East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

19 October 2018
Issue Fifteen
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal News
Important Dates
From the Office
College Events
Sports News
Music News
Middle School News
Middle School Staff
Senior School News
Senior School Staff
Parents and Friends Association
Canteen Menu
Community Announcements/Events
East Doncaster Secondary College
(03) 9842 2244
20 George Street
Doncaster East, Victoria, 3109

Principal's Report

From the Principal


The commencement of Term 4 begins one of the busiest times in the College calendar. As this term unfolds, we complete a number of crucial learning tasks across all year levels and seek to consolidate the knowledge gained throughout the year. We will bid farewell to our VCE class of 2018 after they have completed their final VCE exams throughout November, we will welcome our new Year 7 students during Orientation Day in December and we will further prepare for the academic challenges of 2019 in our VCE Orientation and Advance Programs.  A challenging but immensely rewarding term ahead!


A reminder that Cycle 5 reports will be published next week – please access the Compass Learning Management system to view those reports. Following this, our Year 10 and Year 11 students will commence the final phases of their course studies before preparing for end of semester examinations in November. For our Middle School, Year 7-9 students it is equally as important to ensure that their academic year concludes in a positive and productive fashion that will act as a springboard to continued academic progress in 2019.

The Class of 2018 – Best Wishes to our Senior School Students in their Examination Period

Our VCE Unit 3 & 4 students are in final preparation for their examinations, which for most students begin on Wednesday 31 October with the English examination.


Last week we hosted a representative of the Victoria Police who took the opportunity of reminding our Year 12 students of their responsibility to continue to be EDSC citizens who show courtesy and respect to our students and school, and the wider community. Bernie Kennedy, our Chief Exam Supervisor, spoke to the students about expectations for behaviour and protocols for the upcoming examinations.


On Monday evening we opened our Annual VCE Art & Technology Exhibition with the presentation of student work in The John Landy Centre. The standard of the Arts displays, including the Media Studies films - displayed on Wednesday evening, is once again very high and a testament to the effort of our students and the technical support, mentoring and guidance of our teachers. Thank-you to Warwick Bennett, Brett Lamb and all the Arts and Technology teachers involved in these events.


Our Year 12 students begin the final phase of preparation for the VCE examinations next week, as they are engaged in a series of “Master Classes” to provide final focus and revision activities for our students as they strive to be fully ready to meet the challenges of the examination period.


This stage of the year can be quite demanding for our students and their families. In such circumstance, experience suggests that it is best to attend carefully to the basics – this includes establishing and implementing a study plan, ensuring a balanced diet and regular sleep patterns, maintaining periods for recreation to clear the mind and relax, and turning off mobile phones and social media forums whilst studying or sleeping. Finally, it is important to make use of the availability of teachers for support and guidance right up to the exam itself. The fantastic resources and last-minute tips provided by teachers can be overlooked or under-estimated in this busy period, however, I would encourage all students to maximise the use of their best resource – their teachers.


On Thursday 25 October, we will conduct our Valedictory Dinner for students and their parents at The Grand Receptions, 90 Cathies Lane, Wantirna South before conducting our Final Assembly once again for students and their families, which will commence the next morning at 11.00 am on Friday 26 October in our Sports Stadium.

I have found our Year 12 students to have been respectful and supportive of each other, our teachers, our College and what we are trying to do for them and the other students of East Doncaster. They are warm and considerate young people and I wish them all the very best for their future pathways.


On behalf of our College community, I sincerely wish our students all the best in their examinations.

Please note that due to the Final Assembly and the celebrations we will undertake with our Year 12 students on Friday 27 October,  all students in Years 7-11 will be dismissed from the College at the conclusion of Period 4 (12.40 pm). Our Year 11 student will be dismissed at the completion of our Final Assembly (approximately 1.00 pm)

Relay for Life

As I was on leave at the end of Term 3, I missed the opportunity of acknowledging our incredible students and staff who took place in the fund-raising event – Relay for Life.

