Principal update November 2016: SRC for 2017
As a College we have been keen to continue to build and expand on the leadership opportunities we offer our students. This year’s SRC have worked on a new structure through meetings and a leadership workshop, to develop a new Student Leadership model which will provide an increased number of leadership opportunities for students within the College. The students of College have just voted and elected our School Captains for 2017: Ben Reid & Meaghan Ferguson and the Vice Captains: Owen Shooter & Georgia Ely. To the best of my knowledge Ben Reid is our first indigenous School Captain. I would like to congratulate our 2017 captains and I look forward to working with them over the next 12 months.
The College Captains next year will be supported by next year by Year 11 Precinct Leaders. These two leaders will provide direction and motivation to the students within each of the precincts. These new roles will expand and extend the number of students in year 11 who can gain significant leadership opportunities without the pressure of their final year of school. These leaders are then supported and work with the SRC representatives to booth have a voice, to lead and initiative activities. One of the aspects that we are keen to see in 2017 is that student’s work through an idea from concept to implementation and then reflection. Leadership is not learned at a meeting; it is about empowering and engaging others. We believe that our new structure will provide students with not just a voice but provide change continue to improve our school. It has been exciting to hear of the planning and organisation that is being carried out by these students already in anticipation for our Step Up Program.
Captains: Meaghan Ferguson & Ben Reid
Vice Captains: Georgia Ely & Owen Shooter
Year 11 Precinct Captains
Engineering – Sidney Showell & Des Cook/ Dante Michielin/ William Hinrichsen (election to be held during step up)
Wellbeing – Kadira Watson & James Kerr
Artisans – Alyssa McArdle & Nick Barker
Performers – Nioka Mellick-Cooper & Harrison O’Keefe
Fin Bujeya (Steiner)
Along with this we will continue to provide and extend access to external program such as Youth Parliament, Alpine school as well as VIC SRC regional and state conferences. We have appointed a leading teacher of Student Voice and Participation for 2017, Stephen Samuel. This is a new role for the College and we are keen to ensure that through this position there are further opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular activities as well as links with Community organisations such as Castlemaine Lions Club. If you have ideas about what links could be possible we are keen to hear from our Families and Community groups. Our students are very talented and many show great leadership potential. I am looking forward to having a role within the school to support, expand opportunities, to gain experience, confidence in student’s abilities and skills.
Castlemaine Secondary College
Our Vision: “Students, Staff and Parents of Castlemaine Secondary College are resilient, responsible, creative and engaged in our local and global community. We are independent learners, striving to reach our potential.”
Castlemaine Secondary College is a multi-campus school which caters for approximately 670 students from Years 7 to 12 by providing a broad range of challenging programs for our diverse student population that is reflective of our broader community. The College has spent considerable time, energy and expertise developing programs which endeavour to best meet the needs of all of our students.
Our College is based around three pillars which underpin all of our goals and learning outcomes for students: Personalisation, Relationships and Community.
Every student has skills and talents that they need support form their families and teachers to develop. We are working to provide curriculum and learning opportunities both in the classroom and in community settings to encourage each student to achieve more than they thought possible. Through a diverse and rich set of curriculum offerings, students have the opportunity to try to identify their future pathways and learn the literacy, numeracy and specialist knowledge and skills they will need for their preferred future.
For learning to occur, students need to be in a safe and caring environment, and it is also important that students enjoy positive relationships with each other and with their teachers. To enhance relationships between and amongst students, teachers and parents, Castlemaine Secondary College has supportive school structures that are based on our Mentor Group program. All teaching staff work with a small group of students to personally support their overall development to communicate with their families about student learning and wellbeing.
Castlemaine Secondary College has developed strong links with a range of community partners. Our community partnerships are embedded within the teaching and learning program. They connect the College to the community. For example:
- Castlemaine Hot Rod Club – Vehicle Testing Centre located at our Etty Street Campus with links to VET Automotive and other automotive courses. VASS and VicRoads approved.
- Hand of Hope – Student writing and reflections in the Poly Times published monthly in the Castlemaine Mail, Street Art and wellbeing chatterboxes.
- Castlemaine Community House - Growing Abundance operates the outsourced canteen operations within the College, providing our school community with links to local food producers, education and learning opportunities.
- Castlemaine State Festival - Castlemaine Secondary College is a major sponsor of the Castlemaine State Festival, with extensive student involvement in the The Arts programs.
Student Management Tool for families
Access your student’s enrolment record, attendance, look at the school calendar, and book Parent Teacher interviews (when available) via XUNO.