Castlemaine Secondary College News

23 February 2018
Issue One
Just keep swimming....
School Council
Questions & Answers
Whats up
Jumping into careers 
What have we been up to?
Students are busy..
Community Notices
Castlemaine Secondary College
03 5479 1111
PO Box 57
Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450


Photo: Murray, Sidney, Nioka & Des

Dear Parents and Carers


Welcome to the 2018 school year! It was pleasing this week to have so many parents and other members of the school community attend our special assembly where we inducted our School Captains, SRC members and House Captains. Once again this year, we have an impressive group of students who have been elected to formal leadership positions. Councillor Christine Henderson, our guest speaker at this week’s assembly, provided our new leaders with an important reminder about the power of listening and developing an understanding of others in order to exercise effective leadership. In my address to the assembly, I reminded our students about the many opportunities that all students at CSC (not just those elected to formal leadership positions) have to develop their leadership skills.

As mentioned in the email I sent to all CSC families a few weeks ago, I was frustrated by technological difficulties which negatively affected some our enrolment and mentor interview booking processes during late January and I apologise again for the inconvenience this caused to our families . Thank you to the 99 people who responded to the survey we established in an effort to seek more feedback about our start-of-year administrative processes. I am currently working with our Leadership Team to develop a series of actions to address the problems we encountered last month.


Since our students have returned to school there has been a very positive overall “vibe” amongst staff and students, and it is clearly evident that productive learning is taking place in our classes. I particularly thank our school community for supporting the much stricter approach we have taken towards banning the use of mobile phones during class time. This has had a highly significant and positive impact on the learning culture in our classrooms.


Last week we held our annual CSC Swimming Carnival, which was a terrific day. Congratulations to Pennyweight House (overall champions) and the individual age group champions. Just as importantly though, I acknowledge the efforts of all students who competed and assisted with the carnival, the staff who ran the carnival and the parent helpers and spectators on the day. We always welcome and encourage parents to attend our CSC sports carnivals and other major events.


As I look ahead, we have a busy and exciting remainder of Term One which includes Year 7 Camp, the finalisation of our 2018 School Council, the Years 9 and 10 Steiner Camp, several interschool sports events and much more.

Paul Frye


Just keep swimming....


On Friday 16th February, an eager Castlemaine Secondary walked down to the Castlemaine Pool for the annual swimming carnival. The day was a little cooler than last year for the start but the swimmers lined up anyway and we were off. I was very excited to hear everyone up on their feet barracking for their house and some people may not have had any voice left by the end of the day.


We had a couple of records broken on the day and loads of sunscreen applied as the sun came through. Novelty events were very popular, and a good selection of house colours display in the dress up competition. The day finished up with Pennyweight winning the overall female aggregate, with Kaweka winning the overall Boys aggregate. Overall Pennyweight won the Shield  but it was very close this year.


It was great to have the VCAL students run their famous barbeque to ensure no one went hungry. We would also like to thank Ms Squires & all staff who assisted on the day, as it would not run as smoothly without their support and Castlemaine Swimming Club for the use of their equipment.


I think everyone really enjoyed the day and we look forward to representing the school in the next level of competition.

Sidney Showell Year 12





2018 Swimming Carnival Age group champions


13 Girls- Laura Smolak

13 Boys- Theo Mellick-Cooper

14 Girls- Sigrid Doolan

14 Boys- TJ Russell

15 Girls- Jemma Cole

15 Boys- Tristin Parsons

16 Girls- Karli Showell

16 Boys- Jacob Robinson-Bunn

17 Girls- Kari Russell

17 Boys- Lincoln Boyack

20 Girls- Sidney Showell

20 Boys- Murray Hummersley



School Council

CSC School Council

Welcome to the 2018 school year from the School Council. We are a group of parents, staff, and community members who care very much about our young people and their experience at CSC.


The Council meets at least 8 times a year, with extra sub-committee meetings and events on top of this.  I am the current President, with three children at the school this year. This is the sixth year that my family has been at CSC, which has always been our school of choice in the whole region.


