Castlemaine Secondary College News

26 May 2019
Issue Four
10 Years of French Exchange!
Coming Events
Beyond the classroom
Out and about!
Community Events
Castlemaine Secondary College
03 5479 1111
PO Box 57
Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450

10 Years of French Exchange!



2019 marks the 10th year since the first teacher from Arras, France, visited Castlemaine and our school to investigate and discuss the possibility of us forming a sister school exchange arrangement and was suitably impressed by the beautiful school surrounds and the streets of Castlemaine which he likened to the streets in a Western movie.


The first student visit then followed with eight students visiting Paris and staying with host families and attending school at Lycee Baudimont in Arras.  Since that time we have hosted 16 students and two teachers from the High School in Arras every two years; and every two years French students from years 10 & 11 have made the return trip to explore, experience and enjoy the culture and the language of the French people.  This amounts to five incoming tours and six groups of our Castlemaine Secondary College students going to France.  Many of the friendships are enduring lifelong relationships between students from Castlemaine and a number of students have gone back to France to stay with their original host families.  The French exchanges have also helped students appreciate the language and gain experience in speaking and listening. 


Most recently, the group of students and teachers from Arras came and stayed with Castlemaine families, who are always ready and willing to ensure their French guests feel warmly welcomed and have the Australian experience.  Some families have generously hosted multiple times.  Many families treat their French guests to visits to the Grampians, trips down the coast, an AFL match, local sports events and various other tastes of Australiana.  Seeing kangaroos hop down the street is definitely a highlight for our overseas visitors!


Each year the school also provides excursions to see the sights of Melbourne, wildlife parks, surfing lessons and welcome students into their classes.


For our students, their time in France is a combination of a four-day whirlwind tour of Paris, visiting such well-known French icons as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, the river Seine, Champs Elysees, the Louvre.  Then it’s up North in the Very Fast Train to Arras where they are welcomed by their host families and participate in the school program for two weeks.  While there, Lycee Baudimont organizes local and international excursions.  The students have a rich experience of the lasting connection between France and Australia that was born on the battlefields around Arras in WW1.  One year they even visited the grave of a Castlemaine WW1 doctor who is buried there.


Students visit the lovely historic walled city of Bruges in Belgium - where the chocolate museum is no doubt the highlight - and do a cruise along the canals.  They visit various towns and cities in the north of France, famous cathedrals, and the Channel coast amongst other things.


The exchange to France takes off again in September with 13 students under the supervision of Mark Johansson, who has taken over from Jane Macdonald who initiated the exchange and has coordinated it for the past ten years.


What a fabulous and enriching experience for our students and our town.


Coming Events

Dates to remember....

Don't forget to look on the calendar in XUNO for these and future events



27 May – 3 June National Reconciliation Week commences

26  Sorry Day 

27  Headspace Parent Information Session 5-6pm 

28 Sandhurst Senior Netball

28 Wedding Singer rehearsal 3.30 to 5pm

29-31 Year 10 Steiner WOW

29 Open Day

30 Year 11 Drama ensemble

31 Didjeribone Concert for year 7 & 8 students



3  SRC Leadership day with primary school

4  LMR Cross Country

4  Parent focus group for school review 2-6 pm

4  Wedding Singer rehearsal 3.30 to 5pm

5  Year 12 Literature Melbourne Trip

5  Year 8 Mental Health First Aid

5 Year 10 Vic Roads presentation

5 Year 9 & 10 Drama ensemble

6-13 Year 10 & 11 Exams

10 Queens Birthday Holiday

11 Wedding Singer rehearsal 3.30 to 5pm

12 GAT Exam

12 Sandhurst Year 7 & 8 Netball/ Soccer

12  Year 8 Mental Health First Aid

13 Year 7 Soccer

14 Staff PD Day - Student Free Day

17 Semester 2 Commences









Beyond the classroom

Drama ‘Cloudstreet’- excursion 14/5

Drama students and some cast members of ’The Wedding Singer’ thoroughly enjoyed the immersive five hour performance at Malthouse on Tuesday 14th May.

The show was an amazing experience, which enthralled and engaged a theatre full of secondary students over the course of a full day .

A rewarding and totally engrossing piece of theatre and possibly a once in a lifetime experience!


Darren Lowe

Drama Teacher

Castlemaine Secondary College Artist-in-Residence call for expressions-of-interest

A new art facility is under construction at the Castlemaine Secondary College Blakeley Road campus. Meanwhile, parents of the Art Support Group are repurposing the art building on the old senior campus that is retained by the school into 2020. It will furnish exclusive tenure of space for a series of artists-in-residence, worth $2,500, of five months each.


The artist-in-residence may avail themselves, from 8am to 10pm daily, of a purpose-built studio well-furnished with benches, sinks, wall-display and storage, with ample lighting from windows facing bushland, covered outdoor areas with on-site parking to the door, an office space with internet, kitchen and other facilities, and the opportunity to arrange to use a large darkroom and capacious gas-fired kiln.


A further $1,000, donated by parents, is offered for materials toward a part of the artist’s project to involve students during the College’s Learning Festival in December. Senior art students will have the opportunity to observe the progress of a significant project by a professional artist.


