Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

06 December 2019
Issue Eight
Important Information Highlights
CREATE Festival
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977


This is the time of year when many of us reflect of the year that was. Our school is such a busy place and there are so many highlight we can look back on. I’m going to focus on 2 major events that never fail to impress. The first is the school production which in 2019 was “Grease”, and what a show it was. Nothing seems to have an impact on participants as much as the school production, and everyone in the audience was thoroughly entertained by our terrific cast. The second area that impressed was the Art Show held at the end of October. The quality of student work seems to get better every year, and it is such a good event to be a part of. It makes the investment in the new Visual Arts Building seem very worthwhile.

I’d like to finish by informing our school community of my decision to retire at the end of 2019. After nearly 40 years in education I believe the time is right to move on to other “adventures”, but I will be very sad to say goodbye to the staff, students and members of the wider Cranbourne community. I wish everyone well for the coming festive season, and for a positive future in the years to come.



John Jovic






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.





Mon - Fri  9th - 13th

Grade 5 visits


Tuesday 10th

Orientation Day


Friday 13th 

Semester 2 Reports published


Mon-Fri 16th - 20th 

Activities Weeks






Thursday 30th day one for 2020

Students return to school






























In the Maths classrooms at Cranbourne Secondary College in 2019 every attempt has been made, where possible, to link mathematical concepts to real world applications. Students have been encouraged to present work clearly and logically through skills and practical exercises in class. They have also completed a number of problem solving tasks in our dedicated Numeracy room and then reflected on the methods used in attaining their solutions.

2019 has seen the implementation of our new curriculum extended to now include the Year 7 through to Year 9 student cohorts. This new learning architecture is focused on engaging all students with the classroom work by providing a range of learning opportunities, including more collaborative work where students are able to learn from their peers and a more hands-on oriented curriculum with a focus on the maths being applicable to the real world. Students have then been able to display their understanding of the topic of work through the tiered summative assessment task (CAT) administered at the end of each term.

The Maths faculty would like to extend our best wishes to all school leavers, particular our Year 12 students who have just completed their final exams. We wish them best of luck for the future and hope they continue to develop their skills through whatever career path they may take.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of the various programs over the course of the year and I look forward to seeing continued growth in all our students in the years to come.



Corey O’Shea
Maths/Numeracy Leader


This term Year 11 Physics are learning about Stellar, Evolution of stars. The students were given an opportunity to learn with some hands on activities at Casey Tech. The students had the opportunity to use VR kits looking at different ages of stars and determining what elements stars are made of. They could apply what theory they had learnt in the classroom and apply it to a practical activity. The students got a lot out of going to Casey Tech and enjoyed it very much.




In the final term of Humanities students had more exciting excursion opportunities.

Year 10 Doing the Books, Avoiding the Crooks – Talk Law program
On Thursday the 29th of August, a group of selected Year 10 students who are currently completing the Year 10 Commerce subject ‘Doing the Books, Avoiding the Crooks’ attended the Talk Law program hosted by King and Wood Mallesons on Burke Street.  The day consisted of a series of workshops assisted by volunteers from the firm, as well as solicitors from ANZ. The workshops included activities on cyber-bullying (social media), the police and young people in the work place. Other activities included a tour of the facility and a mock trial at the end of the day, based around claim of unfair dismissal. Some of the students found the library tour interesting because it contained books from as early as the 1800’s to assist the lawyers in cases that needed evidence from back then, (which can’t found on search engines). But the majority of us really enjoyed the mock trial which was related to a workplace dispute and unfair dismissal.

All of the students had such a wonderful time on the excursion. We highly recommend it to the young and upcoming years.

Zoe, Zahra, Ajesh, Brandon and Hussain

Year 10 Century of Change – Immigration Museum

During week 3 of this term, students had the opportunity to visit the immigration museum and participate in the Small objects even bigger stories: Settlement stories exhibition. This exhibition focuses on Individuals who have sought refuge in Australia over the past 100 years. Students also had the opportunity to investigate the history of legislation relating to the settlement of displaced persons in Australia, using documents and individual profiles from the collection in the Museum.



Apprenticeships, work trial, traineeships, casual jobs and a fulltime career!

University, TAFE and beyond.


