Cranbourne Secondary College Newsletter

11 August 2017
Issue Five
Presentation Ball
2nd Year Hospitality Students
Sports News
Breakfast Club 
German Poetry Competition
Canteen Menu 
Cranbourne Secondary College
Stawell Street
Cranbourne, Victoria, 3977


Schools are very busy organisations. I never cease to be amazed by the range of activities and opportunities for students to become involved in many varied pursuits. This is particularly evident at this time of the year.


It was pleasing to see so many parents visit the school recently to speak to a course counsellor about their child’s subjects and pathways selections. I want to thank all the counsellors involved and the support staff and I know our parent community were grateful for the guidance provided as they navigate through a complex process. Special mention to Sharon Bourne (Pathways Leader) for her organisation and leadership of the event.


This week also sees the return of the school production, it is the first for 2 years and I know the cast and crew are very excited about the show that will be performed both as a matinee during the day and during the evenings. I know I speak on behalf of our school community in wishing them well and congratulating Simone Wright (Production Director) for her hard work and dedication in preparing for the big event.


Finally I take this opportunity to wish Rick Taig (Year 9 Leader) and his team who will be leading Year 9 City Journey over the next few weeks. It is a real highlight for our students who develop important life skills and improved awareness of what our great City of Melbourne can offer. It is a memorable experience and our students often refer to their city journey many years after, and it continues to be a highlight on the school calendar.


These are just some of the activities available at this time of the year, and there are many more I could have referred to. They are the events that make school memorable for our students, and can only occur due to the hard work, dedication and foresight of our staff. I am very proud to be involved in such a dynamic and energetic organisation that offers so much to our extended school community



John Jovic



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Teach  the Teacher has come to Cranbourne Secondary College


This year at CSC we have been lucky enough to be working with VicSRC to implement a program called "Teach the Teacher". This program involves a group of students working together, with the help of the VicSRC, to identify an issue within the school that the student body would like to address. After they identify the issue and gather the ideas and opinions of their peers, the students involved in the program put together a professional development session for teachers in the school in order to address this issue and to work out an action plan aiming at bringing about change. This is an opportunity for students to have a voice about their schoooling and empowers students to have a genuine impact.

We had our first session on Thursday 3rd August with a wonderful turnout of around 30 staff and 35 students. I was incredibly proud of all the students who volunteered to be a part of the program, giving up their time and making a stand for what they believe in. I am eager and excited to see all that the students will accomplish through this program, and I am proud to be a part of a school that so genuinely welcomes this initative.


Heidi Gunn

Student Leadership Co-ordinator

The Presentation Ball was an amazing experience for us. We were amazed at the wonderful costumes that were worn during the evening. Sene and I worked hard to introduce each couple some of them had some funny things to say. The Dance sequences were really exciting to watch. We all got into dancing to the great sounds of the band as the night went on.


It really was a special evening to be the School captain on this night.


Stella Fili and Sene Smalley

School Captains



Presentation Ball

For the last 36 years, Cranbourne Secondary College has held an annual Presentation Ball, and this years 37th event was held at the Grand on Princes on the evening of Friday 4th August. This is a very formal event, where some 14 Year 11 and 12 couples, attired in elegant white long gowns and black tails, were presented to our two local sitting City of Casey Mayfield Ward Councillors, Cr Amanda Stapledon and Cr Gary Rowe. In Keeping with school tradition, each of the couples was introduced by two senior student leaders, Stella Fili and Sene Smalley. They had been expertly trained by Rad and Glenn Foote, who train similar groups in over 30 schools, to dance a segued set of three dances for a continuous 20 minute bracket, complete with lifts, twists and multiple turns. The large gathering of parents, friends and staff were all suitably dazzled by their dancing finesse. The whole evening was overseen by Ross Huggard, Senior School Leader, who again acted as Master of Ceremonies, whilst Karie Hullin, Year 11 VCE Co-ordinator, coordinated the whole event. This is a very special and memorable evening for all concerned, and will again be offered to all Year 11 and 12 students in 2018. Details will be released during Headstart for those who may be interested.


2nd Year Hospitality Students

Cranbourne Secondary College - Hospitality Class

Our 1st and 2nd year hospitality students have had a very exciting few weeks. They have started producing meals for the local Cranbourne food truck that supplies food for free to those in need in the Cranbourne area 4 nights a week.

  • This give the students a purpose and it helps them to gain their service hours for Hospitality.
  • Volunteering also looks amazing on their resumes and they will receive a certificate later this year in recognition of the work they have done for the Food Truck.
  • They have done an incredible job so far and I am very proud of them.

