College Newsletter

09 March 2018
Issue 3
Doncaster Secondary College
+613 9848 4677
123 Church Road
Doncaster, VIC, 3108


Tuesday, 13 March

SRC Free dress day- 80's Theme

Year 8 VCC Basketball Competition

Year 7 Cross Country Practice 


Wednesday, 14 March

Boroondara Division Round Robin - Year 7 Boys/ Mixed Basketball

Boroondara Division Round Robin - Year 7 Boys/ Mixed Cricket

Boroondara Division Round Robin - Year 7 Boys/ Mixed & Girls Tennis
Boroondara Division Round Robin - Year 7 Girls Softball

Boroondara Division Round Robin - Year 7 Boys/ Mixed Baseball

MyOutdoors - Ruffey Lake Park Expo

MyCity GUC - Yarra River Cruise

MyICT - Technology Game

MyCity - Melbourne Aquarium
MyOutdoors - Rock Climbing Nunawading 

MyFitness - Latitude

Doncaster Primary School Summer Sports Coaching


Thursday, 15 March

Doncaster District Primary School Sports Coaching

NGV Triennial


Friday, 16 March

Cross Country Practice Run 7A, 7B, 7C


Wednesday, 21 March

International Student Excursion

Alpine School Community Project Presentation

MyICT - Technology Screening

MyCity - Melbourne Museum

MyOutdoors - Redwood Forest

MyFuture - Deakin University Employment Expo


Thursday, 22 March

Studio Arts Excursion



Strategic Plan 2018-2021

Strategic planning is the process of reflecting on past performance, establishing future directions and deciding what will constitute success. In other words, it involves the school community considering these questions:

  • Where have we been?
  • Where do we want to go?
  • How will we get there?
  • How will we know if we have been successful?

Thank you to the members of our community who gave of their time to provide valuable feedback and contributed to our new School Strategic Plan (SSP).


Our SSP has two overarching goals:

  • Maximise student learning growth through building practice excellence.
  • Improve student engagement and awareness of independent learning through student voice and agency.

In addition to goal setting, our SSP reconfirms our school values via the following statement:

Promoting healthy, safe and respectful School Communities.


Doncaster Secondary College recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing.  We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring inclusive, safe and orderly environments for children and young people.

This Statement of Values sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the Principal, all school staff, parents, students and visitors.  It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building safe and respectful school communities.


Discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, bullying, violence and aggression and threatening behaviour are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at this school.


Our Statement of Values acknowledges that parents and school staff are strongly motivated to do their best for every child.  Everyone has the right to differing opinions and views and to raise concerns, as long as we do this respectfully as a community working together.


The Young Leaders to China Program 2018

I am very pleased to announce that Doncaster Secondary College will once again participate in the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program.  This program is run by the Education Department as a way of internationalising education and developing students who are globally competent, inter-culturally aware and connected with others as responsible local and global citizens.  The aim is to have students who are well-prepared to thrive in a global society and work in a global economy.  The in-country program includes:


  • a six week in-country immersion
  • a two week language/ Studies of China program offered by HANBAN in a university in Beijing
  • a four-week in-school program in Nanjing/Shanghai
  • Excursions include - The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, The Great Wall, The Summer Palace, National Museum, 798 and the Art District.



The program is open to current Year 9 students who have been studying Chinese for at least two years and is fully funded for low SES participants.  Please contact Mr Kirk Dunn or me if you are interested or have any questions.


Éva McMaster






Permission to use Student Images

We like celebrating and acknowledging student achievements at school and within the community. We are therefore asking for your support by giving permission to enable us to do this. Parents will be receiving a Compass notification shortly, regarding permission to use student images on the college website, in the iNewsletter and on social media etc.


