College Newsletter

16 November 2018
Issue 18
Doncaster Secondary College
+613 9848 4677
123 Church Road
Doncaster, VIC, 3108


Monday, 19 November

Year 10 English Exam 
Year 10 SEAL English Exam
Year 10 EAL Exam

Year 10 Intensive English Exam
Year 10 Science Exam
Year 11 Economics Exam


Tuesday, 20 November

Year 9 OnDemand 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 10E

Year 10 PE Exam
Year 10 Sports Science Exam

Year 11 English Exam
Year 11 EAL Exam
Year 11 English Language Exam
Year 11 Food Studies Exam
St Charles Primary School Respectful Relationships Student Forum

Wednesday, 21 November
Year 9 MyCity - Melbourne Zoo

Year 9 MyCity - Melbourne Star
Year 9 MyCity - MCG and National Sports Museum

Year 9 MyFitness - 5D Health and Fitness
Year 9 MyHarmony - Lentil As Anything & Yarra Bend

Year 9 MyOutdoor - Geocaching and BBQ
Year 9 MyPhoto - Fitzroy Gardens
Year 10 OnDemand 10F, 10G, 10H, 10J, 10K, 10L

Year 10 Design & Technology (Wood) Exam
Year 10 French Exam

Year 11 Chemistry Exam
Year 11 Chinese 1st Language Exam

Year 11 French Exam
Year 11 Italian Exam

Year 11 Studio Art Exam

Thursday, 22 November
Year 10 Food Studies Exam
Year 10 Eco and Business Exam
Year 10 Visual Communications Exam
Year 11 Accounting Exam

Year 11 Art Exam

Year 11 English Literature Exam
Year 11 Music Exam
Year 11 PE Exam
Year 11 Specialist Maths Exam

Friday, 23 November 
Year 8 Stride Peer Leader Training
Year 10 Drama Exam
Year 10 History Exam
YEar 10 Intro to Coding Exam
Year 11 Drama Exam

Year 11 20th Century History Exam
Year 11 Legal Studies Exam
Year 11 Maths Methods Exam
Year 12 Valedictory

Monday, 26 November
Year 8 Chinese Excursion
Year 10 Drama Exam
Year 10 Electronics Exam

Year 10 Geography Exam
Year 10 Maths Extension Exam
Year 10 Maths Methods Exam

Year 11 Further Maths Exam

Year 11 Legal Studies Exam 
Year 11 Physics Exam
Year 11 Visual Communications Exam

Tuesday, 27 November
Year 10 Ceramics Exam
Year 10 Design & Technology (Metal) Exam
Year 10 Further Maths Exam

Year 10 Media Exam
Year 11 Business Management Exam
Year 11 Health & Human Development Exam
Year 11 Psychology Exam

Wednesday, 28 November

Year 9 MyCity - Melbourne Aquarium
Year 9 MyCity - ACMI and Laneways of Melbourne
Year 9 MyCity - Carlton Gardens and Lygon Stree

Year 9 MyFitness - Bounce

Year 9 MyHarmony - Chelsea Beach Sand Art
Year 9 MyRobot - Deakin University 
Year 9 MyOutdoors - Sailing Excursion
Year 10 & 11 Make up Exams
Year 10 Italian Exam

Year 10 Mandarin Exam
Year 11 Ancient History Exam
Year 11 Biology Exam
Year 11 Chinese 2nd Language Advanced Exam

Year 11 Media Exam



Senior School Exams 

All our Year 12 students will finish their exams next week. The attitude and approach to the exams have been very positive and we hope our students achieve the results they are hoping for and the results they deserve!

Next Monday, 19 November the Year 10 and 11 exams period will begin.  It is important that the students respect the process associated with formal assessment and arrive punctually for their exams, adequately prepared and with the permitted materials/equipment.  These exams present students with an excellent opportunity to experience similar expectations to that of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority when it comes to Year 12 examinations.

