Assistant Principal's blog

Student Leadership

George Massouris - Friday, February 17, 2017
I would like to congratulate all the students who have nominated for the college captaincy positions this year. 

Every candidate has made a great impression with their speeches to staff and students, all would make fantastic captains of the school. I look forward to working with all these students throughout the year. Ms.Gunn  will be  leading  the group of students during the year and we are part way through electing captains at every year  level.We have also organised some exciting leadership training for our leaders starting with the Grip conference next week. Students who attend will come away with new skills, new perspectives and new ideas for making a positive contribution as a leader. Students will be able to choose elective workshops on the day to tailor their experience to their own leadership role. 

It is with great pleasure that I announce our college Captains for 2017. 
Female Captain: Stella Fili 
Vice-Captain: Dharma De Kleuver 
Male Captain: Sene Smalley 
Vice-Captain: Alex Smith

Every Day Counts: School Attendance

George Massouris - Sunday, February 05, 2017

Participating in school every day gives teenagers the best chance of achieving their goals. A student’s level of school attendance is a major influence on their achievement.

Talking about the importance of attendance
Educational aspirations are strong predictors of educational outcomes. Talk to your teen about their goals and the role schooling will have in achieving them. Your teen may not be aware of the impact that missing school can have in the long term. Having conversations about the importance of going to school every day will show them you value education.

Help your teen maintain good attendance habits
Having an established evening and morning routine can provide structure to ensure assignments are completed and your teenager arrives at school on time. Occasionally, your teen may need to stay home from school—they might be sick, or there might be personal or serious family matters you have to attend to (such as a funeral). While these kinds of events are unavoidable, other events such as shopping trips, holidays, visiting family and friends, or appointments can be scheduled out of school hours.

How can you assist:

  • Speak with your teen about the importance of attending every day.
  • Set a regular evening and morning routine.
  • If possible make appointments out of school hours.
  • Avoid taking your teenager away for holidays during the school term.
  • If your teen seems anxious about going to school, talk to them to find out why.
  • I hope you find  these  ideas  useful.


George Massouris
Assistant Principal

Cranbourne Secondary College