Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

07 December 2018
Issue Five
Important Information Highlights
IMPORTANT DATES for your Diary
Compass User Guide
Risks of online Gaming
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
VCE News
Christmas Carols
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977


As we approach the end of the year, it is ironic that rather than finishing things off, we are in fact already re-setting for 2019 with the running of our Head start Program. Students have already changed lockers, been placed in new classes, met with new teachers, and followed a completely new timetable. Having this opportunity to commence the following year early has enabled us to better prepare our students and help make the beginning of the school year in 2019 a much smoother transition.

On reflecting back on the year, the highlights for me are mainly to do with the significant upgrade in our facilities. The new Arts centre and upgrade to the Junior courtyard have already made a positive impact in the lives of our students and staff. The recent announcement that a further 6.6 million dollars would be committed by the State government to fully develop our sports stadium was a much needed boost to our Physical education and Sports facilities. It will also provide the Cranbourne community with additional opportunities to access modern sports facilities in a range of pursuits. From an academic perspective, it was pleasing to see the hard work of our staff and students be rewarded with a strong set of NAPLAN results. We now eagerly await the results for our VCE students.

The festive season can often be a very busy time for all of us. To all members of our school community, I hope that you are able to spend some quality time with your families, and take the opportunity to regenerate your spirit at what is a special time of the year.

Merry Christmas to everyone.




I hope you enjoy our newsletter.



John Jovic










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Important Information Highlights

Office will Close  at 2.15pm on Friday 21/12/2018 and will re-open  9.00am - 3.00pm Tuesday 29th January


Last Day for Parent Payments

Friday 14th December



In 2019 the college will move to a 5 period day. The day will commence at 8.43am and conclude 3.10pm every day. Each period will be one hour in length. The bell times for Headstart and the 2019 academic year will be as follows:

Warning bell- 8.43-8.48

F/A- 8.48-9:00

Period 1- 9.00-10.00

Period 2- 10.00-11

Recess- 11.00-11.20

Warning bell-11.20-11.25

Period 3- 11.25-12.25

Period 4- 12.25-1.25

Lunch- 1.25-2.05

Warning bell- 2.05-2.10

Period 5- 2.10-3.10 


All Lockers need to be cleared prior to end of Term 4





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

03 5996-3544



It is important to remember that students are required to follow the Uniform Policies of the school, these can be located on the College Website, failure to do so will result in consequences been issued.







IMPORTANT DATES for your Diary


Friday 14th

Headstart concludes

Reports published 


Monday 17th - Friday 21st

Activities Week


Tuesday 18th

Valedictory Dinner


Friday 21st 

School Breaks for the School Holidays




Wednesday 30th January

Term one students Return










Compass User Guide




Risks of online Gaming

What are the risks of online gaming?

While there may be many positive aspects to online gaming, it’s also important to be aware of some of the risks:

  • Problematic internet use (also referred to as ‘internet addiction’ and ‘internet gaming addiction’)—by its very nature, online gaming is designed to hook and engage players, compelling them to go on to the next challenge or level. This can result in over use and excessive screen time, which can impact on your child’s sleeping pattern, eating, performance at school and relationships in the real world. In extreme cases it can have a significant impact on a child’s daily social and psychological functioning. 
  • Interaction with strangers—networked games involve multiple players (in some cases even hundreds or thousands of players).  With these games, your child could be communicating with strangers (including adults) through web cam, private messaging or online chat, increasing the risk of contact from predators.
  • In-game bullying and harassment—while online gaming can lead to positive social interactions, there is also the potential for harm through harassing messages and bullying, either from one player or a group of players. Anecdotally, we hear that girls and women in particular can be targets of harassment and bullying when playing online games.
  • Gambling—some online games simulate gambling and can expose your child to a realistic gambling experience at a very young age.
  • In-game and in-app purchases—young people can potentially run up large bills through in-game and in-app purchases. Some games may be free to download, but require the player to pay real money to advance beyond a certain point or to access additional content (like special powers for a character) not available in the free version of the game.
  • Security vulnerabilities and viruses—this can include vulnerabilities with PC gaming through phishing, keylogging malware or fake apps that can steal passwords and account details. A player may be prompted (and even pressured) to download and install an application or document in order to be a member of a team. They think they have been contacted by a friendly and helpful player, when in fact they have inadvertently fallen prey to malicious software. 

