East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

08 June 2018
Issue Eight
Principal's Report
Important Dates
From the Office
Music News
Attitudes Talent Show
SRC News
Chinese Cultural Day
Middle School News
Middle School Staff
Senior School News
Senior School Staff
VCAL News
Parents and Friends Association
Canteen Menu
East Doncaster Secondary College
(03) 9842 2244
20 George Street
Doncaster East, Victoria, 3109
AU

Principal's Report

From the Principal

 

The last two weeks of College life here at East Doncaster Secondary College have reflected the many dimensions that are evident in the fabric of a vibrant, supportive learning community. Just as we all gained our collective breaths after the busy and super-successful week of our College Production – ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, our student leaders reminded us all of their energy, vision and community spirit by embarking on a number of highly visible, highly productive and highly worthwhile fund raising activities (please see below). Both of these activities were embraced and well supported by our student community. It is a credit to our student leaders and our students in general that their focus has been on giving back to those in real need. Of course, these events have been undertaken in the backdrop of our Senior School examination period that commenced this week and in what is arguably our busiest assessment period for our Middle School students. I believe it says a lot about the focus and values of our students that they are willing and able to ensure that purposeful learning and community spirit and service can be mutually compatible – they, in fact, can operate in harmony to produce better 21st century learners, better leaders and better citizens within our community.

EDSC supporting the Big Freeze

East Doncaster Secondary College has been proud to make our small contribution to the fight to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease in the past week.


There is a close link between our College and the Daniher family. The owner of the cleaning company employed by our school is Terry Daniher. Terry is often seen walking around before school doing a general clean-up and inspecting the quality of our cleaning services

 

Terry is also a 300+ game AFL legend, a former Essendon FC captain and part of a famous footballing family. Together the four brothers, Terry, Anthony, Chris and Neale played a total of 752 games of VFL/AFL footy. In 2013, Neale Daniher was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Since then, the family has led a passionate pursuit of finding a cure for MND. An article on the Essendon FC website outlines the magnitude of the challenge in finding a cure for this terrible disease-

 

“More than 2,000 Australians are currently living with MND. The disease causes the nerve cells controlling movement, speech, breathing and swallowing to slowly die. Thanks to the (fundraising) work of the Danihers, two new drug trials have commenced and another two are scheduled to begin later this year. The Danihers are calling on all Australians to continue to support the cause, so enough funds can be raised as quickly as possible, so that every Australian MND patient can access a new drug trial.”

 

The Big Freeze 4 will be held on Monday June 11 (Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday) at the MCG before the AFL game between Melbourne and Collingwood.  The EDSC community can support Neale and Terry by going to https://fightmnd.org.au/ and doing your bit.

As an initiative led by our student leaders, today we conducted our own ‘Big Freeze’ ice-bucket challenge at the College during our lunch break. A number of staff and students braved the chilly conditions to be drenched by ice buckets to raise money for this great cause.

 

A warm congratulations to those involved in the planning and delivery of a busy ‘Big Freeze’ week at our College.

 

 

Wheelchairs for Kids - Congratulations EDSC!

After a week full of frenetic activity in and around our sports oval, our students raised over $2000 for Wheelchairs for Kids last week.


Those funds will ensure that at least 12 wheelchairs can be purchased and sent overseas to young children in need. A huge note of thanks to all of the student leaders involved in the planning and implementation of the races and activities during the week. Thanks also to the many students who participated in the wheelchair races and offered gold coin donations on our out of uniform day.

 

Wheelchairs for Kids is a charity where volunteers make wheelchairs and give them to young people in developing countries. All funds raised go to the materials, construction and shipping of wheelchairs to needy children!

 

A great cause that was brilliantly supported by our students.

Student Representation on School Council

A timeline has been set in place to undertake student elections for positions on the College’s School Council. As mentioned in our last Newsletter, 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 during the course of 2018.

 

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.

 

Information on this process has been available on the Compass system for the past two weeks.

In the last week of this term on Wednesday 28 June we will hold sub-school assemblies to enable our nominating student representatives to address their peer group and outline their goals as elected student representatives. Following these assemblies, we will conduct an election process that will enable all students to cast their vote.


The successful student representatives will be announced to the College community in the first week of term 3.

 

Volunteers Needed! – PFA Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

The PFA are running a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Nunawading on Saturday 30 June 2018. 
This is the major fund-raising event for the PFA this year.


We are calling on our EDSC community to come and help us cook and sell.


If you are able to help out at any of the sessions below, please email the PFA Communications Officer, Harveen on [email protected]
The roster for the day has been divided into the following times;
8:00 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 4.00pm
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
For those unable to help out on the day, please do come down to Bunnings at some stage during the day and taste one of our famous EDSC sausages.

