Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

02 August 2019
Issue Five
Parent Opinion Survey
Headstart Program 2020
Important Information Highlights
School Production
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977


Dear Parents, Students and Teachers

It has been a great pleasure to be  in the Acting Principal  position at  the start  of  term  three. Mr Jovic is on long service leave enjoying the warmer climate of the  Aussie  outback.


I am looking forward to the State School Spectacular this year. Aidan Clifford of year 7 will be our sole representative this year. He has a lead vocal role and is  growing in confidence  every day as  he  prepares  for this world  class  event. I encourage our school community to attend the event in September.

Another student who has excelled recently  is  Jordan Milne of Year 8 who competed in the State Cross Country at Bundoora Park. He came 9th overall in the Under 14’s 3km. This was a remarkable performance that our school community was very proud of.

As part of the College’s commitment to supporting informed pathways choices by students, the Pathways Team in conjunction with our trained course counsellors have operated discussions with our students and parents in Years 9 to 11. These meetings have been crucial in planning for the following year. Choosing a pathway is a very important decision for a student and I am pleased to   see the response of our students during these sessions.


In a few weeks our students will be performing the musical Grease. Our teachers and students have been rehearsing throughout the year with some intense sessions during the break that will ensure another exciting and impressive display of local talent. Tickets are selling fast. Contact the office for more details.



Our Year 10 SRC leaders are planning an expo of Year 10 excellence known as Generate. They have met with teachers and begun plans for what will be a new and innovative evening to showcase the importance of the learning taking place in Year 10.


Our SRC are also planning a whole school assembly to also highlight the great achievements of the first semester. Two of the SRC leaders attended the VicSRC Congress and have come  back  with some  great  leadership ideas  for our  college.

One of these was the Teach the Teacher program which brought together students and teachers to work collaboratively to improve school culture. School leader Leigh Gibson captured the event in a short film he has been producing which will be made available in the near future.


I will join in on the wonderful City Journey this week. I am looking forward to my day in the city with the students. All our Year 9 students are involved in a project-based learning program that will develop into presentations to parents in term four.






The Building Works are in full swing and will conclude later in the year. We returned to see the removal of the middle school locker bays and toilets. These will be replacing with new state of the art facilities that will benefit all students.



On a final note I would like to farewell long serving teachers Mr Webb, and Ms Fathers who continue their working life in new settings. We wish them well in the future and appreciate the great service they have given to our community.


This term has been very busy in the first three weeks. I look forward to continuing to provide the best outcomes for our students.



I hope you enjoy our newsletter.





George Massouris

Acting Principal









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Parent Opinion Survey


Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 22rd July to Sunday 11th August.


The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

Survey results will be reported back to the School at the end of September and we will communicate those results shortly after that

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like more information.





Headstart Program 2020

Head Start is a new initiative from the Victorian State Government to increase the number of students undertaking high quality apprenticeships and traineeships, while still completing their senior secondary studies through flexible arrangements.

Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships is a

  • high quality pathway with more time spent on the job
  • ensure students complete VCE/VCAL alongside their apprenticeship/traineeship
  • focus on key qualifications in high-demand industries with strong employment pathways
  • provide intensive support to students and employers through Head Start staff, all the way through the program

What are the benefits?

  • students have the opportunity to spend a significant amount of on-the-job training time, whilst still completing their senior secondary qualifications;
  • employers are enabled to train and mentor young apprentices and trainees who are ready for work, and who will also have higher levels of literacy, numeracy and employability skills;
  • the number of qualified apprentices and trainees in growing trades and industries;
  • students will undertake high quality apprenticeships and traineeships with genuine employers, with continuous and dedicated support for all parties to help students progress to completion.

HEADSTART supports students undertaking a range of Certificate III Apprenticeships or Traineeships.

If you are considering working in the following industries, HEADSTART might be for you. Explore the following options:


Undertaking a HEADSTART pathway program means that you will spend

Less time at school, more time at work, complete a certificate III and also complete a VCE or VCAL certificate


Industry Area


Building, Construction &

Manufacturing Technologies

Bricklaying, Painting, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrotechnology, Civil

Construction, Automotive and Engineering


Community Services & Health

Early Childhood, Health Services, Dental Assisting, Community

Services & Pharmacy Assistance

Business Services

Telecommunications, Information Technology & Business


Commercial Cookery, Baking

Primary Industry

Agriculture, Horticulture, Aboriculture


Contact the HEADSTART Industry Coordinator at your school for more information



Thursday 1st

CSC Dance Showcase


Friday 2nd

Presentation Ball


Monday 5th

<b>School Production Dress Rehearsal</b>


Wednesday 7th

<b>School Production Matinee</b>

<b>School Production  7.00pm</b>


Thursday 8th

<b>School Production 7.00pm</b>

<b>Progress reports Yr 10-12 due and published</b>


Friday 9th 

<b>Curriculum Day (Student Free)</b>


Monday 19th

<b>Whole School Progress Reports open</b>


Monday 26th 

Year 7 & 8 Sports


Thursday 29th

SRC Casual Dress Day


Friday 30th

Whole School Progress Reports due




Monday 2nd

Ski Camp


Tuesday 3rd

Whole School Progress Reports published






























Important Information Highlights


We are doing our best to serve you - swearing, abusive language, threats or physical violence towards our staff will not be tolerated.