Australian experts recommend less than two hours a day of entertainment screen time for children aged 5 to 17 years. Many young people spend a lot more than two hours a day online. 

You have a key role in helping your child manage their online time and in monitoring any impacts in their everyday life.  Look out for signs like:

  • reduced school performance
  • lack of sleep 
  • changes in eating patterns
  • becoming withdrawn from friends and family. 

In some cases, setting firm limits as a family may be enough to help address too much gaming. But in other cases, there may be underlying issues like depression and anxiety that are linked to problematic internet use. If you’re worried that gaming is taking over your child’s life, seek professional advice from your GP, a trained psychologist or the school counsellor.

You can also access advice and help from:

  • Parentline on 1300 30 1300. Parentline provides confidential telephone counselling which aims to support parents and carers of children. 
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. Kids Helpline is a free private telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 years.
  • eHeadspace on 1800 650 890. eHeadspace provides a confidential, free and secure space where young people aged 12 to 25 years, or their families, can chat, email or speak with a qualified youth mental health professional.


George Massouris

Assistant Principal

Year 7

With HeadStart beginning, so does Year 8 for our 2018 Year 7s. Along with this change for them comes other changes at Cranbourne Secondary College too, such as changes to our daily timetable - 6 periods have now become 5 and school now finishes at 3.10 every day (the students are definitely in mourning for their 2.30 finish on a Tuesday!).


They do have a lot to look forward to though in the coming weeks such as PACE day on Tuesday 11th December and activities week 17-19th December to finish the school year.


It’s been a big year for the Year 7s with their transition into high school and all that it has brought. We have seen students overcome fears, step into leadership roles for the first time, and make and achieve their goals. We look forward to recognising our student’s outstanding efforts and achievements for 2018 at the annual college awards night on Monday 3rd December and we offer a huge congratulations to all those students who will be receiving awards.


Good luck to our new Year 8s for the coming year, we hope that it will bring exciting new adventures, more goals to meet, and wonderful moments shared with teachers and peers.


The last couple of weeks has seen the Year 7 students compete their Common Assessment Tasks across all subject areas. It can be a stressful time for our students doing their assessments. All students should be commended for how they went about completing their assessments and be proud of the results they achieved.

In the last week we have seen the changeover of year levels from Year 7 into Year 8, through the College’s Headstart program. All students are now adapting to their new electives and teachers, the Year 7 team would like to wish all students all the best with their endeavours in Year 8, in 2019.

On Monday 3rd December, a number of Year 7 students received invitations to the Schools Presentation Night. This is an important night on the schools calendar and all students who received awards on the night should be extremely proud of their achievements throughout 2018.


Finally, thank you to the whole Year 7 team for the support they have provided throughout the year in the running of all aspects of the Year 7 Program, it is greatly appreciated by the students you have taught this year.


Nigel Adkin

Year 7 Leading Teacher



Year 8

As the year 8s move in to their middle years of secondary schooling it’s an opportunity to reflect on their time in Junior School. It’s been a crazy two years with many adventures, laughs and lots of learning.  Some of the Year 7 highlights for this group included The Summit Adventure Camp, numerous sporting days, the emergence and development of aspiring leaders and involvement in cultural days.

Their year in Year 8 this year saw excursions to The Vikings exhibit at Melbourne Museum and a university discovery day at Monash University. There were also incursions with SECASA and The Peninsula Legal Service.

We thank all the Class Captains and SRC representatives for their work throughout the year and encourage them to continue pursuing leadership roles.