Jeff Pavlou

Assistant Principal


National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

On Friday 16 March 2018, Doncaster Secondary College will stand united with many Australian schools and  their communities to celebrate the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s national anti-bullying event for schools. Every year, the positive day of action is a catalyst for over one million Australian students to take a stand together, in around 3000 schools, to send a clear message: Bullying. No Way! Now in its eighth year, NDA’s anti-bullying message continues to gain momentum across Australia. NDA is a day for students and schools to put their antibullying activities in the spotlight, raise community awareness and create grassroots behavioural change. But it’s more than just local school activities. NDA is a major social initiative with a national presence involving schools, parents, students and the community all working together. Together, we’re delivering a powerful message that bullying and violence are never OK. Let’s get ready to stand united against bullying on Friday 16 March 2018.


Belinda McGee

Assistant Principal




Now is a good time to check Learning Tasks

This year there will be changes to the way subjects are reported on. Instead of one summary report at the end of a term or semester you will be able to see Learning Tasks with comments and grades on the following dates;  Mar 12, May 14, June 25, Aug 20, Oct 15, Dec 10.


The end of semester reports will now be a summary of each subject with only Victorian Curriculum levels and grades for key tasks displayed.


What this means for Parents:

Parents will need to log into Compass and look at Learning Tasks on or just after the dates published above.

You will be able to regularly monitor student progress and see feedback about specific tasks and how students can improve. Notice you can see a summary of key results on one Learning Task screen, but if you click on individual tasks you will be able to read comments and check if students are displaying maximum effort in their tasks. You can use this feedback to help plan for Student Led Conferences on March 27th and September 18th. (Year 12 March 27th and August 8th). You can book appointments with teachers on Compass from Thursday, 15 March.


What this means for Students:

Students will need to ensure Learning Tasks are submitted on time with maximum effort applied.

You will be able to regularly monitor progress towards your goals and see feedback about specific tasks and how to improve.

You will use this feedback to plan for Student Led Conferences on Tuesday, 27 March and Tuesday, 18 September (Year 12 Tuesday, 27 March and Wednesday, 8 August).


Gary Rule

Assistant Principal

What happens in class at Doncaster Secondary College?

You might be wondering if classrooms are run differently since you were at school. I thought I would let you know about the non-negotiables which are occuring in all Doncaster Secondary College classes these days. When you ask “What did you do at school today?” these are some things you might hear or you could prompt when you get the answer “ohhh not much”


Entry Routine

Each class has a routine to begin the lesson: teachers welcome the students in a variety of ways and begin the learning with learning intentions, do now and a disconnect from mobile phones.


Visible Learning Intentions

 At the start of every lesson, teachers make sure students are aware of what will be learnt during the lesson. This is usually done with a list of Learning Intentions on the whiteboard, a screen or Compass.


Mobile Phones Up The Front

Students should avoid bringing phones to class and if they choose to bring them to class they are put up the front. If a teacher sees or hears a phone which is not at the front that phone is sent to the office.



Teachers at our College are very active in the classroom. There is not a lot of time for teachers to be sitting at the front of the class. They CIRCULATE around the room, checking on understanding, appropriate use of technology and student engagement.



Students usually look great in their College uniform. At times there are issues with socks or beards or other incorrect additions. Teachers subtly check the uniform of students in every lesson and ask for uniform passes or send students to the relevant sub school office.




 The year has begun with teachers spending a considerable amount of time looking at student work and results to understand exactly how topics can be taught and assessed to cater to the needs of the broad range of students in each class. Students set learning goals which are monitored by their teachers. You will read more about how this is done in coming articles.


Learning Tasks

Parents and students can see tasks/tests/assignments and due dates for the entire term on Compass. This helps students plan their study, prepare in advance and work towards their learning goals.


Gary Rule

Assistant Principal

Doncaster Secondary College Alumni

We are very fortunate to have two of our recent Alumni, Victor Adis-Iosifidis and Didier Vassou, volunteer their time to work with our students in the College weights room at lunchtime each Monday and Friday. Didier has recently completed his Certificate IV in Fitness whilst also working towards an Bachelor of Arts/Politics. Victor is currently completing his Strength and Conditioning Certification, whilst competing in Powerlifting. Most recently he competed in the Oceania Asia Pacific Championships where he broke the World  Record for his age and weight in the squat. 


