Photo: Reconciliation Week

Castlemaine Secondary College News

02 June 2017
Issue Four
What is happening?
What have students been up to?
Sports !
The Arts
What is cooking at school
Sydney Camp
Community Notices
Castlemaine Secondary College
03 5479 1111
PO Box 57
Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450


From the Principal

I’ve been very fortunate to be involved in a range of student led activities in my short time at CSC. The quality of student leadership at the College is outstanding and ensures the community of Castlemaine is well placed for a future generation of leaders. Sixteen students generously gave up their time to attend a staff professional development day last week and were passionate about their school and “what works” for them in the classroom. Staff and students worked collaboratively on the schools core values of Pride, Respect and Responsibility and how these look and feel as behaviours across the College. The conversations were positive and constructive and provided some great starting points for a new Principal starting at the College.

The Principal selection process is well underway and I’m confident that there will be an outcome by the end of the second week of June. As soon as the process has concluded the College Council President will make an announcement to the College Community. We have scheduled a celebration assembly for Wednesday 21st June at which we hope to be able to present the new Principal to the school community as well as celebrate student achievement.


Music performances-It’s been a great privilege to attend most of the music recitals over the past few weeks and I’d like to thank and congratulate Kirsten and the music staff for the exceptional work they do. The music program at CSC is one of the best, if not the best in regional Victoria and a showcase for the College. The enthusiasm and talent on display from students ranging in year levels was outstanding. I would also like to acknowledge the support that the music program receives from the local community.

Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day-The whole school participated in an assembly of reconciliation and dedication with our local Aboriginal community last week. This was led by Aunty Julie and our school leaders and included a smoking ceremony of the College flags and any students that wished to participate. The students were extremely respectful as Aunty Julie spoke and I believe left with a greater understanding of local and wider Aboriginal culture. On the following day our School Captains, Megan and Ben, spoke passionately at the community “Sorry Day Ceremony”. Their speeches were some of the best that I have heard from any students (at any school) and received great praise from the audience. Castlemaine Secondary College should be very proud of these young people and their capacity to have a strong voice and make positive change in the wider community.

Student Uniform-This week the school leaders and I have been having a number of conversations with students about their uniform and the way it’s worn at the College. The College community have made a commitment to the CSC having a pre-scribed compulsory uniform that I believe is comfortable, practical and affordable. Wearing uniform is important in promoting pride in the community, a sense of belonging and equality between students. The College is able to support students and their families that may find the purchase of uniform items challenging at the moment especially with the onset of colder weather. Karen Burton, our Family Finance Manager can assist with this as can any of the student wellbeing staff.


Providing a safe workspace-Students at CSC undertake a range of classroom activities some of which are in non-traditional settings such as science, technology, sport etc. In these areas students are required to have appropriate materials for their work and that sometimes includes appropriate clothing. In some areas, such as technology related subjects, students are required to wear fully enclosed shoes that ensure protection from drops and spills. The College wants to support students participate in these activities but also has an obligation to provide a safe workplace for them. Your support in ensuring your child has the appropriate footwear that is compliant with the schools uniform policy is appreciated.

Finally I would like to acknowledge one of our staff - Mr Kerin Lourey on 35 years in teaching.


Noel Claridge

Acting Principal

Host Families for Japanese Students 2 -6 August 2017

Host Families for Japanese Students 2 -6 August 2017

We are again fortunate to have a group of students from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan visit our College this year.

To enable this to run smoothly, we are looking for students and families to host these students whilst here.


This is a truly rewarding and worthwhile experience.  Primarily we are looking for families of year 7 to 9 students, but any year level would be more than welcome. The  application forms are available from the reception office for anyone that is interested.


If you would like more information or have any queries please contact Lyn Ellery on 5479 1111.  Thank you.

Help with uniforms

Keeping our kids in uniform can be a big deal for the family budget, so this is to let everyone know that there are second-hand uniforms available. 

1. There will be another second-hand Books & Uniform Sale at the end of Term 4 (and we are considering adding another Uniform Sale next year at the start of Term 2, as the weather changes). This is a parent-run initiative, with the support of School Council & the school. 

2. Throughout the year, you can also trade on Facebook- the page is called 'Castlemaine And District School Uniform And Books' ( This is a locally administrated buy/ swap/ sell page for school items in the area, and not just for CSC. 


These help your budget in 2 ways - giving you the chance to buy cheaper options, as well as to get some money back if you sell uniform items you no longer need. 


For students or families who are really stuck, there is help available, either via the Office or please see Kath Coff in the Calm Learning Space. Donations of uniform items are always welcomed too, to support all members of our school community. 


