VCE Unit 2 – Frankston & Dandenong


Apply online or for further details contact:

Frankston – 92388140

Dandenong – 92125167

Berwick TEC & Cranbourne – VCAL Year 11 & 12, Trade pre-apprenticeships 9212 4577



Senior and Berwick Technical College (For early school leavers who have completed year 10 looking for alternatives to year 11 and 12) Tel: 92388140 (Frankston), 92125167 (Dandenong), 92124577 (Berwick & Cranbourne)

How to become a Teacher at FedUni

FedUni is reviewing the CASPER test for teaching degree applicants. We may be unlikely to use CASPER in the future. Further info will be available shortly.
 Keep in mind FedUni’s teaching pathway programs which offer a pathway into a teaching degree.
o              Bachelor of Education Studies
o              Bachelor of Sport, Physical and Outdoor Education
 More information is available at:

UMAT 2018

Year 12 students planning on applying for UMAT2018 are reminded that applications close on Friday 1 June 2018 at 5.00pm sharp.  For more information, and/or to apply visit UMAT2018.

VCE Study Skills Day

Registrations are open for the 2018 VCE Study Skills Days, designed to help VCE students develop skills to manage their way through Year 11 and 12, and the transition into university.
Tuesday 3 July | 9.30am - 2.00pm
Gippsland Campus (Churchill)
Wednesday 4 July | 9.30am - 2.00pm
Berwick Campus
Thursday 5 July | 9.30am - 2.00pm
Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat)
Registrations are open now: 

Law Week 2018

Law Week is an annual festival of events which makes learning about the law easy. Held in May each year, the seven-day program has something for everyone.  This year Law Week will take place from Monday 14 May – Sunday 20 May 2018. 

Students get to go behind the scenes of the Victorian legal system and check out what the law is all about.  Find legal answers on everyday issues, attend mock-trials, attend mock bail-hearings, learn about the types of crimes that may be motivated by race or religion, and so much more.   

To find out more about all the activities on offer, visit Law Week 2018

Year 11 & 12 Winter School Programs

The School for Excellence has a number of revision and head start programs coming up during the winter break, and registration for these programs have already opened.  There will also be a free* lecture held on Saturday 16 June 2018 at the University of Melbourne titled Maximising Examination Marks.  Valued at over $150, this lecture is *FREE when students make a $10 donation to The Fred Hollows Foundation on the day.  

National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is an internationally recognised institute that offers education and training in a range of courses including acting, writing, staging, movement, voice, costume, and production design.  


All application, audition, interview, and project requirements for NIDA’s tertiary programs are now available on the NIDA website.  Visit NIDA to learn more!


Collarts is an independent tertiary education college focused on creating real career pathways into the creative sector for students, with over 30-years’ experience.  Collarts delivers industry-based learning coupled with strong personal and professional development.


Collarts offers fully-credited two-year Bachelor Degrees or Diplomas in:


·         Music Performance

·         Audio Production

·         Entertainment Management

·         Music Production

·         Content Creation

·         Fashion Marketing

·         Entertainment Journalism (Diploma only)


Browse Collarts to learn more about this college.

Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching (QILT)

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website is now three years’ old.  The aim of this website is to assist students in making informed choices about their higher education options by bringing together survey data from all Australian universities, allowing students to compare student experience and job outcomes. 


So, students are able to compare the student experience, whether domestic or international, between universities, and also learn more about employment outcomes of the different institutions. 

The QILT survey program also includes the Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS) which is an important survey whereby over 4000 employers are asked to rate their newly employed university graduates, based on several criteria, and thereby ranking universities.  The 2017 ESS Final Report is well-worth a browse.

Schoolies Unearthed

Since 1991 we’ve been creating extraordinary people through extraordinary travel experiences. This year over 2000 students will be travelling with us to over 30 incredible destinations.  Antipodeans offers a range of programs, one of which is Schoolies Unearthed – a different way to do schoolies.  Newly graduate Year 12 students get to travel overseas with a team of other schoolies, explore new and vibrant parts of the world whilst contributing to a sustainable community project. Accompanied by an Unearthed leader, this is a chance to embrace a totally new culture, discover some incredible food and live like the locals do - all while having the time of your life. 


Find out more at Schoolies Unearthed – a different way to do schoolies

News From Deakin University

• Are emoji above the law?
• How to pass Year 12 Health and Human Development
• How to pass Year 12 Maths Methods
• Is technology the future of education?


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DeakInspire 2018

DeakInspire, is an event specially designed to inspire, motivate and engage students in Years 10, 11 and 12.  DeakInspire will provide students with a head-start on their study and personal career goals. 

On the day, students will get the opportunity to:

1. Transform their way of thinking
2. Connect with meaningful experiences
3. Explore their study options

For a better idea of what DeakInspire involves, have a look at the DeakInspire promo video.  To find out more, or to register, visit DeakInspire


Deakin Genie

Deakin has been recognised as a global digital leader at the Digital Edge 50 awards for the second year running, with the Deakin Genie digital personal assistant tool for students receiving a 2018 Digital Edge 50 award from the world's number one ranked media, data and marketing services company.


Watch this YouTube clip on how this personalised systems works for Deakin students - Deakin Genie

Deakin University Faculty News

Faculty of Arts and Education
Arts and Education information sessions

Bachelor of Arts course and career information sessions
Bachelor of Arts course and career information sessions or of Arts course and career information sessions Hear from Deakin’s Work Integrated Learning specialists on how the Bachelor of Arts degree prepares you for a wide range of careers and job-ready skills.
Wednesday 6 June
Melbourne Burwood Campus 5.30–6.30pm*
Geelong Waterfront Campus 5.30–6.30pm*

* Criminology information session will follow; from 6.30-6.45pm there is an opportunity to talk to current students about their study before the Criminology session commences at 6.45pm (see below)


Criminology information sessions
Did you know that the Bachelor of Criminology at Deakin is one of the very few dedicated Criminology courses in Australia? Find out why this gives you a competitive edge.
Wednesday 6 June
Melbourne Burwood Campus 6.45–7.45pm
Geelong Waterfront Campus 6.45–7.45pm


Teaching information sessions
Discover the rewards of studying a teaching degree at Deakin and why our teaching graduates are so highly sought after.
Tuesday 24 July
Melbourne Burwood Campus 5.30–6.30pm
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus 5.30–6.30pm
Warrnambool Campus 4–5pm

Thursday 13 September
Melbourne Burwood Campus 5.30–6.30pm
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus 5.30–6.30pm
Warrnambool Campus 4–5pm

Creative arts and design folio sessions evenings
Gain handy tips and insights to enhance and develop your folio. Meet and connect with current Deakin students and see our amazing facilities.
Thursday 11 September
Melbourne Burwood Campus 5.30–7.30pm
Geelong Waterfront Campus 5.30–7.30pm


For more information and to register: 
For more information email: [email protected]


Faculty of Business and Law
New standards set to increase demand for financial planners
The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) has established a set of regulations for the
education, training and ethics for new entrants to the profession and existing financial advisers. Under the new legislation, new financial advisers will be required to complete a degree, undertake a professional year and pass an exam. Existing advisers will need to undertake relevant further study in order to comply with these new standards or have a recognised transition pathway determined by the
Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) and pass an exam.

The banking royal commission has found that of the 25,000 current financial advisers in Australia, only 35% have the relevant qualifications as authorised by FASEA. Existing financial advisers must have a relevant university degree by January 1, 2024.