It has been really pleasing to see Victor and Didier pay forward the opportunities which were provided to them through the College. Our students are benefiting from their enthusiastic, caring and calm approach to teaching them the skills and knowledge to lead a healthy and active life.


Glenn Morris

Assistant Principal



On Monday, 19 and Friday, 23 March we held Compass information sessions for our Year 7 families. These sessions focused on:

  • Understanding the student learning schedule
  • Monitoring attendance and entering and explanation for absence or lateness
  • Payments and permissions for excursions/incursions
  • Monitoring homework and assessment tasks
  • Communicating with your child’s teachers

We were very fortunate to have the support of Savi Gamba, one of our Year 7 Parent Representatives, who put together ‘A Parent’s Guide to Compass’. This guide has been personalised for Doncaster Secondary College and I encourage you to work through this guide to better understand how to utilise Compass. A copy of this guide has been included within the newsletter for our whole school community to access.


There were also a number of queries raised about some of the functions within Compass. We have been working with Compass to better understand and resolve these issues. I will provide further updates in later newsletters in relation to information provided by Compass which will allow parents to better understand the features.

Glenn Morris

Assistant Principal


Issues Viewing iNewsletter

We are aware that some parents have been having issues viewing the newsletter on their devices. Parents are encouraged to email
[email protected] with any issues they are having and the IT team will work to resolve them.


VCE Art Students

VCE students undertaking an Art subject are now able to store their visual diaries in the Library.

College Contributions

Parents are invited to make a donation in the form of a Voluntary Financial Contribution. These contributions are used to support a number of areas such as:

  • Building Fund
  • Library Fund
  • College Chaplain
  • IT Support
  • Additional classroom support materials
As an example, the College currently has a significant financial commitment through a Co-op loan for our self-funded sport stadium. The College also has in place a plan of a self-funded building project to include fourteen new classrooms a staffroom and amenities.  These contributions are outside the requirements of The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 which provides for the ‘free delivery’ of instruction and a standard curriculum. For parents who are interested in making a donation, please do so via Compass.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2018 are now open, through until the end of term 2, 2018. ​



Mobile Phones

Why are we asking students to put their phones at the front of the class?

The purpose of doing this is to help students take responsibility for both their learning and the way they use their phones. Students who are able to disconnect from their phones during class, in order to focus fully on the what they are learning, are more likely to do so at home. This will ensure their home study is more productive.  


Where are students to put their phones at the front of the classroom? 

Staff will often have a spare desk in their classroom that can be used specifically for students' phones.


What happens if a student’s phone gets damaged?

Students bring their phone to school at their own risk. If students are concerned about phones being damaged, they should keep them in their locker.


What if students leave their phone behind?  Who do teachers give it to?  

The staff member will bring the phone to the front office and simply tell our administration staff which class and period it was left in.


What if a student takes another students phone?  Who is responsible?

Students bring their phone to class at their own risk. If a student thinks their phone has been stolen, it will be dealt with as any other incident of theft would be.


What if students choose to keep their phone after being asked to bring it to the front of the room?

Students can to choose to keep their phone, but if it is seen or heard, it will be taken from them. Students are encouraged to disconnect from their phones during class and will be congratulated on their maturity in choosing to do so. 


What are the consequences for students using their phone during class?  

Students will be asked to take their phone to the front office, where it will remain for the day, if they are caught using their phone after being given the opportunity to put it phone at the front of the class. Students will also receive three demerit points for using their phone inappropriately.  Three demerit points will result in a Wednesday detention.



Ty Dennis
Head of Senior School

Take part in Active April

With April just around the corner, it is time to get active and enjoy the beautiful weather. Why not register and take part in Active April!


