Castlemaine Secondary College News

31 May 2018
Issue Five
Principal's News
Reconciliation Week & Sorry Day
Current Events
Coming Events
School Life
The Arts
Student Health& Wellbeing
Castlemaine Secondary College
03 5479 1111
PO Box 57
Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450

Principal's News

Paul Frye is currently on long service leave and I wish him a well-earned break. He continually demonstrates a high level of commitment and passion towards CSC and we look forward to his return at the beginning of Term 3.  In his absence, I am acting in the Principal's position and Judith Mclean  is Acting Assistant Principal .


The 2018 NAPLAN testing for 2018 was recently completed by the majority of our Year 7 and 9 students. Whilst NAPLAN has been openly criticised in many media forums, it was great to see 95% of CSC students engage in the testing procedure. When analysing results, our College’s main focus will be on class and cohort data, allowing us to monitor how effective our teaching is for  our students.


On Tuesday 22nd May, our College was visited by Canadian education reform expert Dr Mary-Jean Gallagher. As part of the Department of Education and Training’s Leadership Partner’s Program, Dr Gallagher  is sharing her knowledge and experience across several schools in Victoria. Dr Gallagher toured the the Blakeley Road campus , spending time in classrooms and talking with numerous CSC students. She commented on the calmness across our College and the high level of student engagement within each classroom. Dr Gallagher shared her insights into how schools can prepare students to be adaptable and life-long learners and praised initiatives like the project based year 9 Central Studies program.


In support of National Reconciliation Week, CSC is involved in several activities to improve knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. On Monday, Auntie Julie McHale  conducted a traditional smoking ceremony at our College.  Kath Coff , and local artist Daikota Nelson, worked with CSC students to create a mural to be displayed at our school.


From the Reconciliation Australia website:


“These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the  reconciliation journey; the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.


National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.


Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”


Acting Principal

Justin Hird

Reconciliation Week &
Sorry Day

To mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week we had a special presentation assembly on Monday 28th May. During this event we had local Indigenous elder Aunty Julie preform a traditional Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony (an ancient custom among Indigenous Australians that involves burning various native plants to produce smoke), which had our indigenous students helping. All our students had the opportunity to  walk through the smoke to cleanse and ward off bad spirits. Aunty Julie presented one of the local teachings (stories) about Waa and Bungil.


Then during  period 5 and 6, all students across the College will had the opportunity to add artwork to the Collaborative Mural. This is being coordinated by Kath Coff, utilising the assistance of local artist Daikota Nelson (former student). 








Attached is School Captain - Des Cook's speech and above is Vice Captain - Sidney Showell's address on Saturday at the Sorry Day Commemoration and opening of the Reconciliation Exhibition in the Market Building.





















































Current Events



Congratulations to Elwyn Carlile and Anais Kerr who both received a Credit award in the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition which was held in March.


The Australian Maths Competition will be running on Thursday, 9th August.  If any student would like to participate in this competition could they please talk to their Maths teacher.  The cost is $6.50 to participate.



A reminder to all students that they need to bring their calculators to maths classes.  Could you please ensure that calculators are named, especially the CAS calculators for senior students.  If any student would like their calculator engraved, please see Ms Rossiter in the Wellbeing Precinct.



SRC Update

Recently our College’s Student Representative Council applied for a Momentum Energy and Junior Landcare Powerful Youth Projects Grant through Landcare Australia. We are delighted to share that CSC has been selected to receive one of 200 grants available to schools, childcare centres and youth groups across Victoria. The $660 will go towards getting our top court gardens further underway, and planting and encouraging more native trees and plant life through our school grounds.


Our project, though currently under development, is going to be a working bee towards the second half of this year, in which our College’s SRC will be connecting our school and community. We will be planting vegies and native trees through the school grounds, creating a positive connection between the students and our outdoor areas, inspiring a stronger sense of ownership and pride within the school community. Throughout the day, our school community, students, teachers and parents, have the opportunity to spend some time at the school planting, weeding, mulching and anything in between. This will be coordinated by students, for students, and will be a wonderful way to engage and inspire the entire school community to come together as one, in the outdoors.


