East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

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

Principal's Report

From the Principal


Our College purpose statement is: To develop passionate learners who are critical thinkers with the confidence and capability to engage in the global community, and that is a goal that we work towards every day in many different ways. Sometimes we find incredible success and pride in being able to achieve these ends in a very literal sense.


This week, our Year 8 students have enjoyed a wonderful camp experience in the wonderful setting of the Kinglake National Park. Two weeks ago, our Year 11 students were far and wide in adventures around Australia. We had students participating in camps in Central Australia, Tasmania, the Gold Coast and the Ski Fields of North East Victoria. Last week we hosted an enormously successful visit from students and teachers from our sister-school in Italy. Advanced planning has begun for our 2019 NASA tour in the USA in a great trip that includes visits to San Francisco, Space Camp in Hunstville, Alabama, Nashville, Tennessee and Orlando and Los Angeles.  In December we are once again hosting a visit by a delegation of teachers from our sister-school in Suzhou, China, where we are hoping to put the final touches on our planning for a student tour to China in the coming year. Finally, we are in the advanced stages of planning for an exciting 2019 World Challenge expedition in Malaysia and Borneo.

These experiences are fantastic opportunities to add yet another dimension to the richness of school life for our students. We are very proud of the wide range of opportunities for such experiences available to our students and for the maturity and growth we see from our students when participating in such wonderful programs and tours. When the world becomes your classroom, your dreams and aspirations are raised to new horizons, your cultural understandings are both sharpened and broadened and meaningful engagement in local and global communities are immeasurably strengthened.

NAPLAN Results

Please note that letters containing 2018 NAPLAN results have been posted to families this week.


Each letter contains:

  • A confidential report for students who have participated in the NAPLAN 2018 test
  • The NAPLAN 2018 Student Report Information Sheet

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in these year levels participate in tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.


These tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN tests are one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process, and are not a replacement of the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers about individual student progress.


I would encourage you to read the enclosed Information Sheet as it provides a useful insight into the interpretation and analysis of individual student test results.


Finally, I would also strongly recommend that the student NAPLAN report is kept in a secure location as the College is unable to provide replacement copies.

Italian Sister School Visit

Last week our Italian Sister School guests left for home in the region around Novaro in Northern Italy. It has been a highly successful program with our reciprocal visits. These experiences are invaluable for our students and school community. This was an outstanding example of the global community building we are doing at East Doncaster. It has been so satisfying to see the strength of relationships built up between host families and our guests. Congratulations and thanks to Assistant Principal, Jas Kaur, our Italian teachers Nella Bernecich, Justin D’Andrea, Liz Dean, Jo Kelly, Joyce Conidoni, Annette Viola, and a host of teachers who welcomed our guests into their classes.  The success of programs like this requires a collective effort between teachers, parents and students that is appreciated so much. Justin and Liz as the leaders of the exchange should be very proud.


Parent Teacher Student Interviews

Parents are reminded that Parent Teacher Student Interviews will be held on Thursday 13 September.


Interview Times are:

Interviews 1.30pm – 4.45pm

Interviews 6.00pm – 8.30pm


Each booking is for 8 minutes, 5-minute interview time and 3 minutes to allow parents to make their way to the next appointment.

The conversations taking place during these sessions, even though they are necessarily brief, complement the ongoing dialogue teachers have with students during classes and the feedback provided to students about their learning and performance in learning tasks. Parents are able to keep abreast of student progress by insisting their children bring home the assessed learning tasks, and through regularly accessing the COMPASS Learning Management system.

Attitudes- Student Performances

Student excitement and engagement peaked last week as the College’s traditional ‘Attitudes’ student performance concerts took place. ‘Attitudes’ was presented over two performances last week, on Tuesday and Wednesday to allow for both our Senior and Middle School students to attend. An evening performance of the show was staged on Thursday evening with great support by our local community. The battle between the House-based performers was fierce and it was great to see the level of participation from our young and talented students cheered on by enthusiastic support from an engaged audience. The diversity of performances was yet again a testament to the talent that many of our students display.