This is a free initiative which allows tracking of your activity levels, free passes to local sports venues such as YMCA, and lots of prizes. The more students that sign up also allows the school to win prizes too.


If you are interested in signing up please follow the registration instructions listed below:

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down the page and click “Register today”
  3. Complete the form and you’re ready to go!

Make sure you register before midnight 23rd of March!

Adam Knott

Health/ PE Learning Area Coordinator

Study Skills Handbook - Independent Learning

Some students take a long time to realise that there are actually two types of work in secondary school. There is the obvious work, the work your teacher specifically tells you to do and that is compulsory: homework, working on assignments, preparing for tests and assessments. But students who get good results in school take a larger measure of responsibility for their learning. This means that the nights where they do not have much compulsory work, they also do independent learning. These are the additional things you do, if you have no other schoolwork to do that night, to improve your understanding of your subjects. It is what students who get good marks are doing, they are just not talking about it to their friends!


Examples of independent learning:

  • Reading
  • Reviewing what you have been learning at school that week
  • Extra practise on questions you find hard
  • Research on an area you are interested in learning more about
  • Making a mind map about what you have been learning
  • Making study notes on a topic
  • Improving your touch typing skills
  • Reading ahead in your textbook
  • Improving your study skills
  • Doing work from a different textbook or study guide for one of your subjects (check the school library, local library and bookshops).

Some nights you will not have time to do any independent learning. Other nights you will have no homework and will spend the whole time allocated to schoolwork for that night working on independent learning tasks. Your teacher may even give you a sheet that has suggestions of independent learning work for that subject. If you are unsure, you can always ask. This means in secondary school you can never say ‘I have nothing to do’ – this really just means ‘I have nothing compulsory to do at the moment!’. 


One component of independent learning in high school is making your own study notes or summaries. You can learn more about how to make study notes in the unit ‘Summarising’ on


The College's subscription details are -

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Lisa Chiuchiarelli

Discovery Program Coodinator - Respectful Relationships Leader

Learning Walks – Snapshots of learning at the school level

To increase teachers’ awareness of practices occurring within their school and build a whole-school sense of accountability for quality of teaching and learning, learning walks are being conducted at Doncaster Secondary College.  A group of teachers (Learning Specialists) visit multiple classrooms during a designated period.  The group has a focus in mind, e.g. learning intentions, mobile phone policy or capturing sense of student engagement.  Each term the focus may be something different.  The focus aligns with the school priorities, for example, consistent classroom practice across the school. 

The aim is to foster conversation about teaching and learning to develop a shared vision of high quality teaching that impacts on student learning and to encourage improvement through openness and sharing of practice.  Learning Specialists supports teachers to implement effective practices observed in other classrooms which may help address differences between classes within a school.


Dianne Hayton

Head of Curriculum, eLearning and Communications


Youth Involvement Project - Manningham NHW

Doncaster Secondary College are very fortunate once again to be involved in the Manningham Neighbourhood Watch program. A committee, essentially made up of a select group of Middle School students and two representatives from NHW. This group will meet regularly throughout the year to promote NHW community safety messages to the entire student body and to the wider school community.

Neighbourhood Watch has 3 basic aims:

  • Look after your own safety and possessions;
  • Phone Triple Zero (000) to report an emergency or issue requiring immediate emergency services attention; and
  • ‘Watch Out’ for the safety and possessions of your relatives, friends and neighbours.

These basic aims interrelate with the school community and the wider community.


We ask ourselves:

How can we best promote these aims to our school community?


Meri Chiappa

Middle School Coordinator



Doncaster Secondary College and Doncaster Primary School Sports Coaching

On Wednesday, 28 February, students from Doncaster Secondary College spent the afternoon supporting the Doncaster Primary School (DPS) sporting program through sharing their sporting skills and knowledge with the Grade 6 students.