From 4pm on Saturday, until 12 noon on Sunday 9 September– a dedicated team of nearly 60 students, staff and family members from our College walked around the track at the Tom Kelly Reserve to raise money and awareness for those who suffer from cancer. Their mighty efforts raised nearly $5,000. We were very proud of the commitment and passion shown by our relay team and it appears that our involvement in this annual event will go from strength to strength in upcoming years.


Well done team!

(Please refer to a more detailed report on this event later in this newsletter)

Outstanding Student Achievement

Over 20 EDSC students proudly represented our College at the Regional Track & Field Championships last week. A more detailed report on this day can be read later in this Newsletter, however I wanted to both acknowledge and congratulate the students who participated on this day.  

A special mention is afforded to Petra Edwards (U 14 Female) for her first places in both Long and Triple Jumps, Carly Senior (U12-13 Females) for winning both the 100 and 200 metre sprints and Carina Yip (U 17 Female) for her victory in the 400 metre event.

These students all qualified for the upcoming State Final next Monday (22 October) which is a tremendous effort!


We wish them well for next week.

EDSC Sports Centre      Co-operative Annual General Meeting - 21 November 2018

The East Doncaster Secondary College                  Co-operative Ltd Annual General Meeting will be held at 3.30pm on Wednesday 21 November 2018 in The John Landy Centre at East Doncaster Secondary College.


All Co-operative members are invited to attend this meeting.

John Roberts


1 to 1 Digital Learning Policy 2019


Creating a Culture of Curiosity

Our school’s purpose is to develop passionate learners who are critical thinkers with the confidence and capability to engage in the global community.


Care and Compassion, Curiosity, Excellence, Fairness, Resilience, Respect and Teamwork are the core values that underpin the culture of our school as we embrace the challenges of 21st Century learning.

Assistant Principal News

SOLD OUT - The Resilience Project - Parent Forum

As we mentioned in the News Feed recently, East Doncaster Secondary is very lucky to have a guest speaker join us on Monday 29 October from 7pm in the PAC. Hugh van Cuylenburg is the founding director and presenter of an organisation called The Resilience Project. They have worked with our school for the past 4 years, running programs for staff and to date, our Year 10 students.


Hugh does a lot of work supporting mental health and wellbeing and he quoted at a recent Principal's conference that between 2015 and 2017, the percentage of Australian secondary school students with mental health issues rose from 37.3% to 39.7%. Hugh and his team work in schools across Australia, have presented in the corporate world and have worked with a number of sporting organisations including the Australian Cricket and Netball teams and various AFL and NRL teams.


A snapshot of the work that Hugh and The Resilience project are doing can be viewed at the following site https://youtu.be/Ri2mgRMUrCI

The relationship between school and home is vitally important to strengthening resilience in our young people. Hugh's parent presentation aligns the work we do here at school to how you can support your children at home. 


If you have booked tickets for this event and are unable to attend, can you please contact the College asap as the Presentation is in high demand.


Date- Monday 29 October

Place- EDSC Performing Arts Centre

Time- 7.00pm

Cost- $5.00

Cameron Campbell

Assistant Principal

Important Dates

Term 4

Monday 22 October - VCE Masterclass week

Wednesday 24 October - Journey – Year 11 Music Performance Recital 7.30pm in the EDSC                                                                               Performing Arts Centre - Entry by Gold Coin Donation

Thursday 25 October - Year 10 Georgraphy Field Trip

Thursday 25 October - Year 12 Valedictory Dinner

Friday 26 October - Year 12 Final Assembly - Year 7-10 dismissed at lunch time 12:40pm - Year 11                   student will be dismissed at the completion of the Final Assembly (approximately 1:00 pm)

Friday 26 October -  Year 9 Health Excursion to Edgar's Mission

Friday 26 October - VCAL 2019 Orientation

Monday 29 October - Year 12 VCAL Celebration Day

Monday 29 October - The Resilience Project - Parent Information Night 7:00pm - EDSC Performing                                                       Arts Centre bookings can be made via trybooking

