East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

11 May 2018
Issue Six
Principal's Report
Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN Testing
Important Dates
From the Office
School Production News
Sports News
Music News
Multicultural Week
Middle School News
Middle School Staff
Senior School News
Senior School Staff
Parents and Friends Association
Canteen Menu
East Doncaster Secondary College
(03) 9842 2244
20 George Street
Doncaster East, Victoria, 3109

Principal's Report

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!

Athletics Carnival

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.

NAPLAN Testing

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.


Student Achievement

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.

John Roberts


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.

Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN Testing

NAPLAN Testing

Next week all students in Years 7 and 9 will  be completing the NAPLAN tests in reading, writing and mathematics.  Tests will be conducted on the mornings of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 15-17 May.  Over time, the NAPLAN tests provide parents, teachers and the school with a rich source of information on how students are progressing in literacy and numeracy as they advance through their schooling.  Individual student results will be provided to parents and students later in the year. 


Students are asked to make sure that they arrive punctually for each of the test sessions.  They are required to bring a sharpened 2B or HB pencil, an eraser and a sharpener to each test.  On Tuesday, they can also bring either a blue or black pen for the Writing Test. On Thursday they should bring a calculator for the first Numeracy Test.


The testing schedule is:

Tuesday 9 May

Prior to Recess - Language Conventions

Prior to Lunch - Writing

Wednesday 10 May

Prior to Recess -Reading

Thursday 11 May

Prior to Recess

Part A: Numeracy with calculator

Part B: Numeracy without calculator

We ask parents to ensure that home address and postal details are up to date as we will be posting NAPLAN results. Results are expected to be posted from mid-August to end-September. The school does not get a copy of results therefore parents must ensure that the report is kept for future records. Please note, if a duplicate report is required, the school must order it especially and it can take some weeks to be delivered.

Karen Boyle

Assistant Principal- Teaching and Learning

Important Dates

Term 2

Monday 14 May - Tuesday 15 May - Year 10OE3 Outdoor Education Mt Biking/Bushcraft Camp

Tuesday 15 May - Thursday 17 May - Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN

Thursday 17 May - Year 10 Geography Field Trip

Thursday 17 May - Friday 18 May - Year 11OE1 Outdoor Education Caving Expedition

Friday 18 May - VCE Geography Unit 3 Land Use Change Field Trip Docklands

Monday 21 May - Friday 25 May - Year 9 City Experience Week 2 (9F, 9G, 9H, 9I, 9J)

Wednesday 23 May - Friday 25 May -  EDSC College Production - Little Shop of Horrors

Thursday 24 May - VCE Business Management Yakult Excursion 2 groups

Friday 25 May - 10OE3 Outdoor Education Indoor Rockclimbing Session

Monday 28 May - 10OE1 Outdoor Education Indoor Rockclimbing Session

Tuesday 29 May - UNSW ICAS Science Competition

Wednesday 30 May -  Year 10 Movie night 6-9pm

Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Wednesday 13 June - Middle School Winter Concert 7:30-9pm

Tuesday 19 June - Year 10 Universtity Experience Day

Thursday 21 June - Year 12 Formal 7-11:30pm

Friday 22 June - Staff Curriculum and Assessment Day - student free day

Tuesday 26 June - Senior School Winter Concert 7:30-9pm

Friday 29 June - Last day of Term 2 - 2:30pm dismissal


2018 School Term Dates

Term 2 - 16 April to 29 June 2018

Term 3 - 16 July to 21 September 2018

Term 4 - 8 October to 21 December 2018

From the Office

2018 Applications for Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

There is no need to fill in another form for 2018 if you previously received CSEF in 2017, you just need to forward a copy of your Health Care/Pension card with the student name and form group written on it to the General Office .


If you have not previously applied for CSEF, you will need to fill in the attached form and return it to the General Office with a copy of your Health Care/Pension card.

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) commenced in 2015 for four years and will provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions.


Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. $225 per year is paid for eligible secondary school students. A special consideration eligibility category also exists. For more information, see: www.education.vic.gov.au/csef.

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.

School Production News

Little Shop Of Horrors

The students and staff involved have been working incredibly hard over a number of months to put on a show that not only will thrill and entertain, but also make the EDSC community proud. On stage, performers have dedicated time during numerous lunch breaks and after school sessions, whilst students from all year levels have assisted with set design, painting, props and lighting/sound. All involved can’t wait to share with you EDSC’s Little Shop of Horrors.


EDSC School Production Tickets ON SALE NOW!

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming EDSC Performance of Little Shop of Horrors. 

Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on something completely unexpected.

Dates: Wednesday 23 May, Thursday 24 May and Friday 25 May 2018

Doors Open: 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start
Adult - $25.00
Child - $15.00
Family 2 - $65.00              (2 Adults & 2 Students)
Family 1 - $60.00              (2 Adults & 1 Student)
(please note that there is a 30 cent booking fee for all bookings via Try Booking).

To book your tickets please head to https://www.trybooking.com/UBRH.

Be quick, we anticipate tickets will sell out fast.

Evan Jones

Production Director


Sports News

EDSC House Athletics Carnival

On Wednesday 9 May the annual EDSC House Athletics Carnival was held at Tom Kelly Athletics Track. In what proved to be wonderful weather conditions, students were able to participate in a variety of competitive, novelty, track and field events. The atmosphere on the day was outstanding as students embraced the ‘House Spirit’ dress-up theme, led in large numbers by the Year 12 cohort and house captains. The day was enjoyed by all students and staff with a large number of participants competing in track and field events.


While they didn’t have it all their own way this year, Dunlop Dragons, in a three-peat performance at Athletics, just out-scored the Brumbies to take out the title as the overall winners of the house competition with 1,399 points.  Closely followed this year’s big improvers, Bradman Brumbies (1244) Chisholm Cheetahs (1,110pts) and Sutherland Scorpions (812pts)

A number of EDSC records were broken on the day: Carly Senior (12-13 yr) – 200m & 400m (beat her own 200m record from last year), Petra Edwards (14 yr) – Triple Jump and Long Jump, Callum O’Neill (14 yr) High Jump and Corey King (18-20yr) – High Jump. Well done to these students on this outstanding effort!  The 4x100m 17yr Female relay team from Bradman also set a new record.


Congratulations to the following students who were age group champions for 2016 EDSC House Athletics Carnival.  There were some closely contested age groups with students who competed well across a range of events taking out the age Champion.


12-13 Female: Jennifer Lok                          BRAD

12-13 Male:  Ahmed Alwaheb                      CHIS

14 Female: Jade McCormack                       DUNL

14 Male: Kobe Vitacca                                    SUTH

15 Female: Kelly Tran                                     DUNL

15 Male: Jordan Lim                                        CHIS

16 Female: Tess Griffiths                               BRAD

16 Male: Chris Suryahardja                          DUNL

17 Female: Carina Yip                                     BRAD

17 Male: Brenton Marchesi                          DUNL

18-20 Female: Meg Lee                                 DUNL

18-20 Male: Desmond Wijesiriwardena CHIS


These students, along with a large number of other students within the college will have the opportunity to represent the school in the Whitehorse Division Athletics Carnival on 28th August at Tom Kelly Athletics Track.  The participants will be informed via Compass over the next few weeks. We are looking forward to being able to use EDSC’s own track and jump pit to train in the lead-up.  We wish them all the best.


Thank you to all students and staff for their efforts in making the day a huge success.

Kim Schwarz

Sports Carnival Coordinator

Music News

Music Camp - Student Report

On 30 April, the Senior Music Ensembles, Chamber Strings, Symphonic Band and Senior Vocals, headed off to Candlebark Farm for Music Camp. This year we had many students across all year levels come along to camp.


