Castlemaine Secondary College News

25 August 2017
Issue Seven
Principal  Update
Some new faces and canteen news
Connecting countries
School Council
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Community Notices
Castlemaine Secondary College
03 5479 1111
PO Box 57
Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450

Principal  Update

Dear Parents

The beginning of Term Three is always a particularly busy time of the school year at CSC, and this year has been no different. During the first half of this term we have already:

  • Held subject selection information sessions for parents and students
  • Undertaken a subject selection interviews for 2018
  • Completed the Year 10 Work Experience week
  • Hosted a group of 80 Japanese visitors for a week
  • Held “experience days” for Grade 6 students and information evenings for their parents
  • Led two major student leadership training days
  • Started final preparations of our 2018 School Musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.”

I thank everyone who has contributed to the success of these events. All of this has been occurring while major building works continue at our Blakeley Road Campus. In recent weeks it has been very exciting to see the steel framework for our new Performing Arts centre being erected. This building is still on schedule to be completed by the end of this year and will be fully operational from the beginning of the 2018 school year.

A particularly challenging issue that parents often ask us about is how to safely manage teenage parties and how we can assist in ensuring consistent communication between parents of students at CSC. To this end, I strongly recommend that parents of teenagers are familiar with the resources available through the Australian Drug and Alcohol Foundation website (see ). Above all, I urge our parents to check the details of who will be supervising parties their children have been invited to attend and how the party will be managed.


Paul Frye


Parent Opinion Survey 2017


Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school.


Families have already been sent a link to the survey if they were selected and we request that all surveys be completed by 27th August


It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 7th August to Sunday 27th August.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous.


The survey results will be reported back to our school at the end of September. For further information, please speak to you child’s teacher or visit:

What's happening in the classroom

Year 8 science class with Mr Male doing dissection 


CSC Year 10, 11 and 12
Meningococcal Immunisation Program

On the 29 August (week 7 of term 3), our Year 10 students will be taking part in an immunisation program for Meningococcal W. In addition any Year 11 or Year 12 students who didn’t receive the vaccine in Term 2 can take part on this date.


Recently Year 10 students have been given a Vaccine Consent Card. If your child hasn’t brought a card home, please ask them to pick one up from the General Office.


The card needs to be completed and returned to the school General Office as soon as possible.


The card needs to be completed and returned even if your child is NOT to receive the vaccination.


The websites below have more information about the vaccination program, the consent card, and also further information about meningococcal.

Some new faces and canteen news

New Roles at Castlemaine Secondary College


Literacy Liaison

Louise Olsen is a registered teacher specialising in English, Art and Music. She has recently moved to Castlemaine from Katherine in the Northern Territory, and has spent most of her career living and working in schools in remote indigenous communities, Katherine and Darwin in the NT, giving her the opportunity to work with a range of students, communities and cultures. Louise is committed to providing support to students to enable them to achieve their goals and develop their confidence at school.  Louise is currently teaching VCAL/FLO literacy at Castlemaine Secondary College.

If you feel your child needs a literacy tutor please contact Louise on:

[email protected]


Numeracy Liaison

Graeme Lipback has been teaching for 30 years teaching experience in Secondary Schools.  Mathematics 7-12, Science 7-10, Electronics 8-10, and Technology 11-12.Taught in schools in Melbourne, country Victoria, Perth, Cairns, Hobart, Darwin and overseas in Canada.  I have always worked in disadvantaged schools and worked for a short period with refugee children in Perth. My background is a trained Electronics Engineer working as a Technical Officer in Telecommunication for 10 years before moving into my teaching career.

He has been currently tutoring in Numeracy and Castlemaine Secondary College for over a year.

If you feel your child needs a numeracy tutor please contact Graeme on: [email protected]

Garden Project Co-ordinator

David Nicholson and family moved to Castlemaine from Melbourne twelve months ago. And has been volunteering at Castlemaine Secondary College this year.  He is a qualified Cabinetmaker who has been teaching Certificate II in Building and Construction for eleven years.    David’s practical work is influenced by creating visually aesthetic surroundings.

“I feel fortunate to continue the work started by Kathryn Coff and I’m excited to create a garden space that can be enjoyed by the school community.” David Nicholson  

David is looking forward to working with the many stakeholders that have contributed to the garden area. Interested volunteers or people who can donate garden material please contact David on [email protected]



Canteen Update It is hard to believe we are already half way through the school year. We have all settled into our new kitchen at our combined campus. The new surrounds have allowed The Growing Abundance Project to expand our Primary School Lunch Program to four more Mt Alexander Primary Schools this year. With the continued support of CSC we aim to include even more schools before the year has ended.


Last month Grade 6 students from all over the shire attended Experience Day at CSC. It is so heartwarming to see their enthusiasm for the canteen. It seems a big part of Experience Day is the Canteen experience! As I filled out their lunch orders I saw many familiar names from our lunch order program.


