East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

02 November 2018
Issue Sixteen
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal News
Important Dates
From the Office
College Events
International Student 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



To our Class of 2018 – Farewell and Best Wishes

Last week we celebrated the graduating class of 2018 with a Valedictory Dinner for families on Thursday evening at The Grand Reception in Wantirna followed by a Final Assembly last Friday, involving our Year 11 and 12 students and many parents and family members of the Year 12s. This Wednesday they began their final examinations with English and EAL.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to address these senior students and their families for the final time. Apart from congratulating and thanking our students, their parents and our teachers, I took a final opportunity to share with the cohort how proud we were of them and how we collectively wished them all the very best for the exciting challenges and pathways that lay ahead


As I addressed the Final Assembly, my concluding message was;

To the class of 2018 – our Year 12 students, as your secondary education comes to a close and the next chapter of your life is about to unfold, it is important, I believe, to reflect upon on what you have achieved thus far, how you have grown individually and collectively as students of EDSC.


 As your Principal, can I take this opportunity to reinforce that the determinants of success and fulfilment are more about your increasing sense of confidence to emerge from our College as contributing, capable young adults and global citizens ready to forge your own pathways and create your own futures.


What I will say, with a degree of certainty, is that I do think the focus on ATAR at times overshadows the essential achievement of this Assembly.


You, our Year 12 students, have completed your VCE and your VCAL, the outcome of 13 years of schooling in our education system.


You are graduating!


And that is a significant achievement of which you can ALL be very proud and of which, our College, our teachers, our Community are all very proud of you!


At the end of last year, you followed a process to arrive at your motto for this year.

“Together we can and we will”


That motto, which has been on display in big and bold letters on the upper wall of The Landy Centre since mid-January, denoted that you wished to finish your final year of secondary school as a team, supporting and encouraging other through the good times and the laughter in The Landy Centre and when the times got a little tougher.


I think you should be very proud of that motto, of that attitude, of that support.


I hope that you can draw on that motto, on those sentiments, on that mateship as you leave our College to follow your dreams.


And as you travel your path, the class of 2018, I trust that you will have fond, life-long memories of East Doncaster, of your teachers, your friends, of what you have achieved


I believe, from this day onwards, you will be able to reflect upon your time here, and especially this year and say:


“Together we can and we DID”


On behalf of the College, can I once again reinforce that we are very proud of you and we wish you every success now and in the future.


Middle School Music Concert

On Wednesday evening, the College conducted our Middle School Music Concert in our Performing Arts Centre


The event was a wonderful showcase of musical excellence. An engaging mix of performing ensembles and solo acts, the concert offered musical variety and a great opportunity for our Middle School students to take centre stage!

Our students, ably supported by outstanding Instrumental Music staff, continue to develop as young musicians. It has been a real pleasure to experience their works and to witness their growth during the course of 2018.


Congratulations to all involved in the Music program, particularly Norm Grimmett, Carl Williams, Scott Copeman, Tina Marchant, for their leadership and technical support and a huge note of acknowledgement to the full-house of family and friends who attended to support the students.

Planning and preparation for 2019

This is a quick reminder to the Parents/Guardians of students who will no longer be attending East Doncaster Secondary College in 2019.


If you have not already done so, can you please contact the school to inform us that your child will not attending next year. This information can be communicated to the staff members in our General Office or the Year Level Coordinators.


This information is vital for our coordination teams in order to plan and prepare classes and programs for next year.

PFA BBQ on State Election Day

The State Election will be held on Saturday 24 November. Our College will once again act as a polling station. As those of us over the age of 18 head to the polling booths, please keep an eye out for a BBQ being held by our wonderful Parents and Friends Association. Those fortunate enough to have attended the Bunnings sausage sizzle at the end of term 2 will attest to the quality of the sausages and the friendly faces of the PFA members and helpers.

Outstanding Student Achievement

As mentioned in our last College Newsletter, congratulations  to Petra Edwards (Year 9), Carly Senior (Year 8)  and Carina Yip (Year 11) who represented the College  outstandingly well in the State Athletics Final Championships last Monday 22 October.


Petra won her U14 Long Jump and came second in the Triple Jump events.