Monday-Tuesday 29-30 October - 10OE4 Great Ocean Road Camp

Tuesday 30 October - Middle School Spring Concert 7:30-9:00pm - EDSC Performing Arts Centre                                                          bookings can be made via trybooking  

Wednesday 31 October - VCE Exams Commence

Thursday-Friday 1-2 November - 10OE2 Great Ocean Road Camp

Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 7 November - Year 11 Exams commence

Monday 19 November - Year 10 Exams commence

Wednesday 21 November - EDSC Sports Centre Cooperative Annual General Meeting 3:30pm The                                                                     John Landy Centre EDSC

Friday 23 November -Year 9 English & Maths Exams-Year 9 students dismissed at lunch time 12:40pm

Monday 26 November - ELC Healesville Sanctuary Excursion

Monday 26 November -  Year 11 Concluding Program begins

Monday 26 November - Year 7 2019 Parent Information Evening - 7:30pm EDSC Sports Centre

Tuesday 27 November - 2019 College charges due date - Years 8-12 (2nd instalment due 4 March 2019)

Friday 30 November - Funfields End of Year 11 Celebration

Monday-Friday 3-7 December - 2019 VCE Orientation Program

Monday-Friday 3-7 December - Advance week 1 2019 Year 8-10

Monday-Friday 10-14 December - Advance week 2 2019 Year 8-10

Friday 7 December - Last day for Year 10 and Year 11 students

Tuesday 11 December -  2019 Year 7 Orientation Day - Current Year 7 students not required at school                                                      this day

Tuesday 11 December - 2019 College charges due date - Year 7 (2nd instalment due 4 March 2019)

Monday-Thursday 17-20 December - Activities week Year 7-9

Thursday 20 December - Last day of Term 4 - 2:30pm dismissal

2018 School Term Dates

Term 4 - 8 October to 21 December 2018

Important School Term Dates 2019

Term 1 2019

Wednesday 30 January – Year 7 & Year 12 students return

Thursday 31 January – Year 8 - 11 students return (All students on Campus)

Friday 1 February - Official School Photo day

Monday 18 February – School Photo catch up day

Monday 25 February - Friday 1 March - Year 7 Camp week

Friday 5 April – Last day Term 1

Term 2 2019

Tuesday 23 April – First day of Term 2

Friday 28 June – Last day of Term 2

Term 3 2019

Monday 15 July – First day of Term 3

Friday 20 September  – Last day of Term 3

Term 4 2019

Monday 7 October – First day of Term 4

Friday 20 December  – Last day of Term 4


From the Office

Student Accident Insurance

Parents and guardians are reminded that the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not provide personal accident insurance for students while at school or during any school related activity including camps and excursions.


Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. It is also highly recommended that families have Ambulance Victoria Membership Cover if it is not included in your private health cover. Ambulance costs are very expensive and are not covered by Medicare

CSEF - allocation reminder

If you have already applied for the Camps, Sports and Excursions (CSEF) Fund at the College, please remember to advise us to allocate these funds against the next Camp, Sport or Excursion event that your child is required to pay for.


CSEF funds will not automatically be allocated. You  need to advise us which events you would like these funds to be allocated against.


Please call the General Office on 9842 2244 if you require any more information.

Payments to the College

Students can make payments at the following times: 8:00am-8:45am, recess, lunch and after school. Parents may make payments from 8:00am-4:00pm.


When making payments in cash please ensure that the correct money is enclosed in the payment envelope, as many students do not come to collect their change.


All payments for excursions must also include the permission form in the payment envelope and be returned to the General Office prior to the excursion payment due date.


Parents are reminded that receipts for payments are no longer being issued.  A statement showing payments made will be provided upon request from the General Office. For payments that are tax deductable, receipts will be posted home.


If a parent requires a printed receipt, this must be requested in writing on the payment envelope. Receipts will be posted within 14 days of the transaction.


All cheque payments are to be made out to ‘East Doncaster Secondary College’  and not ‘EDSC’.  The bank will no longer accept cheques made out to EDSC.


Do not hesitate to contact the General Office if you have any enquires regarding the College Charges or if your account details have changed.

