From the Principal
As we return for Term 3 at East Doncaster Secondary College, our students face an important and challenging period of study in their academic year. At most Year levels we plan for their successful transition to the next level of study through an extensive course selection processes. Our VCE students are at the stage of both consolidating their learning and developing the skills and understanding to succeed in the end of year VCE examinations. It’s also a time with lots of school activities including multiple Music Concerts, Interschool Sport, our student performances in ‘Attitudes’, the visit of our sister school from Italy, our extensive Year 11 camp program and our newly placed Year 8 camp to Kinglake. A diverse, busy, challenging and engaging term indeed.
At our College Assemblies last week, our Assistant Principal, Karen Boyle addressed our students and reflected upon the extremely busy Term 2 we had as a College. Karen noted that Term 2 here at East Doncaster Secondary College reflected the many dimensions that are evident in our vibrant, supportive learning community.
In between the daily challenges in the classroom, we, as a collective, were able to focus upon elements outside of just our immediate College community.
Just as we all gained our collective breaths after the busy and super-successful week of our College Production – ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, (and congratulations to all staff and student involved in a brilliant show), our student leaders reminded us all of their energy, vision and community spirit by embarking on a number of highly visible and highly worthwhile fund raising activities.
Firstly, we had a week full of frenetic activity in and around our sports oval, as our students raised over $2000 for the Wheelchairs for Kids cause. The funds that our College raised, ensured that at least 14 wheelchairs were able to be purchased and sent overseas to young children in need.
Secondly, we had our own EDSC Big Freeze, in which our College was proud to make a small contribution to the much larger fight to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.
Both of these activities were embraced and well supported by our student community. It is a credit to our student leaders and our students, that there was such a focus on giving back to those in real need.
It was with genuine pride that Karen shared with our students that their actions in this regard said a lot about the focus and values of our students who were willing and able to ensure that purposeful learning and community spirit and service can be mutually compatible – that these factors can work in harmony to produce better learners, better leaders and better citizens within our community.
At our assemblies, following Karen’s address, we were very fortunate to be joined by Terry Daniher who shared with us elements of his family’s involvement in the fight against MND.
There is a close link between our College and the Daniher family. Terry, who is often to be seen walking around before school doing a general clean-up, is the owner of the cleaning company that services our College.
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, Terry’s brother, Neale Daniher - also a champion footballer and successful football coach, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Since then, the family has led a passionate pursuit of finding a cure for MND.
Terry’s address to our students was deeply personal and very moving and delivered in the now quite famous laconic Daniher style.
We very much welcomed the opportunity to invite Terry to briefly address our School Assemblies. It also provided an opportunity for us to pay a very public tribute to Terry and his family for their unbelievable efforts in wanting to make a difference and to help those in need of life-saving assistance. Inspirational stuff!