This project is made possible thanks to  Landcare Australia and Momentum Energy. They have given us the fantastic opportunity to make our school environment an even greater place to learn and thrive within.


We also acknowledge and thank Junior Landcare Australia and the Powerful Youth Projects team have also played a part in our school receiving this wonderful grant.


Amy Ferguson

Mount Alexander Youth Leadership Day (MAYLD)

On Wednesday, 30th May, we hosted the Mount Alexander Youth Leadership Day (MAYLD), with 30 primary school students registered to attend this day, held in the Wellbeing Precinct. Ex-CSC student Meaghan Ferguson ran the majority of the day’s activities with the support of 




Study skills and exam preparation

The exam period can be a stressful time, particularly for our year 10 students who are undertaking formal exams for the first time. At school our students have the chance to learn skills and strategies to help them perform at their best, whether it is completing assignments/ DLAs, or preparing for SACs and exams.

Homework Club runs each Thursday afternoon from 3.15pm to 4.30pm in the Library, and tutors Louise and Graeme are happy to work with students on study skills and exam preparation.

Library staff have also created on the Library website a study and exam page full of great tips and ideas.

Study skills page 


Coming Events

Dates to remember!


31st Steiner Information Evening



1st  Looking After Your Mate - VIC Roads 

6th Calamity Jane - full day rehearsal all cast

7-14th  Exams Year 10 & 11

11th Queens Birthday holiday

13th GAT Year 12 (General Achievement Test )

15th Student Free Day - Professional Learning Day for Teachers

19th Start of Semester Two

25-29th SOAR camp 

25-28th Music Camp

29th Music Camp Concert - Castlemaine Town Hall

29th End of Term2 - dismisal time 2.30pm



19th Parent information evening Year 8 & 9

23-27th Year 10 Work Experience

23-28th Year 9 Mittagundi Camp

26th Parent information evening Year 10 & 11

30th Mt Bulla Ski Day 

31st Pathways Interview Day


Preparing for Work Experience

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.


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 54791111/0438890280 or by my email ([email protected]).

Mr Cook

Careers/MIPS Co-ordinator

2018 Youth Advisory Group - Calling all young people!

Are you aged between 12 and 25 and eager to speak up for young people in our Shire?


Mount Alexander Shire Council is seeking new members for its 2018 Youth Advisory Group (YAG). The group provides input into council decisions and plans, helps identify issues and solutions relevant to young people and delivers local youth events and projects.


Along with making a positive difference to the Shire, YAG members receive training in areas such as public speaking, leadership, and event management. The group is also responsible for assessing Council’s Quick Response Youth Grants.


Any young person living in Mount Alexander Shire, between the ages of 12 and 25 can apply to become a member, with meetings held on Wednesdays 3.45-5.30pm.


For more information and an application form go to the Young People section of Council’s website, visit the Civic Centre on the corner of Lyttleton and Lloyds Streets in Castlemaine, or contact Council’s Youth Development Officer Shannon Lacy at [email protected], or phone 5471 1826.


Applications close by Monday 18 June 2018.


The Youth Advisory Group is an initiative of Mount Alexander Shire Council, supported by the Victorian Government’s Engage! program.




Photo: Year 11 Wellbeing Day

School Life

Photo: Year 11 Wellbeing Day

Year 11 Wellbeing Day

The Year 11 Wellbeing day was held on the 11th of May and despite it being a cold, rainy day the students who attended had their wellbeing nurtured with some fun activities, informative speakers and some comfort food!

Speakers included Senior Constable Jane who led an extremely interesting discussion around the laws that are very relevant to our youth, the Diversity Group ran through some basic, and not so basic information on the LGBTIQA+ community, answering many of the unanswered questions and Headspace presented a session on reducing stress!

One of the day’s highlights was the SOAR crew, who entertained the students with some sumo wrestling.