This presents a great opportunity for your students who may be considering a career in this area as existing financial advisers may be intending to retire or exit the industry, creating a demand for new advisers. Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in financial planning) is our flagship undergraduate business course and is satisfies the new FASEA requirements.


Faculty of Health
Faculty of Health course information sessions
The Faculty of Health is running course information sessions for students wishing to learn more about our innovative degrees in exercise and sport science, health sciences, nursing and midwifery, nutrition sciences, occupational therapy, psychology, and social work.

Melbourne Burwood Campus
Exercise and sport science Wednesday 18 July 6–7.30pm
Nutrition sciences Wednesday 18 July 6–7.30pm
Health sciences Thursday 19 July 6–7.30pm
Nursing and midwifery Wednesday 18 July 6-8pm & 
Saturday 21 July, 2.30–4.30pm


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Exercise and sport science Saturday 21 July 2.30–4 pm

Geelong Waterfront Campus
Health sciences Thursday 19 July 6–7.30 pm
Nursing and midwifery Wednesday 18 July 6-8pm & Saturday 21 July, 2.30–4.30pm
Occupational therapy Tuesday 24 July 6–7.30 pm
Psychology Tuesday 24 July 6–7.30 pm
Social work Thursday 19 July 6–7.30 pm

Warrnambool Campus
Health sciences Wednesday 25 July 6–7.30 pm
Nursing and midwifery Wednesday 25 July 6–7.30 pm
Psychology Wednesday 25 July 6–7.30 pm


For more information and to register: 


Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE)
Work Integrated Learning is in higher demand than ever!
We are excited to have recently expanded our Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team across all campuses,
to provide our SEBE students with greater support whilst meeting increasing employer demand for interns.

The WIL team is dedicated to engaging with the partnered employers who host our students while they complete a paid or unpaid work placement ranging from 4 weeks to 12 months duration.

Gaining practical, hands-on experience is a key component of learning for Deakin SEBE students and continues to be a great benefit to them in becoming more employable once they enter the ‘real world of work’. For further information, please visit

News from Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University Industry Partners

For over 50 years, Swinburne University has been working closely with industry to create strong and mutually beneficial partnerships.  From multi-national corporations to small businesses, start-ups to not-for-profit organisations, Swinburne offers a wide-range of partnership opportunities in almost every industry sector.


Browse some of the organisations that have benefited by opening their doors to Swinburne students at Swinburne University Industry Partners.


Swinburne has particularly partnered with several companies with diverse interests in the medical technology space - Biodevices Industry Partners


Sport Development/Leadership and Management

This unique dual diploma is designed to complement your development as an athlete with a strong emphasis on experiential learning and practical skills and a focus on management and leadership capabilities. The program is aimed at developing the next generation of leaders within the sports industry and delivered by Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership and Swinburne University of Technology.  Students will have access to state-of-the-art high performance training, teaching and learning facilities.  In addition, they will gain an industry placement and on successful completion of the dual diploma, be eligible for a guaranteed university pathway into selected Bachelor courses.


Applications for the 2019 intake will open on Sunday May 13 2018 at the Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership Open Day.  Register and/or find out more at Diploma Sport Development/Diploma Leadership and Management


Architecture at Swinburne

From crafting areas that promote wellbeing, to engineering bridges and designing interiors for the future – choose a course in Built Environment and Architecture at Swinburne, and you’ll learn how to apply innovation in spaces far and wide. 


Swinburne offers a range of architecture-related courses.  Two such courses are –


The Bachelor of Design (Architecture) that focuses on building design, and students get to tackle digital technology, environmental awareness, construction, practice, ethics, history and theory as they gain skills for the future of architecture.


The Bachelor of Architectural Engineering allows students to not only design the aesthetics of buildings, but also learn foundation engineering disciplines too.

Discipline in Profile: Bachelor of Arts at VU

Whether a student is a budding artist, musician, a thinker or a writer, VU has a broad range of arts courses to spark passions and take careers further.


An Arts degree is the ideal preparation fo today’s changing world since it develops the highly sought-after skills of communication, problem-solving, teamwork and critical thinking that modern employers want. With an emphasis on the humanities, creative arts and social sciences students will develop a grounding in the diversity of ways of knowing.


By undertaking real-world projects during the course, students will put theory into practice. Through internships and work placements, students will have invaluable opportunities to learn within workplace contexts and community settings, and start forging a network of industry contacts.


We collaborate with a network of business and industry partners. Everything students learn with us has direct links to the workplace and their future career. We also offer students many opportunities for practical learning.


Through the Graduating Projects, the Bachelor of Arts brings students together in group tasks to engage with the workplace and broader community.


The Victoria University Bachelor of Arts is distinctive for its emphasis on scholarly disciplines that are highly engaged with the workplace and the broader community. It offers this deeply rooted concept of an Arts education within the context of issues that prevail in Australia now. Students can study overseas for a semester at one of our many international partner institutes.



Third-year students in the College of Arts and Education have the opportunity to develop their skills by collaboratively publishing the journal, presenting contributions from esteemed and emerging artists.



Students in community development, communication, writing and screen media undertake a professional placement under the supervision of a qualified specialist in their area of study.



Voted as one of the top ten shared working spaces in the world (Lonely Planet), our Kindred Studios provides all our music students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional facility.

News from Victoria University Polytechnic


VU Polytechnic’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events learning facilities are world class with three state-of-the-art commercial kitchens including individual stainless steel work stations and the latest cooking equipment. Featuring two demonstration kitchens, a training bar and restaurant seating up to 150 guests and multimedia laboratories, students train in an environment that closely simulates the workplace.


To further opportunities for workplace learning, the Polytechnic has key student placement partnerships with industry leaders such as The Mansion Hotel and Spa Werribee, TFE Hotels, Crown Melbourne, and The Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens.


VenU is our student-run restaurant at Footscray Nicholson Campus, providing a simulated work environment for hospitality students to refine their skills under the guidance of our expert teachers. VenU will be open to the public for lunch every Wednesday (and some Thursdays) until June 27.


We invite you to book your students in for a facilities tour. Please contact Leshika Samaraweera to book on Leshika. [email protected] or 99197701.



Programs have now commenced in Hospitality Management and Commercial Cookery, with new courses starting from mid-semester:


SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management

Students will learn how to coordinate and manage effective, safe and engaging events, develop fundamental planning, communication and organisational skills, and acquire a detailed understanding of the event management process.


SIT50116 Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management

Students will develop the high-level skills required to manage travel and tourism operations and learn about business management in tourism and global trends related to industry operations.



VU Polytechnic’s NAO Robots impressed attendees at Wyndham Council’s inaugural WYNnovation Festival earlier this month. This exciting technology was featured at our exhibit and marquee in the Grand Prix Industry & Innovation Precinct.



VU Polytechnic alumna and teacher Demet Divaroren’s debut novel Living on Hope Street (Allen and Unwin, 2017) has won the prize for Young Adult Literature in the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.


“VU’s Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing gave me the tools, knowledge and support to begin my writing career…For us to grow as people, we need to broaden our horizon and have access to different perspectives.”

News from ACU

ACU Community Achiever Program

As a Year 12 student, do you demonstrate leadership in your school or workplace, coordinate a community initiative, volunteer in a local cultural, sporting or religious group or provide care to someone in need?  ACU's Community Achiever Program is designed to acknowledge commitment to our local communities.

