Assistant Principal's blog

Student Leadership Luncheon

George Massouris - Saturday, June 24, 2017

It is a great pleasure to bring together the college student leadership groups to end what has been an exciting semester. I'd like to  thank all our student leaders for representing the college with our school values of PRICE. I also would like to thank MsGunn and Ms Evans for the  incredible support they offer to our leaders.

This semester we have raised funds for worthy charities and created awareness of important causes. It has been a very busy semester.

Student voice is very important to me and plays a big part of my what I like to do at this school. I like  the students to feel a sense of responsibility, achievement and success. Students have their own way of doing things, and it is important that we allow them input to school decisions. This helps all students to become passionate about learning and love their school.

I look forward to delivering the lunch for them as a small thanks for the great efforts so far.

 

George Massouris

Assistant Principal

 

Reverse the Roles-SRC Free Dress Day

George Massouris - Saturday, June 24, 2017

The SRC were responsible for one of the most enthusiastically received free dress days in memory. The Staff in some cases were able to fit into their old uniform. This was a great day that had everyone wondering who was imitating and  who was real. I certainly looked for someone in a fine Italian suit and a silk tie. Maybe next time.

The State School Relief will benefit from the  money raised from this event. Thanks SRC.

Half Year Exams...Where to now?

George Massouris - Thursday, June 22, 2017


Half year exams have come to an end.
Congratulations,you got through the exam period. Many of you celebrated at the Senior Dance last week. A great night organised by your leaders. Now what?
Recharge the batteries during the upcoming holiday period. Maintain momentum.
To maintain momentum, no matter how intelligent, hardworking or naturally gifted you are, you must keep moving. To maintain a good work ethic, you have to keep motivated and keep working towards an end goal.
Don’t let setbacks get you down.
Perseverance is the key, you are only half way through. There is plenty of time to improve.
Work hard to achieve your goal in the second half of the year to achieve your goal.
Good Luck!

Create Festival 2017

George Massouris - Saturday, June 10, 2017

 

Last night the Create Festival proved to be a great success. Parents, teachers, friends and students came together to celebrate the fantastic work completed  this semester in our Year 9 Create Program. The theatre foyer was filled with some amazing work in Art and Technology. The performances later in the evening displayed some courageous, stirring and entertaining acts on our stage.

Eleven years ago a team of teachers led by Michael Bragge, Paul Evans and Hilary Baxter introduced us to this amazing phenomenon known as Create. I have attended most of the twenty one performances and I always come away excited about the amazing effort that goes into the production and the talent that lies among our students just waiting to be nurtured. 

I would like to thank all the teachers for the special work they have completed with these students  to bring them to a point where they can showcase  their  efforts in front  of a large audience. In  particular the valuable work done behind the scenes to ensure the  students were supported. (setting up, lights, stage work, sound, packing  up) Thanks to our Create leader Josh Mitchell for bringing it all home. 

Many of the acts featured will appear again on the stage or exhibit work at college events over the next few years.So many of our talented students step up at this event. Our students get a great sense of achievement from  participating in this experience.The organic way these performances develop bring about a confidence in most students that only becomes stronger from this moment on forever. Create has a way of lifting everyone up a  little .

I had a great night out.

My camera would like to show you how I feel about Create.

 

regards

George Massouris

Assistant Principal

Cranbourne Secondary College

2017 Battle of the Bands

George Massouris - Wednesday, June 07, 2017
The Battle of the Bands was hosted at our school theater recently. Our young talented musicians received the awards for best guitar and also for best bass guitar. This competition features some fantastic local talent. Once again our students displayed there remarkable talent. Check the  link below and see for yourself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqa7mje6qNM&list=PL3BN1On2xS1Hb-wZHNd3Ig3TTNmN4wJWc&index=1

Our band was sensational. They played 3 songs that were received with wild reactions from the audience. I am very proud of the achievements of  our  Performing Arts students. They always unearth performances that are unique and exuberant.

A Day In The Life of 7G

George Massouris - Wednesday, May 17, 2017


On Monday I had the pleasure of working with 7G for the day. I lined up, carried my books and computer around,spent time in the yard and carried out all the tasks set in class by the teachers during the day. This swap of my role in the college was part of an educational program called "Shadow a Student for a Day". I am also working in a team that is participating in action research surrounding the changes to the Year 7 curriculum. I decided that I would just be another Year 7 student in a class for this day. I gained a fantastic insight into what it is like to be a student in a modern classroom.

When i explained to the class what I was trying to do they were very accepting of the idea and carried on as usual. The teachers were a little unsure of what it was about but also carried on as they normally would. I am still processing much of what I gained from the experience. I think 7G have some amazing potential as a group to succeed. They have quite a variety of personalities that make for an interesting mix of ideas. I was able to receive help from the students near me and they made sure I knew where the next class would be.

I'd like to thank the teachers for allowing me the opportunity to view  things from the student perspective. I would like to pay tribute to 7G for accepting the old guy from up on top of the hill and being so helpful during the experience.

I now will use the experience to improve student outcomes.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal

Everyday Hero Head Shave For Cancer

George Massouris - Sunday, May 14, 2017

One of the best parts of being an Assistant Principal is when you witness the individual efforts of students engaging the school community to get behind a great cause.Shadab Safa and Ahmad Mohammadi have shaved their heads to highlight that we are all  touched in some way by the loss of  someone to cancer. This year we lost a teacher and friend  Ms Anita Templin. The school community has helped raise nearly $1000 dollars so far. I am really proud of the  awareness campaign these students have conducted. I have never shaved a head before. It brought me closer to gaining the courage to take the challenge myself.


You can support the boys at the following  link:


George Massouris
Assistant Principal

2017 Information Evening for Parents

George Massouris - Sunday, May 07, 2017


The Information evening that the college held last week was a great success.Prospective parents and students gathered in our theater to hear about  our great school  from our college leaders and students. The audience was treated to some  great  performances from our college band led by Josh Mitchell(Performing Arts Leader)
The college ran some tours of the school where parents and students were provided with a glimpse of school life. Mock classes in Arts, Humanities, Music and Technology were held to show what it is like in a secondary school classroom.

I was really proud of all  the teachers and students who contributed to this great event.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal

MultiPride Jumpers have Arrived!

George Massouris - Sunday, April 23, 2017


Our students who join MultiPride and become regular contributors to the team are issued a  jumper. They  must  wear the  jumper
to signify that they are in MultiPride and they are approachable for help in the yard or in class.
They have many ideas about school improvement that you will be hearing about  during 2017. MultiPride meets weekly on a Friday.They are led by Ms. Annette Evans.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal

Our Students Shine at CMY Exhibition

George Massouris - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

On Saturday the 8th April I had the pleasure of attending the Journey to Self-exhibition in the city. Some of our senior students exhibited their ART and performances to this uplifting event.

We heard the experiences of youth from refugee backgrounds and witnessed some thought provoking art work. Young people can encounter significant barriers as they try to settle in Australia.

The event highlighted the young people’s challenges of growing up, figuring out how things are done and adjusting to unfamiliar cultural, academic and social expectations.

I was very proud of our students and all the young people in the room. My son accompanied me to the event and he asked me on the way home if he could join CMY.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal