Assistant Principal's blog

Teach the Teacher 2018

George Massouris - Thursday, August 09, 2018

 

The  Teach the Teacher Program is designed to develop students’ personal leadership, communication and problem solving skills. Students have the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer teaching and learning and build on their strengths to develop:

  • an understanding of student voice and representation
  • an greater understanding of teaching and learning
  • their potential to be leaders through a student-led professional learning session
  • their own unique approach to leadership
  • an increased understanding of their personal strengths and skills
  • effective communication skills
  • a willingness to create a more inclusive school culture

Through the Teach the Teacher program we have recognised the importance of listening to the students and their thoughts on how to continue to develop positive relationships within the school community. Students not only feel that their voices are being heard but that action is being taken.

Our Student leadership leader  Warda Mala has  supported the  students  to  develop the sessions with the teachers. The students  lead  the  direction  of  the  program and a fully responsible for organising this valuable and exciting event.

 George Massouris

Assistant Principal

Choice 2006

George Massouris - Sunday, May 27, 2018

Twelve years ago we changed  our  approach  to  teaching and learning in Year 9 and created the Choice program. These days we still have The Create  program and  the City Journey operating as  integral parts of  Year 9.

Enjoy the look back to a time of great discovery and  change in our curriculum. In 2018 we are also transforming learning again. A  new energy  is being  put to great use in  ensuring our students  have  the necessary skills for the 21st Century.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal




2018 World Vision Conference

George Massouris - Saturday, May 26, 2018


Our students represented the college at the World Vision conference in Melbourne yesterday. They worked with hundreds of student leaders from schools across the state to prepare for the 2018 Backpack 40 hour famine challenge. These students gave up their time on a student free day to plan a major initiative in our community that will make a difference. We hope you support them when the challenge begins.

Tom Cairney

George Massouris - Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Today I attended the funeral of our student and friend Tom Cairney from Year 9C. Many students and  teachers attended the day  in tribute to this fine young boy. It has been a difficult week for everyone who has known Tom and the family. He was a shining star that was loved by all who knew him. He will forever be part of our hearts and will always be remembered by this group. The class has been putting together a tribute to Tom in the Learning Centre. He would approve of the football theme.
My deepest condolences to the family in this time.
Rest in Peace Tom forever part of Cranbourne Secondary College.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal

Building positive mental health and resilience in adolescents

George Massouris - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Building positive mental health and resilience in adolescents

What does it mean to have positive mental health? 

There are many definitions of mental health – they are all slightly different but one thing they have in common is an emphasis on resilience, meaning your ability to bounce back from disruptions in your life and progress towards your goals.
The transition from childhood to young adulthood occurs over a relatively short period of time and the rapid changes in physical, psychological and social development present both opportunities and challenges. Students who are more resilient are better able to manage the challenges –resilience over the longer term is associated with fewer mental health difficulties and greater life opportunities.

Schools are places where young people spend a great deal of their time, and they play a key role in the development of students’ resilience

Research shows that creating safe and supportive environments increases student engagement and attachment to school, and that these can significantly influence student academic performance. Schools that take a strategic approach to improving mental health can experience other benefits like improved academic performance, and reductions in behavioural issues.

Resilience is critical to positive mental health and schools are well-placed to support young people 
The ability to process both positive and negative experiences and emotions is central to developing resilience.  

Recent research has shown that some stress is helpful in building resilience, especially in learning to manage later stress, whereas an overload of stress is extremely detrimental. Children and young people are continually having to manage difficulties. Many of these difficulties can occur in the school environment, such as friendship upsets, exam results and online pressures. As long as the ruptures are not too catastrophic and the repairs are quick and good enough, these difficulties can lead to resilience.  

Resilience is not a trait that we are born with or automatically remains once it is achieved. A person’s capacity for resilience is a result of their genes, and their environment. These include a young person’s family, friends, school and the wider community. 

 

George Massouris

Assistant Principal

 

Anita Templin - In Memoriam

George Massouris - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A year ago the college mourned the loss of our dearly loved teacher that had given such great service to the community and to the students of our college. Anita advocated equality and success for all students. She was the voice for those who felt they had not been heard and provided opportunities that encouraged positive and successful outcomes. Anita was the champion for the student that had fallen behind, was forgotten about, had lost their way, or had the biggest obstacles to overcome. She provided the compassion, support and encouragement to help students in their time of need.