Student Absences

If a student is unable to attend school, is going to be late or needs to leave early, the school must be informed of ALL absences, whether it be illness, appointments, holidays or any other reason.  You can do this via the following options: 


The easiest way is to Login to Compass with your Parent Login and  ADD A PARENT APPROVAL .

Click here for Compass Login


Calling the absence line BEFORE 8:30am on the day of the absence. Phone:  9842 2244 (dial option  1)


Sending a note with the student for early departures.  Teachers will not allow students out of class without a note or an approval on Compass.


 Any unexplained absences will be followed up with an SMS notification if their child/ren are absent without an explanation. Please do not reply to this SMS as this service is not available.


Phone messages from students will not be accepted.


Unwell Student Reminder

Please remind your child to ask their teacher if they can visit the school Nurse in the Sick Bay if they are feeling very unwell during school time and need to go home.  Students are not to contact parents directly.  Our Nurse will contact parents and ensure that correct protocols are followed.

Late Passes/Leaving Early

Students arriving late must go straight to the General Office to sign themselves in via the Compass Kiosk otherwise they will be recorded as absent and a text message will be sent out.


Students must carry their EDSC Compass Student Card with them at all times. It is necessary to use this card to sign in and out via the Compass Kiosk. If a student has lost/misplaced their card they must replace it by placing an order online through Compass.


Students will not be permitted to leave class and sign out without having an approval on Compass or presenting a note from a parent/guardian to their teacher.


This note needs to be put in the box beside the Kiosk in the General Office when the student signs out.  An approval can be loaded on Compass instead of providing a note, however this must be loaded before the time of the student’s departure.

Excursion/Sporting Reminder

Please be reminded that all students in Years 7-10 are required to attend classes if they return from an Excursion/Sporting event early.  They are required to attend classes even if the event has finished earlier than expected.  They are required to stay until 3:15pm.

Student Lunches

Just a reminder to parents that we are unable to deliver lunches to students during school time.  If your student has forgotten their lunch, it can be left at the General Office but it is the student’s responsibility to come and collect it. 


Hot food is not suitable to be left at the office.  PLEASE NOTE:- Take-away food is not allowed during school hours.

Student/Library Cards

Please remind all students that they must carry their Student/Library Cards with them at all times.


ALL students must sign in/out with their card at the General Office when they are arriving late or leaving early for any reason.


All Student Library Cards have now been distributed for 2018.


The cards are also used for any student photocopying that is done at school.

Student Locker Security

We would like to remind Parents and Students that it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their locker is securely locked at all times.


Students who have not arranged to supply a suitable padlock for their locker will be asked to purchase one from the General Office.


All students from Year 7 to 12 have an iPad or laptop for school work that must be kept secure.  Please refer to the 1-to-1 Learning Program policy for further information on Caring for 1-to-1 devices. Replacement combination padlocks are for sale throughout the year from the General Office for $20.


The school will not be held responsible for items that are not properly secured in lockers.

Parent Details

Have you moved house or changed phone numbers?

If so, please remember to fill in a ‘Change of Details’ form. A form can also be collected from the General Office.  Please return this form as soon as possible. It is important that we have your most current details for general purposes and in case of an emergency. It is also important that you keep your mobile phone and email address details up to date on Compass. This is to ensure you do not miss out on vital information including student attendance alerts.


School Jumper/Jackets

PLEASE NOTE:  It is important to name your students’ jumpers/jackets!


If a student loses their jumper/jacket and it has their FULL name CLEARLY marked, if it is found it will be returned directly to the student during class. 


These jumpers are expensive and there are many left around the College grounds after sport and after lunch.  Wherever possible, they will be returned if they are labelled with the student’s full name.

Changes to Secondhand Uniform Sales

East Doncaster Secondary College has been successfully utilising the company Sustainable School Shop for the sale of secondhand books for several years.  Second hand uniforms are now also sold via the Sustainable School Shop. 