Carly also won the U13 200 m final and finished second in the U-13 200 m event.
Two gold medals – what a great effort!

Carina finished outside of the medals in the U17 400m but ran really well and should also be very proud of her performance.


Whilst on the note of student sporting performances, we were really pleased and proud during the week to learn that both our Year 7 Girls Hockey and Year 7 Girls Softball teams were victorious in their EMR (Regional) Finals, thus progressing to the State Finals later this month. Well done to both teams and we will keep our College community posted on their outcomes in the State Finals.


Congratulations to our students for their great performances and their wonderful representation of our College.

John Roberts


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

The Resilience Project

Earlier this week, the College was privileged to be joined by Hugh van Cuylenburg of the Resilience Project. Hugh spoke to an audience consisting of EDSC parents, teachers and support staff. We were also joined by many parents from local primary schools and other members of the local community. Hugh entertained the group by sharing his personal story about finding happiness and explored strategies for developing positive mental health.


We invited Hugh to speak with our College community because recent statistics disclosed by the WHO and “Resilient Youth Australia” suggest that-

  • 1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness
  • 1 in 7 primary schools kids have a mental illness
  • 1 in 5 adults will experience mental ill-health throughout the year
  • 65% of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness

Hugh’s experiences in a small desert community in far north India and post graduate studies in the field of mental health and wellbeing, has led him to conclude that by practicing three simple things- Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, Australians can improve their mental health and wellbeing. A copy of the presentation slides are attached and I would encourage the EDSC community to visit the Resilience Project website for further information.

Finally, the College is looking to host more parent forums in the future. I would love to hear from the parent community about topics of interest that could be included in a program of events next year. Please contact Cameron Campbell via Compass if you have any ideas to share.


Cameron Campbell

Assistant Principal

Important Dates

Term 4

Monday 5 November - Year 11 Study Day - Year 11 students are not required at school on this day

                All students from Year 7 to 10 are required at school on this day, as it is a regular school day

Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 7 November - Year 11 Exams commence

Sunday 11 November - Remembrance Day, Wreath laying - Doncaster RSL,

                                                   Doncaster Road/ Leeds Street

Sunday 11 November - Stageband Performance - Eltham Festival 12:50-1:20pm                                                                                                     Alistair Knox Park, Eltham

Monday 19 November - Year 10 Exams commence

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

Thursday 22 November - Year 8 Medieval Day Incursion

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 8,9,10

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

Monday-Friday 10-14 December - Advance week 2 - 2019 Year 8,9,10

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)

Thursday 13 December - Year 9 Health Excursion to Edgar's Mission

Monday-Thursday 17-20 December - Activities week Year 7,8,9

Monday 17 December - Year 7 Funfields - End of Year Activity

Tuesday 18 December - Year 8 Funfields - End of Year Activity

Wednesday 19 December - College Presentation Night - 7:30pm, New Hope Community Centre,                                                                      3 Springfield Road, Blackburn North

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

Respectful Relationships Student Forum​

On 23 October, I was lucky enough to take four of our student leaders to Doncaster Secondary College as part of the Respectful Relationships Student Forum. The event was an opportunity to promote the importance of Student Voice and empower students to take an active role in the development of the Respectful Relationships at their schools.


The Doncaster Secondary College students delivered the program and teachers were only encouraged to participate in particular activities. All students from both the public and private sector engaged in a number of group activities, discussions and even had time to develop an action plan for a Respectful Relationships activity to implement at their respective schools.

I would like to thank Vani C, Athina K, Vicki C and Yicheng L for being our representatives at the forum and I look forward to working with these students on future Respectful Relationships projects.

Rebecca James

Respect Relationships Coordinator

International Student News

Victoria Through My Eyes

The International Education Division recently held a photo competition called `Victoria Through my Eyes’ where students were asked to take a photo and post a 25 word caption underneath. EDSC had four International students enter with two winning prizes (Apple 3 watches) for finishing in the Top 3 – a fantastic achievement and more examples of students getting involved and stepping out of their comfort zones!