Visitors to the school – a reminder of our College policies.

East Doncaster Secondary College seeks to provide the community with an open and friendly learning environment. At the same time, one of our highest priorities is to ensure the safety of our students, staff and resources. We thank you for your cooperation in adhering to the following visitation policies and procedures:

  • All visitors must report to the General Office upon arrival.
  • If you are a parent or guardian who needs to contact your child, the reception staff will provide assistance.
  • Only people attending on official school business will be permitted to enter the school grounds.
  • Visitors are not permitted to enter the school grounds unless supervised by a member of staff.
  • As our teaching staff have timetabled commitments, it is important that prior appointments are made.
  • Upon arrival, all official visitors and contractors must log their presence by signing in at the touch screen kiosk located in the General Office.

Visitors must also sign out using their visitor pass on departure.

Census Data Collection

Every year the Department of Education and Training conduct a census which helps determine the level of our schools student-based funding.

 

To ensure that the College is able continue to provide quality programs and an efficient learning environment for our students it relies on being supported by Department funding. Student Family Occupation details are an important component used by the DET to formulate our correct level of funding.  Please find attached important information regarding ensuring your details are up to date and how this impacts on school funding.

John Roberts

Principal


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 2

Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 12 June - Year 10 Exams commence

Tuesday 12 June - Year 8 Health incursion - Brainstorm Production

Wednesday 13 June - Year 12 GAT

Wednesday 13 June - World Challenge Information Evening 6:30-7:30pm in The John Landy Centre

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

Monday 18 June - Year 10 GAT

Monday 18 June - Year 9 Maths & English Exams

Tuesday 19 June - Year 10 Universtity Experience Day

Wednesday 20 June - 2019 US/Advanced Space Academy Tour Parent Information Evening 6:30-7:30pm in The John Landy Centre

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

Monday 16 July - First day of Term 3

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

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.

Music News

An essential Presentation for EDSC music students and their parents!

Developing Musical Skill - Presented by Michael Griffin - Thursday 9 August 2018

 

refer to the attached flyer

 

Winter Concerts 2018

All EDSC Music ensembles will be performing over the next few weeks in our Winter Concert series. The ‘Primo’ concert on 13 June will be the debut performance of this year’s Beginner Band and Junior Strings ensembles, as well as the Concert Band, Vox Pack boys’ vocal group, Diamond Divas girls’ vocal group and Beginner Guitar Ensemble.

 

On 26 June, the ‘Secondo’ concert will feature the Symphonic Band, Chamber Strings Senior Vocal Group, Stage Band, Senior Guitar Ensemble and String Group.

 

Tickets for both these events are available at trybooking.com/WCUC for $5 each or $15 per family of 4. Students performers do not need to buy a ticket.

Helfried Fister String Workshop

EDSC is privileged to be able to welcome esteemed Austrian string educator and performer Helfried Fister to work with some of our string students on 20 June. Members of the String Ground and Chamber Strings ensembles have been invited to observe and perform for Helfried, and his extensive knowledge and experience will be immensely beneficial for our students and string teachers.

 

Upcoming Events

13 June

Middle School Winter Concert - 7:30pm PAC

 

20 June

Helfried Fister String Workshop

 

26 June

Senior School Winter Concert - 7:30pm PAC

 

Tickets for the Winter concerts are available from trybooking.com/WCUC

 

Carl Williams

Instrumental Music Administrator

Attitudes Talent Show

Photo: On the back of the success of the College Production 'Little Shop of Horrors' students are welcome to take to the stage again and show off their talents!

Attitudes Talent Show - Auditions - Week 10

 

Attitudes is one of the highlights of the EDSC year and is about celebrating the talents of our diverse community by bringing staff and students together. The Performing Arts Faculty are looking for keen performers to show off their skills over three performances! Do you have a talent that you want to share to a live audience? 
 
Auditions will be held in The Performing Arts Centre after school on:
 
Tuesday 19 June @ 3:20pm - Middle School (Year 7, 8 and 9 students)
 
Wednesday 20 June @ 3:20pm - Senior School (Year 10, 11 and 12 students) 
 
Attitudes welcomes all types of performances such as:
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Acting
  • Bands
  • Stand Up Comedy
  • Magic
  • DJ's

Any talent you think could wow an audience!

 
Please be aware that all acts must be finalised before the end of Term 2, you must attend this audition to be in the running. Rehersals will start in Week 1 of Term 3, the three Attitudes performances will be held in Week 7 of Term 3.
 
* You are welcome to form an act with students across all Year levels and form groups
 
* If you require instruments you must notify Evan Jones via email before the audition date.
 