The Community Achiever Program (CAP) recognises a students’ potential to achieve great things.  A successful CAP application means a student could receive a provisional university offer as early as August to study at ACU.  Being part of this CAP group also offers successful students unique opportunities to enhance their leadership and volunteering skills, while they study at ACU.  Should an application be successful, the required ATARs would be as follows:


Degree                                                                                        ATAR

  • Law and dual Law degrees                                      70.00
  • Physiotherapy*                                                             70.00
  • Occupational Therapy*                                             65.00
  • Paramedicine in Victoria*                                         58.50
  • Speech Pathology*                                                      65.00

ALL OTHER degrees                                                               58.50

* Numbers are capped


CAP applications to study in 2019
Open – Tuesday 1 May 2018

Close - Midnight Tuesday 31 July 2018

Offers released by end of August 2018


Students are encouraged to start gathering their required documentation now to submit with along their application.  Failure to meet all the requirements for the CAP will result in not being considered for the program. 

Find out more at Community Achiever Program (CAP)

ACU Faculty Updates

Faculty of Education and Arts

Change to arts degree entry requirements for 2019

The National School of Arts has revised the entry requirements into arts degrees. The changes set to take effect from Semester 1, 2019 include updating admission requirements, including course-level prerequisites for all arts courses, and adjusting the English prerequisite in Victoria to increase uniformity and equivalence across all universities. Find out more about our arts courses by following these links: arts and humanities, creative arts and communications and international studies.


Suitability for teaching – non-academic requirements

Starting in 2018, teaching courses now include teacher suitability assessments, which assess both academic and non-academic qualities of all students applying for entry into a teaching degree. Find out all you need to know about this here.


ACU and the global village

This is an exciting time to study at ACU. Our university is only 28 years old, but we already rank in the top 3 per cent of all universities worldwide. ACU’s star is rising and our outstanding graduates are leaving their footprint on the world. This momentum is exemplified by the National School of Arts at ACU, where world-class researchers come together with award-winning teachers to provide an exceptional educational experience for students that sets them up for life.


This success notwithstanding, doubts persist in some quarters about the value of studying the arts, humanities, and social sciences at university. Historically, students who expressed an interest in doing a Bachelor of Arts were asked why, the assumption being that it was an indulgent pursuit that wouldn’t lead to a clearly defined job. While old attitudes die hard, the world has changed almost beyond recognition. In today’s global village, where core human values will shape the tide of technological innovation, the old stereotypes about arts look woefully outdated.

>> Read more on what Professor Michael Ondaatje, National Head of the School of Arts, has to say about studying arts at ACU.


Faculty of Health Sciences

Reach the elite level with a career in high performance sport.


What does the high performance sport industry look like?

It’s a global, multi-billion dollar entity employing sport scientists, coaches, strength and conditioning professionals, and high performance managers and analysts. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete.


Is the Bachelor of High Performance Sport for me?
If you’re seeking a career working with elite athletes in professional sporting organisations or sub-elite and junior programs, this course is for you! Emphasis is on (1) athlete preparation, coaching, training and performance, (2) industry-relevant knowledge, skills and accreditation, and (3) work-integrated learning opportunities.

How is it different to other sport and exercise science courses?
This course has a specific focus on the high performance sport industry; international internship opportunities are on offer; students are taught by industry experts; and the fast-tracked study option allows full-time students to complete the course in 2.5 years so they can enter the workforce quickly or progress directly into postgraduate study.


Course accreditation
The Bachelor of High Performance Sport is seeking course accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) and with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Accreditation with these organisations currently exists for ACU’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science.


Help your students choose the best degree from our psychology study options

If your students aspire to practice as psychologists, which course should they choose?
The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is an accredited 4-year sequence, providing admission into the Honours year and enabling your students to pursue postgraduate study to become registered psychologists.

If your students are unsure about becoming a psychologist, which course would be best?

The Bachelor of Psychological Science will help your students take the first steps towards a career in psychology while developing job-ready skills in research, statistics and communication. They will have the option to pursue a career in psychology or alternative careers.

If your students like psychology but have other interests, what course would meet their needs?

In addition to our double degree offering with law, they might consider a double degree combining psychological science with arts, commerce or exercise science. They should choose the academic program best reflects their intellectual interests and career aspirations.


Faculty of Law and Business

Course accreditations for the Peter Faber Business School
The Peter Faber Business School has been awarded the prestigious international EPAS accreditation for its Bachelor of Commerce, together with other new accreditations in the areas of finance and occupational health, safety and environment.  At the same time, accounting and HR courses have been re-accredited.
>> Read more

Got a passion for law and business?
Passion for Law – Applications open 1 May

If you’re currently in Year 12 and are passionate about studying law, ACU’s Passion for Law (P4L) program offers you an early competitive edge.


P4L is an early entry program designed to nurture your learning potential and give you a step up in your future law career. We know there’s more to you than your exam results and your passion and commitment counts.


Benefits of the program include:

  • early offer for an ACU law degree of your choice
  • access to our Academic Skills workshops, CareerHub, and network events
  • take part in study abroad opportunities
  • participate in the pro bono program
  • $500 textbook voucher to the top three P4L students at the end of Semester 1
  • invitation to our ACU P4L welcome event.

>> Read more

Passion for Business – Applications open 1 May

ACU’s Passion for Business (P4B) program offers students an early competitive edge. We know there’s more to you than your exam results and your passion and commitment counts. P4B is a guaranteed early entry program designed to nurture your learning potential and give you a step up in your future business career.


Benefits of the program include:
* early offer into an ACU P4B course

* access to our Academic Skills workshops, CareerHub and networking events

* study abroad opportunities

* $500 textbook voucher awarded to the top three P4B students at the end of Semester 1

* invitation to our ACU P4B welcome event.

>> Read more

News from La Trobe University

La Trobe University 'Experience Clever'

Latrobe University has a program called ‘Experience Clever’ running across all campuses. Led by teachers, they are offering fun and dynamic workshops for students to see and experience uni life at Latrobe. The dates at each campus are as follows:


Albury-Wodonga – Friday 1 June


Bendigo –Thursday 5 July


Melbourne (Winter): Friday 6 July


For more information, visit:



Every year we award scholarships to commencing and current students with a combined value in excess of $3 million. Scholarships can reward high achievers, encourage diversity and support the disadvantaged – there is a diverse mix available and they are released throughout the year.

Recently, we announced a range of scholarships for new and existing students involved with the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP). Over 30 new athletes, who compete in sports ranging from athletics and swimming, to aerial skiing, will all receive a range of benefits such as academic support and access to funding as part of their membership to the program.

We’ve written a blog with more information about applying for scholarships at La Trobe, along with tips to increase your chances of securing one.



We’re excited to announce two competitions at La Trobe open to Year 10 and Year 11 students.

La Trobe University Young Writer’s Awards
Year 10 Victorian secondary school students and guest border schools are invited to get creative and enter an original short story or poem (800 – 1000 words) in this year’s competition.

The theme for submissions is one year later and there are great cash prizes available for first ($500), second ($250) and third ($125) place. Submissions open from Monday 16 July 2018 – head to our website for more information, terms and conditions.

Dream It, Plan It, Pitch It

Open exclusively to Year 11 Business Management students, students submit a business plan to the competition and then pitch their idea to judges at either a Melbourne or regional showcase in mid-July. Daily prizes will be awarded, along with the chance to win a grand prize of $1000.

The competition is this year open to Victorian guest LSES schools and those who have attended a La Trobe VCE Business Forum. An additional 10 school places are also available.

