Dromana College Newsletter

01 September 2017
Issue Three
from the principal
from the assistant principals
year 7 news 
art & design
library news
parent liaison report
information for parents
Community News
Dromana College
03 5987 2805
110 Harrisons Road
Dromana, Victoria, 3936

from the principal



Term 3 has already developed to be another rewarding term with much activity taking place within the school, both at an academic and co-curricular level. The preparation for the student courses in 2018 has commenced and it was fantastic to see so many parents at our Year 12 Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) Information Evening and the Year 12 only Parent Teacher interviews. Similarly our careers and pathways expo evening had over three hundred families in attendance. The  pathways structure and subject choices for students from Years 9 to 12 can be complex, and I would encourage all students and their families to get fully involved in this process and utilise our pathways staff and information evenings.


As has become our tradition at Dromana College, we commenced this term with a Whole School Assembly, the focus of which was on acknowledging student success and participation; from great academic efforts to fantastic sporting accomplishments, and we were treated to a routine performed our Aerobics Team, who recently finished 2nd at the National Titles held on the Gold Coast on the weekend of 5 August 2017. I would particularly like to acknowledge the highly respectful behaviour and participation of all our students – well done.


Japan Study Tour

Well done to Rachel Lavery for the organisation of this year study tour of Japan.  The students were well cared for and had a wonderful time. The students really enjoyed their stay at Katayama Gakuen and took full advantage of all of the activities that were offered to them during this time. The cultural activities were a highlight of their two week tour. Thanks also to Liam O’Donnell and Jason Walsh for supporting this study tour.



Indonesian Study Tour

The Indonesian Language tour was an incredible experience which included visiting ancient temples, the Sultan’s palace, local village experiences, teaching English in a village school, Indonesian language classes, participating in a Hindu ceremony with locals and immersing themselves in the culture, food and language of Indonesia. We are so proud of how the students embraced the experience and this has already had a positive effect on their own language base as well as the experiences they have shared with other students upon returning to the College.  Thank you and well done to the staff on the study tour, Tracey Bastin, Stephanie Pearce and Anne Sim for their care and support of our students when away from home.

Central Australia Trip

Welcome back to our Staff and students from the Central Australia trip.  By all accounts this was a fantastic experience for all although the nights were freezing cold.  Well done to Adrian Moore and the Year 10 team and thank you to the Year 10 students for the wonderful photo story they put together for our Whole School Assembly on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Changes to the Working with Children Act 2005 (Act) commenced on 1 August 2017

The changes to the Act are designed to strengthen the protection of Victorian children by implementing key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The changes do not affect the requirement for individuals who engage in ‘child-related work’ to have a Working with Children Check (WWC Check). ‘Child-related work' is any work that involves ‘direct contact’ with a child that is part of the person’s work. It does not include occasional direct contact with a child that is incidental to the work the person is performing at the school (whether or not that work is paid).

Key Changes for Schools

There are two key changes to the Act:

  • The definition of ‘direct contact’ with children has been expanded to include oral, written or electronic communication as well as face-to-face and physical contact; and
  • A WWC Check is now required for anyone engaging in ‘child-related work’ regardless of whether contact with a child is supervised by another person or not. This means that a volunteer or visitor who is supervised by a teacher must have a WWC Check if they engage in ‘child related work’.

What does this mean for schools?

Schools should review the parts of their visitors and volunteers policies that refer to requirements for WWC Checks to:

  • update the definition of ‘direct contact’ with children so that it includes oral, written or electronic communication (as well as face-to-face and physical contact);
  • clarify that anyone engaging in ‘child-related work’ as part of their role or duties, whether an employee, volunteer, visitor or contractor must have a WWC Check regardless of whether they are being supervised by a teacher or another adult with a WWC Check.

The Department is updating its School Policy and Advisory Guide (SPAG) pages, and developing an exemplar policy template for principals to assist them to develop their volunteers and visitors policies. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.