Remembrance Day 2018

On Friday, 9 November, our College led a Remembrance Day observance at the Doncaster RSL. Doncaster Secondary College and the Doncaster RSL have an established relationship where our Year 9 History students are charged with the responsibility to organise and run the proceedings. Our students hosted the service, presented readings, shared their thoughts and learnings associated with Remembrance Day and the events surrounding it, and participated in the wreath-laying ceremony.

The ex-service people and visitors, and special guests were all most impressed by our students and very appreciative of the work they had done. While this ceremony was underway, the remaining Year 9 classes participated in a similar observance at the College. It was a wonderfully moving activity and one that creates very important memories and links between our veterans and our young people.

Thank you to our students for their wonderful work and especially to our teachers who have helped support and build this strong relationship with the RSL.


Éva McMaster




A comparison of student learning in Australia to China

As you will have heard secondary school in China is very intensive in terms of hours and effort required. School starts early and finished late. In addition, students attend regular tutoring and compulsory homework sessions. Chinese students face extreme pressures to do well, whilst Australian students, especially at the middle school level, generally have a much more balanced approach to study.

Classes in Australia are smaller with only around 25 students in a classroom, compared with 40 or more in a Chinese classroom. Australian students are encouraged to be independent thinkers, to challenge ideas and theories or values. Teachers engage their students and make their lessons as interesting as possible whilst catering for students of all academic abilities. In a typical Chinese learning environment, you might hear the teacher say, ‘don’t talk, now repeat after me’, whereas in an Australian classroom the teachers encourage open conversation. Australian students are expected, especially in the senior years of school, to be self-motivated and to take responsibility for their learning. As part of the Westernised view, they are given the freedom to make choices and take a high level of responsibility for their academic results. If the student chooses not to work hard it is to their own detriment. This approach helps to set up students for university and their lives in the workforce.

At universities in China, there is an expectation that the university professor or teacher will take some responsibility to make sure their students pass. In comparison, at Australian universities, it is entirely up to each individual to meet the expectations. If a student fails a unit, they are held accountable. Students learn to develop self-discipline and resourcefulness and because of this, Australian graduates show initiative and independent decision-making.


Aside from completing a compulsory English unit, senior school students in Australia are given the opportunity to choose from a range of subjects to undertake for their final years. The same level of flexibility is not seen in Chinese schools and university, similarly, teaching and learning styles are completely different. In China, students are encouraged to cite their professors and teachers ‘word for word’ in their final assessments. In an Australian school and university, you may not cite things ‘word for word’ in an essay. This is seen as plagiarism which can lead to expulsion or failure of a unit of study. It is important that Chinese students who transition to an Australian learning environment are aware of and understand these differences. Our aim is to provide our students with the skills and capabilities to meet the expectations of employers. Qualities such as adaptability, using initiative, problem-solving, teamwork, resilience and curiosity are more important than rote learning information. This is why Australian secondary school and universities encourage students to build these skills and qualities.

A Chinese student’s experience in the Australian education system is entirely different from what they would experience in China. This is not to criticise one or promote only one method of learning, it is simply to bring these differences to attention and to highlight that individualism and the ability to be an independent student is required to achieve academic success.

Jeff Pavlou
Assistant Principal


On Monday, 8 October, Doncaster Secondary College was pleased to be able to host a Bonnie Lee from Family Planning Victoria. This session focused on the sexuality education which is covered in Health classes, and was organised in response to the work of the wellbeing action team. Parents on this team identified a need to better understand the curriculum being delivered so as they felt more prepared to engage in conversations with their children. Bonnie was able to communicate to our families the importance of including sexuality education as part of our Health Education curriculum, and through this we have developed a partnership where FPV will provide free professional learning for our Health teachers in 2019. I would like to acknowledge the work of Adam Knott (HPE Learning Area Leader) in organising the evening.

Wellbeing team 2019

We would like to welcome Bethany Moody and Sylvia Keane to our team for 2019. Both Bethany and Sylvia are qualified counsellors who have developed their skills and understanding of the role of a counsellor in a secondary school setting, through their placement at Brentwood SC. Bethany has already started to build relationships with our community through volunteering at DSC in term 4, 2018.


In 2019, our counsellors will be situated within the Sub-School offices. Having two counsellors will allow the wellbeing team to build on the fantastic work of Katherine Lazarus in implementing targeted programs to meet the specific needs of students within the sub-school. Through the expansion of our placement student program, we believe that we will be able to better support our students to build their social and emotional skills. Our placement students will be supported to build and apply their counselling skills through meditation, restorative conversations, implementation of the interventions for responding to bullying, reflective thinking, therapeutic counselling etc.


Search Institute: Developmental Assets

Drew Hanna (Student Wellbeing Coordinator, 2019) will be presenting to staff on the Developmental Asset Framework. This framework identifies 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets). The remaining assets focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people (internal assets).


In introducing the framework to staff, Drew will make connections between the work currently taking place at DSC which is contributing to the development of these assets (Instructional model, DiSCovery, RRRR curriculum, Student Voice and Agency, Community involvement etc.) This will then set the scene for the work which will follow in 2019.


Whole school approach to the prevention and response to bullying

The working party focusing on preventing and responding to bullying will meet again on Tuesday, 27 November. Thank you to Jack Trewella for taking the lead role in this working party. The work will be ongoing however, we will be able to start the 2019 school year with guidelines for our College community around the prevention and response to bullying.

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence will be held on March 15. Through making a commitment to be involved in this day, the wellbeing team will be able to partner closely with the level coordinators, DiSCovery teachers, student leaders (DSC Connect Captain Respectful Relationships Captain and the Social Justice Captains) to raise awareness and take action.


Presentation on Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The DSC Wellbeing Action Team were joined by Emma Hanna, (Missional Community Development Worker, Manningham Uniting Church, and DSC Wellbeing Action team member), and Marion Bailes (Connections Group Chair, Manningham Uniting Church). Marion Bailes has worked as a GP for over 25 years and has a longstanding interest in caring for socially disadvantaged patients of all ages, particularly refugees and asylum seekers. She has an interest in all areas of health and well-being and holds a Masters in Transcultural Mental Health. She currently works as a GP in a Refugee Health Clinic in a community health centre in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and also convenes a group at Manningham Uniting Church which aims to support and advocate for refugees and asylum seekers.

Marion and Emma were able to raise our awareness of the refugee and asylum seeker journey and provided some examples of how the Manningham Uniting Church (MUC) had supported refugees and asylum seekers.


These included:

· Emergency Medication Fund – established and donate to an Emergency Medical Fund held at Eastern Access Community Health for Asylum Seekers to access health care.

· Knitting - Monthly Knitting group that meets on a Monday afternoon and knits jumpers and beanie and teddies for newly arrived refugees.

· Food drives - collection of non-perishable items that get donated to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

· Toiletry Bags - MUC collect donations of toiletry items and make up toiletry bags for newly arrived refugees, these are handed out by the refugee health nurses.

· Advocacy and Awareness raising - hosting guest speakers, participate in awareness raising presentations and advocate through letter writing to politicians.

· Fund Raising - MUC fundraise for organisations like Refugee Legal, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, We Care Nauru, Lentara 

· Relationships and Partnerships - we have strong relationships and partnerships with organisations like the Asylum Seeker resource Centre (ASRC), Refugee Legal, Lentara, EACH


The Doncaster Secondary College community has an opportunity to support the work of the Manningham Uniting Church, through identifying the area in which we can contribute. One such opportunity may be supporting newly arrived school aged refugee children with back packs, including books and pencils.


Glenn Morris
Assistant Principal



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Manningham NHW – Video Project

Video Project – Young People Take on Crime Prevention

Are you dreaming of becoming a film producer or are you just interested in filmmaking?

If so, then you need to join the Manningham Neighbourhood Watch Video Project. We’re looking for a team of students across all year levels who would be keen to work with Manningham Neighbourhood Watch to produce a short video encompassing ‘Young People Take on Crime Prevention’. Access to equipment and support using software will be provided by Mr Dennis.