What’s happening in 2018

We are working on a review of the camps and excursions within the College with Outdoor Education teacher, Cole Waters. We are also exploring the purchase of solar panels, as well as entering into the Resource Smart Program with Sustainability Victoria. Please try and encourage children to practice ‘nude foods’.


We conduct a number of working bees throughout the year in which we treat weeds, and help keep the grounds in order. This year we might do some planting of native grasses, as well as help with the landscaping around the new music building. We will advertise the dates for each working bee as they come up.


The Profile and Communications Sub-group have developed a set of communication principles for the College, and are developing a new website which will act as a hub of information and resources for CSC families. Stay tuned for this.


Since completion of the new music and drama building, we are hoping the State Government will fund the final building within our Master Plan – the arts centre. We won’t find out about this until the state government’s budget is announced in May. Until then, we plan to lobby where we can, and publicise our school as much as possible. We will then have a whole new school with excellent facilities and nothing to stop us offering the absolute best for our children.


Support Groups

There are a number of Support Groups that Council oversee. Support groups work with a teacher to help them achieve above and beyond the curriculum – these are Music, Drama, Sport (just setting this up, very exciting), Steiner, and Parent Teacher Support Group. Please leave your details with the office staff if you would like to get involved in one of these support groups.

I encourage you to get involved with CSC wherever you can, with even a small amount of time, or just attending an event or two, and look forward to seeing you around.

Beth Mellick

Questions & Answers

Photo: Colour Run 2017

Have your say in the CSC School Council Elections

Following the call for nominations for Parent Member representatives on CSC’s School Council,

from Monday, 26 February, CSC will be mailing ballot papers to all CSC families.   Included in the ballot pack will be information on each of the six candidates to help with your choice and a ballot paper to register your vote.  Votes must be returned to CSC Reception by 4pm on Friday, 14 March.


Parking on Lawson Parade

Last year we commenced discussions with Mount Alexander Shire Council officers to plan for clearer parking, pick up and drop off zones on Lawson Parade. Over the summer holidays, Mount Alexander Shire Council installed new signs to clearly designate long parking vs short term parking.  Please take care of where you park as over the next few weeks Council parking inspectors will be checking that cars are parked within the allowable spaces and fining those that are not.  Later this term work will commence to level the south verge of Lawson Parade to create additional diagonal parking spaces to accommodate the increased parking requirements of CSC staff, students, families and visitors.

Valuable feedback received via the Start of Year Family Survey

A big thank you to all families who completed the Start of Year Family Survey earlier this month.  In order to improve our services and processes, we asked families the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with a number of statements.  These included how prepared they felt for the start of the 2018 school year, the availability of uniform items and accessibility of the Uniform Shop, the process of enrolling students at CSC, mentor interviews, using XUNO, and the service provided by teaching and education support staff.  Ninety-nine individuals took the survey which took an average of only four minutes to complete.


Since the survey closed, Paul Frye, Principal, Justin Hird, Assistant Principal and I have been analysing the responses and preparing a plan to address the issues raised.


Regarding the Uniform Shop, the main issues concerning families were the lack of stock, the limited opening hours and the length of time waiting in line to be served.  In response to this feedback we have been working with Beleza to make some changes.


From next week, the Uniform Shop will offer extended opening hours on a Thursday evening to 7pm.  This extended service will operate in Terms 1 and 4.  An error at the Beleza warehouse resulting in a stock shortage has been resolved and the first delivery of additional stock will be arriving next week. 


To address the waiting time during the peak start of year period, CSC will enable Beleza to occupy a larger space adjacent to the Uniform Shop to install a second sales desk.  We will also schedule additional days during January for the Uniform Shop to be open.  We hope these changes will enable CSC families to more easily make uniform purchases.


As we work through the other issues raised, I will include regular updates in the CSC newsletter.  If you have any questions about the survey, please contact me on 5479 1111.


Elissa O’Connor

Business Manage

Mobile phone policy:

The introduction of our new Mobile Phone Policy has been extremely well received by students, CSC staff and CSC families. The intention behind a rigorous policy is to produce positive and supportive learning environments, which have minimal disruptions to student learning. A school culture of high expectations relies on clear processes which are followed by all staff and students, which links clearly to our College value of Responsibility. On behalf of the CSC staff, I would like to thank parents for their current and future support.


