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.

Curriculum structure

We offer a broad range of VCE Studies to our Year 12 students. All Year 12 VCE students undertake English as this is a compulsory component of the Victorian Certificate of Education awarded at the completion of Year 12. Other studies available to students in 2017 are listed below. Year 12 VCE students may also undertake selected VCE VET courses or subjects via the Victorian School of Languages or Distance Education.

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • Food and Technology
  • Health and Human Development
  • History
  • Legal Studies
  • Further Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Media
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Product Design and Technology
  • Psychology
  • Studio Arts
  • Systems Design and Engineering
  • Theatre Studies


All Year 12 VCAL students undertake a fully accredited Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) program including Literacy, Numeracy, Work Related Skills and Industry Specific Skills. All Year 12 VCAL students also completed a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course and a Structured Work Placement.

Year 12 Leadership

The year 12 team values the student voice program. It is a key strategy in the promotion of student leadership and engagement within Cranbourne East Secondary College, as well as a key part of improving and strengthening community links between students, parents and the wider CESC community.

We are proud to have Meg Blaker, Bailey Smith and Raymond Wati represent the year 12 cohort in 2017. They will be working collaboratively with the class captains to provide students with the opportunity to voice their opinion, discuss any concerns that individuals or classes may have and build a positive school environment.

Class Captains

Year 12 Class Captain Coordinator Bailey Smith

  • 12A – Samiya Gulzari / Meg Blaker
  • 12B - Jason Henshall / Dash Channa
  • 12C - Cooper Reilly / Jaime Dickson
  • 12D - Sam Chadha / Courtney Lane
  • 12E - Amy Adam / Luke Rawkins
  • 12F - Kyle Pouwels-Hay / Trent Taulia
  • 12G – Shannon Toamau / Hayden Paull

Year 12 Study Conference

The Year 12’s spent the day at Federation Uni. The students listened to a motivational speaker, Nathan Hills, on developing resilience, study habits and getting through the challenges of year 12. The students then listened to a speaker talk about the Uni and the courses that are running there. They got a feel for what life was like at University. The last speaker gave the students some study tips to help them with learning and memorising information so they are best prepared for their exams.

The CESC careers and wellbeing team then delivered a presentation to the students on the services that are offered at the college and the support they can receive.

The afternoon was spent having a bit of fun, and students challenging themselves to different activities (as well as mingling with students they may not know so well). The activities included hip hop dance, Zumba, juggling and poi. The day was a huge success and the students got lots out of it.

Digital Footprint presentation

The year 12s also listened to a presentation on how to use social media more effectively. They were also given some tips and hints to help them get through year 12. Please see some tips below.

How students can help themselves!

  • Refrain from listening to music with lyrics whilst studying
  • Don’t have technology on in the background. E.g. – TV, social media, loud music
  • Turn off Screen use before bed. At least an hour before you fall asleep. Or at the very least, turn on nightshift.

Apps to help Focus out Distractions

  • Focus Booster
  • Website Blocker
  • Forest
    • Forest provides an interesting solution to save you from Internet addiction. You can plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and start to browse the websites on your Blacklist, your tree will wither away
  • No More Excuses - Get it Done
    • Self-help/motivation App that helps you put those same old excuses to rest and get motivated for success.

How parents can help support their child through VCE

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. Here are some tips:

Health - physical

  • Encourage healthy and regular eating – breakfast is vital
  • Encourage daily exercise – half hour minimum
  • Encourage adequate water intake – aim for 2 litres per day
  • Encourage adequate sleep – 8-9 hours, no late night study - it doesn’t work!

Health – mental/emotional

  • Guide, support and encourage your son or daughter. Don’t nag and tell them they will fail if they don’t work harder
  • Take their efforts seriously. Encourage them to believe in themselves and their ability to do their best
  • Let them know you are there when they need you and encourage them to communicate, in particular if they are feeling overwhelmed and/or struggling
  • Keep an eye on their mental health
    • look for changes in mood, sleeping/eating patterns and/or behaviour. If concerned speak to the school’s VCE coordinator, teacher or member of the wellbeing team or your family doctor
  • Help them keep the year in perspective. Encourage them to do their best but don’t overwhelm them with pressure, expectations or negative comments. Aim for encouragement, praise, support and realistic expectations of their academic performance
  • Remember people often become supersensitive and explosive under pressure - family members may be the first target. Try not to overreact or personalise!

Study specific

  • Set up a study friendly area – quiet, well lit and free from distractions
  • Encourage regular study breaks – stretch, grab a snack, fresh air/power walk

Other tips

  • Encourage your son /daughter to limit gaming/social media time
  • It is still important for your son/daughter to have some relaxation and fun time
  • Encourage your son/daughter to avoid or limit part time work – 10 hours maximum per week
  • Limit their other responsibilities including domestic chores

Report from our 12E Class Captain

The first term of year 12 has been very eventful for many of us, as we have all come a long way from year 7. This term, we experienced our last ever Swimming Carnival in which many of us dressed up to support our house colours for the final time. We also experienced our first SACs for the year, where we all became nervous and stressed over passing. However, by helping each other and hard efforts, we were all relieved and felt confident in ourselves and our achievements.

Becoming year twelves has also earned us the privilege of using the common room for the first time. We as a group work together to ensure this area is looked after, and as long as we maintain these efforts we will continue to use this room to socialize and make new friends, as well as do some study!

The year 12 captains want to wish everyone good luck for the rest of the term, and we all hope that next term is just as good as the last.

Luke Rawkins 12E (on behalf of the year 12 captains)

Extra-Curricular Activities and Work and School!

Year 12 students are encouraged to participate in inter-school competitions, Production, Diversity Club and other extra-curricular activities. They act as positive role models for our younger students. And, it provides a nice relaxing outlet for the Year 12s themselves. Students are however reminded to maintain a good balance between activities, study and work.

Year 12 is an exciting, rewarding, challenging, demanding year. It is a journey of 1000 steps and the Year 12 Team are here and happy to help.


  • Mrs Carys Freeman – Senior School Assistant Principal
  • Mrs Kelly Jessop – Year 12 Leader
  • Mrs Irene Greenwood – Assistant Year 12 Leader
  • Mrs Carole McMahon - Year 12 VCAL Leader

Home Group Teachers

  • 12A - Miss Tania Lilli
  • 12B - Mr Kariyawasam-Mallawithantri
  • 12C - Mr Doug Berecic
  • 12D - Mr Khairi Razaai
  • 12E - Mrs Grey
  • 12F - Mrs Stone
  • 12G - Miss Hawkins

Careers Advisor

  • Mrs Nancy Huez 


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