The Careers team have had a busy few weeks, moving into our new offices in the Wellbeing block, and at the same time managing all of the careers and pathways needs of students in our college, including those things named above. We are developing our careers resource centre, collecting new and up to date information and working out the best ways to share it with the school community. We welcome students at lunchtime and recess to come to meet us. We will be running careers activities at lunch times next year. In the meantime we have been able to share our fresh new space with the Writing and Debating Club, the High Achievers Group, the SRC and Multipride, among others. We strongly believe that “careers” is more than just information about jobs and university courses – although of course that is a large part of it. However, any activity that a student undertakes outside of their regular classes can demonstrate the type of skills that employers are looking for – teamwork, organisational skills, passion, commitment, communication skills etc, and so therefore we welcome activities which require students to develop these skills to use our space.


Keep an eye out…

At this time of the year, we get requests from employers who are looking for workers, and we try to match them up with students who have expressed an interest in their field. It’s so important that students complete their Career Action Plan throughout the year so that we know who to approach when somebody from a specific industry calls up with a job offer. It’s also really important for students and their families to keep watching the compass news feed, as we often post about opportunities that we find out about. Some of the recent ones have been:

  • a career experience day at RSPCA
  • the Monash Mentor Scheme
  • an invitation to apply for the City of Casey’s Australia Day Study Tour
  • part time jobs from local providers


Did you know?

Michelle Graco, one of our career practitioners, regularly publishes a Careers Update with information hot off the press from our colleagues in the University and TAFE sectors. Courses and pre-requisties are often changing and even if you aren’t a Year 12 student yet – there might be something relevant to your future plans. Links to this newsletter will be in the news feed, and on the Cranbourne SC careers web page.

The Cranbourne Secondary Careers webpage has all the information you might want about work and further study. It also has a special student secure area, so you can create your own user name and ID, and then log in to find user friendly resources to help you create and update your resume, write a job application and prepare for an interview. Take advantage of this amazing resource today by visiting


ATAR and beyond

Our Year 12 VCE students are waiting patiently for the ATAR release on Thursday 12th December. The Careers team will be available by appointment for assistance with Change of Preference if required. All Year 12 VCE students have received a letter regarding the details for this. We would like to congratulate  all our Year 12 students, both VCE and VCAL, and remind you that we are still here for you if you need career support, even if you have exited the school. Please call the office to make an appointment, or you can reach out to us via email if it’s just a quick question, or you want somebody to check a resume etc.



Carren Brennan

Career Practitioner


In 2019, the Student Representative Council made leaps and bounds in student leadership at the college. The 2019 team members were:

Year 12 (SCHOOL CAPTAINS): Kayleigh Hower, Leigh Gibson, Velda Vee, Mikey Usaraga

Year 11: Kyalla Sibley, Tyler Bushell, Joshua Bradford, Georgia Sinadinov

Year 10: Alicia Dorning, Jordan Minter

Year 9: Prathana Maharaj, Jordan Budiono

Year 8: Bianca Buckley, Casper Trayessa

Year 7: Ella Monks, Connor Krizmacic

A dynamic team comprising of students from Year seven to Year twelve paved the way for students in non-leadership positions to get involved and make a positive change within the school community. I have learnt more from my student leaders this year than what I have taught them about being a good leader. I have seen them lift each other up and always be ready to give a helping hand where needed. I have seen them being kind and respectful to those around them. I have seen them be passionate about issues that affect their peers and most importantly I have seen them be good human beings all without a single reminder. This is who they are and what they stand for, which makes us all very proud to have them at our college.

This year began with the commencement of Toastie Club under the SRC banner. Originating as a Wellbeing initiative to ensure all students are provided with a lunch option, the student leaders jumped on board to ensure its continuity by offering rosters to any students wanting to volunteer and time at lunchtimes to help distribute these to students. The students extended their voluntary work by making the toasties themselves, sourcing ingredients via donations and working with organisations such as EatUp. A key member of this initiative was Alicia Dorning who chose to make Toastie Club her project for her Year 10 elective Launch into Leadership.

Student leaders worked collaboratively throughout the year to create and organise free dress days each term. The student leaders from each year level were responsible for one free dress day. This meant rather than the whole group taking responsibility for the planning, there was two students who planned and executed the event from start to finish with the remaining SRC students providing assistance on the day. The opportunity allowed for student leaders to take on ownership over their work and they took full accountability of their decisions. Collectively, the SRC raised approximately $6000 for various charities they had invested interests in. Funds raised went to World Vision, Royal Childrens’ Hospital, Kids with Cancer Foundation and victims of Christchurch shootings. In addition, the SRC attended various events such as the GRIP leadership conference, Class Captains training sessions, World Vision Youth Conference to build on leadership skills and ways of best to utilise these in their daily work back at the college.