They then continued to support DPS and the Doncaster District Primary School Sporting Association through their involvement in the Round Robin competition. I have included communication sent from Dimitra Ferizis, highlighting the efforts of our students.


Today we had Kane Ward at Tennis, Lara Hoskin, Ashleigh Maytom and Hayden Fry at Rounders, Joel Staples and Andrew Andriopoulos at Basketball. They were all brilliant, taking their coaching role seriously and being a real asset to our teams. We all enjoyed having you all with us at our training yesterday too.

I would also like to commend Anthony Farchione, Ash Lyall, Zac Panourias and Brian Chen for their support with the Wednesday coaching program. It has been beneficial to students from both schools and we are looking forward to continuing the program throughout the course of the year.


Glenn Morris 

Assistant Principal


Year 7 Camp - Student Poems

Getting canoed over to the island

I arrive and it’s just dryland

I gather my materials to make my hat

The water comes down, SPLAT!

Coco Churton 7E


Camp Weekaway was really cool

Because we got away from school

I wasn’t scared of the flying fox

Because I knew I wouldn’t drop on the rocks

My cabin was the best one yet

Luckily none of your beds got wet

Aidin Liu 7E


Year 7 Social Evening - Student Reflection

The day had arrived! We frantically ran around putting together our boards. The class leaders and a few other people made a class board, each board with a piece of work from everyone in the class. My class 7E did our feet. We traced them on paper then inside we wrote what SEAL means to us or our personality. Because we are the seal class we also had a seal on it with the acronym for SEAL on it. We bought all the boards outside and they looked great. I stayed at school and helped, I helped set up the drawing station and Jenga games. Ms Sayer entrusted me with her camera to take all the before shots of the boards and people cooking sausages. When my mum came I introduced her to most of my teachers. I was nervous about what my teachers would tell my mum but after all there was no need to worry.  The sausages were delicious especially because they were served with cordial. When we got to the performance centre Ms Sayer along with many other teachers brushed up on some rules and things we needed to know about camp. The night was fun, and I hope everyone else enjoyed it!

Coco Churton, 7E


The Fun Never Stops

For the first three weeks of Term One, students from the Middle School were invited to spend their Thursday lunchtime Having Fun!! They have made slime, created colourful tape art and beautified the cement ramp with bright chalk!!


Kirk Dunn

Lunchtime Activities Coordinator


Year 8 Drama

A big congratulations to all Year 8 students studying Drama this term. They have all come so far in developing their expressive skills enabling them to present some highly engaging characters. After finishing a unit on Mime, they are starting to embark on journey into the world of Melodrama; a French theatre style where the modern day concept of heroes Vs. villains originates. Keep up the fantastic work, Year 8’s!


A big congratulations to all Year 8 students studying Drama this term. They have all come so far in developing their expressive skills enabling them to present some highly engaging characters. After finishing a unit on Mime, they are starting to embark on journey into the world of Melodrama; a French theatre style where the modern day concept of heroes Vs. villains originates. Keep up the fantastic work, Year 8’s!


Kelly Spiteri 

Productions Coordinator


Year 9 MyLeader Excursion - Student Reflection

As part of the MyLeader subject, the Year 9 Peer Leaders went to the city for an excursion on the 7th of March.


We first took the bus to Lonsdale Street near Melbourne Central and walked to Queen Victoria Village where we had a break. We then walked to Urban Seed which is based in a Baptist Church on Collins Street.


When we were waiting all of us took selfies and pictures with each other.

After that we met up with Evan, our tour guide. He took us to specific points in the city whilst telling us stories about Melbourne (the most liveable city).


Afterwards, we went back to Queen Victoria Village to eat lunch and then travelled back to DSC via bus again.


This excursion was a great learning experience, and really beneficial. Whilst walking around the city, we were taught all about ‘secrets’ Melbourne tries to hide, and what life is really like for those who aren’t as privileged as most; we learnt that Melbourne isn’t truly the most liveable city for everyone. It is just a facade that the rest of the world sees, without really seeing what is going on in the midst of it all.