For information on how to sell your uniforms through the Sustainable School Shop, please see the attached flyer or go to www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au

Please note that the College will continue to accept good quality uniforms for donation to Student Wellbeing.

College Events

Year 12 Final Assembly and Year 7 – 10 Early Dismissal – Friday 26 October​

Our final Year 12 assembly will be held on Friday 26 October (11:30am to 1:00pm) in the East Doncaster SC Sports Stadium.

Year 12 students are asked to arrive at The John Landy Centre by 10:30 am in full school uniform where they will receive instructions and seating arrangements from the coordination team.

All Year 11 students will attend this assembly, attending their scheduled Period 3 class in full school uniform. Rolls will be marked and then students will be escorted to the Stadium by their class teacher.

Parents of our Year 12 students are asked to arrive at 10:45am, prior to the 11:00 am commencement time.

Year 11 students will be dismissed from school at the conclusion of the assembly, with light refreshments being served in The John Landy Centre from 12.30pm for Year 12 students and their parents.

Following this, the Year 12 students will participate in a range of supervised celebratory activities in The John Landy Centre.

Students in Year 7 to Year 10 will be dismissed at lunchtime (12.40pm) on Friday 26 October. 


Jarrod Sturnieks

Head of Senior School

Relay For Life

From 4pm on Saturday 8 September until 12 noon on Sunday 9 September– a dedicated team of “relayers” from EDSC walked around the track at Tom Kelly Reserve to raise money, awareness and HOPE for those who suffer from cancer. Cancer has affected us all, and this community-based event allows us to show our commitment to a cancer-free world. 58 of our amazing students, parents and teachers came together to give their time, and together we walked in turns overnight, carrying our ‘husky’ baton around the track. Special mentions to Harris Kazakis who hardly took a break the whole event and walked 60 km total (that’s 150 times around the track!) and also to the very large contingent of Year 10s who participated and collected significant funds. A great time and a great cause, for which we raised $4,778.00 to help fight cancer.

Kerryn Murray

Student Leadership Coordinator


Sports News

2018 East Melbourne Regional Track and Field Championship​

On Friday 12 October, 19 students proudly represented EDSC at the EMR Track & Field Championships. There were many outstanding performances on the day with Petra Edwards (14F) winning both the Long & Triple Jumps. Setting an EMR record for the triple jump with her first and only attempt (saving her sore knee for the later events).  Carly Senior (13F) won the 100m in a photo finish and then went on to win the 200m dash too. Carina Yip’s capped off a great year in interschool sports carnivals and finished first in the 17F 400m run.  All three move onto compete in the State Finals on Monday 22 October. 


The talent of runners in the middle school girls is very deep this year.  Both relay teams were without one of their faster runners and they still both achieved very good results. Our 13F 4x100m put in a great performance to finish second in their race (Emily C, Jennifer L, Emily R, Carly S) and the 14F team ( Petra E, Abbey G, Amirah M, Clare P) finished strongly in third (even closer to first though than the 13’s).

Other competitors on the day included:

Ahmed A (13M Shot Put, 200m & Discus)

Christyna A (17F Discus)

Tess G (16F 200m)

Jennifer L (13G Discus)

Brenton M (17M Long Jump)

Jenna R (17F 1500m Walk)

Ansu M (15F 100m & 200m)

Jay T (17M 800m)

Charlie V (18-20M 100m)

Joshua W (13M Long Jump)

Kristian Z (15M 1500m)


Thanks to Emily Embery for helping out on the day. Wishing Carly, Petra and Carina all the best for success on Monday.

Kim Schwarz

Sports Carnivals Coordinator


Music News

Spring Concert Series

The following ensembles will be performing in our second Spring Concert at 7:30pm on Tuesday 30 October in the Performing Arts Centre:

Beginner Band, Beginner Guitar Ensemble, Diamond Divas, Junior Strings, String Group and Vox Pack.


