From the Principal
School Council 2018/19
It is my pleasure to announce the members of our College School Council 2018/19.
We are firstly very pleased to welcome our new Council members; Ayman Shaheen and Rae O'Brien.
Recent School Councils have been very collaborative, supportive and focussed on improving all aspects of the College. There has certainly been no lack of energy, drive and ideas in our Council meetings over the previous three years. I am certain that our current School Council will continue to work on behalf of our entire College community to help us meet the challenges of our continual improvement agenda.
Our School Council for 2018/19 is comprised of the following representatives:
Parent Representatives: Stefan Kazakis, Rajbans Kaur, Nick Milani, Cyrus Tengra, Ian Tho and
DET Representatives: John Roberts (Executive Officer), Karen Boyle, Cameron Campbell, Lisa Bull and Jarod Sturnieks
Student Representatives: Cassie Leong, Joshua Sist (School Captains)
Community Members: Rae O'Brien (Parents & Friends Representative), Bill Dhaliwal.
Invited Observers : (Non-Council Members), Jasvinder Kaur, Fiona Roper,
Following our School Council Annual General Meeting conducted last Wednesday evening, I also have the pleasure of announcing our office bearers for our current Council:
School Council President - Stefan Kazakis
School Council Vice President - Cyrus Tengra
School Council Head of Finance Sub-Committee - Rajbans Kaur
Year 7 Orientation Camps
Last week our annual Transition camp was held at Anglesea with highlights including surfing, giant swing, high ropes, group sporting activities and the night walks. Could I acknowledge the Middle School team for their extensive planning of the event – in particular Kate Leaumont (Head of Middle School), Tina Marchant (Transition Coordinator) and Hayden Bethune, Emily Mathews and Georgina Walter (Year 7 Coordinators). Thank you to each of our staff who contributed to the success of the camps.
Having spent some time down at the camp, it was rewarding to witness the interactions between students as their trust, confidence and friendships with each other grew visibly in that relatively short space of time. To compliment this, the behaviour and conduct of our Year 7 students was of the highest standard. I trust that our students enjoyed this event; every indication was that this was certainly the case.
Whitehorse Division Swimming
On Thursday I had the great pleasure of attending the afternoon session of the Whitehorse Division Swimming and Diving Carnival at the AquaNation pool in Ringwood. A large contingent of over 40 competitors proudly represented our College in a great fashion. At the conclusion of the Carnival, East Doncaster Secondary College very narrowly won the overall tally of the events – a terrific performance by the team, especially considering that a number of our elite swimmers were unable to compete due to interstate competitive commitments. A team of nearly 30 students will now compete in the EMR Finals on March 27, once again at the AquaNation pool in Ringwood.
Congratulations to our Sporting Carnival Coordinator, Kim Schwartz, Event Coordinator, Glenn Baker, and our Physical Education staff who assisted on the day - a more detailed report of the event can be found within this Newsletter.
Student Reports and Parent – Student - Teacher interviews
A further reminder that our first cycle of student reports should be available via COMPASS on Friday 16 March. A detailed outline of how to access these reports has been included at a later section of this Newsletter edition.
Opportunities to book Parent – Student - Teacher interviews will be available from midday on Tuesday 13 March on the COMPASS portal. The interviews will be held on Tuesday 27 March. The interview times will be from 1.30pm – 4.45pm and from 6.00pm – 8.30pm.
Whilst in reality it is impossible for all parents to meet with each teacher, parents are advised to be selective and prioritise their bookings.
In many cases the regular communication via COMPASS on learning performance, complemented with email communications, might be enough for some parents in particular subjects.
Staff PD Afternoon – Thursday 15 March
A reminder that all students will be dismissed from the College at 12.40 pm on Thursday 15 March as our teaching staff participate in an afternoon of Professional Development activities. The main foci of the afternoon will be threefold. We will firstly be given a presentation on ‘Respectful Relationships’ with the aim of further developing our strategies in this sphere as a designated Lead School in the Department’s ‘Respectful Relationship’ program. The remainder of the afternoon will be devoted to further developing teacher knowledge, skill and pedagogy in relation to the EDSC Instructional Model – the framework we adopt for planning, delivering and reviewing individual lessons and units of work and the ongoing extensive professional development on the ‘Literacy for Learning’ modules that are being used to base our College Literacy Framework.
We view all three elements as being crucial in our quest to improve the teaching and learning program at our College and meeting individual student needs.