The competition is generously sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the La Trobe University Business School. To register your school’s interest, please contact Ustashia Pillay [email protected] or call 03 9479 5814



La Trobe ranks in the top five universities nationally – and number one in Victoria – for the full time employment rate of undergraduates from its agriculture and environmental studies courses. And according to Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences/Bachelor of Business alumnus Rebecca Dunsmuir, the agricultural sector is brimming with jobs.

‘The job opportunities in agriculture are enormous. They’re going to be ever-growing, because our population is ever-growing, and the agriculture sector is what feeds everyone every single day – it’s never going to stop,’ Rebecca says.





With admitting students into university as well as promoting our courses, comes the responsibility to engage in fair and ethical practices.

In light of new admissions transparency rules governing how admissions information is presented, we have been implementing a number of measures to ensure we remain compliant – including a revised online ATAR Wizard, providing a greater range of ATAR information for each of our bachelor’s courses.

You can find out more about how new admissions transparency rules impact your school and students on the TEQSA website.

News from RMIT University

Associate Degree in Engineering Technology

RMIT University offers the Associate Degree in Engineering Technology which is an excellent 2-year degree for students undecided which specialised area of Engineering they wish to study.  Students who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with two years of credit (equivalent to 192 credit points) into the following RMIT programs relevant to their study major.  This pathway course is also often used by students who do not attain the minimum English/EAL and Maths Methods study scores, or if their ATAR is not high enough to enter the bachelor degree.  Students keen on telecommunications engineering can also use this pathway course, by completing the Electrical and Electronics major.

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours)

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours)

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering) (Honours)

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours)

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (Honours)

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours)

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours)

·         Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering) (Honours)

News from Monash University

Inside Monash Seminar Series 2018

Get the inside story of what it’s really like to study at Monash. You’ll hear from a current student, a past student and an academic. It’s the best 90 minutes you could spend researching your course. Bring along your parents too!  The Inside Monash Seminar Series commences in April!  These seminars provide VCE students with an insight into the courses and career options within discipline areas.  The seminars are held in various locations across the Caulfield, Clayton, Peninsula, and City campuses, and seminars with the same title have the same program.  All seminars commence at 6.30pm. 


Exact venue details are available on registration at Inside Monash Seminars


Developing life long careers

At Monash, we strive to provide our students with opportunities to develop skills that enable

them to transition from education to employment. We focus on providing students with access to information, tools and experiences, which will equip them to navigate the world of work.


Students can access:

* ‘how-to’ sessions focused on writing professional resumes, building compelling LinkedIn profiles and performing well at interviews

* employability workshops, careers success conversations and mock graduate assessment centres

* employers on campus allowing them to develop leadership capabilities

* our local and international online job boards


Our students can leverage these programs, platforms, services and events, giving them a competitive edge in the graduate job market.


For more information on Career Connect, go to


Visit Monash during the School Holidays

School holidays provide a great opportunity to visit Monash Clayton campus. This year, we will be offering scheduled campus tours for prospective students and their parents during all the school holiday periods.


A current student will host a campus tour, highlighting some of the main facilities and buildings, answering questions about university life, the campus and talking generally about the course they are undertaking. A tour of accommodation facilities is available for those interested.

The 2018 dates are listed below.



■ Friday 6 July

■ Monday 9 July

■ Friday 13 July

■ Monday 16 July

■ Friday 20 July



■ Friday 28 September

■ Monday 1 October

■ Friday 5 October


All tours commence at 10am. Bookings are essential, and once registered, details of the meeting location and a map will be sent to attendees.


Online bookings can be made at monash/information-for-schools-and-teachers/campus-tours#scheduled


Monash Scholars Program

The Monash Scholars Program is a prestigious program for high achieving secondary school students.  The program gives prospective students a unique head start into university life by providing opportunities for personal and academic development. The program also provides students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make decisions about future study options and enables them to build a network of peers, academic, and employment contacts.


The Scholars Program is suitable for students in the top 10% of their cohort, are university-focused, and who demonstrate leadership ability and a willingness to contribute to their community.  Students begin the program in Year 10, continuing on through years 11 and 12.


Over 1200 students participate in the program every year, and Scholars are invited to a series of events that collectively achieve the following:
1.         Enhanced learning

2.         Exploring career ambitions

3.         Defining personal aspirations

4.         Building networks


Applications for the 2018 intake will be open from Tuesday 1 May 2018.  Students who apply for the program must be endorsed by the school to complete the application process. 

For more information about applying, including student eligibility criteria, please visit Monash Scholars Program 2018.

Faculty Updates - Monash University

Education - The Future is Here!

The Faculty of Education has moved into their new home at the Clayton campus – the Learning and Teaching Building.


Positioned as the gateway to the Clayton campus from Wellington Road, this visually inspiring, world-class environment has been designed to accommodate and enhance new styles of learning experience.


With more than 60 state of the art teaching spaces, this innovation hub provides a collaborative focus for our students to engage in learning.


At the undergraduate level, the Faculty of Education offers the following courses at the Clayton campus:

Bachelor of Education (Honours) in:

–  Primary and Secondary Education

–  Primary and Secondary Inclusive Education

–  Primary Education double degrees in Arts, Business, Commerce, Fine Art, Information Technology, Music and Science

–  Secondary Education double degree in Arts, Business, Commerce, Fine Art, Information Technology, Music and Science.


Please note, some inter-campus travel may be required for some double degrees.

For a virtual tour of the Learning and Teaching Building, please visit


We look forward to welcoming your students to our new home in 2018 through our range of course information sessions and interactive workshops.


Information Technology - IT v's Computer Science v's Software Engineering


The Faculty of Information Technology offers both breadth and depth, giving students an excellent choice of courses and units in our undergraduate programs. The hardest decision can be choosing between courses. Here’s a summary to assist your students.



Application of computer-based technologies and systems to meet individual and organisational information needs

Highly practical: use, develop and manage IT based systems

Focus on a wide range of aspects of IT: from technical computing, games, interactive media to information and business related themes

Choose from 5 majors and 14 minors



Theory and practice of applying computers and software to problem solving

Design algorithms (instructions for computers) and data structures (ways to store information)

Acquire practical programming skills to implement these in efficient software that solves real-world problems

Choose a specialisation from Advanced Computer Science or Data Science



Apply engineering principles to systematically analyse, develop and improve software to ensure it runs effectively, safely and securely

Learn how to program on a large scale build complex systems across large teams to formally validate and verify the code

Prepares students to be good at three main areas of Software Engineering: quality, process and design


There is some overlap within these three areas. Essentially, they exist in subsections of the same discipline, allowing students to perform varied tasks that complement their study areas.


Engineering - ENGenuITy Change the World with Engineering and IT



Do you:

Want to make the world a better place in the future?

Love maths, science and tech?

Enjoy tackling challenges and solving problems?


Applications are now open for Monash University’s fun and inspiring school holiday workshop for Year 10 girls – ENGenuITy – Change the World with Engineering and IT!


Hosted by Australia's #1 ranked Engineering school in conjuction with iyr faculty of Information Technology, your students will havbe the chance to learn about the huge variety of career options for engineers and IT specialists.  They'll also hear stories from women with successful engineering careers including Elizabeth Croft, Monash Dean of Engineering and Marissa Thomas, founder of The STEAM Engine Co and former President of Monash University’s Robogals.


Your students will even build, code and take home their own robot! They’ll take part in games, experiments, activities at the IT and Engineering Expo, and discover the diverse range of courses Monash has to offer.


Event details

Who:       Female Year 10 students

Date:       Tuesday 10 July 2018

Time:       9.15am 3.45pm

Location: New Horizons, 20 Research Way, Clayton campus

Cost:        Free!  Morning tea and lunch provided


All attendees will be given an attendance certificate.