If you have any questions or suggestions about second-hand uniforms or books, please contact Bee (Parent Support Group member) on 0400 180 516 or email [email protected]


What is happening?

Reconcilation Week




Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) – Thursday 27th July

Cost – $6.50

Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 75 minutes. The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.


Please see your maths teacher if you are interested in participating in this competition.

Maths News

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition last term.

  • Tia Davidge
  • Elwyn Carlile
  • Amy Ferguson
  • Xavier Tolland
  • Matilda Tonkin
  • Auryn Russell

Sharon Rossiter

Maths Coordinator

Drama Performances Semester One

A series of Drama performances will take place over the coming weeks in Drama room 101. All are group devised, major assessment pieces.


Year 12 Drama, Ensemble Assessment, Wednesday May 31, 7pm

Year 11 Drama, Tuesday June 6, 7pm

Year 8 Drama, Wednesday June 7, 6pm


Darren Lowe – Drama Teacher

CSC Biggest Morning Tea

It was a GREAT RESULT – we raised $403.90 from our staff morning tea on Friday.

I would like to say thank you to all those who helped me arrange the yummy food and prizes.

Lyn Ellery




Music Support Group BBQ/Cakestall

Thank you to all those families who donated to our cake stall and to those who came and helped cook snags on the Saturday. We raised $1100 and this money goes straight back into our fabulous music programe at CSC. This program relies on extra fundraising to provide the highest quality instruments, facilities and teaching staff. 


What have students been up to?

Term 2 Outdoor Education News:-

Term two has been a busy time in Outdoor Education. Our Year 10/11 VET students as well as Year 9 Steiner students enjoyed a trip away to Mt Kooyoora in the last week of term one. In the first week of May our Year 9 Projects class and Year 9 Steiner students completed a 3-day Murray River Journey as part of Outdoor Education. On both experiences students studied the natural environment they visited as well as the Indigenous history of the area. Latrobe University 3rd year graduates assisted with both these programs. All students were engaged and worked well on these experiences. Thanks to all parents, staff and Latrobe University for making these journey based, small group education sessions possible. We look forward to some great snow trips in Term 3.



Term 2/3 Outdoor Education Reminders:-


VET Yr 11. Outdoor Rec – First Aid – 30th of May – all day Etty St.


Mt Buller Snow Day – 31st of July – open to the whole college, some places still available, forms available from the general office


VCE Snow Trip – Open to Yr. 11 and 12 only – some places available – August 13th – 16th


VET/OES snow Trip – Outdoor Ed. Students only – 7th – 10th of August


Cole Waters

Outdoor Education Teacher


Sports !

Senior Soccer Report

We were all ready and set, sitting on the trusty Castlemaine secondary college mini bus, Mr Windle at the wait, two soccer-balls under each arm. One Nike (in what we call beautiful condition), the other some sort of Aldi product which was harder than any common rock. Minutes ticked by, tick toc tick toc, still no sign of Mr Caspar Killeen, our patience was running dry. The driver, Mr Van Emmerick, revved the engine and out of nowhere there he (Caspar) was. And we were off, whether to victory (McDonalds?) or a feed (McDonalds) no one knew. After reaching the misty fields in the province of north Bendigo, we visually assessed The Bendigo Senior secondary team and our initial thoughts were not at all what we would call ‘positive.’ We were greeted by their coach who had a modest mindset and ego, I quote “this is usually a training match for our team.” Although we proved him wrong with an 8-0 win (actually they scored the 8) and some cracking football. With a loss under our belts we headed in to the next game with nothing to lose, Castlemaine Secondary College versus Catholic College Bendigo. We started off strongly, playing some brilliant football in harmony with a couple of near misses. However, as time played its role we grew ever wearier and we let down our guard; The next thing you know Catholic College lobbed a corner-cross followed by a stunning ‘header.’ That was it, the battle had been fought, the game had been lost and we were to retire to spectating. After watching a close one all game between ‘Bendigo Senior’ and ‘Catholic College’ we were off on our way home.

By Oliver Huzzy and Rainer Cook-Tonkin

Age Champions

Congratulations to age champions 17 years - Jacob Looker and Sidney Showell  for their recent performances at the Sandhurst Division Athletics Carnival in Bendigo.


Senior Boys Netball

On Thursday the 18th May our Year 12 boys played netball against Bendigo Senior. The game was held here at the Blakeley Road Gym.