What does this mean for parents?

The changes to the Act have not altered the provisions relating to parents. A parent, or immediate relative, who volunteers at their child’s school as part of an activity that their child is participating in is not required by law to have a WWC Check.

However, schools are encouraged to develop their own policies to assess and verify the suitability of volunteers and visitors to the school, and may decide to require a parent to have a WWC Check, depending on the activities and nature of the volunteer work being performed.

Parent volunteers are encouraged to contact their child’s school to determine if the school requires them to hold a Working with Children Check card.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about parents in schools, see: Parent Participation at School

The Department of Justice and Regulation has developed fact sheets and advice pages to help Victorian organisations understand their new obligations. For more information, see: Working with Children – Toolkit for Organisations  

Where can I direct volunteers or contractors to get a WWC or for more information?

WWC Check applications can be made online at workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au and are free for volunteers.

Australia Post has more than 400 outlets processing WWC Check identity verifications across Victoria, as well as a video explaining what applicants need to do, see: Lodging your application - Working With Children Check

Individuals can also contact the WWC Check Customer Support Line on 1300 652 879 (local call charge) for further information.


Student’s Attitudes to School Survey

Importance of Student Voice: Refreshed Student Attitudes to School SurveyFull Content

The Department is aware that student voice and student engagement are essential components of school improvement and are key initiatives of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO). In order to ensure that the student engagement and involvement are accurately measured, the Department is refreshing the current Attitudes to School Survey.

The new survey was based on recent research and international evidence; aligning with the aspirations of the Education State and aims to support schools in implementing the FISO using sound results. Important measures from the current Attitudes to School Survey were retained and supplemented with additional measures that are known to influence student outcomes and student engagement.


Alan Marr


from the assistant principals


Simon Jones

Assistant Principal

Years 10 - 12


All senior students have now selected their senior programs for 2018, following a thorough course counselling program which included information evenings, individual course counselling sessions and support in pastoral/MIPs lessons. We will now collate this information to construct our timetable which will begin during Jumpstart towards the end of November.

I was very impressed with the seriousness with which students applied themselves to this important decision-making process and in general students were very well prepared for their counselling sessions. This really improved the efficiency of what is by its nature a very exhaustive process and I would like to congratulate all students for their enthusiastic participation.

It is important to acknowledge that all selections for 2018 are conditional upon successful completion of the current year of schooling and that promotion to the next year level is not automatic. To this end a reminder that recent progress reports can be accessed on the parent portal and will highlight any concerns that need to be addressed. I would urge parents to contact teachers if further clarification or support is required, in relation to student progress.

Along with a number of colleagues, I recently had the pleasure of attending the Year 10 formal at the Cape Schanck Resort. A great night was had by all who attended and the students certainly impressed in their formal attire. The evening showed once again that our students can enjoy themselves in a sensible and enjoyable manner. Well done!


Andrew Wynne                                                   Assistant Principal 

Years 7-9.


It has been another exciting term for the junior school at Dromana College, with rarely a week going by where there is not something happening at Year 7, 8 and 9.

The term started with another highly successful Year 9 Urban camp where students embark upon a series of urban adventures, based at a wonderful facility in the heart of the city. The students get a taste of city life including the Victoria Market, the MCG, the Melbourne Aquarium, the Rialto tower and other significant Melbourne landmarks. The students need to display some initiative and independence on this camp and it is always a highlight for both students and teachers who attend. Our students were again exemplary in both their behaviour and the way in which they approached the activities.

At Year 7, a particular highlight this term was the Oral presentation evening. It is often daunting for young students to present on a topic to their peers and parents, but with the encouragement of their English and pastoral teachers they came through with flying colours! I enjoyed the vast array of topics that were discussed, and the enthusiasm of all participants. It was a huge turnout of parents, once again demonstrating the commitment of Dromana College parents to their child’s education. Well done to all!