Today as I think of all that she achieved here at the school I feel a great sense of loss of a friend and colleague that helped me shape my values and views about getting the best for and from our students. The MultiPride program stands as a great example of her work in developing student voice and creating harmony in our school. I miss Anita immensely, but she is always present every time I open the door and see the faces of the students in MultiPride whose sole purpose is to make a difference for all at Cranbourne Secondary College. Always in our thoughts and hearts.

George Massouris



Welcome Back....The 2018 School Year Begins....

George Massouris - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

It is great to be  back at school after a long break. The Year 7  breakfast was  a wonderful event. Parents, students and  teachers coming together to begin what will be an exciting journey. I love attending the event and taking a few snaps that we can use  when the students  get to year 12 and see how far they have  traveled. our office staff did an amazing job today. They were  very busy  making sure our new families settled into the first day  without too much stress.


I visited many classes during the day  just to touch base with our new  crew.  They all seemed to be settling in well and enjoying their new  home during the day. our school leaders addressed the students in the theatre and invited them to become involved in college leadership.

Welcome  to our college community parents and students. I look forward to  working with you.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal




Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year

George Massouris - Friday, December 22, 2017


 

A very successful year ends with the release of our Year 12 results.  The College VCE Dux 2017 Matthew Stefan and College VCAL Dux Jarred Rogers were announced during the Valedictory dinner evening. VCE Valedictorian Shadab Safa and VCAL Valedictorian Neale Reilly also received recognition for their achievements.  

As I look back over the year, I am so proud to be Assistant Principal of this great school. The work of our student leaders has been outstanding. We have introduced the highly successful Teach the Teacher program and supported a number of worthy causes. Our MultiPride students have also organised numerous activities promoting harmony and diversity in our school community. I have been blessed to work with talented students and dedicated staff like Heidi Gunn and Annette Evans.

Our teachers have implemented the new Year 7 curriculum with great success and we look forward to the introduction of the new Year 8 curriculum in 2018. Our curriculum review team will deliver a new model incorporating longer lessons and new subject choices for 2019.

Our students are happy and successful, our parents and community are supportive, and our staff work incredibly hard. I would like to also acknowledge the work of our non-teaching staff throughout 2017.  Every staff member plays a key role in the success of any school. I have personally had great assistance from Neale Reilly (VCAL) who has worked with me each Friday for the past year creating visuals for our college publications.

We have had a very successful year academically and in extracurricular activities. Our facilities are undergoing upgrades because of the funding that we were able to get from the state government. We will transform our buildings into 21st century spaces in the near future.

Have a fantastic break, stay safe and enjoy spending time with your loved

ones. We’ll see you all again at the end of January, ready to achieve great things together!

 

George Massouris

Assistant Principal

2017 Valedictory Dinner

George Massouris - Thursday, December 21, 2017


There was something special about the Class of 2017. They even  finished with  something different...a hail storm. Despite the damage to  cars on this  magic evening we bid farewell to a wonderful group of students. The school leaders Sene Smalley  and Stella Fili  spoke about the special bond they had shared over 6 years.The college was proud to award certificates to all students in year 12. The College VCE Dux 2017 Matthew Stefan and College VCAL Dux Jarred Rogers were announced during the evening. VCE Valedictorian Shadab Safa and VCAL Valedictorian Neale Reilly also received recognition  for their achievements.

I will miss this  group  because they were involved in many projects that I became involved with over the last few years. Concerts, awards, class activities, excursions, camps. In  particular I was involved  with  many students  in this group through MultiPride and SRC.

The film  by Mahonri Akaiti captured  the Class of 2017 in spectacular fashion. i am very  proud  of this group. I wish them all the best in the future.
Your revolution starts now!

  The 2017 Film

George Massouris
Assistant Principal

2017 School Captains

George Massouris - Sunday, December 17, 2017
The 2017 college captains Sene Smalley and Stella Fili have been outstanding role models to our school community. They have built strong connections with the student body and the teachers throughout the year. At college council they have been able to articulate the plans that they have led through the S.R.C. this year.They have supported all our college events and promoted the new program Teach the Teacher which has brought about some profound improvements to our school community. Stella and Sene have had an enormous impact  on  our  younger leaders who  all  look to them as the model for great leadership in the college. They have supported and nurtured the new students to leadership and provided a voice to many other students in the college.
These two impressive young leaders are now ready to enter the next phase of their journey. I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them this year and wish  them a great future ahead. They have served our college with great dedication and spirit.