The SRC played a key role in the launch of School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support. Kyalla Sibley and Bianca Buckley were the student representatives on the PBS team for 2019. Both girls played a crucial role in ensuring student voice was heard and worked with experienced teachers, assistant principal Catherine Gilchrist and the PBS Leader Karie Hullin to gather data from students, work on a creation of a behaviour matrix and collect feedback from the whole school on X-Change items utilised by students who earn credits from their teachers for displaying behaviours that are Safe, Respectful and Responsible.

Performing Arts Captains were added to the student leadership positions with Hector Begeo and Imogen Schoemaker taking the newly created positions and running with the opportunity. The students worked actively with the Performing Arts Leader Simone Wright in organising and running of various Performing Arts events across the college. These students have created big shoes to fill for 2020 candidates and we hope to continue their great work in the future.

Going into 2020, the college is excited to announce further student leadership positions such as Toastie Club Captains and Environmental Captains. These positions with allow students who may not be interested in year level leadership to join initiatives they are truly passionate about and make a change that aligns with their beliefs. There is something for all our students to get involved with and with the success of 2019, we wish to continue offering our students more opportunities to develop as student leaders in the years to come.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Leigh Gibson for receiving the Year 12 ADF Long Tan Award and Alicia Dorning for receiving the Year 10 ADF Long Tan Award. Both of these students showed incredible leadership during the year. They continually put the needs of the college ahead of their own and met deadlines with perfection each time. They displayed leadership characters such as empathy, kindness, respect, resilience and motivated their peers to follow in their footsteps. As a college, we are proud to have such amazing students in our student leadership team and their work has represented our college in a positive light throughout the year. Well done Leigh and Alicia.

CREATE Festival

On Wednesday the 20th of November the CREATE Festival was staged in our theatre. Now in its 14th year, the CREATE Festival is an opportunity for our year 9 cohort to showcase their artistic talents.

Year 9 students who have studied a Design & Technology, Arts or Performing Arts subject throughout semester 2 were invited to display their hard work for an audience consisting of parents, staff and members of the wider community.

Congratulations to all the students who contributed to the CREATE Festival. There were some magnificent pieces of artwork displayed in the foyer, as well as on stage.

Special thanks to all of the staff who framed, rehearsed, baked and staged the event.

We look forward to next years’ CREATE Festival where we hope it will be even bigger and even better!




2018 was another dynamic year for MultiPride. Throughout the year students meet once a week and discuss issues and decide on what actions to take.

We began the year with our annual trip to the Point Leo Surf Lifesaving Club. We meet the surf lifesaving team who teach our students to surf. They put a lunch on for us and then we have an annual game of soccer on the beach.

We produced the 15th Polyhood festival in March. The Pasifika students involved feel a great sense of pride performing new and traditional cultural dances, songs and music. The students organise all aspects including administration and backstage.

Students worked through Ramadan to produce the Eid festival celebration at the end of Term 2. This is the 3rd year of the now annual event and after delicious Afghan tea and sweets, the community experienced performances by the students.

At the Lunchtime Asian Festival in August students held various activities including a Bollywood dance class, a K Pop video screening in the theatre and henna tattooing in the canteen annexe.

Our Islander students also participated in the 4Cs festival at Bunjil Place in September and proudly represented the school in this 2 day event that sees students from schools in the area perform together onstage.

Students continue to join our dynamic MultiPride group and wear their Maroon jumper and badge around the school. Students know that they can talk to them in the yard or at any time about issues they are having at the school.


Could you, or someone you know, volunteer your time to mentor in a local high school in 2020? 


Raise Foundation, a not-for-profit mentoring organisation, is urgently recruiting volunteers from our local community to become a mentor for students in our school, and other local high schools.  The programs run from March through to September for two hours per week.  Raise measures the impact of its mentoring programs and statistically significant outcomes include increased confidence and resilience, ability to set goals, coping skills, hope for the future and asking trusted adults for help.  Raise Mentors also benefit by contributing to the community, gaining improved listening and parenting skills through free mentor training, and connecting with the younger generation.


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