We walked down Collins Street, and were told stories about what companies have done to maintain their reputation, even buying their way onto Collins Street. Some of the key things we were told, was that Westpac Bank on Collins Street, had added gates to their entrance. Around their entrance, there are plenty of places that the homeless could sleep at night, however, to maintain their image, they block it all off at night. Another key thing we learnt during this time, was how we ignore Aboriginal culture and stories, in many ways. By destroying their monuments, but also by not allowing them to tell their side.


Which brings me to my next point. Throughout the whole walk, we learnt how life is about perspective, and there is always something more to the story. When we see someone, we may judge them just based on stereotypes, which usually have some truth to them, but there is always more to someone. There is always another side to the story, a side we don’t see. We need to not be closed minded, but make sure to look at the bigger picture. If you see a homeless man sleeping on the street, don’t just assume that they are drug abusers, but get to know their story. Find out more about them. Give them a second chance, rather than simply disregarding them because of what we think we know.


It was a great opportunity and experience to listen to all the interesting stories.

Ultimately, we all learnt so much from this excursion, about life and leadership, and we are sure it had a great impact on all of us, giving us a new perspective of supposedly the world’s most liveable city.


Kaitlyn Lew and Giverny Walters

Year 9



Intermediate VCAL class

Last week, Josh Briffa from Year 11 received his certificate and tool kit from WPC Group for completing an Automotive Taster Program he and two other students undertook in 2017. Carol from WPC Group came to the College and made the presentation to Josh in his Intermediate VCAL class.


Vanessa Ramsay

Career Development Coordinator 

2018 Term 1 Chinese Museum Excursion

On Monday, 26  February, students from Year 10 and 11 Chinese classes had an excursion to the Chinese Museum in Chinatown to explore the heritage and culture of Australia’s Chinese community. 


Cindy Tian

Chinese Teacher/ Languages Learning Area Leader

Students comments:

I felt very satisfied with my experience in China Town, this is because the tour guide was awesome and China Town is truly a unique place that you can't find anywhere else.


It was really fun, learning about Chinese history and culture was interesting, specifically learning about the dragon. The lunch was good, I enjoyed the Braised Beef with Noodle Soup that I had.


Very educational, I learnt more from being outside than sitting on a desk. Strongly encourage excursions like these to occur more often. Lunch in Chinatown was YUM.


The guide was really informative and enjoyable, the lunch in Chinatown was good and the bubble tea was the best.


The guided tour was a very interesting and I learnt a lot about China's history and the lunch in Chinatown allowed me to taste the different foods.

I learnt a lot about Chinese immigration history in Australia at the museum. It a was very educational and beneficial.


The guide who demonstrated the ancient Chinese history to us was really funny which was rare for the guides nowadays who only do what they need to do instead of making the tour fun and entertain us, therefore to let us actually learn the amusement of Chinese culture.


2019 China Tour 

Doncaster Secondary College Languages Faculty is hoping to offer a 10-day China tour for all students from Year 9 to 12 during 2019 Term 1 school holidays.


The proposed trip will enable our students to experience the rich Chinese history, amazing modern development and fascinating diversity, witness some breathtaking landscapes and taste the authentic delicious Chinese food. With visits to the following cities and places, this tour will definitely create some unforgettable memories:

  • Chengdu: the capital of Sichuan province, to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda - conservation centre where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat;
  • Nanjing: a historical and cultural city, it was the capital of more than 6 dynasties in the Chinese history;
  • Suzhou: known as the "Venice of the East" for its canals, bridges and classical Chinese gardens. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites; 
  • Hong Kong: known as “Asia's World City”, a place where Western and Eastern cultures blend harmoniously. A day in Disneyland will be an incredible experience.

Please see attachment for more details about the itinerary and the costs of the tour.