Interested students can come to the Middle School Office, as soon as possible, to register their names with Mrs Chiappa.


Meri Chiappa 
Middle SChol 


Attention all students:
Return library books no later than Thursday, 13 December 2018.

All students need to return their library books by Thursday, 13 December.

If you have overdue library books, you are finishing school earlier, going on a school camp or exiting the school, please return them to us earlier.

Make sure to check your lockers and school bags for any library books that may need to be returned!


Sue Hayward 
Curriculum Resource Manager
Yearbook Editor


Remembrance Day

On Sunday, 11 November, students from 9E attended the Remembrance Day Service held at the Doncaster RSL sub-branch to participate in the “Coo-Eee” march and the laying of wreaths.


Emma and Jess accompanied representatives from the RSL as they marched in commemoration of the “Coo-Eee Recruitment March” from Gilgandra to Sydney in 1915. On 10th October 1915, 26 men left Gilgandra, setting forth to march their way to the Army recruitment office in Sydney. After almost a month, and more than 500 kilometres, over 250 men arrived and enlisted to serve their country. Similar marches were carried out across the country at various times during the War. Many of these men never saw home again.

The day was marked by a vintage fly over and the students in attendance had the opportunity to engage with the stories and personal recounts of service for our country. Our Doncaster students demonstrated respect and appreciation and represented the College with pride. I would like to thank all the students and staff who helped DSC acknowledge all Australian servicemen and women this Remembrance Day.


Hermione Inskip
Humanities Teacher

Victorian Young Leaders to China Update


This week, we've all had packed schedules. Outside of our daily language classes, we have been hard at work practising the cultural aspects of what we've learned last week. Martial arts, ocarina, bamboo dancing and many more will be featured in the closing ceremony of our stay in Nanjing. 


This week we visited a sister school and joined the local students in cultural classes as well as a challenging language class. We also played an Australia vs. China basketball game. The match was intense and well played by both sides. Somehow, team Australia managed to win by a close 3 points. 

On Sundays, we have the unique opportunity to visit our host buddies and spend the day with them and their families. We all came back with an entirely unique and priceless experience. 

It is just incredible to see how hard working all the local students are, yet how much they still enjoy their school lives.

Jason W. 9E

VCAL students' gardening project

This week the VCAL students were busy transferring a garden bed of herbs to the front of P block. The purpose of this is to increase their knowledge around gardening and the environment. This project is also really helpful to the Food Tech department as the garden bed has been brought closer to the Food Tech facilities, which means they won't need to go as far to gather herbs for their cooking classes. 

Donna McKinlay
Education Support Staff


Year 7 Precious Resources STEM Activity​

Our Year 7 students have been working through a Science unit on precious resources which introduced issues of conservation and sustainability. The class discussed how single-use plastic shopping bags have been discontinued in supermarkets.

A common use of these single-use bags was for garbage bin liners.  The problem is that plastic bags are non-biodegradable; they do not decompose in nature.  Students carried out a STEM activity, recycling newspaper sheets to make biodegradable alternative bin liners.

A numeracy angle was added to the activity when students explored the dimensions of a 2-dimensional newspaper sheet versus their fully constructed bin liner.

And for  those in the school community who want to try it out, you can watch the video tutorial below.

Angela Reid

STS Coordinator

Science Domain

Respectful Relationships Forum Held at Doncaster Secondary College

On the 23rd of October, year 10 students from around Melbourne came to DSC to participate in our respectful relationships program. Our student facilitators from year 9 and 10 worked together to create a day of activities and learning about respectful relationships, bullying, equality and so much more about creating a safe and inclusive environment in our schools. After learning about what respectful relationships means and sharing ideas, the students worked together in their school groups to come up with an action plan to promote respectful relationships in their own schools. It was such a rewarding experience to be given the opportunity, resources and facilities to make a day like this happen and to see the impact we can have on other schools by running events like this. "I feel energised, like I can actually make a difference" - Niosha. The RRRR team would like to say a thank you to Stef Tipping from the education department and Ms Chiuchiarelli for supporting the development and running of the day.