We are sad to see them leave the Junior School but we wish them all the very best as they head off to their next adventure - Year 9.



Year 9

Year 9 students in 2018 were able to experience a range of activities and a rich program both at school and in the wider community. Students were engaged in the Career Journey program where they visited Try a Trade at Cranbourne Racecourse, undertook a pre-employment workshop and attended Deakin University engagement program. All these aided students in identifying key strengths and interest to guide them into their future education and vocations.

They also participated in the City Journey program and through this were able to engage with their learning and the curriculum in a more diverse way. As groups we spent a number of days in the city throughout the year culminating in a week long immersion where students were challenged to grapple with some of the issues facing the world today. They then produced some amazing movies based on their research and these were presented to parents at an evening in term 4.

While at school, students in year 9 were faced with numerous opportunities to expand their knowledge and gain experiences that we hope will help them develop into true lifelong learners. I would like to thank Mr Massouris and the pastoral care teachers for their support throughout the year. I would also like to congratulate the year 9 student leaders, Jordan and Lonetta for their hard work this year.



Year 10

The Year 10 students completed classes on Monday 12 November and then completed, for the first time, a full suite of exams. Exams present new challenges encompassing the need for thorough preparation, concentration, focus and application of skills and processes learned throughout the year.

It was very pleasing that students followed the guidelines and made a genuine effort to achieve to the best of their ability. This has been valuable practice for students, especially those entering VCE studies where in Year 12 exams are generally the major assessment tool used toward their results and ultimately their ranking, ATAR score.

They have now moved from Middle School into the Senior School for their final 2 years of their secondary education and we wish them every success in the future.

Carren Brennan, Kim Keher, Brian Yong & Ray Holdsworth

2018 Year 10 Team




VCE News

End of VCE Exam periods

Both the formal externally-run Year 12 VCAA exams and internal Year 11 VCE exam periods have now concluded for 2018. The Year 12 (Units 3/ 4) exams commenced with external oral language and Theatre Studies’ performance exams in mid- October and then began in earnest with the all-important English/ EAL exams on Wednesday 31 October. The final external VCAA exam, German, occurred on Tuesday 20 November. These exams are externally-run by VCAA appointed supervisors, who enforce a consistent set of rules and regulations which operate in all VCE-provider schools. Such exams form the single most influential component of every student’s Study Score in each subject, and thus have an enormous impact on their tertiary entrance score (ATAR). This is precisely why all Year 11 VCE students have formal exams, both mid- year and end- of- year, in order to appropriately develop and enhance such key skills. 


Release of Year 12 Results

Year 12 VCE students, and Year 11 students studying a Units 3/ 4 subject this year, have already been advised that the VCAA, who oversees all the assessing of exams and calculates Study Scores for each Year 12 subject, will release the 2018 results on the morning of Friday 14 December. The organisation responsible for the calculation of the ATAR for tertiary entrance, VTAC, will also release ATAR scores on the same day. We wish all the Class of 2018 the best of luck as this big day approaches! 


Valedictory Dinner

The annual Valedictory Dinner for the Class of 2018, parents, family and Year 12 teachers, will be held on the evening of Tuesday 18 December at the Grand on Cathies Lane in Wantirna South. This is a major school event, with in excess of 400 people expected to attend. It will celebrate Year 12 student success, with the presentation of VCE certificates, subject awards and several other major awards included the Dux of VCE and VCAL and VCE and VCAL Valedictorians.



After 23 years at Cranbourne Secondary College, most of which have been in my current role as VCE Leader, and over 40 years of school teaching, I am retiring at the end of 2018. It has been a delight and privilege to work closely with so many students and parents over that period of time. I will be continuing to act as an educational consultant in the future, and so will remain within the educational sphere.



