Principal Mr Paul Frye – End of year message
As the school year draws to a close, I take this opportunity to thank our school community for its support throughout 2017. It has been an historic year for CSC as we have moved to a predominantly one campus school with almost all of our students from Years 7-12 on a single campus, which continues to be rebuilt. At the start of the year we welcomed the opening of our new Engineering Building, and as the year ends we are poised to take possession of the new Performing Arts building which has been constructed over the past 9 months.
It has also been a year of change for the leadership of our school following Mary McPherson’s resignation at the end of Term One, Noel Claridge’s tenure as Interim Acting Principal in Term Two and then my commencement during the second half of the year. I thank Mary for her valuable service to our school since her appointment in 2009, and I am also grateful to Noel for stepping in and leading our school superbly during Term Two. On a personal note, I am grateful for the valuable support I have received from the school community during my first six months as Principal.
As I write this article, our Year 12 results are only a few days away from being released and we are busy determining the many awards that will be presented at our Awards Night on Wednesday 20 December. Many of our students will receive well deserved awards and other forms of recognition for their achievements this year. For those who are not as satisfied with their results, I encourage them to persevere, set new goals for the year ahead and identify people who can support them as they continue their educational journey.
Finally, I wish all members of our school community a safe and relaxing vacation period, and I look forward to seeing everyone again at the start of 2018.
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 630 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:
- Growing Abundance - 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.
- Partnership with Castlemaine Health - building future pathways and career options.