From the Principal
In Term Two, the focus at our College is very much sharpened and our expectations are high for student application, achievement and assessment. Our Cycle two reports will be published next week. In the not too distant future, our senior school students undertake mid-year examinations, requiring them to have a deep understanding of their learning, and the capacity to solve challenging problems. It is a term where significant coursework is completed by students requiring both collaborative and independent work.
To find success in these elements, our students are encouraged to be active learners in the classroom, completing all assessment tasks to the best of their ability and to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding directly to the teacher.
I strongly encourage students to be acutely aware of the expectations of each assessment task and to strive to be their best in each. The good study, application and organisation habits that are developed now will be rewarded later with the positive learning outcomes and pathway options.
Digital Learning Program
After extensive consultation over the past 12 months, it was decided at our School Council meeting on Wednesday evening that our College would introduce changes to our 1:1 Digital Learning Program.
From the start of next year, our Year 7 students will use a BYOD (Bring your own device) laptop device that will need to meet certain technical specifications – in a fashion that replicates our current arrangement for all Year 10-12 College students.
Students currently in Year 7 and 8 (for 2018) will retain their I-Pad devices until they complete their Year 9 studies.
At the completion of this ‘transition’ period, our revised College 1:1 Digital Learning Program will see all of our College students (Years 7-12) using a laptop device.
The recent focus work completed with students and teachers has strongly endorsed this change in College policy. Further details will be made available later in the year.
For clarification or information on our revised College policy, parents are encouraged to contact Karen Boyle, our Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning).
College Production – ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
I’m very pleased to report that there is a real sense of anticipation and excitement building as our staff and students are making their final preparations for our College Production ‘Little shop of Horrors’ - which will be presented in our Performing Arts Centre on May 23, 24 and 25, with all performances to commence at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available by clicking on theTryBooking.com link or by going to https://www.trybooking.com/KVUC via your website browser.
This is another fantastic opportunity to display the talents of our staff and students and I would encourage you to book tickets quickly as it seems almost certain that we will have a sell-out!
Last Wednesday 9 May the annual EDSC House Athletics Carnival was held at Tom Kelly Athletics Track. The day was once again enjoyed by all students and staff with a large number of participants competing in track and field events as well as a variety of novelty events. The atmosphere across the day was relaxed, friendly and inclusive as students embraced the opportunity to connect with each other, led in large numbers by the Year 12 cohort, our House Captains and the organisation of our Student Leadership Coordinators, Kerryn Murray and Michael James.
In relation to the athletic performances during the day – it was great to see some long-standing College event records broken by our breed of talented students who are setting their own benchmarks.
A sincere thank-you is extended to our School Sporting Carnival Coordinator, Kim Schwartz and his team of willing and able assistants for making the event such a success
Student Representation on School Council
The Department of Education have recently mandated changes to the formation of all secondary School Councils. As of mid-2018, all Victorian government Secondary School Councils with students in Year 7 and above must conduct a Student school council election process to elect two students for Council membership.
Student members of School Council will have the same role and responsibilities as other Council members, including full voting rights. Student members will be expected to prepare for and attend all council meetings, in line with the requirements for school councillors.
To be eligible to run in the Student member category, that person must be a student enrolled in Year 7 or above at the school where they are seeking to be on council. There is no minimum age requirement.
For 2018 only, one student will be elected for a one-year term of office and one student will be elected for a two-year term of office. From 2019, students will be elected to council for a two-year term of office. Student Councillors are not permitted to share their role and are elected to council on the expectation they will attend all meetings (held monthly) and serve their full term of office.
At East Doncaster Secondary College, we have (for the past ten years) had such representation on our School Council and it has been a very important and valued aspect of our College operations.
Our School Captains have undertaken this role.
Moving forward and certainly for the remainder of 2018, our School Captains will remain as voting members of School Council. Our Council has undertaken to further discuss the student composition of the EDSC School Council but it is permissible to allow four students on Council.
Information on student elections for School Council will be communicated shortly to both parents and students.
All students in Years 7 and 9 will complete the NAPLAN tests in reading, writing and mathematics next week. The NAPLAN tests provide parents, teachers and the school with another valuable source of information on how students are progressing in literacy and numeracy as they advance through their schooling. This complements the feedback students and parents receive on a regular basis from our school on learning tasks, and attitude and effort throughout each year.
As mentioned in our last newsletter, three of our highly talented students participated in the Australian Age Swimming Championships held in Sydney from April 21– 26.
Year 8 student Misha Wierzbowski, Year 9 student Ashley Costa and Year 11 student Kayla Costa were participating in Sydney as a result of their fantastic performances in the pool over the past 12 months.
Misha made the final of the 100m Breaststroke and won a Silver medal in the 200 Breastroke.
Ashley participated in a number of events with distinction and Kayla made the finals of the 50m, 100m, 200m and 800m Freestyle, winning Silver medals in both the 100 and 200m Butterfly.
Kayla was also selected in the Junior Australian team competing in the upcoming Championships in Fiji in August – a superb effort!
All three students are warmly acknowledged and congratulated on their outstanding efforts.