Castlemaine Secondary College News

22 June 2018
Issue Six
What you need to know
Coming Events
Coming soon...Calamity Jane
School Life
Comings and goings
Hands On Learning
Castlemaine Secondary College
03 5479 1111
PO Box 57
Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450

What you need to know

Truancy / Attendance

Comprehensive educational research clearly indicates a strong correlation between high attendance rates at school and improved student connectedness, student wellbeing and academic achievement. Therefore, at CSC we have been refining our attendance processes to ensure we closely monitor student absenteeism and keep our families informed of this relevant information. Under our current system parents only receive notification when their child is absent during the first two sessions of the day, leaving the remainder of the school day unaccounted. Our plans, when finalised, aim to keep families more informed throughout the duration of the school day. Once our ‘attendance process’ has been refined it will be clearly communicated to all students and their families. 


Building Update on Planning

As most of the local community would be aware we recently received $11.75 million in funding to complete the construction of our new buildings, which includes our fourth precinct, library and administration area. The specifics on which, have yet to be decided. A couple of weeks ago I meet with our Project Officer, Mike Movaffaghi (Victorian School Building Authority), to outline the building process. The initial phase will begin early next term, which involves the appointment of the architects. Significant staff consultation will occur during the design phase to ensure the buildings meet the needs of our students and community. Once we are provided with more specific dates and information on the overall process, we will distribute this to all families.


Semester 2 Subject Changes

We successfully started Semester Two classes on Monday 18th of June, which for many of our senior students was continuing with their already established timetable. We understand that as students move through secondary education their interests, aspirations and needs change, therefore we provide ample opportunity for individuals to make adjustments to their allotment. Students wishing to make subject variations must complete a ‘subject change form’ from the Office and return the completed and signed form to our Acting Assistant Principal, Judith McLean. Students have until Friday 29th of June to make the final changes to their timetable. After this date, only in extenuating circumstances will subject changes be permitted. Al modifications will require my approval when I resume the role of Assistant Principal at the beginning of term 3.


Acting Principal

Justin Hird










Bus Passes

While students are welcome to travel on a bus that isn’t their normal bus (or they don’t use the buses normally), they need to obtain a bus pass. Bus passes are managed at Reception (front office) and students need a written note from home before the pass can be given to your child. If you would like more information about this process, please don’t hesitate in contacting CSC on 03 5479 1111


Subject Selection for 2019

Early in Term 3 CSC will commence the annual ‘Subject Selection’ process. CSC will host evening Information Sessions, within the first two weeks, before concluding on the ‘Subject Selection’ Day. These sessions contain valuable information to support families in making informed learning pathway decisions. Dates to be aware of;

  • Yr8 into Yr9 transition Information Evening – 19th of July 6-7pm
  • Yr9 into Yr 10 transition Information Evening – 19th of July 7-8pm
  • Yr10 into Yr 11 transition Information Evening – 26th of July 6-7pm
  • Yr11 into Yr12 transition Information Evening – 26th of July 7-8pm



Winter has definitely arrived, and our Uniform Shop is well stocked with warm jackets, the new warm pants and all other uniform needs to keep our children warm. We have a full display of all appropriate uniform items in the hallway next to Reception.


Please remember that Yr12s jumper are the only appropriate hoodie allowed, shoes need to be black (and leather for OHS requirements), and all uniform clothing items have our CSC emblem embroided on.


If you have any queries, please call on 03 5479 1111 and ask to speak with your child’s mentor teacher.


Uniform Shop Opening Times 2018

  • Tuesday 3 to 5 pm
  • Wednesday 3 to 5 pm
  • Thursday 3 to 7 pm for Term 1 & 4  - 3 to 6 pm for Term 2 & 3
  • Friday 3 to 5 pm


Store is located at Blakeley Road Campus in the 200 central block of the College

Acting Assistant Principal

Judith McLean


Drama Performances – End of semester.


Drama student’s at all year levels have been busy with a wide range of performances taking place at school and on tour.


VCE Theatre Studies presented and Absurdist piece, ‘The Real Inspector Hound’ to a packed house, on May 30, where they managed to carry off a very demanding task, despite leaving the audience a little perplexed. Just whodunit?