* If you are singing or dancing you must bring a backing track on a USB to the audition
 
Evan Jones
Attitudes Director
 
Michael James
House Activities Coordinator
 
Victoria Babatsikos, Grace Hallet, Ersin Kapitan, Elise Marcon and Shaun Malik
Performing Arts Captains

 

SRC News

EDSC students WOW Rotary!

Guest speakers at the Manningham Rotary Club Dinner 28 May 2018

 

Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Delegate – Tania 

MUNA Delegates – Lachy and Elmarie 

 

There are many moments in teaching when teachers know why they are teachers. This evening was one of those occasions. Speaking eloquently, proudly and with humour our three young guest speakers entranced the Rotary Club members and their guests with tales of learning, engagement and the occasional funny story.

 

Lachy and Elmarie spoke about a weekend of debating world issues with scores of other Year 11 students who descended on State Parliament. Each school represented a country and so their discussions had to focus on the welfare and points of view of their country. They learnt that world consensus is not always that easy!

 

On the other hand, and a bit closer to home, Tania along with 35 other Year 11 delegates from across Australia learnt that our parliamentarians are not always very respectful to each other. She sat in on the reading of the 2018-2019 budget and spent considerable time meeting parliamentarians and role playing various issues relating to the governing of our country. Tania spoke for fifteen minutes and simply captivated the audience with her story of her previous life and the dreams she now holds for the future. She ended with the statement that she does not need to be the President of Iran to make a difference in the world. The three staff who heard her speak know that SHE will definitely make a difference.

 

Helen Wilson

Interact Coordinator

Wheelchair Races

Brilliant blue skies and enthusiastic students and staff were the cornerstones for a very successful week of wheelchair races. Students paired up to race around the athletics track being pushed in a flurry of competitive drive. The changeover of pusher and rider was somewhat treacherous but the spectators stood clear and the changes were completed with speed and determination to win the prize of a Freddo.

Each year level had a day, but it was the determination of the Year 12 cohort that won the prize of the fastest and the loudest.

 

In the wings the Interact Club were selling homemade brownies and fairy floss. The crowds enjoyed the sunshine, the music and the drive to collect as much as we could to purchase wheelchairs for disabled children overseas. This is an initiative driven by the Manningham Rotary Club who were extremely proud of the efforts of our community.

 

In all we hope to be contributing 12 wheelchairs to Rotary International, thus making the lives of twelve children so much better. 

Kerryn Murray

Interact Coordinator

Chinese Cultural Day

Year 7 & Senior International Students​

On 30 April, we ran a Chinese Culture Day. We welcomed four special guests from Confucius Institute to demonstrate and teach students Chinese tradition arts, including Taichi, dance, paper cut, calligraphy and traditional drawing.

 

In each Chinese class group, students had opportunities to produce either performance or artworks.  The aim of the event was to actively engage students in Chinese culture and provide insights into traditional arts. We were extremely impressed by the high-level of all students’ work and performance.

 

On 5 May, the PAC was occupied with a great number of International Students who were celebrating the beauty of the Chinese language at the Chinese First Language Speech Competition. Students who participated in the speech competition were to give a speech on ‘My perspectives on manners’. The event aimed to develop students’ presentation skills and speech writing skills. It also prepared them for their VCE oral exam. The Awards recognise outstanding achievements in meeting high standards of public speaking in Chinese and the use of Chinese language.

 

Shuonan Zhou

Chinese Teacher

Middle School News

Acknowledgement of Achievement

Our acknowledgement this fortnight goes to two students - Lachlan and Michael.

 

Lachlan showed great Respect and Fairness by voluntarily staying back after class and helping a student teacher pack up the room.

 

Michael showed great Care and Compassion by offering a cookie to a classmate that he witnessed was upset in class.

 

Great work guys!

Emily Mathews, Haydn Bethune

& Georgina Walter

Year 7 Coordinators

2019 US/Advanced Space Academy (NASA) -Information Evening​

The College is holding an Information Evening for interested students and their parents, who are considering applying for the 2019 NASA Tour.

 

The information session will outline the application process, program, itinerary and indicative costing to parents and prospective tourers (students).

 

There will be opportunities for parents and students to ask questions.

 

The 2019 NASA Tour is primarily aimed at current Year 9 and Year 10 students.

 

Attendance will not influence the selection prospects of applicants.

 

Wednesday 20 June

The John Landy Centre (JLC)

Starting at 6:30 pm

Kim Schwarz & Sally Polidano

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

[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

2019 US/Advanced Space Academy (NASA) -Information Evening​

The College is holding an Information Evening for interested students and their parents, who are considering applying for the 2019 NASA Tour.

 

The information session will outline the application process, program, itinerary and indicative costing to parents and prospective tourers (students).

 

There will be opportunities for parents and students to ask questions.

 

The 2019 NASA Tour is primarily aimed at current Year 9 and Year 10 students.

