Sydney Road Community School

A small government secondary school in Brunswick


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The ‘Push’ is an instrument that interfaces with Ableton Live music creation software. You can use it to create and manipulate sounds and make electronic music easily without looking at a computer. SRCS recently received fifteen Ableton Push controllers as part of the ‘Push School Donation program’ run by Ableton, a company based in Berlin, Germany. This Donation Program is all about people trading in their old controllers to get a discount on new ones. The traded-in Push controllers are refurbished and given to music education programs for young people along with a free copy of Ableton Live. SRCS was lucky enough to be one of these schools.

On August 10th the VET Tech Class ran an event called “Push Down”. At this event the VET Tech students demonstrated a couple of different approaches for using the Push Controllers to create music. VET Tech student Marcus and teacher Dan West demoed the Push controllers by performing for the school audience.

The audience then had the chance to use the Push Controllers to mash-up and create their own beats. Ableton sent us stickers, t-shirts and lanyards to giveaway as a prizes.

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Year 9+10 Work Experience

All students in years 9 and 10 are currently completing their second week of work experience. 

Participation in the program provides invaluable opportunity for students to see how industry operates, develop professional skills and confidence, and to network and establish contacts. We recognise work experience as an essential component of career development and encourage students to find placements that are meaningful to their individual interests and career goals. 

This year students have been successful in securing placements within a variety of exciting industries. These include food and hospitality, information technology, horticulture, gaming/coding, child care, customer service, and youth support services, to name a few.

Congratulations to all students currently on placement for doing such a great job so far. 


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‘Saltbush’ performance at Arts Centre Melbourne

Our middle students were lucky enough to experience the intimate and highly interactive journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia.
Using state of the art technology, the audience was taken on a mesmerising and entertaining trip through the many unique landscapes of Australia – as told by the energetic performers and their ever changing floor.
Story telling is such an integral part to how we identify, communicate and educate each other and this performance was rich with all three elements. Saltbush was truly a feast for the eyes and ears and especially significant thanks to the audience being encouraged to take part in this visually beautiful and educational production.

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Real Industry Job Interviews (RIJI) program.

Students from years 9-11 are currently taking part in the Real Industry Job Interviews (RIJI) program.

With support from local businesses they receive hands-on professional training in the areas of job searching, resume and cover letter writing, and interview practise.

We had a great session recently with some of the team from Youth Projects who shared their personal job-seeking journeys as well as some essential tips on networking and what to say in an interview. These essential skills will be the perfect support for our cohort as they plan for their future professional careers.



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Farewell Pete

Peter Pipakis, our school Youth Worker for over fifteen years, regrettably passed away this morning after an ongoing battle with cancer.
He has been a highly valued member of staff and will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.


Ralph Gotlib
Sydney Road Community School

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Welcome back assembly and new look office

After extensive work to clean out the church and renovate the office over the holidays, both spaces were ready for business on the first day of term.

On Monday morning students and staff met in the church for the whole school welcome back assembly, where a group of students were recognised for their participation Victorian SRC Conference. The new look church is once again ready for a broad range of uses including concerts, assemblies, curriculum related sessions, junk band, art shows and much more.


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End of term whole school lunch

On the last day of term two, students and staff gathered to share an end of term lunch of soup and pastries. Guests were seated and served by a small group of students who had spent the morning setting up and preparing for the lunch.

We also farewelled Anna who had been filling in for Debbie and celebrated Britney’s 16th birthday.


Thanks to everyone who attended, with special thanks to Broedy, Julian, Taylah, Fien and Isaac for making the lunch such a success.


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