The Year 10 Drama class presented two short scripts, one  written by a student,  to an appreciative audience.


Year 9 Drama have successfully performed their ensemble ’Cinderfella’ to an audience of parents and friends as well as to three local primary schools.

Darren Lowe

Drama Teacher






Taking the show on the road..



Coming Events

Dates to remember!


25-29th SOAR camp 

25-28th Music Camp

29th Music Camp Concert - Castlemaine Town Hall

29th End of Term2 - dismisal time 2.30pm



16th Term 3 starts

18th Calamity Jane - all day Rehearsal

19th Parent information evening Year 8 & 9

20th Year 7/8 Footy

23-27th Year 10 Work Experience

24-26th Primary Experience Days

25th French Immersion Day

26th Parent information evening Year 10 & 11

30th Mt Bulla Ski Day 

30th-5th Aug Mittagundi Yr9 Camp

31st Pathways Interview Day - Student Free Day

Careers - University Open Days


Canteen Menu Update


Year 10 Work Experience 2018

All Year 10 students at Castlemaine Secondary College in 2018 are to participate in a compulsory one week Work Experience placement of their choice, from the 23rd July until the 27th of July.


A major component of the program is for students to be active participants in the organising of the placement of their choice. It is also recognised that many students need support in finding their placements. To access this support I need them to come and make contact with me.


In order for the Work Experience Arrangement Document and the Travel and Accommodation Document to be completed prior to signing, I will require the following information:


  1. The Business Name;
  2. The Business Address;
  3. The Business Contact person – both First and Surname;
  4. The Business Phone contact;
  5. The Business email (if available).


Year 10 students who are undertaking a VET Program as part of their studies are encouraged to undertake the Work Placement component of the VET Program during Work Experience Week.


If you have any questions or there is any reason your child may not be able to participate in a Work Experience placement during these dates, please contact me as soon as possible on 54791111/0438890280 or by my email ([email protected]).


Mr Cook

Careers/MIPS Co-ordinator


Coming soon...Calamity Jane

For many of our students, the highlight of their year is the annual musical production. This year we are putting on the old favourite, a very bright “Calamity Jane”. Rehearsals are well underway and as always the incredible talents of the performers is shining through under the guidance of Kirsten Boerema and Darren Lowe.


The dates to remember are,

                August 30 & 31 and

                September 1 at Castlemaine Town Hall

Tickets will be on sale from July 16 costing $25 Adults, $15 Students and $70 for a family (2 adults & 2 children).


Can you sew?

We are hoping to recruit people to help sew some basic costumes for Calamity Jane. We hope that by creating some costumes we can build up our resources in anticipation of our new Arts precinct.


If you can help please email Ruth MacLaren on [email protected] or phone

5479 1111.  


Thank you so much to those who have already offered.


Drama Support Group Fundraiser
Calamity Jane T-shirts/Hoodies

The tops are black and will be printed locally in Bendigo and are 100% cotton for the T-shirts / 80% cotton 20% Polyester fleece. Prices and order form are attached, with a copy of the design.


Forms and money need to be submitted to the office. We have sample sizes available to try on in the school office. 


School Life

Yummy Cooking



Mask Making


Year 9 Humanities


Exam time for year 10 & 11


Jimmy's Titanic update


Senior Basketball


LMR Cross Country Report

On Tuesday 5th June a keen and enthusiastic bunch made the long trek to St Arnaud to compete in the Loddon Mallee Cross Country. These students had already performed well at both the school Cross Country, and then the Regional Sandhurst competition to make it this far.


Students ran the 3km around the race course, and all gave their very best. The results are as follows, we congratulate everyone on their efforts.

Josiah Pattinson- 13 Boys- 13th Place

Abby Franklin- 14 Girls- 11th Place

Tyson Jackson- 14 boys- 16th Place

Jemma Cole- 15 Girls- 12th Place

Elwyn Carlile- 15 Girls- 27th Place

Zac Frye- 15 Boys- 8th Place (Will continue to state finals)

Brodie Byrne- 15 Boys- 25th Place

Levi Chaffey- 16 boys- 16th Place


We wish Zac Frye all the best at the state finals to be held early term 3.