July was Plastic Free Month, we thought this would be a great opportunity to remove bottled water from the canteen. The sale of bottled water has never sat well with The Growing Abundance Project. Each time we have tried to remove it from the menu it has been brought back due to popular demand. It has been fabulous to receive such a positive response to plastic free month. Perhaps the tide is turning. Could this become part of our long term approach to helping reduce landfill?


Also in July the CSC Youth Parliament Team presented their bill: Environmental Footprint of Edible Consumables Classification to the YMCA Youth Parliament in Parliament House in Melbourne. The objective of this Bill is to create a general label and infographic to appear on all consumer packaged edibles in Victoria that indicates the specific environmental effects engendered by the production and transportation of food products; specifically water usage, food miles, and greenhouse gas release associated with that product. The canteen was happy to act as a test case for this bill. Our menu scored highly. The results and our score are now displayed alongside our menu at the canteen. It’s great to see students reading it and thinking about where their food comes from.


If you are interested in volunteering in the canteen please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Deb Taylor: [email protected]

It is a great way to be involved in our school.


Feedback and suggestions for how we can serve the students and staff of CSC is always welcome. Please drop us a line at [email protected]

Mary Macintyre, Canteen Coordinator

Connecting countries

Year 9 Central Studies 2017

This week Year 9 students will begin working on their first Integrated Inquiry-based Project for Central Studies (English, Humanities and Science). Over the course of the next few weeks, students will work in small groups to research, produce and   present documentary videos involving a Culture, an Event that has impacted on that culture, and, a Technology that has been developed to address such events in future. In Term 4, students will work more individually to develop a researched informative Essay about causes, effects and actions on a Global Issue of interest to them.

The Year 9 Central Studies Program has been operating since 2012. It aims to provide students with clear structures for guiding them to produce projects with a high production value. These are designed to encourage students to demonstrate a depth of thinking and to focus on developing their independent learning skills. The program also has ample scope for personalising the learning for individual students based on their interests and learning needs.

Further details can be found on the Year 9 Humanities Moodle page: /course/view.php?id=334 (You can log-in as a “Guest”)


Dino Cevolatti

Leading Teacher


The 19th visit of students and staff from Shizuoka took place from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 August.  Castlemaine Secondary College hosted 44 excited students and 3 enthusiastic staff members.  Over this time many life long and special relationships were formed and everyone experienced a very happy memorable time.  A big thank you to all who were involved. Arigatou gozaimasu

Lyn Ellery 

Japanese Co-ordinator

Winter Soups

VCE/ VETKitchen Operations students have been cooking-up soup! Soup of every kind, all made from homemade stock produced in the Etty Street Kitchen, and all for a good cause! The soup has been distributed to families in need through the Castlemaine branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society.


School Council

School Council

Council members are required to participate in decision making on matters to do with finance, the building program, strategic planning, designing school policy, renewing contracts, hiring of facilities, approving camps and excursions, and other issues.


We have a number of subgroups on Council and they are Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Profile and Communications, Policy, Support Groups, and the SRC. This is the first year (in perhaps a long time) that student representatives are formal Council members. Both the school captains, Meaghan and Ben, represent the SRC at Council meetings, and we thank them for their dedication to leadership at the College. We also thank teacher Stephen Samuel for mentoring the SRC onto Council.


This month, the Department of Education’s National Curriculum Services is training Council members in the Finance Module – fully understanding the finance reports that are brought to us by Finance Committee each month to approve. This kind of training helps Council members make better, and informed decisions on major issues affecting CSC.


Council is also carrying out a review of camps and excursions at the College in order to better understand the educational outcomes for students, as well as the cost to parents and carers.


Council tries to support initiatives by parents and carers. One parent has started a second hand uniform and book venture. Please stay turned for the date of the next second hand uniform and book fare, which will be held at the College in Term 4. Everyone will have the opportunity to come and sell items.


Another terrific initiative is the Sustainability Group, which is in the process of formalising into another CSC Support Group, to sit alongside the Music Support Group, Drama Support Group, and the Steiner Support Group. Support groups are what used to be termed parent groups or “Friends of” groups and can involve an element of fundraising. Support Groups report to Council and a Council member plays a role in each group.


I hope everyone is trying to reduce the food packaging that the students are bringing to school in our lead up to being a Nude Food School in the near future. Please encourage students to take waste home with them.


This is one of the projects included in the Resource Smart Schools Program that CSC is working on. Other parts of the program will include the reduction of energy and water use, after extensive audits are carried out.


More information about the Sustainability Group and their activities will appear here every newsletter, including information about the development of the school’s garden.


Elizabeth Mellick

CSC Council President

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Library News

Jane Austen celebration

As part of the Jane Austen celebrations around the world this year the Library recently hosted a special Morning Tea in her honour. Students and staff enjoyed a delicious repast, and reminisced on the impact Jane Austen and her books have had on their lives.