Tickets are now available from trybooking.com/YBXP


Music Performances for Term 4

A notice will shortly be distributed to all ensemble members with expected performances for the reminder of 2018. As we move into exam periods and end of the school year for senior students, it is important for our planning to know which students (and instruments) we have for each performance. Please check these dates carefully when they come out, and let the music staff know via Compass or email if your child cannot attend performances or rehearsals. As most rehearsals happen outside of the school day, it is our expectation that students will attend all rehearsals unless an approved absence has been indicated by parents.

Upcoming Events

24 October – Unit 2 VCE Music Performance Recital, PAC

26 October – Year 12 Assembly (Symp Band & Senior Vocals)

30 October – Secondo Spring Concert, PAC


Carl Williams

Instrumental Music Administrator

Middle School News

Acknowledgement of Achievement​

Our acknowledgement this fortnight goes to 11 students.


Liyara W, Amy D, Madison G, Farimah F, Priscilla L, Daran T, Aidan H, Aidan L, Kiarash A, Oscar M and Lachlan L.

These students participated in the Science Talent Search this year. This is a statewide competition and is an optional extra that these students undertook. The assessment criteria is very tough and these students have achieved some excellent results. Liyara, Amy, Madison, Farimah and Priscilla achieved a Bursary; Daran, Aidan H, Aidan L and Kiarash achieved a Merit; Oscar and Lachlan achieved a Distinction. Through their involvement these students have demonstrated great Excellence, Resilience and Curiosity.


Great work guys!

Emily Mathews, Haydn Bethune

& Georgina Walter

Year 7 Coordinators

Aurecon Bridge Building Competition - student report

Late in Term 3, Thom, Vicki and I took the hour long trip to Scienceworks, in order to participate in the Aurecon Bridge Building competition. Prior to this, we had been given 6 weeks to plan and build our bridge out of balsa wood, string, cardboard and glue. We spent most lunchtimes working on this project, leaving us both excited and nervous for the actual competition. 


The day started off with staff weighing our bridge, which turned out unexpectedly to be just under a kilo. Next we sat in the auditorium in anticipation for our name to be called out for testing. We were all kept entertained by commentators who would ask science and bridge trivia, and gave out prizes to whoever got the right answer. Before testing, we brought our bridge to a panel of three judges, who asked us a few questions about our bridge and our process of making it. The bridges were then tested using a machine that used mechanical movement to register the force applied on the bridge. The highest record of the day was at 56kg, and ours broke at 17.8kg. Nevertheless, because we made the bridge light, but with a strong structure, we came away with the efficiency award. Afterwards, we were allowed to freely roam Scienceworks for the rest of the day. 


Since this was the first time our school participated in this competition, our expectations weren’t set too high. This victory was unexpected, but rewarding, and hopefully next year more people would want to be a part of this STEM Project too.


by Ravon 9H


RYPEN - Manningham Rotary - Student Report

RYPEN was the most unforgettable experience of 2018 for Oscar and I. RYPEN stands for the Rotary Program of Youth Enrichment, and as you probably assumed, it enriched us both in many ways. Involvement in RYPEN improved our teamwork and ability to compromise, pushing our resilience to its greatest depths, enhancing our communication skills and even opening our boundaries to simply trust surface-level strangers. Maybe it fine-tuned Oscar’s legendary dance skills (I’m unsure of that one, I’ll have to get back to you).


This 3 ½  day youth enrichment camp really pushed us out of our comfort zones, allowing us to adapt into a unique and refreshing environment of teenagers. The really amazing thing was that every single person we communicated with was similar to us, interested in improving ourselves and being leaders of our own decisions. We acquired friends in the space of 3-days, partook in engaging group activities and honestly, the skills we gained were effective, practical and applicable in numerous scenarios in the big world out there. Not even to mention school itself.


My favorite segment from RYPEN was the ending, when the Camp Program Leader of RYPEN, Diane Fisher, sat us down and told us a heart-warming story by Dr. Suess. It was titled “The Places You’ll Go”. The story highlights the importance of pushing forward, and always finding new ways to push forward in life. Even with the ups and downs. Even with the spontaneity behind every corner. By the time Diane had closed the book, tears were welling in our eyes, the book helping us both reflect on how we face challenges to get where we want to be.