Castlemaine Jobs Fair

Last Wednesday our Year 10 and 11 students attended the Castlemaine Jobs Fair in the Castlemaine Market Building .

This was an exciting opportunity for students to connect with local employers, apprenticeship providers and training organisations. 


CSC Students helping out with the Primary Year 5/6 Netball/Footy



VCE English – Local Author Visit

Award-winning author Cate Kennedy visited CSC this week, and spoke to an attentive audience of Year 11 Students. As part of the creative writing task for VCE English, students have been busily reading, dissecting, analysing and discussing a diverse range of stories from Cate’s short story collection, Dark Roots. The visit from Cate enabled students to hear in more detail the author’s creative writing process and also highlighted some traps to avoid when building narratives. Here’s what some of the students said afterwards:


“I was really impressed by the way she could make up stories on the spot.”

 “I like how she added detail to each scenario and how it improved the story.”

“She showed us how important it is to get the reader’s attention.”

“It was interesting to hear how and when she likes to use different voices and tenses to add strength to her stories.”

“Listening to her really helped me understand some of things she wrote in the book.”



Paula Jenkins

Head of English 


Year 8 Boys Soccer Tournament

On Tuesday the 22nd of May, the Year 8 boys Soccer team competed in an interschool tournament in Bendigo. We left early and arrived in time to play our first 24-minute game against Catherine McAuley College (CMC).

 In the first half we had the majority of possession and even scored a goal before it was disallowed for an offside play. The second half was a very even tussle with neither of the teams managing to put one in. Result: 0-0.

After a quick break, we were back on to play our second match up against Girton. Once again, both teams had a few good opportunities; however, neither could find the net. It came down to the last few minutes when an unlucky call in the Castlemaine box occurred. This resulted in a penalty, neatly placed by the Girton Midfielder, the game ending 1-0.

Castlemaine’s finals hope relied on Girton beating CMC in their last pool match. Unfortunately, the results did not go our way as CMC beat Girton 2-1.

Our last match was against Eaglehawk, since the result of the previous match came in, our team decided to play all out attack. Two forced errors in the first 12-minutes gave CSC a strong lead at half-time. In the second half, some good build-up play in the attacking half granted CSC a three goal extension to their lead. Castlemaine won the game 5-0, finishing the day with four points.

Even though the boys were disappointed not to play finals, we enjoyed the competition and thanks to all the players who participated and contributed to an enjoyable experience.

Henry Tremlett-Davies

 Year 7/8 Girl Soccer Report

The Year 7/8 Girls’ team went into the competition as an untried combination and probably the underdogs. The team made up for a lack of soccer experience and knowledge with great enthusiasm, pleasing fitness, endless persistence and determination and great team spirit and encouragement for each other. Our first opponents were Crusoe College and it was a tight tussle for 10 minutes before Castlemaine scored after some excellent passing. The girls were so surprised at their effort they didn’t know “what happens” after a goal is scored…”Go back and score another one”…. And they did, beating Crusoe 2-0. The team was so delighted that they ran across 2 pitches to tell the boys team of their success!!


Mrs Woods and Eli were hi-fiving on the sidelines. Then we learnt that that Girton had beaten Weeroona  10-0 and we had to face them next! They only beat us 8-0 and Saskia L saved many more goals.  Our last pool match was against Weeroona and with brilliant defensive efforts from Mia N, Sally F, Lulu S and Alice C and Saskia in goals again, it was up to Eliza, Rosie M, Zoe P, Chloe, Astrid H, Yindi A, Alkira and Alina to kick some goals. We beat Weeroona 5-0 and that meant a place in the semi -finals against BSE. They were a very professional outfit and scored in the first minute. CSC still managed to have a lot of shots at goal and acquitted themselves very well, but went down 4-0. Great effort girls and look out 2019!! Thanks Mrs Woods and Eli Saunders for your coaching and running the lines.