Thankyou for your co-operation




Mondays 8.15am - 4.15pm
Tuesday to Thursdays 8.00am - 4.15pm
Fridays 8.00am - 3.45pm



Students are able to make payments between the hours of

8.15am - 8.45am, and also during Recess and Lunchtimes






Monday to Friday 8.48am - 3.10pm





All students must report to the Office when late arriving at school 

Parents who need to pick up their child early during school hours for appointments, etc, must send a note in the morning to receive an early leavers pass from the sub school offices so the students teacher/s are aware that they are leaving. This enables your child to be at the office and ready to leave when you pick them up. Should you arrive at the school without prior notification, lengthy waits can occur while we locate and organise your child



Did you Know ?

Missing one day of school each week adds up to 2 months missed over a year or missing one day a fortnight is the same as missing 4 whole weeks of school  a year. From Prep to year 12 that adds up to 1.5 years of school !!

Each day absent at Secondary School has an impact on skill development and social connections

Patterns of late arrival at School or missing classes are early warning signs of disengagement from school


Remember you can talk with school staff such as: teacher, year level coordinator, wellbeing staff, careers staff, to find out what support we can provide your child to keep them attending School and to help keep them engaged











It is important that your Family contact details are kept up to date. If anything changes throughout the term,  please notify the College.

Second-hand Textbook and Uniform Trading


Second-hand textbooks and uniforms in relation to the college are traded via the Sustainable School Shop website:


This service provides access to second-hand textbooks, uniforms, calculators, musical equipment, etc year round.


For the best results:

  • Register on the Sustainable School Shop website
  • List your secondhand uniform items for sale
  • List wanted ads for those items you are looking to buy
  • The college’s book & uniform lists are loaded into the system to make listing ads easy
  • The system matches the ads of buyers with sellers and notifies the buyer via email
  • Buyers contact sellers and arrange where and when to trade.
  • The school is not involved in the transaction
  • Parents are well supported via Sustainable School Shop’s telephone (0438 743 444) and email help lines
  • The system is simple and easy to use - If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance


If you have books, uniforms, calculators etc you no longer need and are in good condition or better, then list them for sale on the website as this will help another family within our school community.


Uniform Stocktake Report


I have attached a JPG file of a simple second-hand textbook artwork, it may assist families to find us if this artwork along with a few words about second-hand textbooks were placed on the textbook page of the school’s website (just like the uniform page information) and a link to our front page:


Cranbourne Secondary College would like to pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the land. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.


School Production


Year 7

Ancient Chinese History Museum Excursion:

To finish off Term 2, Year 7 students visited the Chinese History Museum and explored Chinatown to complete their study of Ancient China. Students were taken on a guided tour through the museum and developed an understanding of Ancient Chinese inventions and its influence on the modern world. They were also able to engage with artefacts from the time period to add to their understanding of life during Ancient China. Students and teachers ended the successful day by enjoying a delicious lunch at the local Chinatown food court.


Gratitude presentation:

Late last term, guest speaker David Verdugo ran a presentation about Gratitude with the Year 7 students. Students were guided through strategies to practice gratitude and the benefits of this practice. They were encouraged to develop a fresh perspective by observing all the good things in their life and reflect on what they are thankful for. Some strategies included taking two extra breaths, guided meditation, and shout outs. Students continued this theme in their Life Skills classes to finish off the term.


Junior sport:

Our Junior sporting teams will head out on the 26th of August to compete in a range of sports. Boys and girls Basketball and Handball teams will head to Cranbourne Stadium, and our Table Tennis teams will be competing at Dandenong Oasis. We wish all teams the best of luck and hope all students display great sportsmanship on the day!




Samantha Halm

7I Pastoral Care Teacher
Year 7 Coordinator

Year 8

Junior Sport

Congratulations to Jordan Milne of Year 8 who competed in the State Cross Country yesterday at Bundoora Park earlier this term. He came 9th overall in the Under 14’s 3km race with a time of 10:10.297.



Good luck to the junior sports teams heading out this Friday!


Year 8 Camp

Year 8 Camp is fast approaching! Please remember to make final payments by 9th August.

A couple of places have become available so if you’re interested in having your child come along please contact Mrs McLean or Mr Trevethan at the college ASAP.

Details: Waratah Beach Camp. Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th September.


Rewarding Positive Behaviour

On Wednesday 31st July our year 8’s start a class positive behaviour challenge. The class with the most students demonstrating positive behaviours over the next fortnight will be awarded with a pizza lunch. The behaviours we are looking for include being at class on time, having all required equipment in classes and showing respectful and courteous behaviour. A more detailed letter will come home with your child by the end of the week.



Year 9

All year 9 students will have spent a week in the city for City Journey. Students visit a number of locations, conduct surveys and interview an expert on a topic of their choice. Students are required to complete a number of journal entries to allow students to reflect on their time in the city.