We ran some icebreaker games on the first night so students from all three ensembles could mingle and get to know each other.  This was followed by an interview of the music captains and a Q&A session of the music staff to finish off the night. It was really encouraging to see many junior students interacting with other students throughout the three days.


Amongst the long rehearsals and practising of our parts, we spent time playing games and studying with each other. The whole music student body had a magnificent camp despite coming home a bit tired.

Overall, this year's music camp was another great success and a wonderful time was had rehearsing and bonding!


The Music Department’s next performances, where we can share what we've been practising, are the Middle School Winter Concert (13 June) and the Senior School Winter concert (26 June).


We hope to see you there!

by Jess and Tony

Music Captains

Multicultural Week

House 'Downball' Competition

As part of Multicultural Week at EDSC, our College House Captains ran a ‘Downball’ competition in the Middle Courtyard. The atmosphere was electric, with our talented student band ‘Maraschino’ playing as over 120 students battled it out for house downball supremacy.


Results from the competition are as follows:
1st Sutherland - 195pts
2nd Bradman - 132pts
3rd Dunlop - 105pts
4th Chisholm - 93pts

Well done to all participants!


Michael James

House Activities Coordinator

Asia - Student Report

Last Tuesday was the Asian day of the Multicultural Week festival. Although the majority of the activities only ran for 50 minutes, the effort behind the scenes was huge. We organised several events that aimed not only to provide recreation for students but also prioritised promoting the Asian culture. For example, the classic chopsticks game is one that teaches people how to use the famous, yet, difficult to use Asian cutlery.


The Chinese character game seeks to highlight the fact that Chinese characters are not that difficult to learn, they follow a certain pattern and originate from drawings, therefore people don’t have to be intimidated if they want to learn Chinese.


We intentionally chose to sell the foods that are well known to non-Asian students such as jellies and rice crackers but at the same time, we have carefully chosen the brands and flavours that are unique and popular in Asian continents.


The K-pop dance and the fashion show had a similar aim, which was to demonstrate what the people who live on another side of the earth do and like. After all, the Multicultural week is about culture more than anything else. Australia is a nation that is known for its multiculturalism and thus it is crucial for us to understand the life of those that are of a different ethnicity, so we can better appreciate the diversification of our society.

By Rain Li 12L

Culture Week Activities - Europe​ - Student Report

The school's multicultural week highlights the union, cohesion and acceptance between all cultures of East Doncaster students. The week consisted of us celebrating and immersing ourselves into the traditions and cultures of our friends and peers. Thursday was spent with a special focus on Europe, Italy in particular. The middle courtyard was full of students enjoying European music and watching people participate in the pasta eating and dizzy waiter competitions. Many students braved the cold and enjoyed a gelato from the gelato truck. The Italian staff worked tirelessly to make this day happen, a big thank you to Ms Dean and all accompanying teachers! Everyone had an amazing time, not only on Thursday but throughout the whole week.

by Angelique Panagiotou 12A


Middle School News

Year 7 & 8 Social Media Literacy Program - SoMe

East Doncaster Secondary College has been given the opportunity to participate in a new educational “Social Media Literacy Program” (SoMe) facilitated by La Trobe University. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council and aims to determine the impact that social media literacy education (the ability to analyse, critique and evaluate social media) has on reducing the negative effects of viewing and using social media. Studies suggest that regularly viewing social media can negatively impact a child’s wellbeing, mood, body image and eating patterns. This study aims to test these theories.


The EDSC social media program will target Year 7 and 8 students. Research findings will be used to inform school policy, improve adolescent wellbeing and assist the development of effective school-based social media literacy resources and curriculum.


How does this affect our students?


Year 7 students who volunteer to be part of the social media study will be asked to complete a short survey. Initial baseline data will be collected via an online survey, again after 6-8 weeks, then 6 and 12 months later. Year 7 students will not participate in a formal social media literacy education program this year.