Logan A. 9C, Lauren C. 9A, Luke T. 10G, Niosha K-D. 10E, Tom S. 10A, Vasiliki S. 10G, Lara H. 10H


In the modern era, many social problems have risen, especially within the context of respectful relationships. Because of this, our school, Salesian College has endeavoured to make our school a pioneering and leading college in a Respectful Relationship school community. Recently, there was a forum held by a Doncaster Secondary College that brought in schools from all places and invited them to discuss this concept. They engineered icebreakers where we could learn about each other. They also talked and held plenty of discussions about relevant topics that included the likes of equality and equity when it comes to gender and ethnicity as well as gender boundaries and stereotypes. All of these topics where made engagingly and professionally, even though the whole forum was made by year nine students. Another topic they discussed was the relevance of Student Voice within a school community. They asked us to be more vocal about our opinions and launch initiatives to further and broaden the minds of the students within our college. Overall, this forum was incredibly crucial as well as relevant to the people in attendance. This just goes to show how powerful it is when the people of this generation rise up and take a stand on what is important to them. 
Ben - Year 9 Salesian College



Local Chinese Restaurant Excursion

Learning about the culture is an important component when learning a language. Students are always very interested in the food culture. Last week, the Year 10 and Year 11 Chinese classes had the opportunity to visit a local Chinese restaurant to have a taste of “yum cha”.

Cindy Tian

Chinese teacher

Yum Cha, or 饮茶, is a Cantonese style of meal involving tea drinking and “dim sum” or 點心。Last Thursday, the Year 10 Chinese class had a small excursion to Wealth Garden to have yum cha and dim sum. We enjoyed various dishes such as “ham sui gok” or 鹹水角, a football-shaped fried dumpling filled with meat and mushrooms, and “har gao” or 蝦餃, called prawn dumplings in English, have a unique skin and very simple filling. We finished the meal with an amazing and flaky “dan tat” or 蛋撻 or egg tart in English.

Jerome W. 10K


On Thursday, the Year 10 Mandarin Class visited the Wealth Kitchen for afternoon yum cha. It was a very fun experience to have with my fellow classmates before the stress of exams kicks in. We ate a lot of delicious food and all had a great time. Thank you to Ms Tian for organising such fun, educational activities for us to enjoy.

Tesslyn C. 10K


I think the Yum Cha excursion was both fun and educating. Although I’ve already been to Yum Cha many times with my family it was a very different experience with my classmates. I really enjoyed it as we all laughed and talked while eating the different dishes. I learnt a lot from the different type of foods that we ate from the waiter, and my favourite was probably the egg tart. I thought the food was okay, but it was still enjoyable as it was with my friends and Ms Tian.

Le C. 11E


On Wednesday 31st of October, our Chinese Second Language class went to the Wealthy Kitchen for a yum cha excursion. It was a very special experience. I was born in China but after I came to Australia, it had been a long time since the last time I went to yum cha. As a Cantonese, yum cha is something that I definitely enjoy. The restaurant selected a range of dishes for us including egg tarts, fried rice, and Singaporean fried noodle etc. My favourite was the egg tart. It was not too sweet which is perfect for me and my friends actually gave their ones to me as well as I got to ate 3 tarts! I also enjoyed having a bit of chat with my friends and experience the unique Chinese culture with them. I would definitely recommend others to try yum cha as it would definitely give you an unforgettable experience.

Wilson C. 11E


Last Wednesday, our Chinese class went to Wealthy Kitchen on an excursion together. For the past couple of weeks, we have been working hard on our SACs so the excursion was more like a reward for our hard work. It took us around 10 mins to walk there, it is a restaurant that I have been to multiple times personally and the quality of food there is decent. We got to taste a lot of Chinese food such as special fried rice and prawn dumplings. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience as we don’t often have to chance to have a meal as a whole class in a restaurant.

