College News

01 August 2019
Issue Twenty-two
Principal's Update
Important Dates
UN Model Simulation Conference
Yr 10 Advance Ski Trip
SRC Fundraiser
Community News
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Principal's Update

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


School Production

At our whole school assembly on Monday in our stadium we launched this year’s production of “Footloose” with a performance of one the numbers from the show involving the whole cast. It has certainly created a sense of excitement about the performance week fast approaching, to be held in our Performing Arts Centre over four nights on Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 August, with a matinee performance for our local primary schools on the Wednesday as well. Former students Imogen Kane, Natalie Wood and Hannah Blavo are producing the show (after working under Josh Mulcahy last year to learn the requirements) in partnership with our wonderful teachers: Mara Sears – Production Coordinator and Performing Arts Coordinator, Adelle Stevenson – Assistant Coordinator, Demis Danoudis – Music Coordinator and teachers assisting, Kelly Ferguson, Cameron Young, and Stuart McIntyre. Tickets went on sale last Monday and we are already a sell-out for the four performance nights to see our talented students perform. I congratulate all students who are involved whether in the cast, crew or band for their dedication throughout the year in preparing for this showcase event.


Student Attendance and Educational Outcomes

Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Studies show that absence does affect learning growth and that there are no safe number of days. A child missing one day a fortnight will miss four weeks in a year, and more than a year of school by the time they are in Year 10. It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age. In addition, a student who is half an hour late each day misses the equivalent of 16.6 days of learning each year. This is not acceptable. It is not ok to be away or late without a medical certificate! School participation maximises life opportunities for our young people by providing them with education and support networks.  School helps children to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community. If you are having difficulty getting your child to school, please contact the Wellbeing Team at the College, Assistant Principal or Year Level Coordinator to discuss strategies that may assist you.


Middle Year Literacy and Numeracy

This year we have received additional funding to support Year 10 students who require intervention support in Literacy, Numeracy or both. As previously communicated Lisa Ip was appointed to the 0.6 Literacy position and has been working with a select group of students since Term 2 and Damien Power has been appointed to Numeracy Cluster teacher position working across four secondary schools, 0.2 at each school. This program will continue next year with additional funding to follow these students up into Year 11 with continued targeted support and will also include the new Year 10 students coming through from Year 9 this year.

In 2021 there will be explicit reporting of literacy and numeracy attainment for all school leavers. Students completing VCE or VCAL will, as part of their senior secondary qualifications, receive information about whether they have demonstrated or exceeded the literacy and numeracy standards typically expected of those entering the workforce from school. The existing General Achievement Test (GAT) will be modified so that the tests enables clear, explicit information about the standard of both literacy and numeracy attainment. From 2021, all VCE and VCAL students will be required to sit the GAT in June (currently it is only VCE students). From 2021, VCE and VCAL students will receive a statement of their GAT results, which will indicate whether they have “demonstrated”, “not demonstrated” or “demonstrated to a high level” literacy and numeracy standards. The new GAT from 2021 will assess the literacy and numeracy skills required for work and further study necessary to meet the demands of every day work and life in a knowledge based economy. E.g. interpreting data from tables, completing forms and records properly and communicating and interpreting information clearly and accurately. For VCE students, the GAT will continue to play an important role in providing students with a derived score in the event that they experience conditions that prevent them fom performing to their full potential in the end of year exams.


Students Living our Values to and from School

At our whole school assembly this week I spoke to the students about living our school values in school and out of school in the community and the importance of modelling our core values at all times as representatives of this great school. Students will demonstrate that they are proud of their school by their actions and behaviours: for example behaving appropriately in all classes, out in the yard and to and from school. Members of the public do contact me to praise our students (always lovely to hear) but also if students are seen doing the wrong thing. If a student sees another student doing the wrong thing, for example at the train station, then they should report it to one of their teachers or coordinator the next day. This information will be treated confidentially but acknowledges the importance of community and everyone playing a part to ensure our high expectations are lived on a daily basis.


Parent Survey 2019

The use of opinion data to monitor school performance is a very important step towards making our school the best it can possibly be.  Annual and anonymous opinion surveys for staff, children and parents are conducted and the information gained is used to drive school improvements and shape the future direction of the College.  Over the next few weeks it is the parents' turn to tell us what they think. Randomly selected families (about 30% of parents) should have already received information about the online parent opinion survey and we ask that these families please take the time to complete the survey. The survey is conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed from Monday 22 July to Sunday 11 August. The survey will help our school gain an understanding of how you view our school climate, student engagement, and relationships. Results will be sent to the school by the end of September.