To secure a place, students will need to tell us in 50 words or less why they want to come!

For more information, email Leanne Waller at  [email protected]

Change the World with Engineering and IT is proudly supported by Arconic Fastening Systems.


Business - Choice & Flexibility

At Monash Business School, we pride ourselves on having lots of choice and flexibility to support our students who have many different interests and career aspirations. We understand that so much choice can be a bit daunting to navigate, so to make things easier, we have simplified our course structure – but don’t worry, we’ll still be offering a full compliment of diverse business and commerce courses as well as a wide range of degree combinations!



All courses will be known simply by their specialist name – they will no longer be tagged under Business or Commerce (specialist):

Bachelor of Accounting

Bachelor of Banking and Finance

Bachelor of International Business

Bachelor of Marketing

Bachelor of Actuarial Science

Bachelor of Economics

Bachelor of Finance


Our comprehensive degrees still include:

Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Commerce


This will make it much easier to find when filling out VTAC preferences.



Double degrees are a great way to develop breadth and depth. Students can keep their options open, develop expertise in different but complementary areas, or simply pursue two areas of interest in greater depth. There are 24 double degree combinations.


For more information, visit business/future-students/undergraduate- study-options


MNHS - Campus Tours and Revision Lectures


Winter and Spring Break Campus Tours

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences will be opening its doors to prospective students this winter break. They will get the opportunity to tour our advanced clinical facilities, comfortable study spaces and take a peek at everything else Monash University’s largest research faculty has to offer.


Each tour begins at 11am on the following dates:

Monday 2 July (Clayton)

Thursday 10 July (Peninsula)

Tuesday 25 September (Clayton)

Thursday 27 September (Peninsula)


Take a look at our website for event and registration details: news/events/events/winter-and-spring-break-campus-tour-medicine


Free VCE Psychology and Health and Human Development Revision Lectures

We’ll also be running revision seminars for students studying Units 3 and 4 VCE Psychology and Health & Human Development.


Dates: Tuesday 25 September at 10am and Wednesday 26 September at 3pm Venue: Monash University, Clayton campus


For further information and to register, go to events/free-vce-revision-lectures

News from University of Melbourne

‘My Melbourne Future’ Series

Senior students should note that during the months of May and June, the University of Melbourne will be hosting a series of free ‘My Melbourne Future’ Information Sessions at the Parkville Campus in the early evening, aimed at informing prospective students about the courses on offer; hear from current students, academic staff and recent graduates about what it is like to study that degree or course at Melbourne, and the career and personal development opportunities available to graduates.  These events will include a Careers of the Future presentation, a sample lecture, student experience insights with Q&A and a courses expo.

Registrations will open soon, but students can pre-register for updates from Melbourne at My Melbourne Future

Study at Melbourne Webinars

Help your students prepare for uni by inviting them to register for our course specific live webinars.This is their chance to find out first-hand what it’s like to study at Melbourne! They can also connect with staff and students from across the uni during the webinar to ask questions.

Check out the webinars available below, and invite them to register for those that interest them. 

We encourage those unable to watch the webinar live to register anyway, as we will send out a follow up email with links to the recording to watch when it suits them.


Tuesday 8 May – 9.30pm
The Melbourne Model: What is it?

Tuesday 8 May – 10.00pm
Bachelor of Arts - Problem solvers of the future

Tuesday 8 May – 10.30pm
Bachelor of Commerce

Wednesday 9 May – 9.30pm
Bachelor of Biomedicine

Wednesday 9 May – 10.00pm
Bachelor of Science

Wednesday 9 May – 11.00pm
Bachelor of Agriculture

Thursday 10 May – 9.30pm
Virtual tour of the University of Melbourne

Thursday 10 May – 10.00pm
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Thursday 10 May – 10.30pm
Bachelor of Design

Thursday 10 May – 11.00pm
Bachelor of Music


Register Now - 

News from the University of Queensland

Sport and Exercise Psychology at UQ

The Sport and Exercise Psychology program offered at the University of Queensland is specifically designed to allow graduates to obtain registration from the Psychologists Board of Queensland and membership of the College of Sport Psychologists within the Australian Psychological Society.  Students might be keen on studying the Master of Applied Psychology (Sport and Exercise) – a specific focus on sports psychology - which has the entry requirement of  an Honours degree in psychology or equivalent 4-year APAC-accredited program from any recognised tertiary institution. 

News from Blue Mountains & Torrens University

Career Information Afternoon

Students who are interested in a career in hotel and event management are invited to attend a Course and Career Information Afternoon on Saturday 19 May 2018 at Crown Melbourne.  This event is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) at Torrens University and the hospitality industry.  Attendees will meet current students, staff, and alumni and learn all about the specialist business degrees in hotel and event management.  Included in the afternoon will also be an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Crown Melbourne.  Students will see the various teams and departments of a hotel and premiere events venue, giving an idea of where they may be working in the future.  Complimentary refreshments and canapés will be available throughout the afternoon.  Registrations are essential for catering purposes. 


Register at BMIHS Course and Career Information Afternoon  

News from Le Cordon Bleu Australia

Study Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu

Le Cordon Bleu Australia has been teaching international standard culinary arts and hospitality management programs to domestic and international students since 1992.  With industry trained professional teaching staff and lecturers the Australian campuses offer three unique environments in which to learn the art and mastery of French culinary techniques as well as gastronomy, culture and undergraduate and postgraduate business programs. 


Le Cordon Bleu Australia has five campuses: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, and each campus offers a suite of programs unique to that region and supported by Le Cordon Bleu’s partner associations and institutions. 


Browse Le Cordon Bleu Australia to learn more.

News from International College of Hotel Management

Career Weeks 2018

The International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) is hosting its Career Weeks from Monday 9 July – Friday 13 July 2018 OR Monday 1 October – Friday 5 October 2018.  Students keen on learning more about the international tourism and hospitality industry are encouraged to consider participating. 


Find out more at ICHM Career Weeks 2018

Pathways to Registration as a Psychologist


Careers in Health Information Management

According to the Good Universities Guide*, Health Information Managers combine knowledge of healthcare processes, health records and administration, information management and human resource management to provide services that meet the medical, legal, ethical and administrative requirements of the healthcare system.


Duties & tasks of a Health Information Manager include -

  • planning and developing health information systems for various types of healthcare facilities, including computerised patient identification systems, coding and analysis of diseases and procedures, and the design of health record forms
  • revising and testing the effectiveness of existing health information record services in hospitals and other healthcare facilities
  • developing and implementing new policies and procedures for handling health information in accordance with professional ethics, institutional requirements and relevant legislation, including the Freedom of Information Act
  • controlling the transfer of relevant health service data to state health departments
  • assisting with medical research and healthcare projects

*Good Universities Guide - Health Information Manager

Students can study Health Information Management at the following Victorian institutions:

Federation University
Bachelor of Health Sciences (E Health and Informatics)

La Trobe University
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management

Careers as an Architect

Architects use creativity and a practical understanding of structures and materials to develop concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings for buildings and other structures. They negotiate with builders and planning authorities, administer building contracts and inspect work that has been carried out.  To become an architect, you usually have to complete an accredited degree in architecture.  This usually consists of a degree in arts or design with a major in architecture, followed by a Master of Architecture.  Completion of a Master’s degree meets the academic requirements for registration as an architect in Australia.           Good Universities Guide - Architecture  


The duties of an architect include –

  • meeting with clients or builders to discuss their requirements and prepare a design brief
  • prepare sketches, production drawings and detailed drawings by hand or using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • combine structural, mechanical and artistic elements into a building's design, such as decks and atriums, lifts, air conditioning systems and decorative finishes
  • discuss designs and cost estimates with clients and others involved in the project
  • obtain necessary approvals from authorities
  • prepare specifications and contract documents for builders, tradespeople and legal advisers

Sometime students opt to become an Architectural Draftsperson and this role involves completing architects' and other designers' concepts by preparing documents (drawings or plans) and liaising with builders and contractors - Good Universities Guide - Architectural Draftsperson.  Most often, a TAFE qualification – Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) – is required to fulfil this role, and in Victoria this diploma is offered at a number of institutions including Box Hill Institute, Holmesglen Institute, Federation University, RMIT University, Swinburne University, and Victoria University.