All year levels have continued to work hard and demonstrate the Dromana College values. This is not always easy when the days are short and the weather cold, but our students continue to demonstrate their commitment to their college, their education and to embracing the opportunities offered at Dromana College.


Chad Ambrose

Assistant Principal

Learning and Teaching


After undertaking a review of the needs of Dromana College and the use of DayMap throughout Term 2, it was recommended that the school investigate the use of other online platforms that might better meet the needs of students, staff and parents.

As a result of this investigation School Council recently endorsed the decision to move to a new online platform in 2018. The new online platform, ‘Compass,’ is used widely across the state of Victoria in both Primary and Secondary schools. Compass will be partially implemented for Jumpstart, before moving to full implementation for the start of the 2018 school year.

The Compass platform will perform all of the same functions that DayMap currently does in terms of Assessment and Reporting, and it will enable us to implement new features such as online payment systems, more efficient and easier to navigate permission and payment interfaces and an interface that is easier to navigate and more reliable.

On another note, Dromana College is currently preparing our Enhancement offerings for 2018. The Enhancement Program has proven to be a huge success in recent years growing from a handful of students when first introduced to in excess of 150 students in 2017. Please keep an eye on the website for information relating to 2018 offerings in the areas of: Aerobics, Athletics, Basketball, Dance, Interior Design, STEAM and Swimming.


year 7 news 

Year 7 Regeneration Works at Shoreham Foreshore



Year 7 leaders went with Year 7 co-ordinators to do regeneration works at the Shoreham Foreshore Reserve.

On Tuesday 22nd August, 26 year 7 student leaders accompanied the year 7 coordinators to Shoreham beach for a barbeque lunch and an afternoon of tree planting and removing noxious weeds. The barbeque lunch was to celebrate and congratulate the student leaders on a wonderful first semester of leadership. After lunch the students were given a sample of the weed polygala and were shown how to identify it on the foreshore. After an hour of exploring the foreshore the students had successfully removed a substantial amount of polygala from the area and were satisfied with the difference they had made.

Well done to all of the year 7 semester One student leaders


Sport Award

Award Winner

Congratulations to Hayley Silvester on receiving the 2017 Pierre de Coubertin Award on June 23rd at the MCG. Hayley was presented her award by Olympians Catherine Skinner and Nicole Livingstone. What an inspiration Hayley is and such a positive role model for young Athletes. Well Done Hayley, we are so proud of you and thankful for all of the contributions you have made to Dromana College over your school life. 


National Aerobics

A huge congratulations to our first ever team competitors in the National School Aerobics Competition. The girls took out the silver medal in their group category. A big thanks to Hayley Silvester and Miss Lukies for coaching and training the girls over the past 6 months.


Gold Medal


Hannah is the Australian back to back champion.
She won the gold medal in her singles international stream in August at the National Schools Aerobics Competition after competing the week before at the FISAF championships and winning the gold medal there also.

art & design


''Lots of Year 7 and 8 students finishing their projects today. We made the concrete pots from scratch, and then spray painted them. The kids shaped the boards and learnt how to use a marking gauge, a plane, a range of files and different grades of sandpaper to shape the boards. They can now use a drill press confidently and can set up a holesaw and use that too. They loved making them! The succulents are from my garden. 👍🏼😊


Megan Russell

''Design Technology Teaching''

library news

Zombies and Angels in the Library

Year 7 students were treated to a special ‘Zombie and Angels’ event on Friday 28th July.  Zombie Bingo, Kahootz Quiz, Online jigsaw competition, Zombie and Angel dolls make and take and Graveyard dip were some of the activities enjoyed by all.  Year 11 students who were dressed convincingly as live Zombies certainly added colour and ‘creepiness’ to the event. The day served to encourage the Year 7 students to enjoy the library facilities.  Congratulations to Liam Holmes-Boland who door prizewinner.