Michelle Roberts





Important Dates


Thursday 01

  • Mex 9B Community Placements
  • 11V & 12V Two Acre Art Mural Excursion
  • Year 9 into Year 10 Course Counselling in the Hub

Friday 02

  • Facilities Meeting 8:00 am
  • 7E & 7G Melbourne Aquarium Excursion
  • 11 HIS4 and 11HIS5 Vietnam War Excursion
  • Jeans for Genes Day Gold Coin Donation

Monday 05

  • Year 10 History World War 2 Excursion to the Shrine
  • Middle School Student Voice Committee Meeting
  • Mex 9H Looking Around Data Collection at Southland
  • Finance Meeting 4:00 pm


Tuesday 06

  • 10V & 11V Pantry 5000 Excursion
  • Program Development Committee Meeting 3:30 pm

Wednesday 07

  • Year 10 Applied Learning Berry Fitness Excursion

Thursday 08

  • Year 7 Parent Morning Tea 9:00 am -10:00 am in Wellbeing
  • VCE Berthe Mouchette French Oral Assessment
  • Year 8 and Year 9 Japanese Film Festival Excursion
  • Year 10 Applied Learning Beast Fitness Excursion
  • Mex 9A Looking Around Data Collection at Southland
  • School Council Meeting 5:00 pm

Friday 09

  • Year 12 Drama 1 VCE Drama Solo Workshop
  • Year 9 SEAL Science Melbourne Museum and Imax Excursion

UN Model Simulation Conference

UN Model French Simulation Conference on the topic of



On Monday 22 July, students studying VCE French had the opportunity to participate in the UN General Assembly. French teachers of participating schools register their students in teams of 3 or 4 and, as delegates, each team represents a country allocated by the UNAA.  Prior to the conference, students work as team to research, analyse and synthesise their findings on their given country and its position on asylum seekers and refugees.

Conducted entirely in the French language, the conference was engaging and prompted students to think and reflect critically on several aspects of this prominent topic: “Asylum Seekers and Refugees – a Global Humanitarian Crisis”. All teams presented their 3 minute Position Statement for their country, followed by a moderated caucus, then an unmoderated one where they could negotiate alliances with other teams to propose amendments, discuss and debate ideas to finally come to a resolution.

Overall, it was a great opportunity for students to work in teams, to practise their debating skills in the target language, to get to know each other and expand their understanding of worldwide issues in a fun, yet more formal learning environment, whilst learning the protocols of the United Nations and work as an international community.


Here are some comments from our attendees:


Ava: “On 22 July, three VCE French students got the opportunity to participate in a Francophone Model United Nations Conference. We represented Lebanon, where we had the opportunity to debate with other students, who were also representatives/delegates of various countries, and try to pass on a resolution on the topic ‘Refugees, a Global Humanitarian Crisis’. I had lots of fun and got to practice my French skills in a different situation. I would definitely recommend participating to any other French students.“


David: "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the French UN conference. Even though it was a challenging experience, I still was able to learn more about real world issues and improve my language skills.


Madame Peerbux

(French teacher/French Program Leader)

Yr 10 Advance Ski Trip

Yr 10 Advance Ski Trip

A little sleepy from the early start, the Year 10 Advance class arrived at school on a chilly Tuesday morning, geared up and excited for the days to come. Stopping at Yea for a quick breakfast at the bakery, we continued to Mansfield to switch buses and began the winding trip up to Mount Buller. We settled into the lodge and then headed down to the toboggan park. We messed around for a couple of hours on the toboggans --with many snowball fights and even a snowman being pushed down on a toboggan (it didn’t end well). Then we headed back to the hire shop to collect our ski and snowboard equipment before heading up to the lodge for dinner. We finished the day with 2 groups completing their activities --some team challenges and a trivia quiz.

After a light dump of snow overnight, we woke up to a foggy sky but were all keen to hit the slopes nevertheless. The snowboarders had their lesson first thing but we skiers still had a bit of time before our lesson began. Low visibility made it hard to get our bearings but we took the instructors' advice on board and began improving our technique. Coming in for lunch, it was clear we’d all had a successful first morning and were on our way to becoming absolute professionals. Although sitting inside next to the fire seemed a little more inviting at that point, we all headed back out and hit the slopes again. Unfortunately, it started raining and the complete white-out made it a bit more of a challenge for those still getting the feel of their skis or snowboard. The rain switched around between hail and sleet, so by the time lifts were nearing closing time, we were all pretty keen to head in for a hot shower anyway. The remaining 2 groups hosted their activities --a stretching and celebrity heads session and more team challenges-- and then we all very willingly headed off to bed.

Feeling a bit sore from the previous day, we had a bit of a slow start but still got out nice and early for our second round of lessons. The fog had cleared and it was a bright, sunny day and we were able to see stunning views from all around the mountain. The improved conditions also meant we were able to explore different runs and zoom down more challenging areas. As lifts began to close for the day, we all met back at the lodge before heading down to the Mount Buller cinema. As the seats filled up with lots of little kids, we all settled down to enjoy Toy Story 4.

The next morning we had our third and final lessons. We made the most of our last couple of hours on the slopes then reluctantly handed our gear back. After cleaning our rooms and collecting our packs, we made our way onto the bus and back to Mansfield. We were all a bit weary but were very grateful for the incredible 4 days we’d just had!

A huge thank you to Mr Evans for running the camp, and to Mrs Napolitano, Miss Thompson and Mrs Sheer for coming along to help us out.



Meike Berg

Year 10 Advance Student

SRC Fundraiser



Friday 2 AUGUST


The SRC would like everyone to come in their favourite jeans and make a gold coin donation on Friday 2 August. Every dollar raised helps scientists at the Children's Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. 



Ms Campbell and Mrs Brown

SRC Coordinators





Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 3 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.


Private appointments are available after shop hours. Please call 8587 0570 for an appointment.

Visit the new, improved website for information and pricing 'Click and Collect' is available.


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