CSC Reading Challenge

The books have been read, and activities completed. The CSC Reading Challenge is over for another year and our participants recently gathered for a delicious Morning Tea and Awards presentation. Well done to all students who took part in the Challenge this year, and special congratulations go to our three winners for 2017 – Tilly, Elwyn and Maisie. An enormous thank you also goes to Bendigo Dymocks for their very generous donation of prizes.

Library Website

Our Library at Castlemaine Secondary College is not just a physical space with physical resources. We have a wealth of online material available to students from home as well as from school. Library events and programs, research help, information databases and more can be found on the Library website. Access to the website is via the CSC Moodle, or alternatively use the link below.



Andrea McDonald 







Judith Hansen







Debra Wilson

Library Assistant





Russell Mooney

Library Assistant

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Little Shop Of Horrors



Thursday 31st August,

Friday  1st September

Saturday 2nd September.


Bookings (click on link to go to online ticket sale):




Jemma Finning- National Football Champion  

 Jemma Finning in Year 9 was selected to be part of the Victorian 15 years Girls Football team, for the second year running. This was determined by a selection process that was held in Melbourne over numerous weeks and included many other girls from across the state.
After being selected Jemma travelled to Perth in July to participate in the National Championships.
The first game was against Northern Territory and this was an easy win for team Victoria. Jemma kicked six goals for the game.
The next games were against Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. These were again all easy wins for Team Victoria.
After a busy week of playing every day and exploring what Perth had to offer, Team Vic were in the grand final against NSW. This was history in the making as it was the first year NSW had been in a final.  Team Victoria crushed NSW’s hopes and won the grand final 44-0.
Not only was Jemma a part of the winning team at a national level, but she also had great individual success.
At the end of the competition Jemma was Victoria’s leading goal kicker for the competition. She won the most improved player for Victoria, and was also named in the All Australian team as a full forward.
These were all fantastic achievements by Jemma and CSC is very proud of her efforts.

Year 7/8 Basketball report

Year 8 Girls

Last Thursday 10th August we went to the interschool basketball in Bendigo. The team included Shae Clifford, Kasey Button, Holly Giddings, Emily Zammit, Jacqui Roberts, Taylor White and Gemma Papadimos.

 We only played two games as Weeroona forfeited the first game. We played Girton first. It was a tough game, at the final siren it was a draw but Jacqui Roberts got two foul shots after the siren and won us the game. The second game we played BSE and won 13-7. We made it to the semi  finals against Marist but unfortunately we lost. Overall it was a great day. Thanks to Taylah Satori for coaching us on the day.

Written by Shae Clifford


Year 8 Boys

On our Year Eight boys basketball team was Zac Frye, Shaye Archer, Michael Kiraly, Brodie Byrne, Brodie Glenister, Thomas Langley and Mitchell Langley. Also we had helpers on the day assisting with scoring which were Keelan Gardner, Ashton Keogh and Steven Hull.

Our first game we played Girton and won 25-21. We then played BSE and lost in a close game by seven points. Our third game we played Weeroona and won quite easily. After these games we were into the semi finals. We played Crusoe, but unfortunately we lost. It was a great day out and we all had fun. Thanks to Mr Frye for coaching us on the day.

Written by Shaye Archer and Zac Frye

Year 7 Girls

On the 10th of August the year seven girls basketball team went to the Schweppes Centre in Bendigo. Rena Abdollahi, Aleara Tranter, Abby Franklin, Ashley Pertzel, Tia Davidge and Samara Bassett played, and Miss Rossiter and Chloe Langley coached.

We played three games. The first game we played was against Girton, Castlemaine 1 to Girton 45. The second game we played was against BSE, all girls played really well but still unfortunately lost 27-8. The last game we played Weeroona and played extremely well, winning 24-3. Good job to all girls involved.

Written by Ashley Pertzel.


Year 7 Boys

The Year seven boys team included Austin Peace, Campbell McLennan, Tyson Jackson, Kody Girvan and Annan Foley. We also had Dan Chaplin helping on the day due to injury he could not play.

We played three games of basketball. The first game was against Girton and we lost 8-16. The second game we played BSE and unfortunately had another loss 3-36. Our final game against Weeroona  everyone stood up and played really well, and we won 16-1.

Thanks to Sammy Banko for coaching us on the day.

Written by Austin Peace and Dan Chaplin

Community Notices

Calling all junior tennis players!

Calling all junior tennis players!

Castlemaine Lawn Tennis Club is ready for a great season of competition for young players aged from 7 upwards.

If you are interested to play now is the time to enrol. Either ring Graham Forbes on 0406 346 466 or email him at [email protected] Expressions of interest should ideally be in by be in by 03 September, but are welcome at any time after that.

Castlemaine Lawn Tennis Club is planning to have a bumper number of teams competing this year in the Castlemaine and District Tennis Association competition.

A junior tryout tennis day is to be held on Sunday 10 September from 9.30 – 12 noon at the Castlemaine Lawn Tennis Club. Come along and have some great tennis with other juniors in the region. Ring Graham to register for that.


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