 

Attendance will not influence the selection prospects of applicants.

 

Wednesday 20 June

The John Landy Centre (JLC)

Starting at 6:30 pm

Kim Schwarz & Sally Polidano

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

[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

davies.jona[email protected]

 

 

 

 

Senior School Secretary

Toni Willoughby

[email protected]

VCAL News

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews Bake Sale - Student Report 

On Tuesday 27 March, as part of a VCAL assignment, I held a bake sale during Parent/Student/Teacher interviews to help raise money for the Parents and Friends Association.

 

I chose to have this sale not just because cookery is my passion but because it is also my hobby. The sale also met the requirements for my VCAL Personal Development project for first semester. The purpose of this project was to demonstrate some of the skills VCAL students are capable of and to show others how they can use these skills.

 

This project didn’t just let me demonstrate my cookery skills, but also my communication, organisation and sales skills as well.

 

The bake sale started at 12:00 noon and finished at 8:00pm. Over a hundred baked items were available for purchase by parents, students and teachers. Items included banana cake, orange and poppy seed muffins, chocolate chip muffins and vanilla cupcakes.

By the end of the interviews, I had raised a total of $250.00 for the Parents and Friends Association and completed my assignment. The assignment proved to be a fun and memorable experience.

by Nathan Smith 12V

VCAL City Tour

VCAL students this week participated in a City Tour, run by the Salvation Army looking at homelessness in Melbourne. This tour was organised to give students insight into a complex social problem, around which they can organise a project for their PDS subject in semester 2.

 

The tour started with an insightful workshop at the Savation Army building in Swanston St. This building is the base for many Salvation Army services, such as crisis accommodation, a café available to people experiencing homelessness, a store providing free essential items and food, and various counselling services. It was very moving to see first hand the workers providing assistance to people from all walks of life going through a tough time. After our workshop, we went on a walking tour through the city and gardens, looking at places that people experiencing homelessness sleep rough, and heard some of their stories.

 

This was an eye opening experience. The workers smashed the stereotype and our prejudices.  We learned (among many other things) that:

  1. 40% of people experiencing homelessness are under 25
  2. The biggest contributing factor leading to homelessness is family violence  (approximately 40%), followed by family breakdown – NOT drug and alcohol abuse (3%)
  3. 500 people were 'sleeping rough' in the city on census night. We visited a few of the popular areas in the city that people sleep rough.
  4. Many people who are don’t have stable, long-term housing (from 'couch-surfing' to staying in short term accommodation) don’t realise they can access homelessness services. We learned about the website askizzy.org.au as a resource for people experiencing homelessness or needing other assistance.

Importantly, we learnt that it is important to reflect on our prejudice, and address the stigma and language that we use. Rather than use the term 'Homeless person', we should try to refer to people as 'experiencing homelessness'.

 

Homelessness is hopefully somebody experiences for a time – it is not a label that somebody should be burdened with.

 

Some comments from students who attended the tour:

 

“It was a good learning curve and shock to see what some people go through to become homeless” – Cameron

 

“It was very eye opening and surprising” – Max M

 

“I was very grateful for having the opportunity to learn about people who are less fortunate than me and it was a shock to see how big of an issue homelessness is”

 

“It was an eye-opening experience and was good to learn about homelessness, and that we should all be grateful for what we have”

 

“It’s interesting to know more about homelessness and how it can affect each human being. I also enjoyed working with and getting to know the other students"

Kelly Kingham

VCAL Coordinator

Parents and Friends Association

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

 

The PFA are running a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Nunawading on Saturday 30 June 2018.  We are calling on our EDSC community to come and help us cook and sell.

 

If you are able to help out at any of the sessions below, please email our Communications Officer, Harveen on [email protected]


8:00 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 4.00pm
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Please do come down and taste one of our famous EDSC sausages.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT

On Wednesday 13 June in The Performing Arts Centre.

 

PFA is selling refreshments during interval.

 

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 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 25 June in The John Landy Centre at 7:30pm.  All welcome.

Harveen Singh

Parents and Friends Association

Canteen Menu

Canteen

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
DET SFO Data Collection Form June Newsletter 2018.pdf
DET SFO Data Collection Form June Newsletter 2018.pdf
Study Session flyer.pdf
A_Guide_to_Senior_School_Examinations (1).pdf
APPLICATION_FOR_SPECIAL_PROVSION_YEAR_10_AND_11.pdf
Change of Details Form updated October 2017.pdf
Secondhand Textbook and Uniform Trading Flyer East Doncaster Sec Coll_.pdf
Michael Griffin Flyer 2018.pdf
Michael Griffin Flyer 2018.pdf
Donvale Flyer Schools 2018 #2.pdf