Successful architectural drafts people need to -
* be able to visualise ideas in three-dimensional form

* enjoy technical drawing and working with technology

* be able to draw neatly and accurately

* have good concentration and attention to detail

* have some artistic talent in freehand drawing


In the case of either of these two roles, both include liaising with other designers and specialists throughout the building process, such as structural and civil engineers; electrical, mechanical and hydraulic consultants; builders; surveyors; and landscapers.

Snapshot of La Trobe University

  • 2017 marked the 50th year since La Trobe enrolled its first students
  • La Trobe University has been ranked in the world’s top 400 universities by all three major independent ranking agencies and moved to #56 in the Times Higher Education Young Universities Rankings. That makes it one of the world’s best young universities
  • The 2017 QS World University Rankings has La Trobe University ranked 360 in the world, an improvement of 26 positions from the 2016 ranking of 386. The rankings placed La Trobe in the top 1.4 per cent of universities globally - Rankings & Ratings
  • La Trobe has more than 36 000 students and over 3 000 staff, with many courses on offer including 23 double degrees
  • La Trobe has a number of campuses - La Trobe Campuses with 17 residential facilities
  • Over 55% of students who study at the Bendigo campus come from outside of Bendigo - La Trobe - Bendigo with over 500 students living on campus - La Trobe Bendigo Accommodation
  • La Trobe ensures that there are opportunities for students to develop skills beyond the knowledge they are gaining at university through work experience, volunteering, and student exchange opportunities, etc.  The excellent Accelerator Program providing financial assistance for start-ups is another way to support graduates entering the workforce
  • The Career Ready Advantage program is an excellent program designed for students to help them actively prepare for life beyond La Trobe
  • La Trobe has two colleges: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC) and Science, Health and Engineering (SHE) - La Trobe Colleges
  • The College of Arts Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC) is made up of 4 schools and 12 departments, and offers a range of specialised study options across all of La Trobe's campuses - La Trobe ASSC Schools & Departments
  • The College of Science, Health and Engineering (SHE) contains nine schools and offers a range of general and specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses across La Trobe's multi-campus operations - La Trobe SHE Schools & Departments
  • La Trobe has a Hallmark Program for high-achieving students who are passionate about learning - La Trobe Hallmark Program.  There is a Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence scholarship attached to the Hallmark Program valued at $6,000 per year over four years
  • La Trobe also offers an Early Admissions program called Aspire.  This program is designed to acknowledge secondary students who work hard to make positive changes in their schools and communities through volunteering.   The Aspire Early Admissions Program acknowledges a student’s volunteering efforts when they apply.  As a successful applicant, students receive an offer into their course in September before they receive their ATAR - Aspire Early Admissions Program

Commencing in 2019, La Trobe will be offering a rural degree, a new Bachelor of Medical Science (Medicine), in partnership with the University of Melbourne.

Snapshot of the University of Queensland (UQ)

· UQ is a one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions
· UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21
· UQ is consistently ranked well inside the top 100 of more than 10,000 universities worldwide - International Rankings

·   UQ is located in and around Brisbane, and the university has teaching and research sites throughout Queensland, and its major campuses are at St Lucia, Gatton and Herston - Campuses & Locations

·   There are six faculties at UQ, which are responsible for academic programs and decisions regarding a student's pursuit of their academic program - Faculties

·   At UQ students can choose from an extensive range of undergraduate programs, many of which can be “customised” by major – and minor – fields of study.  Programs are organised through schools and faculties, but sometimes a student can “mix and match” between them with electives and dual degrees - Undergraduate Courses & Programs

·     UQ has a diverse student exchange program, and students can study overseas for up to one year while gaining credit towards their UQ degree.  UQ has 200 exchange partners in 40 countries - UQ Abroad

·  Students keen on learning another language can enrol in one of over 80 different courses through UQ’s Institute of Modern Languages - Institute of Modern Languages

·  There are over 190 clubs and societies at UQ, all aimed at expand a student’s social life, playing an important role in the UQ student experience - Clubs and Societies

·  Students at UQ are encouraged to undertake experiences beyond the classroom during their degree through the UQ Advantage Program.  They participate in a range of co-curricular activities and workshops that help them gain a better understanding of the world, and develop key competencies that employers value.  It is a great way to get recognition for “non-academic” experiences such as student exchange, mentoring, and undergraduate research programs - UQ Advantage Program

·  UQ has a dedicated website designed to for future students to find answers to all the questions they might have about studying at UQ - UQ Answers

·   UQ has some excellent facilities including -
      * a state-of-the-art multi-purpose learning space for first-year engineering
         students called the Engineering Learning Centre - Engineering Learning Centre
      * the School of Veterinary Science complex - Veterinary Science

      * the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) precinct which houses the
         School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy

·   UQ has 10 residential colleges - Accommodation

·   UQ offers a range of scholarship options to make university study more affordable, ranging in value up to $12,000 per year for the VC Scholarship - Scholarships 

Snapshot of Deakin University - Waurn Ponds Campus in 2018

· The Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is home to the Geelong Technology Precinct. The precinct focuses on Deakin's core research capabilities in materials, biotechnology, chemistry, and environmental engineering, along with regional strengths in manufacturing and agri-processing.


· The Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is also home to the CADET building – the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training.  The $55 million state-of-the-art facility houses some of the most advanced and future-focused simulation and visualisation systems, purpose-built interactive laboratories and learning environments in the country. 


· 2015 saw the first intake of students to the new 4-year Medical Imaging course offered at the Waurn Ponds Campus - Medical Imaging.  The department is a fully equipped x-ray department, and students have access to adult-sized human models designed to be x-rayed and reflect human-like responses to x-rays.


· Deakin University's Faculty of Health offers Australia's first accelerated optometry course. Offered as a combined course, the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry - Optometry.  Students have access to a dedicated simulated optometry store for simulated exercises.  Deakin Optometry is housed in the Regional Community Health Hub (REACH) building.


·  Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences - Exercise & Sport Science - is also in the REACH building.  Again, exercise & sport science students have access to state-of-the-art equipment.  Of note is the added fact that Deakin's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is ranked the number one sport science school in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).


· The School of Medicine - School of Medicine – is another state-of-the-art facility at the Deakin Waurn Ponds Campus.  It opened in 2008 and offers a 4-year graduate medical degree, with 2 years of pre-clinical education at the University campus in Waurn Ponds, and then 2 years’ clinical education and experience in one of its clinical schools – hospitals as far-flung as Ballarat to Box Hill. 

