MANDEE STRICKLAND

Principal

Welcome to Cranbourne East Secondary College where we share a common moral purpose: “Giving every student every opportunity to exceed their potential by providing a high quality pathway to success.”

At CESC, we have high expectations for all students to learn and achieve personal growth and success.  Engagement with the community and promotion of diversity are valued at CESC. Our staff provide excellent learning environments that are safe, engaging and stimulating, and which promote individual wellbeing as an essential ingredient for achieving educational success.

The College has very clear expectations for learning, attendance, behaviour, uniform and technology use; we expect these to be adhered to always. These high expectations reinforce the importance of everyone contributing in a positive manner when at school and in the community.

We endeavour to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, understanding and co-operation which is underpinned by our new College values:

  • Respect
  • Personal Growth and Achievement
  • Responsibility

Our dedicated staff work with students and their families to develop pathways and goals relevant to each student’s interests, skills, and aspirations. We offer many extra-curricular activities that students can participate in, including the Student Leadership program, Breakfast Club, School Production, School Band, Sport Teams, Athletics Club, Diversity Club and Homework Club.

Year 7 and 8

At Cranbourne East Secondary College we strive to make each student’s transition from Primary School to Secondary School a positive experience. We achieve this through a supportive Year 7 Orientation Program, at the beginning of the students' first year at the College. Our Pastoral Care Program also delivers ongoing support for students throughout each school year.   

At CESC we offer a camp early in the year to support each Year 7 student in making good connections and building relationships  with both their peers and school staff. Such relationships are significant in maintaining each students’ wellbeing. Extra-curricular activities, such as team sports, are also offered to students from Term 1. This is another avenue students can utilise to meet and make new friends.

At Cranbourne East Secondary College, Year 8 students are provided with opportunities to consolidate on their first year of secondary schooling. For example, our Pastoral Care Program, commenced in Year 7, continues into Year 8. This program is essential in delivering ongoing pastoral support for students throughout the school year.  

Our Year 8 students also benefit from several in-school programs and presentations. A significant highlight is the Year 8 Health and Wellbeing Day. Along with other programs, the Year 8 Health and Wellbeing Day allows our students to extend their knowledge and skills and to gain greater confidence in progressing further with their studies.

We support all students to become lifelong learners through a ‘hands-on’ and engaging curriculum. Students undertake a number of subjects each semester, designed to provide them with a range of learning opportunities.

Year 9 

In year 9, our focus is on improving student outcomes by providing a stimulating and supportive learning environment. The year 9 Program is structured around student engagement whereby students can either apply to undertake various Pathway Programs or complete a mainstream Year 9 Program. The Pathway Programs include:

  • High Achievers – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
  • High Achievers – English & Humanities
  • Sports (SPP)

In addition, all students will participate in a new subject titled Pathway to Success (P2S). All year 9 students will complete the 6 period a cycle structured program (completed in a 3 period block per week). This program will contain 4 modules which students will rotate through during the year.

Careers & Life

Community

Critical thinking

Challenge

We provide our students with valuable life-long learning experiences through engaging curriculum and a range of exciting extra-curricular activities. It is an important time for students, as this is the point in which most students will decide their future career pathway.

Year 10

Year 10 at Cranbourne East Secondary College focuses on a positive learning environment aimed at preparing students for their future pathways. We have high expectations from our students in regards to work ethic, homework, behaviour, uniform and punctuality and offer an engaging program aimed to develop leadership and confidence.

The Year 10 course is designed to prepare the students for either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) with accelerated learning through VCE subjects as well as Vocational Education and Training (VET) Taste Tester programs on offer.

In addiiton to the 4 core subjects, Year 10 offers four extension programs that allows students to specialise in their areas of strength and passion. These include:

STEM - Science, Technology, Enginering and Maths which leads into VCE or VCAL

LEAF - In depth study of Literature and English Language features which leads into VCE or VCAL.

VINE - Vocational training and Industry experience which leads in to Year 11 VCAL

Sports (SPP) - Specialist Sport program which leads into VCE or VCAL.

Year 10 students are mentored through work experience, career expos, study skills & course counselling to ensure informed choices are guiding their career pathway decisions.

Year 11 and 12

In year 11, students begin the first year of their 2 year Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) course. Our focus is to develop skills, independence and confidence to prepare them for their post-secondary school goals and adult life.

There is a dedicated and specialist team of VCE teachers, helping students to achieve a high level of academic excellence by offering guidance and individual support during lunchtime and afterschool study clubs. We work collaboratively with the wellbeing and careers teams who offer a range of targeted programs that assist students to build resilience, coping strategies, stress management and future pathways.

Alternatively, Year 11 students may choose to undertake a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) pathway. This pathway focuses on hands-on-learning and is suited to students who are more interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an Apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12. The VCAL aims to provide students with skills, knowledge and attitudes to make informed choices about pathways to work and further education.

At Year 12, we focus on academic achievement, vocational training and career pathways beyond secondary school. For our Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) students, the focus centres on supporting our students to achieve academic success and preparing students for acceptance into Tertiary studies. For our Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students, the focus centres on supporting our students to achieve high level competency in a range of curriculum areas related to industry and the workplace, with a view to preparing students for transition to TAFE and/or employment. We are committed to providing senior secondary options to suit the abilities, interests and needs of all students. Parents and caregivers are integral in supporting their child through VCE. The most effective ways a parent/caregiver can offer support are the practical, physical things and to keep a close eye on their son or daughter’s mental/emotional health. More information can be found in the Year 11 and 12 Handbooks.

Mandee Strickland  

Principal 

 

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