Bon N. 11E



The Alpine School For Leadership


Tell us a bit about your experience at The Alpine School?
In Term 2 I went to The Alpine School which is near Mt Hotham for 10 weeks. It’s a leadership camp for year 9 students from Victoria. Altogether there were 43 students from 10 schools. Of these, 5 schools were from suburban areas of Melbourne and 5 schools were from regional Victoria. It was really interesting to interact with kids from the country. Given that we were brought up with different surroundings, we discovered that we saw things quite differently. We were divided into four groups of 10 and we had 2 core teachers that remained with us throughout the course of the camp. There was also the principal, Mr Shem and two different student leaders each day.
What made you interested in applying for the program?
Initially, it was because I wanted to get out of the end of semester Maths exam but by the end of my time at the Alpine School, I realised it was an experience of a lifetime and somewhere I met some really great people and friends.
What your biggest take away from The Alpine School?

Gratitude. Being grateful for the things I already have, like my family and friends. I don’t want to take things for granted and make sure I am appreciating all the small things I have.

How is your CLP (Community Learning Project) going and tell us a little bit about what it is?

The Community Learning Project (CLP) was given to us because the leaders at The Alpine School wanted us to carry on our learning from the school into our lives back at home.  Cameron, Dom and I decided to work on a project involving new water bubblers for around the schoolyard. We thought we would conduct a survey to see if it would have an impact on other students and from there we would like to take the idea to the school council.


What were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
In our CLP group, we had a few minor disagreements and some issues around managing our time. We overcame this by working together to set some goals for each lesson. We then collectively decided if we didn’t meet these goals, we would work overtime until we completed them. By doing this we were able to complete our tasks on time. 


In what way has this experience had an impact on your life? 
If I hadn’t been, I think life would be very different for me. Some of the life skills and the friends that I made over my time at the school have changed the direction of my path in life. I’ve learned not to slack off on tasks and that the things you do learn in school do matter. We were taught about leadership building, looking at yourself and finding out who you are. I thought I knew who I was but when I reflected on this it taught me a lot about who I am as a learner and more importantly as a person. I  definitely feel that my values have changed for the better!


What advice would you give to those students interested in this experience?
Give it a shot, you have nothing to lose!  You might be a little nervous but that’s normal. You might be thinking 10 weeks is a long time to miss out on life at home with your friends and family but to be honest you’re missing out more by not taking up the opportunity.
What are your goals for next year?
To stay connected to my friends because I feel like some of my older friends I drifted from. While you’re at Alpine School you are away from all your friends and family and it makes you think about the positive impact they have on you and your life.


Community Learning Project (CLP)

Year 9 students, Hamish, Cameron and Dom, who attended The Alpine School For Student Leadership earlier this year, are collecting data for their Community Learning Project (CLP). They would like to find out what DSC students think about getting new water bubblers for the school.


Students can complete the short survey in the link CLP - New Water Bubblers Survey



Home Away from Home - Last Day Celebration 

On Thursday, 8 November,  we joined more than 30 international students to celebrate the last event of Home Away from Home (HAH) this year. On behalf of our school, Mr Jeff Pavlou presented a token of appreciation to Stephanie, the Service Manager of Westfield Doncaster as well as our HAH volunteers, Mr and Mrs Yang.

Here are our lovely internationals’ thoughts about HAH:

The HAH activity is just amazing. It created a place where the international students can actually enjoy a bit of time together outside the school, and be surrounded by the great "family". I personally enjoyed the time there, with all the friends, entertaining ourselves and feel free from any stress or restriction. It is a great opportunity for students who are far away from their family and feeling alone to make friends, forming relationships with others. Everyone had fun there, enjoying some snacks and a wonderful afternoon, I would expect myself attending to more of the HAH activity in the future.

Yingda (Judy) Z. 11K


HAH is a good program running for international students and local students. It makes international students who are away from their hometown no longer feel lonely. It provides plenty of food and drinks. It was a really amazing experience to let us get involved with the school community and also make friends with others. It helps us to learn to work together and be respectful. At HAH I have been able to get help from students who in the years above me at school. It has helped me to create a better connection with my teachers and other students at the College. I really enjoyed the HAH program this year!