Congratulations to Producer and Director, Evan Jones, the Student Leadership team under the guidance of Michael James and the staff and students who assisted in the organisation, production and backstage management of the show.

Year 10 Work Experience

The remaining two weeks of Term 3 promise to be both a busy and productive time at the College. For our Year 10 cohort, however, there are an array challenges to face as they participate in Work Experience during the last week of term.


It is well documented that Work Experience programs offer students the opportunity to:

  • develop employability skills
  • explore possible career options
  • understand employer expectations, and
  • increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence, communication skills and self-confidence

Apart from the earlier starts and later finishes, the challenges of work experience placements are numerous. The program does, however, offer students an insight into the world of work and the pathway possibilities. I wish all of our Year 10 students all the best as they enter our wider community.

Outstanding Student Achievements

Our students participated strongly in the Whitehorse Division Track and Field Carnival conducted last week. East Doncaster Secondary College was very well represented with over 100 students participating on the day.


Well done to all students who represented our College on the day in a meritorious fashion! Please refer to a more detailed coverage of the Carnival later in this Newsletter.


The achievements of our talented students Misha Wierzbowski (Year 8) and Kayla Kosta (Year 11) have been mentioned numerous times in previous newsletters in relation to their outstanding performances in their chosen sport of swimming. Both girls competed in the Victorian Short-Course Swimming Championships last weekend, representing the Nunawading Swimming Club. Both Misha and Kayla won and placed in a number of events, continuing their excellent achievements at the elite level of their sport.


Well done Kayla and Misha!


Finally, I am taking two weeks long-service leave leading into the final weeks of the term.

Karen Boyle will be Acting Principal during my absence, with the able support of our Assistant Principals Cameron Campbell and Jas Kaur. May I take this opportunity to wish our College community a successful and engaging conclusion to this busy term and a relaxing, enjoyable break over the term holiday period.

To our Year 12 students and their families, I am well aware of the challenges you are facing as we enter the last weeks of formal classes before the important exam-preparation that commences at the beginning of term 4. My best wishes are extended to you, along with my hopes that you are able to maintain a healthy balance in your studies in this busy time. Whilst it may not seem possible, I would encourage all of our Year 12 students to ensure that they are able to think carefully about what a healthy and balanced life-style may look like over the holiday period. Yes, there will be a significant amount of time devoted to study and revision – as there should be at this stage of the year. However, the holiday period should also offer an opportunity to ensure that you are able to re-connect with family and friends and focus a little more on exercise, diet and getting enough sleep.


Term 4 is challenging for any Year 12 student. Vast experience leads me to observe that those who cope best with these significant challenges are usually those who have found a reasonable balance in their busy life as students.

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.

Important Dates

Term 3

Friday-Sunday 7-9 September - 12OE1 White Water Rafting Expedition

Saturday 8 September - Interact - Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Tuesday 11 September - Year 12 Breakfast

Tuesday 11 September - ELC Excursion to Melbourne Museum

Thursday 13 September - Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews (no classes running on this day)

Monday-Friday 17-21 September - Year 10 Work Experience week

Tuesday 18 September - Out of Uniform day - Footy Colours day - gold coin donation to raise money for 'Fight Cancer Foundation' (refer to News Feed for more information)

Tuesday 18 September - Senior School Spring Concert 7:30-9:00pm - EDSC Performing Arts Centre bookings can be made via trybooking  

Friday 21 September - Last day of Term 3  Students dismissed at 2:30pm

Term 4

Monday 8 October - First day of Term 4

Wednesday-Friday 10-12 October - 11OE1 Coastal Exploration Expedition

Monday 15 October - VCE Art Show Opening Night 2018 6:00-8:00pm

Monday-Tuesday 15-16 October - 10OE2 Mt Biking/Bushcraft Camp

Wednesday 17 October - Immunisations Year 7 Round 2 (Human Papillomavirus - HPV)