City Journey Diary Entry

Day 2: First Impressions (five senses)

I don’t really enjoy walking around the city that much but I did enjoy the sky deck views. Being so high I could see the city from high above. I could hear sounds from the speakers around the room. I couldn’t really taste much, but I could touch the windows and feel the seats as I sit down to look out. I could smell the fresh air from being up high. Being in the city for one day can show how much walking and transport that may take place. The city has lots of different smells and sounds.

Year 10


Year 10 students have just completed the difficult but rewarding task of course counselling, choosing the subjects which will take them into the senior years and beyond. A large number of students and parents attended this evening and had some valuable conversations in terms of careers and pathways. Those who were unable to attend will be caught up with over the coming weeks by a member of the careers team.


Work experience in closing fast, occurring in the last week of this term, 16-20 September. Students and families are encouraged to begin approaching potential employers to find someone willing to take a work experience student. The longer this is left, the more challenging it will become. Speak with your pastoral care teacher for support or suggestions. You will also need to print or collect a copy of the work experience form and get this signed and returned to school once organised.


Term 3 is a busy term in VCAL, we have a number of excursions planned, the Intermediates will be off to Casey Tech to start working on their $20 Boss, planning a business CAT for Work Related Skills. While the Seniors are off to Fareshare to make food for the homeless


 We will have a number of different community projects beginning to be worked on by our students in Personal Development. VI1 and VI2 will be working on the Human Powered Vehicles with the aim of racing them at Casey fields. In Numeracy both Intermediates and Seniors will be investigating familiar and un-familiar industries with the aim to improve their knowledge and understanding of the numeracy skills that are important in their chosen industry. 



One of the best parts of the Literacy course is Micro Teaching, where students teach their peers how to do something. Examples include basketball skills, how to tie a tie and how to make chocolate crackles. The seniors have to learn something new, master it then verbally instruct their peers how to do it. It is a vibrant part of the course where students take ownership over the content.  All in all an exciting term happening in VCAL




Brad Gauci

VCAL Leader







STEP Program

The commencement of semester 2 has seen the delivery of our second study skills modules presented by Elevate Education.  Over the past few weeks our year 12 students have started to think about their end of year exams which this year commence on Wednesday 30th October.  As a result this terms module was titled “Ace your exams” and gave students some specific tips and tricks in best preparing and studying for this important time of the year.

At the same time year 11 students have been undertaking their own module relating to “Time Management”.  Focusing on assisting students to best plan out their weekly schedules and allocate time to such things as study, work, recreation and family into their already busy weeks with the aim of creating a well-rounded and balance school/life relationship.  This will not only be essential for their success for the remainder of 2019 but in 2020 and their final year of schooling.


Year 11 into 12 VCE course counselling

On Wednesday 24th July our year 11 VCE students partook in their individual course counselling sessions designed to assist students to select a course for their final year of school.  Based around career aspirations, potential university and TAFE courses, interests and individual skill sets these interviews proved once again to be a vital piece of the puzzle in guiding our students through their educational journey.  With over 80% of our year 11 students attending the day it now allows both the students and the college to best prepare for their year 12 program in 2020.  For those year 11 VCE students that did not attend course counselling it is imperative that you book a counselling session with one of our careers practitioners in the coming weeks to ensure your place in your desired course.


End of year Units 3 & 4 exam timetable released.

With the final external VCE exams commencing in late October the end of year exam schedule has been released and a personalised/individual copy has been supplied to all of our VCE students sitting one or more exam during this period.  This also includes any year 11 student undertaking a unit 3 & 4 study in 2019.  A copy of this schedule can also be found posted on our notice board in V’Block as well as on the VCAA website,  It is each students responsibility to know exactly where and when their final exams will be held.


Holiday Classes.

Once again to best support our students and prepare them for their end of year external exams Cranbourne Secondary College VCE staff will be running exam revision sessions during the second week of the September school holidays (30th September – 4th October).  It is highly encourage that students attend all sessions relevant to their subjects this year to best prepare them for the exams ahead.  Please be mindful of these dates and times when making plans during this holiday period.


Progress reports and Parent teacher interviews.

Our next round of progress reports will be released at the end of week four.  This is another opportunity for VCE teachers to accurately communicate with parents and students on their academic progress thus far in units 2 and 4.  With the end of the year literally only a couple of months away it is vital that students use these reports to help set goals to finish off the year as positively as possible.  Another important opportunity for valuable feedback is at our next round of parent teacher interviews.  This term these interviews will run on Tuesday 10th September.  It is highly recommended that all students and their parents/guardians make the time to meet with teachers to discuss their child’s progress in their current courses.  Parent teacher bookings will be able to be made on compass, date to be confirmed.

Valedictory dinner – Save the date.

To celebrate another year of achievements our annual valedictory dinner will be held on Tuesday 17th December at The Grand on Cathies Lane, Wantirna South.  We are still working through the final logistics with ticket purchasing and other relevant information to be distributed to students shortly.

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