Expressions-of-interest are invited from visual arts professionals, emerging or established, and living in Mount Alexander with interest in space and opportunity to realise a sustained and ambitious project involving some mentorship of budding artists.


Applications close on June 17.

For more information text 0411 275 289.

Getting ready for the musical


Thank you Maldon & District Community Bank Grant Funding $4,400


Just wanted to share this lovely photo taken of the presentation to Castlemaine Secondary College for the Music Support Groups project Going Wireless with Headsets project. We will purchase our new headsets soon which will be used with our upcoming events such as the musical. 


Music Recital Nights

Music Recital Nights are fast approaching. Please come and enjoy our students performing their individual and band pieces on the following evenings. All at 5:30pm on the dot!


VCE Music Performance and Investigation-Monday 13th May

Year 9/10 Music-Monday 20th May

Year 7 Music- Tuesday 28th May

Year 8 Music-Thursday 30th May


The Music Support Group Sausage Sizzle Cake Bake Sale will once again be happening on Saturday June 1st outside the newsagent on Mostyn Street. We are calling for families to donate cakes for the cause. Please drop off at the stall early on Saturday morning. All proceeds are spent on the musical needs of our students.




Kirsten Boerema
Music Coordinator

Anyone for cupcakes?



Need that little bit of extra help?

  • HomeWork Club runs in the CSC Library
  • Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:30
  • Milo / Toast / etc provided
  • More info Lisa Cochrane.



CSC Sports Carnival

On Friday the 3rd of April, CSC students and teachers made their way to the Wesley Hill oval for a full day of athletics. Sports including, running, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin. Many prizes and ribbons been given out, such as best dressed for a $10 canteen voucher and the Principal’s prize of $50 cash, the winners decided from the first place winners of all ages 100 meter sprints, female and male separate. All first place winners with the opportunity to continue onto the Sandhurst level to compete against other schools. The Kaweka house winning the overall day as well as the female division and Pennyweight winning the male.

Karli Showell - Year 11


Age group champions

13 Female- Lucy Wrzesinski

13 Male- Silas Van Tiggelen

14 Female- Marni Frye

14 Male- Josiah Pattinson

15 Female- Tia Davidge

15 Male- Tyson Jackson

16 Female- Charlotte McMurray

16 Male- Charlie Chapman

17 Female- Karli Showell

17 Male- Levi Chaffey

20 Female- Rachelle McLean

20 Male- Bodie Maffescioni


Boys Aggregate Champions-  Pennyweight

Girls Aggregate Champions- Kaweka

Overall Champions- Kaweka



Out and about!

Yr. 9 Canoe Camp Murray River

On camp we learnt about the local environment and looked at aboriginal land marks, including scar trees and ring trees. We also picked up many new skills regarding canoeing and camping with minimal technology. As we paddled down the Murray River, we learnt about the history of the river, environmental threats and the importance and abundance of biodiversity. We are very grateful for the knowledge and teaching provided by the Latrobe University 3rd Year Outdoor Education students.

Astrid and JJ



CSC Book Club.

On Monday 6th of May, Book Club from Year 7-10 went on their annual book buying trip. First we went to Minotaur and selected comics, interesting sci-fi and fantasy books. After we went to Dymocks and spent about an hour looking over and choosing books to buy for our Library. Then we went to The Emporium to grab lunch and do some quick shopping before we all hopped the train back home. An enjoyable day was had by all.



Principal’s Message

It was pleasing to see such strong attendance at our parent-student-teacher interviews a few weeks ago. The partnership between parents and teachers to support our students’ learning is crucial, and it was very encouraging to witness so many positive and productive discussions taking place throughout the day. Unfortunately, due to the higher than usual attendance rates at this event, I understand that some parents could not book times with a few teachers. If this was the case, please contact the office to arrange for those teachers to contact you at your convenience.


Since the parent-teacher-student interviews, all parents and carers should have received further feedback via our most recent round of student reports, which have been available via XUNO since May 14. As you are probably aware, we now provide reports three times per semester, with this most recent round of reports being the 2nd round for Semester 1. The next round of reports to be issued at the end of this term, will be the end-of-semester reports, which will be more detailed reports including mentor comments. Please contact our General Office if you experience any difficulties accessing your child’s report via XUNO.


As you are aware on Wednesday all staff participated in the final module in Berry Street Education Model. This  important professional development day was our 3rd (and second last) “pupil-free” day for the year. 


Paul Frye 


School Fee/Excursion Payments Made Directly to the College Bank Account

I would like to remind parents making payments directly into the college’s bank account to ensure that they either have their name or Family reference number or the student name clearly in the description for their payment.


Unfortunately we have someone making a regular payment to the college account that is not identifiable.  If you discover that you have made payments without a name, please contact the college with dates and amounts paid so that can credit your account.



Sue Paull

Finance Manager

Evacuation Drill Training - Offsite


Community Events

Experienced Commercial Cleaners/Supervisor
Needed in Castlemaine
Start Immediately!

Evening school cleaning, must have Police Check, Working with Children and own transport.

Award wages with full entitlements paid.

0426 506 657




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