Ross Huggard, VCE Leader     





2018 has been the year of GROWTH within the VCAL program.  The Cranbourne Secondary College VCAL program has experienced further growth in student numbers with the 2018 VCAL cohort being the largest ever experienced at the college.  Our team of experienced and dedicated VCAL teaching staff has also grown with even more staff on hand to guide and develop our young adults.  The “hands on” nature of our applied learning program has come along in leaps and bounds with even more links to industry and the community giving students the chance to continue to apply the skills and knowledge learnt in class to real life scenarios.  But most importantly we have seen significant personal and professional growth in each and every student within the VCAL cohort.

Once again both year 11 and 12 students have benefited from their experiences gained on attending 2 camps.  The senior (Year 12) students attended their camp in term 1 this year which took them to Torquay.  There they applied their skills and knowledge through exploration of the local community, major events and the history of the surf coast.  Students further cemented their understanding of Australian culture learnt in their literacy course through a hands on experience at Narana cultutral centre.  Later in term 2 the intermediate (Year 11) students ventured to Wilson’s Promontory where they applied skills developed in all four core subjects in base camp activities, hikes and a trip to coal creek historical mining town with a focus on advancements in industry.

Our VCAL students continue to learn from and give back to our local community through various community projects.  Our senior students once again aided those less fortunate than most of us by visiting the Fareshare Kitchen in Abbotsford to prepare meals for the homeless and disadvantaged.  Across the two days our students prepared in excess of 4000 meals whilst learning about the issue of food security.  Each and every individual VCAL class also tackled an issue effecting our local and surrounding communities.  Classes researched and developed a project that would either raise awareness, raise funds or directly impact those effected by an issue.  This year classes worked to make a difference to those effect by, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental illness and disadvantaged youth.  From creating documentaries to running music festivals and delivering presentations, our students were able to make both significant financial contributions to not for profit organisations and educated and directly impact on 1000’s of individuals.

The continual growth of the Cranbourne Secondary College VCAL program saw its implementation of a number of new initiatives and programs in the form of the $20 boss program and development of the HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) racing team.  The $20 boss program implemented into the intermediate students WRS (Work Related Skills) subject focused on developing the student’s employability skills of, initiative, enterprise, team work, communication and critical and creative thinking.  $20 Boss is an immersive entrepreneurship program for secondary school students. Students are provided $20 of start-up capital to create, launch and operate their venture over the course of a school term.  Our students then launched their businesses at VCAL’s inaugural night market run in conjunction with our college’s parent teacher interviews.  The night market also gave our students the opportunity to showcase work created in their elective subjects with work developed in visual communication and wood work being displayed in a gallery setting amidst the interviews in the applied learning centre.  The establishment of the HPV racing team was an initiative acknowledging the need to be innovative in the delivery of the VCAL program. Staff built within the curriculum a project like no other seen at Cranbourne Secondary College.  This program has provided opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will represent an ‘energy breakthrough’.  The program encouraged our students to examine and use the latest technology while considering its impact on the environment and the way people live locally and globally. The project culminates in a 24hr race called “The Energy Breakthrough”.  The Energy Breakthrough isn’t just a once-a-year event.  School groups like ours work throughout the year to design, build and test vehicles or machines within detailed specifications. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach. Each year schools including Cranbourne Secondary College for the first time then bring their vehicles and machines to Maryborough in the Central Goldfields Shire, Victoria for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action through participation in a race over 24hrs.

With so much growth within the VCAL program in just 12 months, we can’t wait to see what happens next as we strive to deliver an engaging hands on program that provides students with the opportunities to develop skills and knowledge for their future careers and assist them to become active members of society.

Mr Bray.

Head of Senior School - VCAL.