Shanee Squire

Sport/PE Co-ordinator


Comings and goings

2018 Youth Parliament Team

Meet our 8th team, Castlemaine Victorian Youth Parliament Team
The six students hail from a small school but have broad aspirations. Their Bill is the Prevention and Minimisation of Harmful Effects Surrounding Gambling and Betting Bill 2018. 

Each member struts a different style and individual flair, Ella Hayes, Shanti Steventon-Lorenzen, Bodie Maffescioni, Isabel Lynzaat, Abigail Meadows, and Gabby Byrne are in fact long-time friends with “different personalities, but the same values”

#ypvic2018 #gambling #bill


Check out page 19 of this weeks Midland Express!


Hope Tour 2018 Visit

Castlemaine Secondary is very fortunate to receive a visit on Tuesday 19 June from this uplifting group of dynamic individuals sharing the message of resilience, anti bullying and persistence from moments of struggle in their lives. Students were wowed by motivational speaker Fracis Owusu, singer Timomatic, magician Amdino and their fabulous dance crew. Amongst their team is our former student Travis Elliot






17th May was IDAHOBIT day - International Day Against Homophobia, Bi-phobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. To show its support the Mount Alexander Shire Council agreed to have the Gay Pride flag flown in the centre of Castlemaine, making the Shire a part of the largest annual LGBTI international solidarity event. The CSC Diversity Group who, along with many others, had presented Council with a request (which had been denied) to fly the flag during the Marriage Equality plebiscite in 2017, were invited to attend.


The speeches at the flag raising ceremony were very moving and really explained the significance of the ceremony. Whilst it is important to recognise the freedoms that LGBTI people have in Australia compared to countries where some sexual orientations and gender expectations are vilified by severe punishment, it is also important to acknowledge that LGBTI people in Australia are not free from discrimination. Speakers at the event explained that as LGBTI people, wherever they go, whether it be at shops, schools, businesses and even among family, there is a constant anxiety about whether they can be their true selves and just be accepted for who they are. Whilst the Marriage Equality plebiscite had a favourable outcome for the LGBTI community the very fact of having to vote on whether or not same sex love and marriage should be considered equal or not to opposite sex couples was hurtful to LGBTI people in the Castlemaine community (and indeed across the nation). Raising the flag was in this way a healing ceremony but as you can see from the joy on the face of students Judzea Gatt and Charles Carland from the Diversity Group who had the honours, it was a moment to be celebrated.

Camping Out

Pictured above is Nick Barker and Murray Hammersley with Maree Edwards and former student Asha Bannon who is working locally as a community Landcare Facilitator. We have attached the issue of  The Core for you to read the full story about the 2018 Connecting Country Camp Out .


Hands On Learning

VET Building & Construction

Recently, Alan Kaye from Glenvoss P/L, conducted scaffolding training for our first and second year VET Building students. Alan took the students through the safe and correct procedures to erect a mobile aluminium tower scaffold and a modular steel scaffold. He was able to provide first-hand experience of the pitfalls and potential for accidents that could occur with this sort of activity. Students were then required to complete a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS), to record all tasks involved; identify the hazards and how they were to control the hazards for a given work scenario.


Late last term, students also completed training for their Construction industry ‘White Card’ with Steven Bennets from Bendigo TAFE, to enable them to become familiar with an industry induction and take part in work placements.


During 2018 our first and second year students have been working on individual and collaborative projects comprising: the scale house, carpenter’s saw ‘horse’, small cubby house / dog kennel project, and a combined Hip and Gable roof.

Andrew Azzopardi

Victorian Miniature Railway

Check out this this update on 9News ....more shots in the next issue.


Castlemaine Secondary College News
Calamity J Order Form.pdf
Calamity Design.pdf
2018 Open Days - Calendar - COI.pdf
menu for term 2 and 3 2018 - Canteen.doc
menu for term 2 and 3 2018 - Canteen.pdf
1806_TheCore - Camp Out.pdf