Being the first participants from our College to go to RYPEN on Friday September 14-Sunday 16 September, Oscar and I were initially overwhelmed with excitement (that was combined with a little bit of nervousness on my behalf) when we sent through our applications to Manningham Rotary. But we knew afterwards that all that excitement was rewarded. Oscar and I deeply encourage anyone willing to be part of this camp to apply next year, to take your own challenge and put yourself out there. We also thank Manningham Rotary for sponsoring us and giving us this opportunity.


One question we both had lingering in our minds before we said “yes” was, “Was it worth giving up a weekend?” The answer to that is straightforward- without a doubt, YES.

by Esha S 9C

1 to 1 Digital Learning Program 2019

In 2019 we will continue with our whole school 1 to 1 Digital Learning Program for all students. Our Year 7 students will be required to purchase a laptop and our Year 8 and 9 students will continue to use an iPad.


The purchase of these devices is crucial to the learning program as students will access eBooks rather than an extensive number of expensive textbooks. Our Year 10, 11 and 12 students require a laptop.


Details of the 1 to 1 Digital Learning Program for all students and importantinformation regarding suitable devices are detailed in the attached policy.

Middle School Study Sessions - Years 7-9

Students from Year 7 to 9 are invited to join the 'Study Sessions' on Tuesday nights from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in the 400 block.


Please fill in and return the attached Permission Slip if you want your child to attend.

If you have any questions about these sessions please speak to Kate Leaumont.

Breakfast Club

Every Wednesday morning at 8:00 am in The John Landy Centre.  **WILL BE HELD IN THE 400 OPEN AREA FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS DUE TO EXAMS**


Hot drinks and food provided, games played and an opportunity to meet students from other year levels.


See you there!


Middle School Staff


Head of Middle School

Kate Leaumont

[email protected]





Year 9 Coordinator

Craig Carpenter

[email protected]






Year 9 Coordinator

Naomi Creelman

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Year 8 Coordinator

Brigid Fahey

[email protected]





Year 8 Coordinator

Clare Hartley

[email protected]






Year 7 Coordinator

Haydn Bethune

[email protected]






Year 7 Coordinator

Emily Mathews

[email protected]





Year 7 Coordinator

Georgina Walter

[email protected]





Transition Coordinator

Tina Marchant

[email protected]




Middle School Secretary

Lin Dalben

[email protected]


Senior School News

Year 12 Final Assembly and Year 7 – 10 Early Dismissal – Friday 26 October

Our final Year 12 assembly will be held on Friday 26 October (11:30am to 1:00pm) in the East Doncaster Secondary College Sports Stadium.

Year 12 students are asked to arrive at The John Landy Centre by 10:30 am in full school uniform where they will receive instructions and seating arrangements from the coordination team.

All Year 11 students will attend this assembly, attending their scheduled Period 3 class in full school uniform. Rolls will be marked and then students will be escorted to the Stadium by their class teacher.

Parents of our Year 12 students are asked to arrive at 10:45am, prior to the 11:00am commencement time.

Year 11 students will be dismissed from school at the conclusion of the assembly, with light refreshments being served in The John Landy Centre from 12.30pm for Year 12 students and their parents.

Following this, the Year 12 students will participate in a range of supervised celebratory activities in The John Landy Centre.

Students in Year 7 to Year 10 will be dismissed at lunchtime (12.40pm) on Friday 26 October.


Jarrod Sturnieks

Head of Senior School

Journey – Year 11 Music Performance Recital

Come and join our Year 11 VCE Music Performance students on their musical journey as they perform their Unit 2 repertoire.  From sultry vocals to refined piano, enjoy a musical journey across the years.

Wednesday 24 October, 7.30pm in the EDSC Performing Arts Centre.  Entry by Gold Coin Donation.

Scott Copeman


Year 11 Field Trip to Phillip Island Penguin Parade​ - Student Report

On Thursday 20 September, the Year 11 Geography class undertook a fieldtrip to the popular Australian tourist destination, Phillip Island. This trip was part of our VCE studies in Tourism.