Feebie is ‘Inside a dog’       www.insideadog.com.au

Congratulations to Feebie Cosgriff - Camm who was selected to be a member of the Dog’s Advisory Board. This group of year 10 students, meet once a week at the State Library Victoria to discuss and advise on the revamp of the Centre for Youth Literature’s website ‘Inside a dog’.

Professional writers and editors will mentor Feebie and the group, who will also take part in author visits, writing workshops, commission authors and discuss all things related to young adult literature.

“The atmosphere at the meeting was amazing because there were fourteen other students who were all excited about books like me. It was great to talk books and ideas. We were all very excited for the direction the new website was heading in.  All in all I cannot wait to go back next week!”   Feebie.


Story Camp’ at the State Library Victoria   


Calling all budding writers aged 12 – 15.  Students from Dromana College are eligible to attend a free three-day writing program that will run at State Library Victoria during the spring school holidays (26–28 September).  Each day's program will run from 10am to 2pm and participants will:

  • Work with professional creatives on prose, illustrative and performative storytelling format.
  • Develop their own skills and voice over the course of the camp.
  • Hear guest speakers talk about their creative careers and share their knowledge.
  • Experience the State Library's facilities.


More information and registration is available via the link above.

parent liaison report

Parent Liaison Report



Due to changes to the WWC Act on 1st August 2017, we would like to remind all parents willing to assist the College you need to apply for a Working with Children Card by going to the following site.

ht tp://w w working withchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/

If you already have a Working with Children card but are new to the College please go on this site and add Dromana College to your card. The initial card will cost you the price of a passport photo from there, it is free for volunteers.



The College will host both Japanese and Indonesian students in March, April and November  2018 and with the new changes to Working with Children Act we would appreciate if you may be willing or even considering hosting you can apply or update your WWC card now.

The expressions of interest to host will be on the Parent Assistance form for 2018 in your booklist pack. 



Please support this business as loyally as they support us. They donate all the bread we use for Breakfast club every week.

If you shop at Bakers Delight Dromana or Somerville, then mention, you are from Dromana College to link a 5% annual donation from all your purchases. This will be donated to the schools fundraising team at the end of the year



Meet the first Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm in the Administration Building. Parents, Guardians, Grandparents and students are welcome.



The Wednesday breakfast program has a wonderful group of parents, Grandparents and Students working hard every Wednesday morning to provide breakfast for our students.

The club   runs from 7.30am to 9.00 am, serving hot Milo, and toast with jam, vegemite or honey. If you are keen to help please contact me at the College, or if you would like to donate any of the following items please leave at the front office. The items we use are long life milk, margarine, jam, Vegemite, Milo, hot chocolate, napkins and disposable gloves. Make sure you leave your details so we can thank you or the company who made the donation. We have a letter at the College to ask for donations if you require one.



Save the date. The 10th year of this wonderful event will be on October 23rd.  



Theresa Stelling

Parent Liaison Officer

0419 502 081

[email protected]



































information for parents

Family Holidays

If your student is going to be on holidays within the school term you will need to apply for approved absence at least two weeks prior to the leave. Please address your letter to Mr Alan Marr, College Principal


Parents are reminded to phone the College Absentee Line before 9:00am if their child will be absent or late for school for any reason (holidays, appointments, sick).  Parents can phone the College Absentee Line directly on 5984 7177 available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and leave a message.  An SMS text message will be sent out to parents if the College is not notified of your child’s absence.

HANDY TIP:  Please save this phone number to your mobile 5984 7177.



Car Park

Please be very mindful when entering the College carpark that you do not use the bus lane. If you drop students off please use the middle car park, gravel car park or the College prefered drop-off at Harrisons Road. 

Uniform Shop

Trading Hours

Tuesday  -  8:30am - 12:00noon

Thursday   -  12:00noon - 3:30pm 

Telephone: (03) 5984 7143

[email protected]

For assistance outside these hours, please contact Noone Imagewear Beaconsfield,

Telephone (03) 9769 9093



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