Wednesday 17 October - Immunistations Year 10 (Meningococcal ACWY)

Thursday-Friday 18-19 October - 10OE4 Mt Biking/Bushcraft Camp

Thursday 25 October - Year 10 Georgraphy Field Trip

Thursday 25 October - Year 12 Valedictory Dinner

Friday 26 October - Year 12 Final Assembly

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

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

2018 School Term Dates

Term 3 - 16 July to 21 September 2018

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. During this term, we will be making the transition for second hand uniforms to also be sold via the Sustainable School Shop. Therefore we are no longer accepting uniforms for sale. For those families who already have uniforms for sale at the school, we will continue to sell these until Friday 15 December 2017 (9:00am to 1:00pm). After this, families who have unsold uniforms, will be advised to come and collect them.


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

Italian Sister School Visit

On the 23 August East Doncaster Secondary College welcomed a group of sixteen students and two teachers from our Italian sister school, Istituto di Istruzione Superiore, Biagio Pascal. The group spent a total of two weeks in Australia, and came to us for nine days after five nights in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. While here, they were generously hosted by fourteen EDSC families who took them to various must-see sites around Melbourne, including St. Kilda beach, Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula. The hosting and visiting students also took part in two excursions with the school in their time here; a day at Healesville Sanctuary to get up close with some Australian wildlife, and to the city, where they admired the view from the top of the Eureka Tower and took in some art, history and culture at the NGV at Federation Square and the State Library.


While at school, the Italian students and teachers had the opportunity to take part in lessons in a number of subjects which are not offered in the Italian school system such as Food Technology, Media, and Drama. Even though they were here for a relatively short time, it was evident from the long hugs and goodbyes upon their departure, that the experience had been an extremely rewarding one for both the Italian and the Australian students. We would like to thank the host families for opening their homes to an extra son/daughter for the week, as well as all staff members of the College who welcomed extra students in their classes. Special thanks to Janice Marsom and Evan Jones who ran the cooking and media lessons for the group on the first day. We look forward to another successful and rewarding Italy Study Tour and Exchange Program in 2020.

Liz Dean

Italian Language Coordinator


Justin D’Andrea

Italy Study Tour and Exchange Program Coordinator



Attitudes Talent Show

This year we have had a range of performance areas spanning across many different styles including; poetry, film, dance, rock bands, acting, singing soloists and groups.


The show does not go ahead without the efforts and abilities of the students. Over eighty keen and talented students attended numerous rehearsals in their own time to put together a showcase the College, families and friends are proud of. A big thanks to our Performing Arts Captains, Victoria Babatsikos, Grace Hallet, Ersin Kapitan, Shaun Malik and Elise Marcon for their support and leadership throughout. Congratulations to Briana Foster of Year 10 for her efforts in creating the amazing art work you see in the final logo design.

Our outgoing Tech Crew, Jake Davies, Lachlan Degering and Justin Mortimer are to be commended for passing on their knowledge to our Middle School Tech Crew and finishing at EDSC in style.


Thank you to Alana Boeck, Ally Beckman, Andrew Drummond, Emily Embery, Michael James, Rebecca James, Kerryn Murray, Angie Nianiakos, Georgia Panagiotidis and Shuonan (Naomi) Zhou for supervising lunch time and after school rehearsals. Rolling on from her stellar work in the College Production ‘Little Shop of Horros’, Vicki Da Silva was again a tremendous support to all at every rehearsal and backstage during all performances. Kate Baressi is to be commended for her marketing and management of Front of House.


A highlight for students is seeing staff in a different light, this was evident in the opening film to start the show, thanks to the teachers who joined in and for not taking themselves too seriously!

The House with the most cumulative points was BRADMAN with 3130, however the overall winners were the EDSC community and audience members who were able to witness the incredible talent on display.