There will be an Information Night on Wednesday, 21 March at 7:00pm in Room 'J'3.  


If you are interested or want to get more information, please come to the Information Night. You can also email Miss Cindy Tian at [email protected] or see Miss Tian in her office Room C18.

Miss Cindy Tian

Chinese Teacher/ Languages Learning Area Leader



Year 8 Students STEAM

The Year 8 students have been working really productively in their STEAM teams to design machines with perpetual motion. They have been testing, trialling, creating templates to prove their concept. They are putting their knowledge they have learnt in theory into practice. It requires being able to imagine their two dimensional drawings in three dimensions.



This week they are going on an excursion to purchase recycled materials to use to build their machines. What will they find and will they be able to prove the theory of perpetual motion?


Mrs Amanda Fisher and Mr Adam Roche

Art Teacher and Science Teacher




College Council Election Outcome

We are pleased to announce the following parents have been duly elected to be members on the Doncaster Secondary College:

  • Gus Cantone
  • Kristine Moruzi
  • Demi Pape
  • Christine Gouramanis (1 year casual vacancy)

As the number of nominating DET Employee Members for College Council was equal to the number of vacancies it was not necessary to conduct an election.


We are pleased to advise our current DET Members who renominated will be continuing on College Council:

  • Belinda McGee
  • Tim Sprigg


Thank you to our outgoing Council Members;

  • Pranil Chandra
  • Janine Cherry
  • Meghan Hoare


 Their generosity in terms of their commitment to our College has been greatly appreciated.


Éva McMaster



DSC Wellbeing Action Team Meeting

The College Wellbeing Action Team will be meeting on Wednesday, 14 March between 5pm and 6pm in the main staffroom at the College.


This team is made up of staff, students and parents and our focus is to work together to improve the social, emotional and academic outcomes of our school and wider community. As per the newsfeed which was sent out during the week, please send me an email at [email protected] if you are able to attend. 


The agenda for next week’s meeting is as follows:

  1. DSC Wellbeing Action Team Report;
  2. DET SAFE Schools: What does it mean for DSC?;
  3. Teaching sexuality education at Doncaster Secondary College;
  4. Supporting members of our College Community in need;
  5. Grant application
  6. Expressions of interest to develop a whole school approach to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying

If you are unable to attend but would like to forward a question for discussion on the evening or for follow up with the College, please send me your questions via email on the above address.


Glenn Morris

Assistant Principal

Parenting Seminar Series 2018/2019

Over the next 12 months Manningham Council have partnered with some of Australia’s most acclaimed professionals to help parents to be well informed and involved in their children’s lives.

All sessions will be held at Manningham Council Function Centre.


Sessions include:

Raising happy and resilient children – Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg Tuesday 8th May 7.30-9.00pm Cost: $20 $10


Raising Boys – Steve  Biddulph Wednesday 18th July 7.30-9.00pm Cost: $35 $20


Raising Girls – Steve Biddulph Thursday 19th July 7.30-9.00pm. Cost: $35 


Fine-tuning behaviour management in young children Thursday 9th August 7.30-9.00pm. Free

–Sexuality and respectful relationship Tuesday 4th September 7.30-9.00pm. Free


Careers Expo – Skills for the Future Wednesday 17th October 1.00pm-5.00pm. Free


The importance of childhood and play Thursday 15th November 7.30pm-9.00pm. Cost: $10


Resilient Young people – Wednesday 20th March 2019 7.30pm-9.00pm. Free


School readiness Tuesday 30th April 2019 7.30- 9.00pm. Free


These sessions are expected to fill up quickly so please see the attached flyer for further details and booking information.



Doncaster Foster Care Information Session


Eltham Lacrosse Club


Birralee Primary School Fair


College Newsletter
DSC Compass Parent Portal Guide.pdf
Parenting Seminar Trifold Brochure.pdf
2019 China Tour.pdf