Snapshot of James Cook University (JCU)

  • JCU is the second-oldest university in Queensland
  • JCU is the leading university in the tropics and ranked in the top 2 percent of the world's tertiary institutions by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • JCU has seven colleges
  • Some of the most popular courses offered at JCU include:
  • Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Marine Science
  • JCU has an excellent Student Exchange Program

Students are encouraged to visit James Cook University for more information!

  • Fast Facts for Health or Veterinary Science Students

JCU has a few programs where a combination of a written application and academic results is required for selection including dentistry, medicine, physiotherapy, and veterinary science.  Students applying for one or more of these courses should take note of the following Top Tips for Written Applications:

  1. Read and follow the instructions to the letter
  2. Make sure to sign the Declaration, and have it witnessed by an authorized person
  3. Check and double check before you send your application in, as JCU can only accept one copy of the application per student
  4. Get the application in before the closing date – for everyone’s peace of mind!
  5. Look for opportunities that indicate your commitment/motivation to study health (e.g. work experience, volunteer work, paid employment) etc.
  6. Complete your answers within the space provided
  7. Write neatly so your answers can be read!
  8. Keep abreast of current events as you may be asked to give your opinion on these should you be invited to an interview (medicine specific)
  9. Arrange no more than 3 letters of support - It is a competitive process so if you are asked to “Provide 3 Recommendations” select your best three as only the first three will be read and any extras will not be considered
  10. Remember: your application is heavily weighted to get to interview stage.  You must be passionate about indigenous, tropical, and rural health and reflect this in your application.



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CESC Resources

SWL Statewide Portal

Find current work placements offered by employers across Victoria - Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations.  SWL is available to Victorian school students undertaking a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs).



What to know about a career?

You now have access to a growing resource where students can see, hear and explore a huge range of careers.


To access WIRL Career login using the following:


Your School Login: Cranbourne

Your School password: east15


Career Tools

Our aim is to provide you with all the latest information that will help you make decisions about your future career and your life beyond school.


You can use this site to locate University, TAFE and any other type of course across Australia, get information about the VCE, search for job vacancies and much more.  For further information, please login to


Career Action Plans (CAP) - Students will need to complete the following before their Career Action Plan Interviews

·         Student Secure Area

·         Register or log in


Students will then be required to complete the ‘Interest Test’ and ‘Career Investigator’.


Please see Nancy or Liz in the Careers Resource Centre for further information


Career and Job Ideas

Job Jumpstart has tips and ideas about careers and jobs in the one spot.  Job Jumpstart is a Department of Employment website.


Youth Central

Youth Central is filled with great information and articles for 12 - 25 year olds on careers, finding jobs, leaving home and heaps more.


Youth Central is the Victorian Government's website for young people.


AusAppPathways – Explore Apprenticeships & Traineeships

AusAppPathways is a free app that will help students and jobseekers explore the many careers that can begin through an apprenticeship or traineeship pathway.  Students can search through over 3000 examples of apprenticeship and traineeship occupations.  The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website backs this app – visit AusAppPathways.  This free app can be downloaded on the App Store, or for Android users, on Google Play.


Resumes via Email

So the boss wants you to EMAIL your resume as an ATTACHMENT.  Yikes!


Yerp, dinosaur alert!  You would think that the oldies would get with the app program – however, the ‘oldies’ LIKE emails AND as they are the ones hiring and firing and paying wages, it is probably YOU who has to get with THEIR program!


Here is a quick Google video clip on how to attach a document to an email message.


Ticket to Work

Ticket to Work creates employment opportunities for young people with disability across Australia.  For more information -


Skills. Jobs. Safe Workplaces.

Our aim is to ensure you meet your foals of becoming work ready or to successfully and confidently take the next step in your career using the skills and knowledge gained and practiced at Foresite Training.


Courses on offer:

Logistics package includes:

Certificate III in Logistics

Certificate III in Driving Operations


Civil Construction package includes:

Certificate II in Construction Pathways

Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Maximise Your Job Opportunities

Rural Information package includes:

Certificate II in Rural Operations

Certificate III in Rural Operations



Yep, a FREE app for AAP’s!


Q. What is AAP? 

A. Australian Apprenticeship Pathways. 


Why should you bother?

There are a squillion jobs that can begin with an apprenticeship or traineeship.  (Well, maybe I exaggerate!)


You can search through over 3000 examples of apprenticeship and trainee occupations on this free app.


Look Out… While the app doesn’t show real jobs, it does give you an idea of the type of apprenticeships & traineeships you can do, and this gives you the power to negotiate with your current boss, or a future one.  (aka, show them the AAP APP and ask them if they can turn your job into a traineeship or apprenticeship.  Simples!)


Heck, if you are going to work for money, you may as well turn it into a qualification along the way!

Don’t you think that having qualifications under your belt makes you rather attractive to employers? (Sorry, that sounds kinda creepy – but you know what I mean!)  This, in turn, makes job seeking (for the future you) far easier.


Spending 10 minutes of your time, exploring this app, is a great investment for your future!

Here is the link:



Cranbourne East Secondary College has always been a firm believer of creating content that is highly engaging for students in order to increase learning. Last year, the Year 8 Humanities team was able to trial the new online blended learning unit for their Term 2 topic of ‘Medieval History’. Students who completed the unit gave positive feedback based on their learning experience.



A blended learning unit is a combination of both traditional face-to-face teaching with online virtual learning. By doing so, the advantages of both can be capitalised on. Teachers will be able to go around the classroom and facilitate the collaboration between students and their application of the concepts that were taught. At the same, students are able to work at their own pace and continue that learning at home even when they are absent from the classroom as their learning will be monitored through interactive tasks which provide instant feedback.



In addition to the Year 8 Humanities blended learning unit, a new Year 8 Science blended learning unit has been created for the Term 2 topic of ‘Light & Sound’. The main differences between the Humanities and Science unit is that Science classes usually incorporate science experiments as practicals. Students who are absent are now able to watch videos which discuss the concepts and skills being taught in those lessons as a way to catch up on what they missed out on. Both units are expected to conclude around the end of Term 2 so do keep checking in on our newsletter updates regarding their progress and any potential new blended learning classes which might start.



What's new in the library?

As we outlined in the last newsletter, we have been busy rearranging the library space.  We now have three cosy areas for reading and relaxing with couches and bean bags. We also have some fantastic book display stands that were kindly donated by Cranbourne Library.

ANZAC DAY- we made lots and lots of poppies for our library Anzac Day display.  We hung them from the roof, created Anzac wreaths and scattered poppies on books throughout the library.




Ann & Lynn

School Clubs



Breakfast Club

Student Leaders Celebrate 2nd Anniversary of Breakfast Club on May 9th. Plus Free Dress Day raises $1,300 for Breakfast Club.


Indigenous Art Club

The Indigenous Art Club originated as a STEAM based project to design and develop a collaborative arts-based public mosaic sculpture that represents a developing understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander climate, weather and culture in Victoria. STEAM is a learning and teaching pedagogy that integrates art and design into STEM. Last year’s project integrated the arts into building and making the mosaic on the six Indigenous Seasons which is displayed onto our school grounds, this year’s aim is to develop a multi-discipline collaboration within our school community. The Indigenous Art club members will be undertaking ongoing maintenance of the mosaic as well as research other areas of Aboriginal culture and how they can be represented within our school community. In the future the club will also be able to branch out and collaborate with other major events of our school that promote respect to the community– i.e. Close the Gap, ANZAC Day and Multicultural Day.