Year 7/8 Netball Reports

On Tuesday the 22nd of May, the year 7B team went to interschool netball in Bendigo and had an amazing day. We played other teams from different Bendigo schools; the schools we played were Girton, Marist, Weeroona and East Loddon. Everyone played really well and didn’t give up.
We would like to thank everyone that played in the team: Eve, Marni, Zoe, Brianna, Breanna, Kayla and our wonderful  year 11 coach Abbie! Also a massive thank to Ms Squire and Ms Brownscombe for the day.

By Marni Frye and Eve Parker

Tuesday was a great day, the girls in the 7A team put in an amazing effort in all three games against strong Bendigo sides, which unfortunately were lost. Although the scores weren’t overly close the girls did a really good job throughout the day and never gave up.
Thanks to the players in the team, Summer, Holly, Emma, Tori, Amelia, Matilda, Laura and Tia. Thank you to Jade for coaching us. Also a big thank you to Ms Squire and Ms Brownscombe for helping out throughout the day. Great Job Girls!

By Tori Vn Egmond

On Tuesday the 22nd  of May, the year 8 girls participated in the interschool Sandhurst netball tournament. In this team was Tia, Maisie, Hayley, Abby, Jess, Isla, Stella and Jemma. We won 2 out of our 4 games that we played. Some of the games were tough but we all persevered through as a team. We came up against Marist and Girton, unfortunately losing to both. The next two games were against East Loddon and Eaglehawk, with both games resulting in a win!! Big thank you to our coach Rachelle McLean and to Ms Squire and Ms Brownscombe for making the day possible.

By Jemma, Isla, Stella, Tia and Maisie   

Tuesday was a great day, the girls in the 7A team put in an amazing effort in all three games against strong Bendigo sides, which unfortunately were lost. Although the scores weren’t overly close the girls did a really good job throughout the day and never gave up.
Thanks to the players in the team, Summer, Holly, Emma, Tori, Amelia, Matilda, Laura and Tia. Thank you to Jade for coaching us. Also a big thank you to Ms Squire and Ms Brownscombe for helping out throughout the day. Great Job Girls!

By Tori Vn Egmond


On Tuesday the 22nd  of May, the year 8 girls participated in the interschool Sandhurst netball tournament. In this team was Tia, Maisie, Hayley, Abby, Jess, Isla, Stella and Jemma. We won 2 out of our 4 games that we played. Some of the games were tough but we all persevered through as a team. We came up against Marist and Girton, unfortunately losing to both. The next two games were against East Loddon and Eaglehawk, with both games resulting in a win!! Big thank you to our coach Rachelle McLean and to Ms Squire and Ms Brownscombe for making the day possible.

By Jemma, Isla, Stella, Tia and Maisie   




FRRR- Reaping Rewards Program

The VCAL/ FLO Program is thrilled to announced we were successful in a $10,000 grant application  for our COMMUNITY- CONNECT Project.


The Community Connect grant will support arrange of activities that FLO (Flexible Learning Options) and VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) students will be participating in over the next 12 months.

Some of these projects will including working with Main-FM radio, Castlemaine Football/Netball Club, Konjo Mama Ethiopian Food Van,  Castlemaine Billy Cart Race, Harcourt Miniature Railway, and a few other projects still to be developed.


The grant will be used to employ sessional workers, and buy materials on a ‘needs basis’. More details will be outlined in future newsletters.



Groovin The Moo- Bendigo.

Most people in Central Victoria know of Groovin The Moo (GTM) as a large music festival held in Bendigo each year.

But over the past few years it has provided a platform for VCAL and FLO students to become involved in some behind the scenes activities involved in hosting a large scale concert such as this.

This year Teegan, Jesse, Tiffany and Steph all volunteered in a work experience capacity at the front gate checking bags and handing out maps for 4 hours in exchange for seeing the rest of the concert for free.

One of the more interesting projects was designing 30 cushions for one of the ‘chill-out’ spaces. This involved enthusiastic VCAL students getting cushion inserts from op-shops, and with a combination of tie-dying and pure design, created a product that was not only unique but had high impact.

Once we had inserts and materials, the Etty St classroom was turned into a workshop for the week as students hand designed covers and learnt some sewing skills along the way. For the 7 students who were involved for the week they were gifted a ticket to the concert in return. And, from all reports everyone was pretty happy with that outcome!