Evan Jones

Performing Arts Coordinator



Music News

Congratulations to Our Bands and String Orchestras

Congratulations to our intermediate and senior wind Bands and String Orchestras, who have been participating in the Victorian School Music Festival and the Ballarat Royal South Street Festivals over the past two weeks.  All ensembles performed admirably, and the following results were obtained:


Symphonic Band – Gold Award (VSMF)

Concert Band – Bronze Award (VSMF)

String Group – Honourable Mention (RSSF)

Chamber Strings – Participation (RSSF)


All our ensembles were competing against the top music programs from independent and government schools right across Victoria, so congratulations to all musicians on these excellent results.


Spring Concert Series

The hard work for our musicians is not over yet, as our Spring Concert series is rapidly approaching. Senior ensembles will be performing at the ‘Primo’ concert on 18 September, along with some intermediate ensembles (Chamber Strings, Symphonic Band, Senior Vocal Group, Stage Band, Concert Band and Senior Guitar Ensemble), solo and small group items. Remaining intermediate ensembles and the junior ensembles will perform in the ‘Secondo’ concert next term on 30 October (Beginner Band, Junior Strings, Diamond Divas, Vox Pack, Beginner Guitar Ensemble and String Group).


Tickets for both Spring Concerts are now available from www.trybooking.com/YBXP

Upcoming Events

18 September – Primo (Senior) Spring Concert, PAC

30 October – Secondo Spring Concert, PAC


Carl Williams

Instrumental Music Administrator

Sports News

Whitehorse Division Athletics Carnival


In a cool, clear start to the day nearly 100 EDSC Students assembled at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track, to compete in the Whitehorse Division Athletics Carnival (August 28). Congratulations to all competitors on the day. We had great success in many events, with Petra (14F) a standout, setting a number of new records!  Ahmed was the 13yr male Age Champion excelling across a range of events.  Even with a late withdrawal from each of the teams, the 13yr and 14yr female relays teams both won through to EMR with record times. This bods well for the sprinting stocks at EDSC in the years to come. 


See below for the list of outstanding athletes who won their events/relays on the day and will be proceeding on to the Eastern Metro Regional competition on Friday 12th October.

  • Carly Senior – 13yr 100m, 200m
  • Jennifer Lok – 13yr Discuss
  • Ahmed Alwaheb – 13yr Shot Put, 200m, Discus
  • Joshua Wong – 13yr Long Jump
  • Mark Knight – 13yr 1500m
  • Petra Edwards – 14yr Triple Jump (new record: 11.16m from 10.32), Long Jump (new record: 5.22m from 4.78)
  • Kristian Zalac – 15yr 1500m (second)
  • Ansu Muller – 15yr 100m, 200m
  • Tess Griffiths – 16yr 200m
  • Christian Suryahardja – 16yr Triple Jump
  • Carina Yip – 17yr 400m
  • Christyna Aslanidis – 17yr Discuss
  • Brenton Marchesi – 17yr Long Jump
  • Charlie-Tiger Vlahos – 20yr 100m


  • Carly Senior, Emily Chong, Jennifer Lok, Emily Ross - 13 Year Female 4 x 100m Relay  -  New Record: 57.38s(from 57.93 EDSC 2013)
  • Petra Edwards, Zoe Coolahan, Abbey Gao, Claire Picane - 14 Year Female 4 x 100m Relay  -  New Record: 57.68s(from 58.06 BlacHS 2015)

Training times will be set up with the relay teams over the last two weeks of term. Check Compass for details.

Kim Schwarz

Sports Carnivals Coordinator


Middle School News

Student Voice Seminar – VicSRC Training Day​

On Friday 31 August, three of our aspiring student leaders attended a student voice seminar run by VicSRC at Scoresby Secondary College.


Students from a number of schools in the inner east area began important leadership training in how to collaborate with other students, teachers and the wider community to achieve action on the issues that matter most to students at EDSC.  Our students were skilfully guided by VicSRCs Student Voice experts and were taught techniques to take back to school to make real change as members of the college student leadership profile in the coming years.


Well done to Josh W, Vani C and Diya D on representing the college in such an enthusiastic manner and we look forward to seeing your leadership and student voice skills on show in the coming years!