School uniform:

Students from Year 7-11 are reminded they are required to be in full school uniform when attending school, which includes black leather shoes. We believe there are plenty of uniform clothing options to meet the requirements of all  our students. Students wearing the full CSC uniform, demonstrate a connectedness to our school and that they are proud to be a part of the wider CSC community.


Subject changes:

Considering we are 4 weeks into the school year, subject changes for Semester 1 have now closed. Changing subjects at this late stage places unrealistic workloads on students, who would be required to catch-up on missed work, which is specifically true in VCE subjects.  

Justin Hird

Assistant Principal


We have a great start to the 2018 year with many happy students coming into the canteen for lunch and recess. The menu is always changing with seasonal products such as fruit cups and homemade biscuits, muffins, banana bread to name a few.



The canteen is another way people can get involved with the school and we are looking for volunteers to help out. Volunteers just need to have a current Working with Children Check.

Whats up

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First ever benefit gig for Castlemaine Secondary College

Music Program

 The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine

Saturday March 17 12.30pm


The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine will host Newstead’s own hillbilly rock powerhouse The Styvos showcasing tracks from their new album as they underscore a diverse, actioned packed music line-up dedicated to raising money for the Castlemaine Secondary College Music Program. Other local stars include hardworking folk innovator Meg Nightjar whose new album Sub Atomic Interchange contains the same honesty and delivery that are a trademark of Meg’s live performances.  Another local, inventive guitarist Kestral will be playing his captivating brand of hypnotic, rhythmic picking alongside his intricate vocal harmonising.  The line-up also boasts the yodelling sweetheart sisters of Castlemaine Petal & Pet alongside the CSC student presence incorporating pop stars Stop that Mammoth, and master musician Lloyd Meadows. All money raised will go to the CSC music program run by award winning music teacher and musician Kirsten Boerema.  The CSC music program has offered quality coaching, encouragement, mentoring and training across a range of music styles yielding a bumper crop of local musicians and a strong culture of music appreciation and articulation over a number of years. The monster raffle will be drawn on the day and prizes include muso-focussed goodies worth a stack. Entrance is $10 per adult…kids under 18 free (yet must attend with an adult).


When: Saturday March 17th : 1-pm to 5pm

Where: The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine- 21 Walker St, Castlemaine

Admission: $10 per adult, kids free

Other notes: Book for lunch and dinner at the pub!

Press and IVs Contact: Neil Boyack 0409685621 or Kirsten Boerema 0407812274

Castlemaine Children’s Choir – Term 1

Castlemaine Children’s Choir is accepting enrolments for Term 1. The choir is for children aged 7 and above. It provides an opportunity for children to enjoy singing together in a larger group, develop musical skills, and perform at community events a couple times a year. Choir sessions involve vocal warm ups; pitch and rhythm activities; new pieces and familiar songs; and time for fun music games.


Where and When

Classes run for 45 minutes, 10:30 – 11:15am Saturday mornings. First class starts Saturday Feburary 3rd.

The choir is held at Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine (next door to Library and Phee Broadway theatre).

Dates for this term are:

Feb 3, 10, 17, 24

March 3, 17 and 24  - long weekend of March 10 choir will not run


Term fees

The cost for 7 week term is $60 payable to Castlemaine Community House.

Details can be gained by contacting the choir


To find out more please contact:

Email: [email protected]

Or phone Tim Watson on 0423 747 731


Special Lunch

"Year 10 and 11 students of VET (Vocational Education and Training) Kitchen Operations prepared and served Sunday Lunch to the CTCPSA (Castlemaine Technical College Past Students' Association), turning the Etty Street Music Centre into a restaurant for the occasion. Students presented platters of cold meats and an array of attractive salads, followed by fruit salad and ice cream and a selection of slices. The students have only just started their Kitchen Operations course and have developed very good skills in just 3 short weeks. Congratulations to all involved!"

Caroline Cook

Foods Teacher


Jumping into careers 

Careers News

Each week of the school year a Career Newsletter is produced and distributed to students, parents and carers. The newsletter covers issues and news  relating to Universities, TAFE’s and employment. The newsletter is available on the School website.