Our year 10 food classes had a chance this year to celebrate with cake. The students term 3 CAT was aimed at design. Students used the Design process to design, prepare and produce a decorated cakes. We had some pretty awesome results as you can see from the pictures. It’s awesome to see what our students can achieve when they put their minds to it. Students and parents can see their outstanding student’s work on our food Instagram page – csc_foodies.














































Wood work

Our year 7 & 8 wood students have been introduce to the Emblazer 2 laser cutter from Darkly labs this year. Our students have had the chance to use the laser cutter to do experience some 21st century engraving on their CAT 2 task – Design a puzzle and box. Student and parents can see their students work on the wood Instagram page – csc material






































































Maree Schmidt





























The time has come to say good bye to our SRC of 2018. This group of students has been dynamic in their approach to leadership and have certainly showed that they have what it takes to be future leaders of our community. The students had their last meeting at an SRC good-bye lunch at Schnitz at Cranbourne Centro.  The students discussed their successes and failures and shared their goals for 2019 with one another. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with them and I wish them all the very best going into 2019. We hope to see their faces again in 2019 leadership roles and opportunities.

We now welcome our School Captains for 2019. Congratulations to;

Mele Leaso (VCE Female)
Kayleigh Hower (VCAL Female)
Mikey Usaraga (VCE Male)
Leigh Gibson (VCAL Male)

The four School Captains have already taken initiative to work together and have presented themselves at our staff briefing on Monday morning. They now have a big job ahead as they plan their speech for Awards Night, taking over from our 2018 School Captains Raquel Amandi and Alexey Klymenko who have paved the way for a stronger voice within our college. I would like to thank Raquel and Alexey for their continued determination to contribute to their last year of schooling. They were supported by Junior Vee and Destiny Sua in their roles. Junior Vee will be presented the ADF Leadership award with a gift of $500 at Valedictory Dinner . Our Year 10 ADF Leadership award will be presented to Caitlin Zealley with a gift of $250 at awards night. Both students have shown exceptional leadership skills and have made the college proud through their various achievements in 2018. 


Life Skills is a compulsory subject commencing at Cranbourne Secondary College in 2019 from Year 7 to Year 10. This subject will aim to cover Personal and Social Capabilities within the Victorian Curriculum. One aspect of Life Skills will be the explicit teaching of Respectful Relationships initiative mandated by the Victorian Government in all government schools within Victoria

What is Respectful Relationships?

Respectful Relationships is about tackling family violence through education.


Rosie Batty, CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation “the school community is an essential part of social reform by modelling a culture of respect through the whole school, not just by teaching respect in the classroom”.


Just like other major social and health issues such as smoking and road toll, evidence shows that family violence can be prevented by working across the whole population (in this case, all schools) to address the attitudes, beliefs and knowledge that support violence.

The Victorian Government is investing $21.8 million to deliver Respectful Relationships and as part of this initiative Victorian schools will be supported to review their practices and policies, and model respectful relationships and gender equality across the whole school community.


A good education is about more than simply getting good marks. It is about becoming a member of society and succeeding in life – knowing how to build respectful relationships is key to achieving this. When young people build positive relationships with their teachers and peers they feel safer and happier at school, are more resilience and have positive social attitudes. Positive relationships increase a young person’s sense of social connectedness and belonging to school and family, and result in better health and academic outcomes.

Further information about Respectful Relationships is available on the Department of Education and Training website:

Cranbourne Secondary College will be utilising the Department’s Resilience, Rights and Resilience and Respectful Relationships teaching and learning resource, you can refer to the resources on the Department’s website:

Teachers will also be supported to deliver the initiative with age-appropriate teaching and learning materials. These evidence-based materials are designed to enable teachers to develop student’s social and emotional capabilities, build positive, healthy and respectful relationships, make responsible decisions and create positive gender relations. The initiative will also provide resources to best support young people who are affected by family violence.


The Life Skills curriculum will also focus on Career Education, with an increased emphasis particularly in Year 10. If you have any questions regarding the delivery of Respect Relationships or general questions regarding the Life Skills subject, please direct an email to 


Varda Mala

Life Skills co-ordinator

Cranbourne Secondary College

(03) 5990 8100


Careers News

All VCE Year 12 students will receive their results on 14th December, 2018.