The Cranbourne Food truck is situated as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Saturday the truck is parked opposite the Lylle street bus stop from 6pm to 8.30 pm  
  • Friday night opposite Cranbourne west coles.
  • The Food Truck is run by local volunteers who help support the community  

Fareshare visit

The Hospitality students also visited Fareshare in Abbotsford, another volunteer organisation that produces food for those in need.

  • The students worked in the Fareshare Hospitality kitchen produced 1464 vegetarian rolls. Fantastic effort.
  •  Packed 1200 quiches
  • Filled 1200 quiche trays with pastry for the nest shift
  • Again amazing work and I am very proud of them for helping others in need
  • Our students excelled themselves

Thank you

Maree Schmidt


Sports News

Wheel Chair Basketball:

On Friday the 28th of July, we had Gary from ‘Wheel talk’ come out to run some wheel chair basketball classes for our year 11 PE students. The talk related to the students physical activity unit and covered barriers that some people face in physical participation. Students loved the session and it was great to see them step out of there comfort zone in a challenging situation.

lunchtime coming soon. We are looking forward to being involved with the Presentation Ball.

We recently had our luncheon at Schnitz. It was a great way to get to know each other.

Intermediate Sport:

On Thursday the 3rd of August CSC had teams go out and verse schools in our district for Basketball, Handball and Table Tennis. All teams represented the school extremely well with the Intermediate girls winning the Handball competition and the Intermediate Boys winning the Basketball. The Intermediate Boys are now through to the Prelim finals in October, well done!



Mr Yong took our senior Boys Badminton team out on Monday the 31st July, with the boys coming 3rd overall, well done.

Mr lynch is also taking the year 8 girls team, which are playing tomorrow at the region Badminton final, good luck.


Region Cross country

7 students represented the college at the region cross country meet, with Mehdi Hassani wining the state competition as our AWD representative. Fantastic result, well done.


Melinda Campbell

HPE Leader

Breakfast Club 

"At Cranbourne Secondary College we provide a dynamic learning environment that stresses the importance of community and relationships. We strongly believe in the provision of a positive environment and as a result, over the past year we have introduced the 'Rise and Shine Breakfast Club'.


Breakfast is important in providing nutrition, sustenance and immediate energy for the busiest time in a students' day as well as being necessary for growth, development and good health. It has been proven that a good quality breakfast can provide a third of an adolescents daily nutrient needs.


Rise and Shine Breakfast Club allows staff and students to access a nutritious breakfast every Wednesday (from 7.45am until 8.30am) to improve energy and attentiveness, as well as promote social connectedness and positive interactions with school community members."


Casey Tech School Design Sprint


The Casey Tech School Design Sprint was held at the Jean Russell Centre at The Nossal High School in Berwick earlier this year. It was a single, full day, intensive ideation and prototyping workshop. The Sprint aimed to be dynamic, fast-paced, collaborative and contribute to the physical design of this new facility.

Three of our students participated in this workshop and contributed to the design brief of the soon to be built Casey Tech School.  Eirrah Bautista, David Le and Bailey Slater contributed to the Casey Tech School Design Sprint.  They did an amazing job.

David Le Presenting his teams proposal to over 100 people


The problem participants worked with was:

Current approaches to teaching and learning in Casey may not be equipping students with the skills and attributes they need to succeed in the 21st Century workforce.

Students were asked to contribute their ideas in relation to this problem. 

Fifty students and 16 teachers participated in the Design Sprint from 11 schools (government and nongovernment) across Casey. This group was joined by 15 thought leaders and industry representatives from the Bio-medical, Health and Medical Technology and High Tech Manufacturing, Production and Processing Technologies industries.


It is scheduled to be up and running before November, 2018.  It is anticipated that all of our students will engage with the programs delivered at this new and ground breaking facility.

Success at 2018 Course Counselling Events

It was wonderful to meet with so many of our families as students went through the important course selection process during the first two weeks of term 3.  The majority of our students have now completed the course application process after meeting with one of our course counsellors. 

Most students had completed their Career Action Plan’s and this ensured that the discussions at course counselling were informed and purposeful.

We would also like to thank the many, many parents who attended the Senior School Information Evening and collected their own paper copy of the appropriate course counselling materials.  The theatre was full.  It is important that we all work together. These events are a way of making sure every student is able to make an informed choice. 

I would like to thank the course counselling team who worked alongside our families to ensure that all options were considered by each of our students.  I would like to thank the following course counsellors for their professionalism and dedication to ensuring the best outcomes for our students: Mr Rick Taig, Mr Paul Evans, Ms Lory Arslanian, Ms Sonja Burnham, Mrs Kathie Jacobs, Mrs Carren Brennan, Mrs Melinda Campbell, Mr Martin Cash, Mrs Catherine Gilchriest, Mrs Sheila Downey, Mrs Susan Bergman, Mrs Lynlee Coutts, Mr Brad Gauci, Mr Tim Bray, Mr Scott Jones, Ms Teresa Hayes, Mr Ross Huggard, Mr Ray Holdsworth, Mrs Kim Keher and Mr Brian Yong. 