Tabloid Sports

On Friday, 18th May, Castlemaine Secondary College once again hosted the Tabloid Sports with over 500  prep to grade 1  students from all the local primary schools participating in a round of non-competitive activities on the oval at the Blakeley Road campus.


This year over 40 VCAL students and VET Outdoor Recreation students manned 20 stations by running and explaining each game to groups of 20 students in a 10 minute rotation. By the end of the day each student had participated in 10 different and varied activities.


The Outdoor Recreation students had a preparatory ‘run-through’ with year 7 students earlier in the week, while VCAL students ironed out any glitches with students from Campbells Creek Primary School.

Feedback from all the schools was extremely positive and both teachers and parents were highly impressed with how our students ran and organised the event.


The Arts

Drama Performances

A range of performances have been happening during the last few weeks, with more coming up as we head to the end of semester one.

Both year 8E and 8W have been involved in performance work to peers recently, with their group work based on the theme of Horror/ Comedy.

Year 9 Drama have been working on a class project, ‘Cinderfella’, to be performed at primary schools in early June as well as an evening performance in the Performers' Precinct on Wednesday, June 6, at 6pm.

Year 10 Drama have been working on two scripted performances, also to be performed with the year 9 group on June 6 at 6 pm.


VCE Theatre Studies students performance of ‘The Real Inspector Hound’ by Tom Stoppard on May 30, was the first evening theatrical performance in our new space.


All members of the school community are welcome  to attend upcoming performances.


Darren Lowe

Drama Teacher

Calamity Jane Poster Competition


It's once again that time of year when the school production needs your help. We are putting out a contest for the best poster. All you need to include on the poster is:

  • Title of "Calamity Jane"
  • Venue - Castlemaine Town Hall
  • Dates - 30th, 31st August and 1st September
  • Starting time - 7.30pm


More details to come of this exciting musical but everyone is busy with excitement already, as rehearsals have started. Reminder to all those in the production that your forms and money need to come into the office by the end of next week.

Art Support Group

As CSC looks towards new horizons via buildings and programs, we seek the support of interested parents, guardians and community members to reinvigorate the Art Support Group.

The Art Support Group is fundamentally a parent collective with the purpose of assisting the Visual Arts program at CSC via fundraising and organisational duties.


Previous activities have been the highly successful CSC Art Auction, which raised over $10,000.00 for the purchase of new Printmaking equipment.


If you are interested in participating, please register your details with Clayton Tremlett by telephone: 54791111 or [email protected]



Student Health& Wellbeing

Reminder to keep your children at home if unwell

We would just like to remind you to keep your child at home if they are unwell or still recovering from a recent contagious condition.

Children who are suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea, the flu, chest infections, chicken pox, whooping cough or other contagious conditions need to be kept at home until they are completely recovered.


We also have a student here at Castlemaine Secondary, who is currently receiving medical treatment and as a result is very susceptible to infections. If this young person develops in particular measles or chicken pox, they can become seriously ill.


It is impossible to avoid all infections, but by taking precautions, we can lower the risk of catching and spreading them to each other and to particularly more vulnerable classmates.

Also remember to let the school know if your child has an infectious illness.

We appreciate your support and cooperation.


Please contact school nurse, Alli on 0457516931, or [email protected] if you have any questions.

During Term 2 the Wellbeing Team at Castlemaine Secondary College will be offering the Seasons for Growth program. Seasons for Growth is an innovative grief and loss program that uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief.

Seasons for Growth aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people who are dealing with significant life changes by exploring the impact of the change and loss on everyday life and learning new ways to respond to these changes.

The program supports young people affected by change and loss, including:

• Friendship changes

• Loss of someone or something you love

• Parents and families separation

• Moving to a new place

• Impact of illness

• Family work-life changes

The program will run during school hours and will take place in a small group context. Interested students and parents can contact Lisa Cochrane on 5479 1111 for further information.

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