Lichang (Silvia) G. 10D

I also want to share the email sent by Mr and Mrs Yang to DSC:

 We extend herewith a note of gratitude & deep appreciation to Ms Eva McMaster, Mr Jeff Pavlou, Ms Sally Huang and her team, Ms Sonja Allen & team for the excellent support rendered to HAH, a collaborative work which is dedicated for the benefit & welfare of DSC’s International Students. In particular, we wish to thank DSC on behalf of all the students for having so graciously agreed to sponsor the cost of all food, snacks, beverages, cutlery etc incurred in all our meetings & activities held at Westfield Doncaster and the Holy Trinity Church Doncaster (HTD).


Thank you once again and we look forward to doing it even better for the students in the coming academic year.
Mr and Mrs Yang (HAH volunteers)


Sally Huang
International Student Program Coordinator

Some basic study suggestions for our International Students

1. How long should I spend revising my work and completing work set by the teacher? The following are the minimum hours you should be doing.

Year 10

Weekdays - 2.5 - 3 hours per night.
Weekend - 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Term 1, 2, and 3 vacations - 2.5 to 3 hours per day

Exceptions to the above guidelines:

  • If your English is weak or you are struggling in any study these times need to be increased by 30 minutes per day
  • If you are doing a Year 11 study you need to increase study time by 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays

Year 11

Weekdays - 2.5 - 3 hours per night.
Weekend - 3.5 hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Term 1, 2, and 3 vacations - 3 to 3.5 hours per day

Exceptions to the above guidelines:

  • If your English is weak or you are struggling in any study these times need to be increased by 30 minutes per day
  • If you are doing a Year 12 study you need to increase study time by 60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays

Year 12

Weekdays - 4hours per night.
Weekend - 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Term 1, 2, and 3 vacations - 5 to 6 hours per day

Exceptions to the above guidelines:

  • If your English is weak or you are struggling in any study these times need to be increased by 30 minutes per day.

2. What should I do during these study hours?

You need to make sure you are revising your work not just completing set work from the teacher. Revision can include:

  • Answering test questions: from past exams, from test books or questions from your teacher or even questions you have made up.
  • You can use simple terms to help you make up questions for example: who, how, when, why, explain, outline, describe, contrast etc.
  • Revision may also include memorising information or formulas, practising problems e.g. math questions.

You must also prepare yourself for new work or topics that are coming up:

  • If you are a Year 12 look at the past exam questions and examiners reports this will help when the teacher introduces the new topic and it will help you to know what is important when the teacher is talking or when reading your textbook.
  • If you are in Year 10, 11 or 12 looks at the chapter in the textbook. First just quickly look at the topic headings to get an overview. After this look at each page and underline in pencil each work you don’t understand, especially words related to the topic, then translate these and write them on the page. Look at the questions at the end of the chapter to see what the writer thinks is important for you to learn. Write a brief overview of what you think this chapter is about. You will now be more ready when your teacher introduces this new topic.

You may also refer to ELES the school online Study Skills Handbook which is available on the student Intranet for more study tips.

  1. Students studying in a Year 12 subject must refer to past VCAA exams and examiners reports to assist them in their revision. Examiners reports tell you what the correct answer is for an exam question, they also allow you to work out which are the hard questions an also tell you what mistakes students made in answering that particular exam question. In google search type ‘VCAA Past Exams’ and this will bring up the right part of the VCAA site.
  2. Learn good exam technique: use reading time at the start of the exam effectively e.g. read through all the questions, look at the number of marks allocated to each question, work out a time schedule before the exam to ensure you answer all the questions in the time limit.
  3. Have you made the best use of the extra help available for international students?
  4. Do you go to homework club? Do you seek help from Mrs Chen or Mrs Mu? You need to make sure you attend the homework club especially the one for International students. There is also a homework club for local and international students on Thursday in A Block.
  5. Your teachers want you to ask questions in class. They also like to see you out of class to ask questions and get help.