Joel Wooton, Tom McLean, Sam Nettleton, Darcy Quinn and Doug Gray along with the help of some of our year 11’ to fill the side due to some of the original year 12’s being injured. The Year 11 boys Zac Sparrow, James Kerr, James Chaffey and Alex Thompson all stepped up to support the team.

We started off strong with a three point lead at quarter time 5-2. Unfortunately for the rest of the game Bendigo Senior came out strong with the end score being 10-31, Bendigo Senior’s way.

Cass Humphrey and Olivia Elliott were great coaches for the boys, giving lots of tips both on the day and at trainings.

A big thankyou to Ms. Rossiter and Bonnie McCubbin for umpiring and Taylah Satori for taking photos of the game.




Year 7/ 8 Girls Netball Report

Year 7/ 8 Girls Netball Report

On Thursday the 25th of May the year 7 and 8 girls travelled to Bendigo to participate in the Sandhurst Division Netball. This included a Year 8 team as well as two Year Seven teams. All teams were coached by Year 12 volunteers who were fantastic on the day. Also a big thanks to Rachelle McLean, Bri Pedretti and Bridie Semmens for umpiring on the day.

The year eight girls had a good day with a couple of close games. In the first game we player Weeroona and won 21-4. Unfortunately that was our only win for the day. The next Game we played BSE and went down in a very tight game losing by two goals. The remaining four games were also close, fast and tough. Overall we had a great day. We thanks Jess Humphrey and Sam O’Brien for coaching us.

Written by Emily Zammit, Georgia Roberts, Shae Clifford and Jacqui Roberts

The Year Seven A Team consisted of Maisie Taylor, Saskia Lynzaat, Jess Rhone, Jemma Cole, Grace Alford Koolen, Ashley Pertzel and Tia Davidge. We travelled to the Schweppes Centre in Bendigo to compete against Bendigo Schools.
Our first games we played Weeroona, we came a draw 8 all. Our Second game was against CCB we lost to them 17-2. Our Third game against BSE we went down to them 14-3. Our last game before the lunch break we played Girton and went down 1-6. We then had our well earned lunch break and played Crusoe where we lost 5-9. The match after that we played Eaglehawk. It was one of our best matches we played and we won 8-4. Our very last game was against Marist, but unfortunately we lost 3-10. Everyone had a really good time and enjoyed playing against the other schools.
We thank Taylah Satori and Cass Humphrey for coaching us.

Written By Tia Davidge

The Year Seven B Team included Hayley Colquhoun, Caitlin Phillips, Alkira O’Sullivan, Samara Bassett, Aleara Tranter, Sonya Kaye and Abby Franklin. The first game we played was Weeroona who we lost to. We then went on to play CCB, BSE and Girton which were all unfortunately losses. We then played Crusoe who we had a very good game against. It was a very close game the whole way through but we won in the end. Our final game was against Marist where we unfortunately lost. We had a great day out and all worked well together as a team.
Thanks to Mickaela Turtle and Jess Humphrey for coaching us.

Written By Abby Franklin and Hayley Coquhoun


Intermediate Girls Netball Report


On Friday the 12th May the Girls Intermediate Netball team ventured to the netball courts at Golden City Bendigo.

We played four games in two different pools, coming second in the first pool losing to Catholic College by four goals and winning against Crusoe. Then moving into the second pool winning against Girton and East Loddon.

Great sportsmanship was displayed as East Loddon were short due to injury so some of our girls played an extra game for East Loddon so they had enough for their final game.

Overall it was a fantastic day and all the girls played very well, finishing the day in fourth position out of the nine schools involved.

Written by Rochelle McLean



VCAL – Careers and looking to the future.


One of the key elements of the VCAL Program is for students to explore a program that will lead them towards an Applied Learning vocation when they leave school.

Although many students don’t have a clear direction of where they want to go when they leave school, the option of up to 40 days a year doing work experience allows students to try a variety of different workplaces. Consider it a ‘try before you buy’ option.

And, a key to this strategy is building strong relationships with employers who can provide work experience and local providers that support future pathways.


Late in term 1, and early in term 2, VCAL had students where encouraged to sign up for a one week Work Experience.

Mr Cook addressed students about what the future world of work may look like, and some students were quick into action to find suitable placements, many aligned to individual passions.

 Matt loves cars, so worked at PJ Tyres. Tarlesha, who wants to work with young children, spent a week at Berkely St Kindergarten. Courtney wants something to do with cars but isn’t sure what yet, so spent a week at a mechanics at Wesley Hill. Renee wants to work in hospitality so she spent a week at the Doveton Café. Jesse wants to do something building and ‘hands-on’ so spent a 3 weeks near Shepparton working on a film set.

