Assistant Principal's blog

SRC Lunch

George Massouris - Thursday, July 20, 2017

 

It was a great pleasure to spend lunch with the SRC team today. They all had a mean appetite and had a great time at the local centre chatting together and enjoying a lovely lunch. The SRC have some great ideas to explore in term 3. I look forward to being involved with them to bring about improved outcomes for our school community. As always the students were appreciative of the effort Ms Gunn put into organising the event.

George Massouris

Assistant Principal

CSC mourns loss of Norm Avard former teacher

George Massouris - Saturday, July 15, 2017
I was saddened to hear that one of our colleagues and friend to many at the college had passed away this week. Norm Avard passed away Wednesday 12th July aged 67.Staff, students and parents will remember Norm" the warm, charming and engaging teacher that will be missed by our community. The students adored Norm. He was always a key figure at the Staff end of year celebrations. Sadly he had battled illness in recent years.

Norm would always make time to have a chat. He would love to talk about his beloved Magpies. We will remember his witty remarks and sense  of  humor. He had a no nonsense approach to teaching and life and was an iconic figure in our Technology department. The college expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends.

I was lucky to have known Norm. He would drop into school  to visit from time to time after leaving Cranbourne and always had a kind and encouraging word to say to me.  I will miss him.

A Funeral Service for Mr Norm Avard will be held at 2 Pm on Wednesday 19th July at the David W Bull Cranbourne Funeral Home.

George Massouris
Assistant Principal

A great term of Learning at CSC

George Massouris - Saturday, July 01, 2017

Dear Students & Parents

This term has flown by with many highlights, providing plenty of reasons to celebrate all that is great about Cranbourne Secondary College. Students have been engaged in a variety of learning activities in and beyond the classroom which certainly have catered for the diversity of student interests at our school. Our new Year 7 program has been met enthusiastically by our students  and we are showing good signs of engagement and improvement. The students i have spoken to during my learning walks  have all spoken positively about their classroom experience.

Full houses at all evening performances for Create, Music Soiree, Polyhood and last night the Eid Festival. This production was certainly a tribute to Annette Evans and the students who devoted countless hours in rehearsals honing their talents to an exceptional level. The School values were in evidence last night and made me feel proud of the diversity that the college promotes by supporting students in this way.

This was the case for many of the events during this term. Our staff have shown great dedication to ensure the student produced work is of the best quality. It has been great to see the satisfaction from parents at these events. We have had many great activities and events that our students  have  participated in  during the term. I was particularly impressed  with the hope demonstrated in the writing of Chloe Purvis in Year 11about her experience at the recent Spinchat presentation.There were many more great experiences that we have all experienced during the term. I thank all the teachers who supervised activities, camps and  presentations that make our school program so engaging.

Thanks to parents, friends and staff for your enthusiastic support of the college productions because you have helped our students achieve great outcomes.

Our SRC Leaders, class captains and Multipride groups have completed amazing work raising awareness of many topical issues throughout the term. We have raised some money for the Peter Mac Centre and the State School Relief. This has brought great satisfaction to the student leadership group.

I wish you a safe and happy holiday break. I look forward to working with you all in the third term.

 

Regards

George Massouris

Assistant Principal

 

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