Important information for students who are yet to submit a

Senior School 2018 course application

The members of the Careers Team have been catching-up with students who did not attend their course counselling appointment.  Unfortunately, we cannot organise more course counselling sessions and students who did not attend course counselling have been supported by a careers team member to complete a course application form for 2018.  Please ask your son/daughter for this form as we have asked each student to take home the form, discuss it and bring it back to the careers office signed by a parent/carer (the careers office is in V block - next to Study Hall). 

If your son/daughter does not bring the course selection form back, we will enter the course he/she has selected without alteration.

It is vitally important that all students complete the course selection process.  If we are unable to meet with your son/daughter (eg. school absence) we will enter a course on their behalf and mail a copy of this information to each family.  This is not our preferred option

but we want to ensure that your son/daughter retains their place at Cranbourne Secondary School in 2018.  

It is a legal requirement that all students who are under 17 remain at school unless they have applied for and gained an exemption from the Department of Education.  Exemptions are not granted automatically and require applicants to be engaged in a recognised educational program (eg. TAFE) and/or be employed for a specified number of hours per week in an appropriate workplace.**

We would also request that if your son/daughter is moving to a different school in 2018 that you let us know as soon as possible. 

We will presume that students who are 17 or over and who have not submitted a course application form will be exiting from school unless otherwise informed.  Again, it is vital that all families ensure that they have completed the course selection process for 2018 to ensure that each student accesses the most appropriate senior school program for them.

**Conditions apply and it is important that any student seeking an alternative to our school meet with Mrs Kathie Jacobs to discuss their options, complete the appropriate transition from school application and comply with government regulations.



Have you been on our careers website yet?


German Poetry Competition

On Tuesday, August 1st, we hosted four schools from our Association of German Teachers Region: Toorak College, Mentone Grammar, Hillcrest Christian College and Mentone Girls’ Grammar to take part in the AGTV German Poetry Competition Regional Finals.  Cranbourne Secondary College had four Year 7 students take part and one Year 8 student, whose commitment and enthusiasm was amongst the best of the best.  Unfortunately CSC did not finish in the medals but the participants were able to mingle with their German student peers and gain a fresh approach to language learning.  At the end of the day, Hillcrest Christian College was successful with gold medal wins at both Year 7 and 8; while Mentone Grammar took out first place at Year 9. 

This was a fantastic opportunity for schools teaching German to come together and celebrate culture, history and language learning together.  Next year we will bring back the medals but for now we all wish the gold and silver medallists “Viel Glück” in the State Finals! 



Tuesday 1st

Year 12 VCE TRAG Presentation

Production full dress rehearsal ‘Ned Kelly’

VCAL Fare Share 1st & 2nd Year Hospitality


Friday 4th

Year 11 Presentation Ball


Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th

‘Ned Kelly’ Production 7.00pm


Monday 7th to Friday 11th

Year 9 City Journey (9ABCD)


Friday 11th

Year 10, VCE Year 11 & 12  Immunisations


Thursday 17th

VCAL Immunisations

Monday 14th to Friday 18th

Year 9 City Journey (9EFG)


Monday 21st to Friday 25th

Year 9 City Journey (9HIJ)


Tuesday 22nd to Wednesday 23rd

Senior dance rehearsal & performance 7-8.30pm


Thursday 31st

Curriculum Day (NO SCHOOL)

Office closed



Monday 4th to Friday 8th

SKI Camp 


Monday 4th 

Year 9 Shrine of Remembrance (9ABCD)



Thursday 7th

Parent teacher interviews (NO SCHOOL)

Friday 8th

Year 9 Shrine of Remembrance (9HIJ)


Wednesday 13th

Year 7 Immunisations

Bennelong Bangarra Dance Company


Thursday 14th

Division Athletics

Multi-pride Asian Festival - 8.45am-9.00pm


Monday 18th to Friday 22nd

Year 10 work experience


Friday 22nd

Last day of the school term


Canteen Menu 

Cranbourne Secondary College Canteen Menu

The school canteen is run by Bocca Foods - Healthy Home-Made Meals. 

Click on the link below to access the menu


Lunch Orders

How to order:

  1. Place order at café with staff prior to 9am.
  2. Pay staff at time of order.
  3. Collect order from Café at lunch break.


  1. Items may not be available due to supplier stock - similar product will be provided.
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