Michael James

House Activities Coordinator

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.


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

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Year 9 Coordinator

Craig Carpenter

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Year 9 Coordinator

Naomi Creelman

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Year 8 Coordinator

Brigid Fahey

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Year 8 Coordinator

Clare Hartley

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Year 7 Coordinator

Haydn Bethune

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Year 7 Coordinator

Emily Mathews

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Year 7 Coordinator

Georgina Walter

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Transition Coordinator

Tina Marchant

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Middle School Secretary

Lin Dalben

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Senior School News

Year 11 Ski Camp 2018 - Student Report

Last week, the Year 11s headed off to camp, the best of which was Ski Camp! We stayed for the week at the Bright Chalet and spent our days skiing at Mount Hotham and Falls Creek. We were lucky to have perfect weather for the whole week, with the sun shining and plenty of snow. For some of us, this was our first time seeing the snow, and many more had never skied before, so it was exciting for us just to see the snow pile up on the side of the road, let alone put on our skis and jump on a chairlift.


For the first few days, we first time skiers spent more than our fair share of time on our butts in the snow, but over time and with our lessons, we gradually got better, eventually graduating from the flat to the green runs, and from the green runs to blue runs. It was amazing to watch each other improve, and we all had so much fun with our friends and teachers.

Ski Camp was an incredible experience, and certainly something that we will all remember as one of the highlights of high school for many years to come.

By Alana Kirn 11G

Year 11 Central Australia Camp 2018 - Student Report

From 19 to 24  August the Year 11s participated in what most past students have described as their most memorable experience in high school, Year 11 Camp.


In Central Australia we were given the opportunity to explore a different part of Australia than we are accustomed to and learn about the Aboriginal culture. We explored the iconic landscapes of Alice Springs and Uluru, with the contrasting colours of the red rock and blue sky as the background of our travels. We woke up early every morning to see the breathtaking sunrise, went on hikes through Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Uluru. We also learnt about the incredible history of the Aborigines, their way of living and their beliefs, culture and traditions. They showed us plants they would use for various purposes, including as food sources, medicine and even punishment. They shared their creation stories which aided them to remember key locations and teach children important morals and lessons. At night, we were given the rare opportunity to sleep under the stars, gazing up at the constellations.

Camp was also a great opportunity to consolidate and form friendships with people we may not have expected. Ultimately, camp was an unforgettable experience.


by Felicia Lim, Alice Rong & Hayley Liang

Year 11 2018 Gold Coast Camp reflection

It all started with an early wake up call. Arriving at the airport, all 46 students were excited to leave the cold in Melbourne. When we landed in the Gold Coast the sun was shining and it felt like paradise. We made our way to the Bay of Palms resort and the view was beautiful with plenty of palm trees and a lake which was the environment in which two swans were laying their cygnets. After taking in the amazing view which we were looking forward to waking up to every morning for the next five days, we made our way to the nearest shops “The Pines” where we had some lunch and did our grocery shopping. Once we settled in, our groceries were unpacked and it was time to embark on a trip to the beach. When we arrived back at the resort, dinner was on its way and then it was free time, card playing and mingling with each other until it was lights out.    


Day two….

Wet n’ Wild was our first theme park of the week. The weather was very pleasant and we all had a joyful time on the water slides and relaxing by the pool. It was a long day, the sun was beaming making the majority tired and resulting in a quiet bus ride home. Yet again, we all had free time and the scrumptious dinner was devoured. Some spent the later hours of the night watching a movie, whilst others played cards whilst picking on a late night snack. 


Day three…

Wednesday was spent at Sea World, with a 7:30am wake up call, most of us managed to get out of bed and enjoyed eating breakfast together out in the sun. Once we arrived at Sea World we got to explore the park, go on a rollercoaster and appreciate the marine life. Before we took off back to the resort the majority of us were mesmerised by the stunning dolphin show, where they showcased the most beautiful creatures the ocean has to offer.