Huge importance is placed on aiming for a high ATAR, but one set of results is just one moment in a myriad of life experiences. Whether you feel like your ATAR result was good or bad, evaluating your choices properly is crucial to making a good decision. Don’t give in to discouragement and anxiety at the prospect of certain doors being closed to you or change your pathway plan because you have achieved a better ATAR than you anticipated.

Put your results into context by understanding that it is a ranking, not a score, that is scaled up or down by VTAC and use it to plan your first post school step.

The Change of Preference period is a great opportunity for all students to reflect upon the opportunities that are available to them.  You can re-order your course preference list, add or delete courses.  Used wisely, this is the period of time where you can make changes and is essentially the most important period for you to be proactive and create opportunities by making appropriate course choices.

All tertiary institutions offer services to students and are available at specified times to answer student queries.

Sharon Bourne, our Careers Practitioner, is also available to support students to plan their VTAC preferences on the 14th, 17th, 18th and 19th December (change of preference for round 1 offers for domestic students closes at 12noon on the 19th December). 

International students need to work very quickly on their preferences as change of preference closes for them on Saturday, 15th December (closes at 4.00pm) for December International Round Offers. 

All dates are available at 

Sharon Bourne has been emailing students and will continue to provide updates as we approach the 14th December, 2018.  Please continue to check your emails as we approach this time.


Students in Senior WRS VCAL spent the last period of their Headstart showing off their employability skills. Once we had reviewed what the employability skills are*, students were given the single instruction “Play a game.” The only restriction was that everybody had to participate. As a result, students needed to organise themselves into teams, negotiate which game they wanted to play, and sort out the rules. In one team, a couple of students had never played before, so the others had to teach their classmate. Overall, comments included things like “do you think we could...?” “Is this how I ...?” “Let me show you how to ...” There was a lot of ongoing negotiation as each team reviewed the rules and variations of playing the games. Students kept each other on task, and the mood was simultaneously cooperative and competitive.

Game playing in the classroom provides students with a genuine opportunity to demonstrate and practise the important skills that they will need to function effectively in the workplace. Everybody had fun and learned some things about the others in their class, and was able to reflect upon ways in which they can improve their own employability skills.


*A set of basic skills which are considered essential to:

Get and keep a job.

Build your career

Progress up the career ladder

Continue lifelong learning


•          Teamwork

•          Problem Solving

•          Communication

•          Learning

•          Technological skills

•          Planning and organising

•          Self- awareness

•          Initiative and enterprise skills






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. This year we took surveys on lockers and on the cultural background of the school.

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 14th 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 a delicious meal, tea and sweets, the community experienced performances by the students.

MultiPride continued to hold their Let’s Talk About It sessions at the start of the year. There was some useful feedback from students which was communicated to Mr Massouris.

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

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.




Cranbourne Secondary College Parents and Carers Association (CSCPCA)

This year was the beginning of a new era for the school. The school started a parents and carers association. The initial information evening was attended by around 30 parents, all interested in participating in the association. After a few interim meetings the association was officially established through an application to the Education Department. An election was held after members became financial ($1 fee) and the office bearers were elected.

Members have met and discussed many aspects of school life. The meetings are held twice a term; one during the day and one in the evening so that all parents and carers have access to the meetings.

One of the actions by the CSCPCA this year was to organise a sausage sizzle on cup weekend to raise funds for students travelling to Borneo next year. Some issues discussed have been car parking issues, uniform, netbooks, issues with Compass and the School Wide Positive Behaviour initiative which is being implemented next year.

There was also a morning tea for Afghan mothers which was well attended. The community is very keen to get involved in the school as well. I attended and assisted with serving refreshments.

The CSCPCA is continuing to evolve and we have plans for bigger events next year. We would love as many parents involved as possible so if you can help please email us on We are a dynamic group and always welcome new members!


Liz Bettink,

President CSCPCA



Christmas Carols

Please join us at the Cranbourne Community Christmas Carols, held at the Cranbourne Presbyterian Church, special performance by ex student Sene Smalley

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