The students are:  Joyfiana S - 11H and

Michael Y - ELC


Simon Veerhuis

International Student Coordinator

Music News

Middle School Spring Concert

Congratulations to the following ensembles which performed on Tuesday 30 October in The Performing Arts Centre:

Beginner Band, Beginner Guitar Ensemble, Diamond Divas, Junior Strings, String Group and Vox Pack. It was also fantastic to hear high-quality performances from our Year 7 trumpet players, and soloists Amy De Rango (flute), Matthew Ma (saxophone), Even Nomikos (guitar) and Noelle Wong (violin). This was a great night of varied performances to a full house of appreciative parents and friends.


Instrumental Music Assessments Cycle 6

Instrumental Music students in Years 7-11 will shortly, or will have already, undertaken assessments for Cycle 6. These assessments will generally involve the preparation of two class songs/pieces, technical work including scales and and/or exercises, and sight reading.


These assessments directly contribute to report marks for Cycle 6, but more importantly are the opportunity for students to demonstrate in a formal setting what they have achieved on their instrument during semester 2. Please encourage your child to spend the time at home to make sure they prepare consistently across the next couple of weeks and do their best in these assessments.

Music Performances for Term 4

A notice has been placed in all music ensemble Resources on Compass, detailing 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

7-16 November – Instrumental Music Assessments

11 November – Stage Band performance at Eltham Rotary Festival

26 November – Year 7 2019 Information Night (Vox Pack and Diamond Divas)

11 December – Orientation Day music demonstration (Concert Band, solos TBC)

19 December – Presentation Night (Chamber Strings, Stage Band, Combined Vocals)


Carl Williams

Instrumental Music Administrator

Middle School News

Acknowledgement of Achievement​

Our acknowledgement this fortnight goes to 25 students.


Armin F, Nathanael L, Hamzah K, Lachlan L, Aidan L, Oscar M, Dickson P, Yiren W, Megan Y, Nathaniel S, Rojina S, Kiarash A, Rose F, Lachlan F, Shaurya S, Liyara W, Parsa H, Mahan F, Sarah A, Genevieve D, Daewon K, Yash L, Ye Anne L, Ronith P and Haoming T.

They all competed in the UNSW ICAS Science competition. This tough competition is an international competition and also ranks students nationally for the competition.


We had some excellent results with: Armin F achieving a High Distinction (placing him in the top 1% in Australia); Nathanael L, Hamzah , Lachlan L, Aidan L, Oscar M, Dickson P, Yiren W achieving a Distinction (placing them in the top 10%); Megan Y, Nathaniel S, Rojina S, Kiarash A, Rose F, Lachlan F, Shaurya S, Liyara W achieving a Credit; Parsa H achieving a Merit and Mahan F, Sarah A, Genevieve D, Daewon K, Yash L, Ye Anne L, Ronith P and Haoming T achieving a Participation award.


We are very proud of these students for choosing to challenge themselves with this competition. In doing so they have demonstrated great Excellence, Resilience and Curiosity.


Great work guys!

Emily Mathews, Haydn Bethune &

Georgina Walter

Year 7 Coordinators

Science Talent Search Bursary Awards 2018​

Congratulations to Farimah F, Madison G, Liyara W, Priscilla L and Amy D for winning Major Bursaries in this year’s STAV Science Talent Search. The girls all attended the Exhibition and Presentation Day at La Trobe University on Monday 29 October and were each awarded $55 prizes for their work. The prize money is awarded by sponsors such as Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, BHP Billiton and many others to encourage and reward student innovation and investigation in all areas of science. Categories that students can enter include, Inventions, Videos, Games, Posters, Scientific Research and Creative Writing. Students of all year levels are encouraged to enter and winners are given opportunities to enter other competitions as well. Amy and Liyara’s Scientific Research entry has also been entered in the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. Winners of this competition can go on to international competitons, win up to $4000 in prize money and are offered several learning opportunities in scientific companies around Australia. Well done to this year's winners and hopefully we will see many more STS entries from EDSC students in 2019.

Karyn Moxey

Laboratory Techncian


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 8:00am in The John Landy Centre.  **WILL BE HELD IN THE 400 OPEN AREA FOR THE NEXT FEW 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

[email protected]













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

On Friday, 26 October, the Class of 2018 had their Final Assembly for the year.


