All students are expected to study at home on a regular basis. This home study may involve tasks set by the various subject teachers or preparation/revision tasks as determined by the student. A supervised after school homework program operates on Tuesday and Thursday from 3 .30- 4.30.
Generally speaking, Year 7-8 students should be expected to study at home for the equivalent of 5-7 hours per week, Years 9-10 for 8-10 hours per week and year 11 students for 12-15 hours per week. Including effective use of private study periods, Year 12 students should be spending 20-25 hours per week on their studies outside of formal class lessons.
Can my child take mobile phones, MP3 players etc. to school?
Electronic devices, including Mobile Phones are banned from the school.
Mobile phones with cameras and screens create a new set of privacy issues for the school because:
images of people can be taken without their knowledge
images can be saved and then sent to other people
it is possible to send these images to the internet
they can be used to bully other people (cyber bullying)
Other electronic devices such as I-Pods cause disruption in classes and interrupt student learning.
The school acknowledges that some students may need to carry mobile phones to and from school.
If students bring mobile phones to school they will leave them at the front office until the end of the school day.
It is critical that all students are given the best learning environment in which to learn without interruptions created by mobile phone use in lesson and study time.
It is critical that a safe harassment free environment is provided for all students.
Other Electronic Devices
The school acknowledges that there will be times teachers will require students to bring electronic devices such as I-Pods to school to support their learning.
If students are required to bring electronic devices to school they will only use them in the lesson/s designated by their teachers.
It is critical that all students are given the best learning environment in which to learn without interruptions created by electronic devices used in lessons and study time not designated by their teachers.
It is critical that a safe harassment free environment is provided
Does my child have to attend school daily?
Success at school is closely linked to attendance. Casterton Secondary College expects students to:
Be punctual to school and all lessons.
Attend school for all programmed lessons.
Parents and carers can support the school to improve attendance by;
Notifying the school when a student is absent from school, either by phone 5581 2628, the skoolbag app or a note to the home group teacher.
Making any appointments for medical /health reasons after school hours whenever possible.
What is the reporting system at C.S.C?
Individual assessments are provided for all students on a half-yearly basis. In addition, parents are encouraged to meet their child’s teachers at the scheduled mid-semester parent, student, and teacher meetings.
If felt by teachers that any student is not performing up to his capabilities, then an "interim report" will be prepared and sent to the parents. Usually when this occurs, parents are asked to visit the school to discuss any problems with the year level co-ordinator.
Can my child catch a bus to C.S.C?
Department guidelines grant a bus conveyance (free travel) for those students who reside more than 4.8km from their nearest secondary college measured by the shortest practical route.
Should the need arise for a student to change buses on a particular day, the student must get approval from the Bus co-ordinator before travel is allowed.
What if my child becomes sick at school?
Students who are ill should report to the staff room. Parents may be requested to collect an unwell student. Students should not leave the school on their own accord. Medication will not be administered to students without parental authority.
Where do I buy the uniform?
The School Uniform can be purchased from the college uniform shop
Opening times for the Uniform Shop
Wednesday 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday 8:30am - 10:30am
Please note: The Uniform Shop is closed during School Holidays