From the Principal
At East Doncaster Secondary College the energy, passion and engagement our students bring to College life can be inspirational on many levels.
It is richly rewarding to see our students contributing to our community, growing as young people and visibly learning.
For evidence of this, you do not have to look further than the first weeks of this new term at our College.
Student Achievement – ANZAC Day commemorations
The College was well represented when five members of our Student Leadership Team attended the Rotary Club of Templestowe Schools Anzac Day Service last Thursday at the Templestowe Memorial Reserve. Our Senior School Captain Cassie Leong and Vice-Captain, Dan Wildsmith laid a wreath at the memorial during this ceremony.
At our College assemblies conducted on Monday to commemorate ANZAC DAY, a moving tribute was presented by our senior VCE History students Ellena T and Petar V.
The commemoration culminated with readings of the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ and ‘The Ode for the Fallen’ and a minutes silence following the ‘Last Post’. Finally, our students joined together for a rendition of the National Anthem.
It was pleasing to note the preparation undertaken by our students in order to present at this assembly and the attention and respect shown by our students during the course of this moving assembly.
EDSC Celebrates Multicultural Week
It has been great to witness the range of events presented throughout this week as our College has made an excellent effort to celebrate the cultural richness and diversity that is truly part of our College life in our ‘Multi-Cultural Week’. Our College has students from over 40 different nationalities and it is important that our student-centred activities this week sought to inform, educate and embrace the diversity that our student population offers whilst sending clear messages of inclusion, respect and harmony.
A special mention is afforded to Kerryn Murray and Michael James – our Student Leadership Coordinators and our extended Student Leadership Team who devoted a great deal of effort into the planning and delivery of events during the week.
Upper Courtyard Redevelopment
It was exciting to this week see the commencement of works in our Upper Courtyard redevelopment project.
This project has a special connection with our students. The initial concept planning for the redevelopment of this space was undertaken by our senior school Visual Arts and Graphics students and the subsequent plans and design drawings have all had significant student input.
The courtyard will be a place for the students, designed by the students.
It is anticipated that the project will be completed early in Term 3.
Student Achievement – Sporting Excellence
Whilst most students have been engaged busily at a College level at the start of our new term, three of our highly talented students have been participating in the Australian Age Swimming Championships held in Sydney from April 21– 26.
Year 8 student Misha, Year 9 student Ashley Costa and Year 11 student Kayla Costa have all been participating in Sydney as a result of their fantastic performances in the pool over the past 12 months.
All three students have distinguished themselves as outstanding young athletes and we wish them all the very best during the Championships.
An account of their performance will be outlined in our next newsletter.
Student Achievement – State Swimming and Diving Finals
Our Swimming and Diving Team performances in last week’s SSV State Finals were great.
Misha won a Gold medal in the U14 Breaststroke and a Silver medal in the U51-20 Breaststroke.
In the Diving Events, Josh Sist also won gold in the SSV Regional and a Silver medal in the State 17-20 Diving event.
Our U17 50 m Freestyle relay team of Emilia Doherty, Jenna Richardson, Emily Younger and Davinia Feliciani performed really well to finish in fifth place in the final.
Yet again, a great effort and outcome from our very talented students.
Congratulations to them all! For a more detailed summary of events within this Newsletter can I refer you to the report from our Coordinator of Sporting Carnivals, Kim Schwarz.
We welcome Lisa Trovato as a new staff member to our College in the role of Wellbeing Coordinator. Lisa has had extensive experience in the field of adolescent support in secondary schools and will be an asset to the EDSC Wellbeing team.
We also welcome Georgia Panagiotidis in an Educational Support – Teaching Aide position. Georgia comes to us with a broad range of experience in assisting students to learn in a classroom setting and a clear passion for working with young people.
Welcome Lisa and Georgia!
Today also marks the final day at the College for Tori McCumiskey, who has been a short-term replacement for our College nurse, Rose Howarth. I would like to thank Tori very much for the care and attention she has displayed to our students in her short stay with us.
Furthermore, Commerce teacher Stuart Darlow has been granted a temporary transfer to Wonthaggi Secondary College for the remainder of the year. We wish Stuart all the best for this short- term move.
Celebratory Functions at EDSC
As a school over recent years we have conducted a number of functions for Years 10, 11 and 12 students. Typically it has involved ‘formals’ or ‘socials’ at each senior school year level, and a Valedictory Dinner at Year 12.
On each of these occasions official school communication is made to families with payments for the functions being made via the school. It has come to our attention recently that an unofficial function is in the planning stages by Year 11 students without the endorsement or involvement of the school. Some parents have been surprised when advised that this activity is not part of the school program. Can I please ask parents to note that our College takes no responsibility for this activity.