Day four…

 Finally, the theme park all thrill-seekers were waiting for… MOVIE WORLD!! 6 hours jam-packed full of terrifying screams, adrenalin and plenty of laughs. The atmosphere with all the characters dressed up put a big smile on everyone’s face. After enjoying all the amazing rides movie world had to offer (as well as ben and jerry’s ice-cream), no one wanted to leave. Later that day we went to Pacific Fair, hands down the most beautiful shopping centre with an open roof-top, palm trees and fountains. We had a bit of time to grab some dinner, then head up to watch a movie of our choice. By the time got back it was lights out and everyone sadly came to the realisation that it was our last night in Gold Coast.


Day five…

We spent the last day at a wildlife sanctuary seeing the big crocodiles and cute koalas, and exploring the park. After having some lunch, it was time to head over to the airport. Everyone was reflecting on the wonderful experience we had and the memories we shared, while waiting for our flight. Whilst some were using the flight to catch up on some sleep, many of us continued to mingle with each other, trying to forget the fact that it will all be over soon. Our flight arrived back home in the miserable cold and at this point, everyone was tired and nostalgic.

Overall, the trip was incredible. Many memories were made and the group of us became so much closer. It was a camp never to be forgotten.


by Demi Anastassiou & Julia Robertson

Year 11 Tasmania Camp 2018 - Student Report

Year 11 camp was not the first time I’d been to Tasmania. I’d had the opportunity to briefly visit it earlier this year in the summer, but not as closely as this week in Tasmania enabled us all to do. Everyone enjoyed the trip from Melbourne to Devonport via the Spirit of Tasmania. It was a new and exciting experience for most and started the camp of with a bang. My favourite activity of the week was touring the glow-worm caves and learning about the amazing limestone formations. For example, our guides informed us that one inch of a thin hollow straw would take 100,000 years to form! We loved when they turned out the lights and we couldn’t even see our own hands in front of our faces, but the star-like light from the glow-worms was spectacular.


Other activities included a hike to Wine Glass Bay followed by a pleasant dip in the freezing waters, a ghost tour through the Port Arthur Prison grounds and Zoodoo Wildlife Park. To our surprise, the safari drive through the zoo’s grounds included close encounters with zebras, emus and camels! We held cups and buckets of feed for the animals to eat (and got showered with it in the process) by sticking their heads into the open bus only centimetres from our own. No one really wanted to pet the camel… or get their hands close to the emus after watching them eat so aggressively.

Throughout the camp I learnt some new names and put others to faces, but a major part of the tour was spent with my friends and deepening our own relationships. This camp has given me the opportunity to feel that I’ve grown closer with them, and I gladly would have spent another week doing the same if I could. The Tasmania camp teaches kids to be on time for the bus to move on, pack and be prepared for every outcome, to appreciate the kindness of others (like our personal bus driver) and to be kind ourselves. It’s definitely an enriching and worthwhile experience for everyone.

by Laura Joordens 11A


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.


Year 10 Immunisation Consent forms

A reminder to all Year 10 students to return their Immunisation consent forms to the General Office as soon as possible please.

Rose Howarth

Health Centre

Important Dates

Year 12 Breakfast 11/9

Year 10 Work Experience Week 17/9-21/9

Year 10 Immunistations 17/10

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

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 at the school office and online via the following link



Senior Spring Concert 

The Parents and Friends Association will be selling refreshments on the night of the Senior Spring Concert on Tuesday 18 September 2018.


Do come and support our mission!!


Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews 

The Parents and Friends Association will be serving tea and coffee in The John Landy Centre during the evening session 6pm–8.30pm on Thursday 13 September 2018.


Please stop by for a cuppa!!

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

Milgate Primary School Fete


East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter
2018 Term 3 Letter to Parents - Compass Online Bookings.pdf
Parent Teacher Interviews - Teacher Locations Term 3 2019.pdf
2019 Years 7-12 1_1 Program.pdf
Josh, Vani & Diya
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