Magic Club

Magic: Gathering will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Starting in 1993, it was the first ever trading card game to be made and took place in the fictional world of Dominaria. Ever since then, many new worlds have been created and explored through the card game’s story telling. However in the opinion of many, Dominaria has always been the community’s favourite. Therefore to mark this milestone, the characters of the story will return to Dominaria. This new set of cards was released on the 28th of April with many external events happening over the school holidays to build players up to the release. Our own students in Magic club have been learning about some of these new rules and cards.


Homework Club

Homework club has been a wonderful success this first term with students of all year levels coming on Thursday evenings to frequently ask for help with their work. The smaller environment enables teachers to work with students individually for a longer amount of time throughout the hour in the LRC. This year saw the addition of workshops to homework club for students who wanted to expand their skills. The Japanese and French workshop engaged students which was a great starting point for them to look into resources and ways to further their interest. The first workshop this term was a knitting workshop which ran on the 26th of April. Other than making gifts in general, students in year 9 who are completing a community project or thinking of ideas for community day might found this workshop helpful. The next workshop will be on the 17th of May with the lesson being Wing Chun, a martial arts style.


Games club 



Cross Country- Thursday May 24


The annual Cranbourne East Secondary College House Cross Country will be held on Thursday the 24th of May. This is an important part of the House Sports system that operates at our school and I encourage all students to participate to the best of their ability. Students are also encouraged to wear their House colour when participating in the event, they can wear a T-shirt or singlet to represent their house. This can only we worn when participating in the event and the school sport shirt must go back on at the completion of the event. The days program will see each year level complete the 3km course during a different period of the day. The course is set up around the Cranbourne East Primary and Secondary Schools, where all sections of the course will be supervised by staff. Please note that year 11 and 12 students will have the choice to compete in the Event or attend their usual VCE classes.


Year level                    Period             Time

11 & 12(optional)        1                      9.00-9.58

10                                       2                      9.58-10.56

9                                         3                      11.20-12.18

8                                         4                      12.18-1.16

7                                         5                      2.02-3.00


At Lunchtime there will be a BBQ to raise money for CESC Sport. Students will be able to purchase sausages, soft drinks and water bottles.

Students are encouraged to bring to school any food and drink that they may need to help them complete the 3km course and consume these at appropriate times during the day.

Students are allowed to attend school in their P.E/Sports uniform and are reminded that only appropriate footwear (runners, cross trainers etc) is allowed while running/walking the course.

Students in Year 7-10 who are unable to participate by either running or walking the Cross Country circuit will need to provide a written note, explaining why.  This note needs to be signed by a parent/guardian and handed to Mr Kennedy prior to the start of the event.  These students will help with jobs such as time keeping and place recording.


I look forward to a fantastic Cross Country event!


Regards, Craig Kennedy CESC Sports Coordinator.

Student Voice

Anzac Day Assembly

Student Voice Leaders conducted the Anzac Day Assembly on Monday, 23rd April 2018. A full selection of photos, speeches and poems is available on the CESC website in the Programs: Student Voice section.







Students attend Cranbourne Anzac Day March

Student Leaders, students, parents and other relatives attended the Cranbourne March and Wreath Laying Ceremony on Anzac Day with the CESC Principal Ms Strickland and the Student Voice Facilitator Ms Mc Guire.










At Cranbourne East Secondary College, we pride ourselves on our proactive approach to developing a safe and supportive learning environment.  We understand that students and families can face challenges throughout the year and we are here to offer support and information on services that will assist our school community.

Casey Youth Services 


The City of Casey works with young people aged 10 to 25 years who live, work, study or have strong links to the Casey community.

Services include Youth Counselling and Support, Teenage School Holiday Program, Youth Information Centres, Recreation programs, In School programs, the Spectrum Entertainment Committee and the Casey Youth Action Committee. 

The Youth Services team is also responsible for youth events including Freeza and holds annual events such as Fired Up! Hip Hop Tournament, Fresh Words, Casey Creations and Schools on Stage.

Follow this link to Casey Youth Services





Windermere is an independent community service organisation working across south east Victoria to help those who need it most. Windermere can offer a range of support services including parent support programs,  counselling,  programs for teenagers on resilience and mental health , disability support, homelessness support and much more. Please see their website for more info:

Balla Balla community centre

Balla Balla offers a range of programs for both adults and  after school programs for teens, please see their website for more details such as resume workshops,  crafts, english classes, school holiday activities and music.

Cranbourne information and support service 

Cranbourne information and support service offers a range of programs including but not limited to:

- crisis support 

- counselling

- financial support and counselling

- education assistance programs

- no interest loan schemes 

156 Sladen Street
Cranbourne Vic 3977 

9:30am - 4:00pm
Monday to Friday 
(3:00pm closed on Thursday)

"13 reasons why" sequel 

A sequel to the Netflix series ' 13 reasons why' is soon to be released. We are aware that this can cause discussion and exploration of the topic of  suicide amongst teenagers. This can also trigger a range of emotions for both teenagers and adults, if you require extra support on exploring this with a young person , please see the hand out below. 

13 Reasons Why: Our top tips for parents

Here are some practical things parents and guardians can say and do to help families and teenagers make sense of the show and deal with challenging thoughts and feelings. Please share them with your school community.

1. Read up on the issue of youth suicide The show has caused a lot of anxiety for parents around this issue so it’s a good idea to educate yourself first. Be assured that talking about suicide with your teenager won’t ‘put ideas in their heads.’ If you show that you are comfortable and knowledgeable talking about suicide and mental health, your kids are more likely to open up to you during a tough time.

2. Is 13 Reasons Why right for your child? If your child is under 15, it’s our strong recommendation that the graphic suicide and sexual assault content makes it inappropriate for a younger age group. If they are older or you decide they can watch it, at least watch the show before them, and then watch it with them – that way you can be prepared to discuss any issues that arise.

3. Don’t binge watch it. 13 Reasons Why has some very distressing content, and the distress will be multiplied if you watch episodes back to back. Do something soothing after each episode, like having a cup of tea or milo or watching something funny.

4. Talk to your teen about the issues raised after each episode. Check in with how they’re feeling. Leave open the option of not watching any more episodes if it’s too distressing.

5. Make sure they know where to go for help. Ask them who they would feel comfortable talking to if they were going through a tough time. Brainstorm with them places and people they can contact for support.

6. Connect your teenager to a support service if they are upset after watching an episode. There are great services like Kids Helpline, Headspace and Lifeline  if they need to talk to someone.  

Feeling suicidal is not uncommon for young people. If you’re concerned about your teenager, ask them directly if they’re feeling suicidal or having thoughts of ending their life, take them seriously and get help. For more info, learn about supporting suicidal teenagers on ReachOut Parents. There are some contact details below. 


Out of school hours support 

We understand that there can be times of difficulty and distress , if you require support during the  weekends, after hours or holidays, please contact the below:

Community Events & News

Tuning into teens 


Mindful May 


Walk for mental health 



We are an Australian community driven charity specialising in mental health support services. Joining a Grow Group gives you the opportunity to meet once a week for around two hours to share and find solutions to life’s many challenges with people going through similar experiences.  The meetings are run by recovering and trained Grow members who have gone through the program and have volunteered to lead the groups.

Grow Cranbourne group provides mutual support in a friendly and supportive environment for adults experiencing emotional or mental health issues.

Meetings are no cost, confidential, anonymous and last two hours followed by a cuppa.

No referral or diagnosis is required. You do not need to register so just come along.


Cranbourne - Balla Balla Centre
65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd
Cranbourne VIC 3977
Thursday 10:00am

Phone: 03 9528 2977
Email: [email protected]

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