Parents, carers and students are able to have a copy of the newsletter emailed to them directly each week if they so wish. To organise this please just contact me on [email protected] with your name and email address.


Mr Cook

Careers/MIPS Co-ordinator


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.


Work Experience is part of the schools’ educational program where students experience the world of work, often for the first time. It involves students participating in a short-term industry placement to broaden their experience and understanding of the world of work and possible career opportunities. In general, students will observe different aspects of work within a specific industry and may assist with tasks allocated by their supervisor.


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 the past, many students undertaking Work Experience have been offered apprenticeships, traineeships, school based apprenticeships or part-time work opportunities as a result of their placements.


For the Work Experience to be organised the following documents and tasks need to be completed:

  1. The Work Experience Arrangement Form.
  2. The Work Experience Travel and Accommodation Form.
  3. Two [email protected] Occupational Health and Safety Modules.

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 or by my email ([email protected]).





Doctors in School Program

FAQ CSC’s Doctor in the School (DIS) Program

The Doctor in the School Program has recommenced at CSC, please read on to have all your FAQ answered

Who are the Doctors? Dr’s Louisa Hope and Richard Mayes. Both doctors have a special interest in the wellbeing and health of adolescence, and are dedicated to supporting the existing general practice clinics in the Castlemaine community.

Why do we have a Doctors in the School Program?

  • To ensure that all young people in our school community have access to health care
  • To provide a safe, confidential, and easily accessible environment
  • To encourage the development of health independence through the teen years
  • To provide assistance to our young people to identify and address any health problems early
  • To build a trust and a healthy relationship in the medical profession, that will continue for a lifetime
  • To complement the health promotion work of the School Nurse

Who can attend the Dr? Any student is allowed to come and see the doctor

Note: The appropriate person to give consent to treatment of children and young people will ordinarily be the parent or legal guardian. However, the concept of the “mature minor” enables young people under 16 years of age to consent to treatment if he or she is assessed to have sufficient understanding and intelligence to enable him or her to understand fully what is proposed and the consequences of it. Health professionals must make a judgment about a child’s ability to give valid consent to treatment.  All young people will be strongly encouraged to communicate with their parents about any consultation they have and any treatment recommended.

Should students stop seeing their own family doctor and see the doctor at school? The preference is for students to continue to see their own GP at their usual clinic if at all possible as this doctor knows them well and it is far better if all the records are kept in one place to help provide continuity of care, however for some reason if this is difficult, the DIS program is available

What can the student come and see the doctor for? The services provided will be similar to those provided by GP’s in the community, however quite limited due to the constraints of the physical environment of the school.  If ongoing care is needed the goal is to link the young person in with their usual GP or other appropriate health professional e.g. counsellor for mental health issues.

Is the appointment confidential? Information/ medical records are not shared with the school and are kept off site.

Health care providers such as doctors, nurses and counsellors are ethically bound to respect confidentiality and details will not be discussed with teachers or parents. The consultations are confidential unless there is concern about the safety of the student (risk of suicide or at risk of harm from others) or a danger to others.

When are the doctors at the school? The doctors attend the school every Thursday afternoon from 1-3.15pm. The doctors alternate each week.

How much is it? It is totally free, the students are bulk-billed

How do I make an appointment? Appointments can be made by the student themselves (self refer), or on their behalf and with their consent by the school nurse, the wellbeing team, parents and the teachers.

All bookings will be made through the school nurse (Alli Williams)  

Mob: 0457516931, Email: [email protected] or by just popping into the school nurse’s office.


Sun Smart

The Swimmers Were Not The Only Winners at the Swimming Sports. 

Students at last Friday’s Swimming sports were encouraged to put the 5 sun smart steps in place.

So that not only were they in a chance to win a prize, but they also won by looking after their skin.


The winner of the most SunSmart  person was awarded to Karli Showell, who had the 5 sunsmart principles in place.  Karli won a Sunsmart pack.


