Assistant Principal's blog

End of Term 1

George Massouris - Saturday, April 01, 2017

First term 2017 has been an exciting time for teaching and learning at Cranbourne Secondary College. We welcomed a new  group of Year 7 students and introduced them to our  newly designed curriculum. They have  thoroughly enjoyed the  emphasis on deep learning.
Classrooms have been very productive as CATS, SACS and KLA assessments have been completed. There were some encouraging conversations about learning progress occurring at Student Parent Teachers conferences held last week, helping to further support learning.

I have been privileged to be  invited to a range of activities outside the classroom including Polyhood, MultiPride, Point Leo Surf Day, SRC Grip conference, Athletics carnival to name a few amazing highlights there has been plenty happening to keep students actively engaged both inside and outside the classroom.

I have been proud to be a part of the election of a new Student Leadership team and the introduction of form captains for every class 7-12.The MultiPride group has also shown great strength in  numbers and delivered a series of  student conversations during  lunch breaks.
I hope everyone enjoys some family time over the holidays and I encourage all senior students to ensure a balance between study and relaxation. Develop a study timetable and stick to it, it will be worth it. Have a safe and relaxing holiday.

It has been a great start to the year!

George Massouris
Assistant Principal

Polyhood 2017

George Massouris - Sunday, March 26, 2017
Polyhood 2017 was a great example of what this college is all about.The community spirit was alive and well during these performances. Annette Evans did a fantastic job directing what was a fabulous expo of our talented young people. We are blessed to have her put her heart and soul into these events.

A packed  theatre  of  students, parents and teachers witnessed some emotional and entertaining performances.Sene Smalley our school captain delivered a moving tribute to AnitaTemplin who was always a proud supporter of Polyhood.

A big shout out to Katie Lautolo who helped organise the event from the start last year. To Lomi Paniora and Ina Tumu for sorting out the rehearsals, along with Sarah Garlick for supervising the groups. 
Thanks to Jeremiah Ah Sui for designing the poster and operating sound for the show, Zainel Khan for operating the lights and Mahonri Akaiti for being indispensable backstage. 
Also to Stella Fili for leading Around The World and Kenan Opetaia for getting his group to perform and for both for introducing the show.


I was extremely proud to be a part of this traditional school event where the community expresses how a village can educate a child.

Here are some links to the evening. You will be amazed.

Regards

Tyra Lewis 2017

Joseph Stewart

Diaries for all Year 12...Yes We Can!

George Massouris - Saturday, March 25, 2017


March 25 2017
I was thinking about something different that I could do to support our students this year. Usually I make a film and capture the school journey and play it back for them them at the end of the year. In a conversation with Maria Falduti and ex teacher of Cranbourne Secondary College we came up with an idea to see if  it would be possible to source a free diary for the students.

This initiative was to support their writing and study habits. After quite a few long phone calls and negotiations Maria was able to get Campion Books to issue our year 12 students with a free diary  this year.

I was over the moon about this and so were the School Leaders. We were able to get the diary to them just in time for the holidays.

A big shout out to Campion Books for coming to the  party.
George Massouris 
Assistant Principal

Polyhood Tonight

George Massouris - Thursday, March 23, 2017

Polyhood is one of the most exciting events of the school calendar. This week we celebrate cultural awareness week for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Get your ticket to Polyhood.....here is a taste  of what  happened  last year  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcKY64wJBjE&feature=youtu.be

I look forward to seeing you all there tonight to support our school community.

George Massouris

Assistant Principal

 

Polyhood 2007

 

Harmony Week

George Massouris - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

There were some great costumes on display on FREE Dress Day. It was a great start to Harmony Week. This week we celebrate cultural awareness week for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The free dress day raised $715.05. The SRC have decided to direct this money to the Peter Mac organisation. The students felt that they could pay tribute to Anita Templin who had committed much of her work to Harmony activities in this college.
Congratulations to Ms Evans, Ms Gunn and the VCAL team for bringing about a great day and week ahead.
We look forward to celebrating more cultural diversity during the week. Get your ticket for Polyhood on Thursday night.

Regards
George Massouris
Assistant Principal

Pancake Day

George Massouris - Friday, March 10, 2017


Many Australians make and share pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Selling pancakes to raise money for charity is a popular activity. Some churches, businesses and charities hold Pancake Day events by making fresh pancakes and selling them. Proceeds from these events go towards various causes, such as support for low-income families who are experiencing tough times.
Our SRC leaders had a great day serving pancakes to raise money for the charity The Uniting Care who help ‘Australians living in crisis including those suffering homelessness, domestic violence, addictions and financial hardship’.

We sold our pancakes for $1 each. I had the task of supplying the sugar and lemon juice.

It was a great way to support our school leaders and a great cause as well.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal

Anita Templin 1960 ~ 2017

George Massouris - Friday, March 03, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we gather to farewell Anita, but it is also with joy that we celebrate Anita's life and reflect on the extraordinary kindness, compassion and love she had for others. Today it is an honour to pay tribute to an amazing woman who was a dedicated colleague, a devoted mother and grandmother, a sister, a daughter, a friend to many, and a friend to me. 

Anita was a loving mother to her three children, Rohan, Nerissa, and Jasmin, and grandmother to Maddison and Jackson. Anita's family also included her dog, Ghost, who was always spoilt with too many toys and a great deal of attention. Anita loved her family dearly and worked tirelessly to do all she could for them. She insisted on fresh, home-cooked meals, and enjoyed baking on weekends. Birthdays were made special with Anita's Black Forest cake, and Christmas was celebrated with the German traditions she knew as a child, and which will continue to live on in her own children.