They were first addressed by our College Principal, John Roberts before hearing from School Council President and EDSC Alumni (Class of 1986) Stefan Kazakis who provided an inspiring keynote speech to our graduating students with some important life lessons as they graduate from high school. This was followed by the distribution of certificates for each Year 12 student (all 271 of them!)


The assembly also included performances by the Symphonic Band and Senior Vocal Group in addition to several service awards for school leadership.


Particular congratulations go to the following recipients of the EDSC Special Awards that were announced at the assembly:

  • Rotary Community Service Awards: Cassie Leong and Sharlene Tengra
  • Pierrie de Coubertin Award: Lexi Anastassiou
  • Caltex All Rounder Award: Carmen Chang
  • SSV Academic and Sporting Achievement Award: Joshua Sist


The afternoon culminated in the annual ‘Celebration Day’ where Year 12 students received their yearbooks, signed their uniforms, competed in Ninja Warrior on an inflatable obstacle course and held a Colour Run on the basketball courts. This was the last opportunity for the Class of 2018 to revel together before the exam period began.


Jarrod Sturnieks

Head of Senior School

Year 10 Geography Field Trip​ - Student Report

Last Thursday, the two Year 10 Geography classes went on a fieldtrip to various points along the Yarra River. As part of our studies on sustainability and rivers, we collected data on how the Yarra River has changed over time, and whether it is managed sustainably. The first location we went to was Merri Creek where we observed the native vegetation and took some water samples to test the pH level and turbidity in at the Rotunda wetland in Clifton Hill. We then walked along the creek and visited a transfer station, managed by the Yarra Council. This is where residents can leave items that can be recycled as well as specific items like paint that cannot be collected through hard rubbish collection.

We then crossed the creek under the Eastern Freeway to an indigenous garden along the Yarra that has been an important meeting place for the Wurundjeri people. Not far from there is Dights Falls Weir, where we looked at the fishway that was built to help native fish move between the fresh and salt water which is part of their life cycle. After Dights Falls, we made our way to Abbotsford convent. Here we had lunch at the Abbotsford Convent Bakery and wandered around the gardens.


Our final site was Docklands where we took more water samples, and observed the very different environment from pre-European settlement compared to today.

by Giulia Arnott 10A

Important Dates

Year 11 Study day - 5/11 (Yr 11 not required at school this day)

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 Staff


Head of Senior School

Jarrod Sturnieks

[email protected]




Year 10 Coordinator

Errin Wilson

[email protected]





Year 10 Coordinator

Mark Glover

[email protected]






Year 11 Coordinator

Paul Basford

[email protected]





Year 11 Coordinator

Sally Polidano

[email protected]






Year 12 Coordinator

Lynette Smith

[email protected]





Year 12 Coordinator

Jonathan Davies

[email protected]





Senior School Secretary

Toni Willoughby

[email protected]

Parents and Friends Association

Victorian State Election Day Sausage Sizzle

The PFA is running a fundraising BBQ  in front of The PAC during State Election Day on Saturday, 24 November 2018.


Volunteers are needed to help us cook and sell.  If you are able to help out at any of the timeslots below, please email our Communications Officer, Harveen on [email protected]








Any help is greatly appreciated.

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 19 November.  This is going to be our End of Year celebration too. 


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.  

Manningham Festival

Once again, the Rotary Club of Templestowe will be running the ever-popular Family Festival at Finns - Sunday November 18 - 9am to 4pm,

Like previous years we will again have many wonderful attractions for children and indeed the whole community.  These include:

Kids’ Attractions

  • Camel Rides
  • Pony Rides
  • Animal Farm
  • Jumping Castle
  • Inflatable Slides
  • Miniature Train Rides
  • Merry Go Round

Stage Entertainment

  • Donvale Calisthenics
  • CK School of Singing
  • Leaders of Rock
  • Opus 21 Big Band
  • Chinese Traditional Dancers
  • Greek Dancing
  • Manningham Concert Band
  • Wendy Samantha Performing Arts School
  • Marcette Tappers

This day is always fun for all the family from the babies and toddlers, to bigger children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and even the dog!

All proceeds go back to the projects that we are providing in the Manningham Community.

Gold coin donation upon entry (Finns Reserve, Templestowe Road).


We hope to see you there!


Rotary Club of Templestowe
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
Resilience Project parent seminar resource material.pdf