We researched how tourism is managed sustainably at the Phillip Island Nature Parks and the class was able to experience the hustle and bustle of a popular tourist destination, as well as opportunities to speak to knowledgeable park rangers about the steps the organisation is taking to conserve the nature parks and manage the tourist activities in the most sustainable way. The class began the fieldtrip with a stop at San Remo, home to the well-known pelicans, before journeying to Cowes for lunch and a final stop at the penguin parade for an informative ranger talk with Graeme Bergan, who taught us about the impact in tourism on the environment. We finished off by watching the penguin parade, which was an exciting and fun way to finish the day.


The fieldtrip allowed the class to explore the content they had been studying, in the real world.


by Zahara Bedewi-Hayes 11D

Important Dates

Year 12 Valedictory 25/10

Year 12 Final Assembly 26/10

Year 12 Exams Commence 31/10

Year 11 Exams Commence 7/11

Year 10 Exams Commence 19/11

2019 Concluding Program 26/11 – 30/11

VCE Orientation Week – 3/12

1 to 1 Digital Learning Program 2019

In 2019 we will continue with our whole school 1 to 1 Digital Learning Program for all students. Our Year 7 students will be required to purchase a laptop and our Year 8 and 9 students will continue to use an iPad.


The purchase of these devices is crucial to the learning program as students will access eBooks rather than an extensive number of expensive textbooks. Our Year 10, 11 and 12 students require a laptop.


Details of the 1 to 1 Digital Learning Program for all students and importantinformation regarding suitable devices are detailed in the attached policy.


Senior School Study Sessions

All students from Years 10-12 are invited to come to The John Landy Centre after school each night from 3:30pm-5:00pm. The 'Senior School Study Sessions' are an opportunity for students to catch up on homework, collaborate with peers or work with teachers when they are available for extra assistance. Parents/guardians please note, these are not timetabled supervision sessions for staff, any extra assistance offered is done in addition to the normal after school requirements for our teachers. I would like to thank staff in advance for their offer of support.

Jarrod Sturnieks

Head of Senior School

Breakfast Club


Senior School Staff


Head of Senior School

Jarrod Sturnieks

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Year 10 Coordinator

Errin Wilson

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Year 10 Coordinator

Mark Glover

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Year 11 Coordinator

Paul Basford

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Year 11 Coordinator

Sally Polidano

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Year 12 Coordinator

Lynette Smith

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Year 12 Coordinator

Jonathan Davies

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Senior School Secretary

Toni Willoughby

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Parents and Friends Association

Entertainment Books

The NEW 2018 | 2019 Melbourne Entertainment™ book or digital membership are available for just $70. You’ll receive over $20,000 in valuable offers, and membership is valid until 1 June 2019.


You can order online via the following link



Next Meeting

Please join us at our next meeting to be held on Monday 22 October in The John Landy Centre at 7:30pm.  All welcome.


Parents and Friends Association

Canteen Menu


Students are reminded that the College Canteen is open before school from 8:30am until 8:45am, then again at Recess and Lunchtime only.

Community Announcements/Events

Shoes with a Purpose - from State Schools' Relief

State Schools' Relief are now selling great priced, quality 'Student's Choice' leather shoes from as little as $45.00.  See flyer attached.  (PLEASE NOTE: Sneaker Skate Shoe is not a part of the EDSC Uniform)

Available online now and in store at 16 outlets across Victoria, including our Dandenong South site.


These shoes are perfect for both Primary and Secondary students and come in a huge range of sizes.  

East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter
2019 Years 7-12 1_1 Program.pdf
2019 Years 7-12 1_1 Program.pdf
Study Session flyer.pdf
2019 Years 7-12 1_1 Program.pdf
Change of Details Form updated October 2017.pdf
Secondhand Textbook and Uniform Trading Flyer East Doncaster Sec Coll_.pdf
Secondhand Textbook and Uniform Trading Flyer East Doncaster Sec Coll .pdf
A5 Flyer - Skills 4 the Future Careers Expo.pdf