Thomas applied to VOSOLO in Castlemaine to gain experience in metal fabrication. They couldn’t take him on, but made a phone call and found him a placement near his home in Harcourt.

Students will be encouraged to do as much work experience as they legally can so they can gain first hand insight to inform them of their futures when they have finished at CSC.

CVGT- Central Victorian Group Training Company

A Group Training Company is a concept that assists young people gaining either an apprenticeship or traineeship. Rather than an employer training a young person for 3 years and doing all the required legal paperwork, and Group Training Company does the admistration side of an apprenticeship and finds and employer to teach the particular trade.

The other benefit is an employer might only commit to 6 months of training and the Group Training Company finds a different employer to take on the next 6 months. By the time the person finishes their apprenticeship, they may have experienced a number of different settings.

Every Thursday, Sophie McEvoy from CVGT comes and work individually with VCAL and FLO students. Sophie assists students writing resumes, finding employers to take on Work Experience and, where possible helps set up School Based Apprenticeships.

Bendigo TAFE

Another partnership being developed is with Bendigo TAFE who are providing TAFE Taster programs in 1) Building and Construction and 2) Business Studies. Taster Programs involve students visiting TAFE one day per week for 10 weeks and gaining insight into a different industry each week. At the end of the 10 weeks, CVGT assist with providing a Work Experience in one of the areas (eg: plumbing), and if the student is really keen CVGT will assist with setting up either a School Based Apprenticeship, or a full-time apprenticeship.

The TAFE Taster Programs allow students complete many f the VCAL Outcomes in the Work Related Skills Strand.

Yr 11 VCAL students and FLO students recently spent half a day visiting both TAFE Campuses in Bendigo as a lead in to one of their Experience Days.


The Arts

Little Shop Of Horrors

Rehearsals are underway for this year’s major school production, with the chorus attending their first rehearsal on Wednesday, 17th May, at the Etty st Campus.

The cast, as always are very enthusiastic, with the logistics of a 7-12 campus already proving to be easier for everyone involved !

The production will take place in late August , early September.

Darren Lowe - Director




Wow what a wonderful selection of performances our music students presented at their year level recital evenings. Here is a few shots 





Digital Hub Survey

Lisa Mills and Leonie Van Eyk have over 25 years of experience working in media workshops and production. We  had the pleasure of working with CSC students during the pre-show filming for the Future of Things Past. We are hoping your  school community will help us by answer a small survey  of  what students and parents might like to access in a Digital Media Hub.

The Digital Hub is part of a consortium with the Castlemaine State Festival and the Castlemaine Circus (amongst others) that are planning to make the Goods Shed into a production, development and learning / sharing space in the near future, hopefully by late 2018 if all goes to plan.

With funding rounds coming up, Leonie and I are gearing into research/development mode and have made a survey to gain community input and see what people want and can access.

People would open and complete the survey online and their privacy would be protected (adding a contact email is optional). The more people we can get to answer the short survey the better our understanding of what is required in this community.


They envision an open-access digital learning space for Castlemaine and surrounds.
A media hub that will link the skilled professionals from the local area with all who are keen to learn. With your input we can create the Hub we want and need, and make it accessible for all.

Thank you

Lisa & Leonie


What is cooking at school

Students of Year 10, 11 and 12 VET Kitchen Operations worked together to provide Morning Tea for visiting primary school students and their parents on Open Morning.




VET Kitchen Operations students supported Friends of Lolotoe at the Taste of East Timor event on Saturday 27th May, cooking and serving East Timorese food and coffee.  The students excelled in their teamwork as they prepared and served the food from the commercial kitchen at Lot 19 Art Space, and served the coffee from the Konjo Mama Food Van.  Chris Sertori, Friends of Lolotoe, praised the students for the delicious food and coffee and for their good teamwork and service skills: "We are very grateful for all the hard work and preparation - and service with a smile! The students really helped to make the Taste of East Timor a successful event".

Caroline Cook,

Foods Teacher

Sydney Camp


Bright and early on Monday morning, 35 students, 3 teachers and a bus driver named Chris piled our luggage into a coach and set off excitedly for Sydney.

By the time we reached the submarine at Holbrook, everyone was either buried in music and movies or fast asleep.

Our first night in Sydney, we set off for a stroll around Darling Harbour, had a late dinner and collapsed into our beds at the Woolbroker’s Hotel.


On Tuesday, we visited St Mary’s Cathedral, one of the first and most prominent constructions in Sydney’s history.

We walked from there to the Gallery of New South Wales, where we found two Picassos, five wire statues and a picture of a painter painting a picture that hung beside it.