All Year 8 students will take part in the new social media literacy program “SoMe” comprised of four lessons as part of the normal school program in Term 3, 2018. This program complements the College’s Positive Futures agenda, as well as the Health and Personal Development Victorian Curriculum. Year 8 students who volunteer to be part of the social media study will be surveyed before and after the program to assess its effectiveness.


In order for students to participate in the La Trobe study,  parent/guardian consent is required. Online consent as well as further information regarding the SoMe program can be accessed by following the links below:


Year 7 Parents East Doncaster College- parents who are interested in their year 7 child participating in the Social Media Literacy study should click this link.


Year 8 Parents East Doncaster College- parents who are interested in their year 8 child participating in the Social Media Literacy study should click this link.


The Social Media Literacy program and La Trobe University study provide an excellent opportunity for students to increase their health literacy knowledge by gaining relevant skills in critiquing online advertising and social media posts and understanding more positive ways to respond to social media.  


If you would like any further information regarding the SoMe program please email or call Cameron Campbell or Angie Fusinato at the College on 9842 2244.

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

[email protected]u.au


Senior School News

Fit2Drive Student Report

On Tuesday 24 April, the Year 11 students attended the ‘Fit2Drive’ Program which teaches the significance of road safety.  Fit2Drive encouraged students to come up with different strategies to use in order to stay safe both as a driver as well as a passenger.  An example of a strategy suggested by students was to stop certain behaviours of a driver if you as the passenger feel uneasy or unsafe.  Fit2Drive gave the year 11s a true insight into what the detrimental effects of car accidents could be. 


To further illustrate the importance of road safety, guest speakers from the Victorian Police and Metropolitan Fire Brigade came to discuss  car tragedies that have occurred in Australia.  They emphasised how we can learn from those incidents by encouraging us to recognise the mistakes and risky behaviours that occurred.

by Reema Chabchoul 11D

Year 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies Alpine Expedition

On Thursday 3 May, Year 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students embarked on their second expedition of the year to Victoria’s famous Alpine Region. The three day trip involved students climbing the summit of Mt Buller, taking an environmental walk along the Howqua river, and braving the rain whilst horse-riding in Merrijig. Students were able to gain valuable information around the management of this region from two individuals with very different perspectives – an environmental officer from Mt Buller, and a Cattleman from Mt Stirling. This information will help students in preparation for upcoming assessment tasks, as well as their end of year exam. Thank-you to Amy Nettlebeck for giving up part of her weekend to accompany students on this trip.

Emily Embery

Outdoor Education Coordinator

YEAR 10 BrainSTEM Innovation Challenge 2018 - Student Report

At EDSC, Year 10 students are continuing the BrainSTEM Innovation Challenge. This twelve week program is designed to stimulate and strengthen creativity, scientific knowledge and teamwork skills. The BrainSTEM Innovation Challenge provides students with the opportunity to work with a scientist and gain an insight into the working life of a scientist.

This year, our team of innovative, curious and enthusiastic Year 10 students are working with the National Vision Research Institute to study Motion After Effect, MAE, which involves how our brain responds to optical illusions. Each week our team is actively conducting various experiments to ultimately present our findings at the State BrainSTEM Conference.


We highly recommend that Middle School students going into Senior School partake in this exciting and engaging program.

by Lauren, David B, Mary & David K

Year 10 students

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


The PFA will be running the canteen over the three nights of the College production ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ from Wednesday 23 May to Friday 25 May. We need volunteers to help us. We are opening the canteen from 7:00pm-7:30pm and during interval 8:45pm—9:05pm,  if you are available in any of these time-frames and would like to help, please email our Communications Officer at [email protected] for more details & to add your name to the roster.


Any help is greatly appreciated.



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You can purchase your Entertainment Book via the College General Office or online via the following link.

Entertainment™ Book, Online Order Page http://www.entbook.com.au/1863x41


NEXT MEETING:  Please join us at our next meeting to be held on Monday 28 May in The John Landy Centre at 7:30pm.  All welcome.


Harveen Singh

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.

East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter
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