New Face

My name is Angela Mitten and I am completing a Masters in Counselling with Monash University. I am undertaking my professional experience placement at Castlemaine Secondary College providing counselling services to students as part of the school wellbeing team.  I moved to Castlemaine in 2001 and have a background in teaching.  I’m now bringing that experience of working with young people into my role as counsellor.  I am able to provide individual counselling sessions to students struggling with anxiety, depression, friendship issues, identity or body image issues for example.  I will be available for appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you think that your child may benefit from some individual, free counselling please contact the Student Wellbeing Team.

What have we been up to?

Colour Run

Due to some technical issues with our camera we didn't have the fun shots from last years event. All is  good now, so please find below a gallery of photos from the event. We would like to acknowledge the work of the SRC  and  thank the Mt Alexander Shire Council for their Quick Response Youth Grant which made it possible.





VCE Excursion – ‘The Curious incident of the dog in the night time”

VCE Theatre Studies and some year 10 Drama  students had the fantastic opportunity to attend this wonderful production as part of their VCE course. The play is an adaption of the celebrated novel, a touring production, with full English cast and crew and involves state of the art stagecraft and production values.

As part of the First Call funding programme, I was able to attain full funding for our students, meaning that students were received full subsidy, covering  all admission and travel costs, saving us as a school and department over $2, 000.

We had a fabulous evening, viewing this enriching and entertaining piece of World-class theatre.

We are grateful to Arts Centre Melbourne for the opportunity to see a play of this standard as part of our course, a valuable and unforgettable experience.

Darren Lowe

VCE Theatre Studies Teacher

Homework Club

Getting that extra help can always be a problem.

At CSC we are starting up a Homework Club.  This is chance to get that little extra help you might need. 


Every Thursday afternoon from 3:15 till 4:30 in the Calm Learning Space (Rm210) we are offering help in Science, Maths, English or whatever you would like some help with.


We’ll have toast and drink to fend off the hungers as well. 

Bring a friend.

To register or get more information please see Lisa Cochrane.

Starts Thursday March   1st. 

See you there.



Top Artist

Congratulations to Isadora Anderson on her 2017 VCE efforts!

Not only was Isadora amongst the top four ATAR scores at Castlemaine Secondary College, but her artworks and folio will be exhibited amongst the top 50 VCE Artists for the state of Victoria.

Top Arts is a highly competitive state-wide competition that selects works from students who achieve A or A+ folios, (for exhibition), with the folios available for this year’s VCE students to peruse.

This year, Top Arts (the exhibition) runs at the National Gallery of Victoria (Federation Square) from Friday March 23 to Sunday July 15.


Students are busy..

Year 12 Wilson’s Promontory Camp

On the 12th – 16th of February Year 11 and 12 students from the Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor and Environmental Studies classes went to Wilson’s Promontory for a 5-day camp. The camp consisting of hiking, navigation, leadership, surfing, swimming and environmental education. There were many highs and lows of the camp. Everyone took turns in being the leaders of their group, setting the pace and keeping each individual happy was often a challenge. Each person was very tired and sore by the time the 3 day hike of 41 km was over. When we reached Tidal River, we all enjoyed a warm shower and some hot food. Thursday night a storm struck as the group were watching a movie at the outdoor cinema. We were lucky to fit under the huge tarp away from the rain where we kept warm under our sleeping bags. Friday morning we were up early to participate in a surf lesson run by ‘Offshore Surf School’. While it was a cold morning, the rain had stopped and we had allot of fun learning a new skill. On the long drive home we were all very tired but satisfied and the ones who were not asleep enjoyed  many karaoke sessions.


Overall the camp was really fun and everyone learnt something new, whether that be how to surf, about the environment, each other or simply not to leave food in the tents to avoid ‘invasive wombats’!

Rachelle Mclean

Yr. 12 Outdoor Recreation Student

Year 7 BBQ

Thanks to all the parents, staff and helpers that made the Year 7 BBQ another great success. The informal chance for teachers and parents to meet and discuss the learning and transition from primary school to Year 7 at CSC is an important annual part of our transition program. A special thanks to the VET hospitality crew for their great salads and also to the staff and parents that helped cook and prepare. It was one of the hottest nights so far this year but this did not deter well over 140 people attending which was fantastic.

Cole Waters

CSC 6-7 Transition Coordinator

Community Notices





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