From there, we bussed to the Sydney Opera House, where we were treated to a guided tour including the exterior ant the two major performance spaces

Afterwards, we became slightly lost on our way to the Harbour Bridge walkway. Nevertheless, we made it up the pylon in time to watch the sunset and see the sails of the Opera House fade to silhouettes.

Our first stop on Wednesday was the museum of Contemporary Art, where we split into two groups for a tour, including amazing artworks by Kader Attia.

We had a quick lunch on the steps of the Powerhouse Museum, then explored for a while. The Museum was featuring: steam, space, electricity, the Wiggles, 3D printing/interactive zone, and wedding fashion.

Then, we had special access to the Maritime Museum thanks to our bus driver Chris (the museum and Garden Island are currently closed for “security reasons”).

That night, after exploring the Maritime Museum and finding a memorial to our teacher’s uncle, we drove to the Quarantine Station for a ghost tour. Here, again, we split into two groups for a lantern-lit adventure.

Needless to say, we collapsed into our beds.

Thursday was a calmer day, and took us first to the Australian Museum, where we explored crystals, dinosaurs, Pacific cultures, mega fauna and live spiders. We were driven to lunch on Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

From there, we walked to Wharf 3 on Darling Harbour. We missed our ferry, but another left in 30 minutes. After a short ride to Manly, we were set free to explore before the bus picked us up in the late afternoon.

That evening, we went out to dinner at Nine Dragons Chinese Restaurant. On our way back for our last night at the hotel, we drove through King’s Cross and visited a multi-storey David Jones store.

Friday brought us a wet day for the long haul back to Castlemaine.

We gratefully arrived to be greeted by our parents, who bustled us away to our warm, comfortable beds.

Written by Reuben McDougall-DiManno with help from Iliah Carolan and Yannan Mountain-Walker.






Local author Ellie Marney spent three days in our school recently as part of our Writer in Residence program. During that time she worked with classes from year 7 to year 12, running creative writing workshops and talking about her experiences as a published author.

Ellie also ran a writing masterclass, working with some of our passionate young writers on a story for competition entry.

Comments by participants were overwhelmingly positive, and reflect the hard work put in by Ellie, and by our creative students.

[Some of the positive comments on the writing masterclass: “It was super inspiring”, “Her down to earth attitude was good”, “The notes on how to edit effectively and insight into writing compelling pieces with our own unique ‘writing voice’ were a plus”]


Entries are now open for the CSC (Castlemaine Secondary College) Writer’s Prize for 2017. All entries are to be submitted by Friday September 15th, with category winners announced in Term 4, and the Grand Library Prize presented on Awards Night in December. This information is also available on the Library website.


  • FICTION - Years 7-9 & Years 10-12
  • NON-FICTION – (includes: speeches and journalism), Years 7-9, & Years 10-12
  • Poetry – Years 7-9 & Years 10-12

Opening date: Monday June 5th 2017

Closing date: Friday September 15th 2017


Entries must include:

  • Entrant’s name
  • Category
  • Title of entry

(NB. Non-fiction entries must include a bibliography).





 Friday lunchtime is Maths time. Mr Vale is showing everyone how much fun Maths can be!

 Week 1 The Mobius Strip

The Mobius Strip, or twisted cylinder, is a surface with only one side and only one edge. It can be made using a strip of paper by gluing the two ends together with a half-twist.


Q.    Why did the chicken cross the Mobius Strip?

A.    To get to the same side.



Photo: Local Supporters ASQ and Biomix

Community Notices

Photo: Local Supporters ASQ and Biomix

Sustainable Garden at CSC

The garden is taking shape and we would like to acknowledge a couple of sponsors ASQ and Biomix for their generosity. All are welcome to help from 11 to 2 Wednesdays. Just need to sign in and show your working with children to office.

Any queries contact Kath by email at [email protected]


Big ‘Shout Out’ to our friends, Heather and Phillip, the newly appointed owners at Castlemaine Office Supply.


Apart from the great service, they have donated a $100 games voucher to the Etty St Program (FLO and VCAL) to spend on board games.

Better still, the wonderful Justin- Castlemaine’s very own ‘games guru’, has offered to come in and work with students on a volunteer basis teaching them some of the newer, lesser known games.

There is a whole range of learning when students engage with board games including; social interaction, developing strategy, reading, thinking, co-operation and learning a skill that is lifelong. Students will also be writing reviews and rating games.

FLO and VCAL are thrilled with this new partnership and keen to see how we can make the classroom more engaging, while developing key educational outcomes.


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