Jeff Pavlou

Assistant Principal


White Ribbon Day
Violence Against Women

On Friday, 23 November Australia celebrates White Ribbon Day, which is a nationwide push to stop men’s violence against women. The foundation's vision is to not only build a nation that respects women, but also a nation that upholds the requirement of ensuring every woman’s life is free of all forms of violence from men. Violence is multi-dimensional and can present in a sexual, physical or emotional/psychological setting (including threats, coercion and abuse), with all causing damaging long-term effects that impact women in the home, workplace and wider community.



The statistics provide glaring evince for the need to continually fight for women’s safety. At a government level violence against women is estimated to cost 22 billion dollars annually. The effects at a societal level are damning as on average 1 woman a week is murdered by a current/former partner, 1 in 2 women will experience sexual harassment during their lifetime and domestic/family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children. For the student cohort the impacts of family violence, even if not directed at them, has a damaging effect on every aspect of a child’s life. Being a witness to violence can affect developmental, social and emotional health while influencing cognitions, behaviours and physical wellbeing. We currently live in a space where 1 in 6 girls experience violence of some kind before the age of 15.


So how do we turn this around? Primary prevention is a great way and is highly relevant in the school setting. This can be done through raising awareness and the running of educational programs that aim to stop boys/men using violence against girls/women before it occurs. Young minds are malleable and the actions of parents, adults and peers either support or condone violent behaviour. Resultantly, the school/home setting is a critical time for forming ideas as harmful material/stereotypes can become ingrained attitudes that support inequality and a general disrespect for women in later years. DSC encourage all of our students to take action against negative behaviours witnessed or experienced as it plays a role in helping this current demographic break the cycle of violence that is currently being experienced in Australia. Breaking the silence to stand up and speak out encourages students to build respectful relationships, challenge sexist attitudes, promotes gender equality and creates a culture that says “no” to violence against women that they will take with them through life and pass on to future generations. The task remains, to continue raising awareness about the issue at hand. As adults, we have a responsibility to both teach and behave in a manner that promotes respect towards women, as our modelled behaviours have a strong impact on young malleable minds.


Our implementation of respectful relationships is evidence of a school embracing a long-term implementation of equality. The education on both gender and cultural equality is shown to positively influence student wellbeing, academic outcomes, improve teacher/peer relationships and create a lasting change that will enable students to reach their potential. Read more about our recent Respectful Relationships Forum that was held at the College, in the 'Middle School' section of this newsletter.

Timothy Blacker
ACU Student Counsellor 


































































Key Dates for Term 4

Friday, 7 December 2018
VTAC Personal Statement

Friday, 14 December 2018
ATARs released

Saturday, 15 December 2018
COP for early International offers close

Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Change of Preference (COP) closes
December International  round offers

Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Main round International offers

Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Main round Domestic offers

Monday, 4 February 2019 - onwards
Further round offers

Monash University MySci Science Program

MYSci is a three-day science program designed specifically for students in Years 11 and 12 in 2019 and includes workshops from Monash University’s five Schools of Science; Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics and Earth, Atmosphere & the Environment. The workshops will be run in Monash’s teaching laboratories and outdoor science classrooms. Students will also have direct access to Monash University’s research scientists who will provide an insight into their disciplines and provide students with potential career pathway information.

Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 January 2019
Monash University Clayton campus
Cost: $95.00
Registrations should be made at MYSci Science Program

Are you interested in a career working in the animal care industry? 

Are you interested in a career working in the animal care industry? Gain insight from current industry specialists and unlock pathways to a fulfilling career with animals. As the leading animal welfare organisation in Victoria, we utilise a range of skilled staff to care for animals and campaign for better animal welfare. We invite all those interested in working in the animal care industry to come and listen to skilled professionals who are actively working in animal care industry, and how they got to where they are. For more information and to book, visit:

Date: Thursday, 13 December
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Location: RSPCA Education Centre, Burwood East
Cost: $75 includes registration, morning tea, RSPCA career show bag, and all activity costs.


Vanessa Ramsay

Careers Coordinator



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