Born in Germany, Anita would often tell stories about her childhood and in particular her love for riding horses. She never missed an opportunity to go riding and she talked about those times with fond memories and true happiness. Anita loved living in Australia, but her German origins continued to live in her. She instilled much of her heritage into her life in Australia, from simple things like saying "gesundheit" when someone sneezed, to cooking German inspired meals and teaching German at school. Anita was happy in Australia but never forgot her German homeland.

Anita was an intelligent woman with a thirst for knowledge and a love for studying. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours, and she was the recipient of the "golden key - national honours society". She completed her graduate diploma of Education and continued her quest for knowledge and her love of learning in her strong passion for reading. There was always a book in her handbag, beside her bed or on her coffee table. She taught her children, Rohan and Nerissa, to read at an early age, and instilled a love for books and reading into them.

She was also extremely creative and enjoyed drawing, painting and sewing. Before her teaching career she would sew pyjamas, draw images onto them and then paint over them. These were very popular and sold well. Some of her artwork is displayed on the walls in her home, and these not only reflect her creativity, but also her ability to inspire and reach out to her audience.

Anita had a strong passion and encouraged her children to travel and experience the world. It was her belief that travelling was an enlightening and rewarding experience and she enjoyed visiting many countries such as South America, China, Turkey and Eygpt to name a few.  

I was privileged to work with Anita on a number of projects which included Multipride, Harmony and Fusion Sport, and Point Leo. Her involvement and passion for these projects truly reflected the essence of her character and the convictions she believed in. 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. Her integrity and determination were as impressive as the warmth and love she gave to her students. 

Her students describe her as kind, intelligent, strong and passionate. One student said, and I quote:
"You"will  be missed by so many of us, you were legit my favourite teacher, words really couldn't describe how amazing you really are"
And
"Today is a really sad day, a great friend, a teacher and a mentor has sadly passed away. Ms Templin was a person that always put everyone before herself and helped me and so many others become better people".

I would like to share an occasion that occurred some time ago that I recently spoke to Anita about. Anita organised a fundraiser trivia night for parents, students and friends. Paul Evans and I created the questions and enthusiastically fired questions to an unresponsive audience. With the silence that followed the 5th question in a row, all eyes followed Anita who tip-toed towards us, as if invisible, and whispered, "Can you make the questions a little easier". 
In her final days I reminded her of this incident, and as I held her frail hand, it gave me great joy to see her smile at this.

HABIB
MultiPride has become a symbol of what our school can become when you enter conversations with the young people. Anita and Phil Start  had a strong belief that student voice was essential if the conditions of a community were to improve. Anita had a great love and admiration for the students that led the  many activities that arose out of MultiPride. To Anita …the work that Habib would do for our school community became some of the proudest moments she had ever experienced. When she handed him the graduation certificate on Valedictory Night it made all our hearts sing. MultiPride had truly established itself. 

SENE
Like Habib young Sene emerged one day in the staffroom with a rap to the staff about war,poverty, racism, bullying and imagining a life free of these things…..HARMONY. Sene has contributed to many of the projects that Anita promoted and has been instrumental in promoting the voice of students in our community. When the news broke that Sene had been announced as the school captain for 2017 I made sure Anita was informed. Not only had a MultiPride student been selected but also a student from VCAL …one of her greatest passions…kids from the VCAL. I could tell she was very happy to hear this news.

I would like to end with another incident that occurred with Anita when the VCAL centre was completed and handed back to the school. I was keen for Anita to see it most because she had made sure I knew what the kids would need in this building. I remember walking in with her and she was struck by the amount of light we had created. When I think of Anita and reflect on the place of comfort and safety she gave to those that were alone and afraid, and the hope and love she gave to those that were lost and defeated, I cannot help but think of the path of light Anita created to help people find their way, and I cannot help but think that we too should be in awe and struck by the light that came from such a remarkable, giving and loving woman.
Thank-you

Cranbourne SC celebrates Karneval

George Massouris - Wednesday, March 01, 2017

 

Karneval is a German celebration that involves parading around  in fun costumes. It is also  a time  to indulge in eating slices of delicious plum cake and yummy German dough(nut) balls.The  canteen  area was  used to  show  of  some fine German cuisine created by our German class and Ms Kuligowska.

I had a great time indulging in some fine sweets at lunchtime. All proceeds went towards supporting the tour of Germany.

2kg  heavier

George Massouris

Assistant Principal

Join the School Council

George Massouris - Sunday, February 26, 2017

The current composition of our College Council finishes in March. Members are generally elected on a two year appointment with half the members retiring annually. Council meets 8 times per year on a

Thursday evening and meetings begin at 6:00pm. As a parent, College Council is a great way to become involved with the school and be part of the decision making process including matters such as school grounds, policies and procedures as well as financial governance. The varied expertise of parents and community members is greatly valued in continued improvement of our school. I encourage any parents interested to nominate or contact the College. The next council meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 16th.

Please check  the  following  link:

http://www.schoolgovernance.vic.edu.au/12-what-school-councils-do

Thankyou for your ongoing support

Grip Conference

George Massouris - Friday, February 24, 2017

Our SRC group attended The GRIP Student Leadership Conference which provided our student leaders with training for their role as SCHOOL LEADERS. The focus of this conference centred on what the students can do RIGHT NOW. Ms Gunn our teacher in charge of Student Leadership organised the students to attend this valuable event.
Our student leaders began to develop a clear vision and new perspectives about making a positive contribution as a leader.
This was a great day to motivate and empower our student leaders. They received practical ideas to take back to our school community. The conversations they shared with each other and with leaders from other schools were encouraging to hear. Our school has made some great choices in student leadership this year. Ms.Gunn and I are  looking  forward to  working  with   leaders to  bring  about  positive outcomes  for  the  whole school. 

George Massouris
Assistant Principal