East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

27 July 2018
Issue Ten
Principal's Report
Important Dates
From the Office
College Events
Sports News
Music News
Careers News
Middle School News
Middle School Staff
Senior School News
Senior School Staff
Parents and Friends Association
Canteen Menu
Community Announcements
East Doncaster Secondary College
(03) 9842 2244
20 George Street
Doncaster East, Victoria, 3109

Principal's Report

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!

Senior School 2018 Student Course Selection

This week we have begun the valuable process of supporting students and their parents with making informed individual choices of their prospective studies in Senior School in 2019.


Establishing goals for future success are important for the students of our school community. For many, their future plans rest upon successful completion of VCAL or VCE studies at Year 12. Over these next few weeks students will be supported through information evenings, workshops and course counselling sessions. I would encourage every family to engage in this process to maximise opportunities for success. In many cases, the correct decisions made in the formative stages of the VCE journey can have such a positive impact upon the outcomes achieved.


On Wednesday evening we held our Year 11 2019 Information Evening with a similar opportunity for Year 10 2019 next Wednesday (1st August). There are a number of informative resources for this process on the Compass newsfeed facility.


The better informed our students are, the more likely their choices will be relevant and lead to success in learning.


If you require further information on this, please contact Assistant Principal, Karen Boyle or Head of Senior School, Jarrod Sturnieks.

Senior School Careers Pathways Expo

Last week we held our annual Careers Pathways Expo for our Senior School students. It was well attended by representatives of many public and private providers of programs and courses and was an important element of the series of opportunities provided to our students. Congratulations to our Pathways Team led by Craig Browne, ably assisted by our Senior School Coordinators.

East Doncaster students return from The Alpine School

We were delighted to welcome back our Year 9 contingent of Alpine School students, Keanu Ho, Kit Walters, Sean Reynolds, Athina Kotsimbos  and Aryan Chordia at the commencement of this term.

The Alpine School is a Department of Education School, situated at Dinner Plains in the heart of the Victorian Alps, specialising in leadership and enterprise education for students in Year 9. This placement enables around 45 students from differing backgrounds to share the experiences and opportunities provided through the program.  The school aims to develop skills in leadership, enterprise education and team-based learning.

All reports received from our team reval that they enjoyed the experience immensely and whilst challenged in this environment, they felt uniformly positive about meeting the challenges set daily in the school routine.

Congratulations to all students involved.  It will be great to have them share their experiences with our wider school community during term 3.

Outstanding Student Achievement - Pierre de Coubertin Award

At the conclusion of Term 2, Lexi Anastassiou of Year 12 was presented with the Pierre de Coubertin Award, an initiative of the Victorian Olympic Council and the Department of Education and Training, which is named after Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Modern Olympic Games. This year, over 160 senior students from all educational sectors, and their schools, received this prestigious award.


As an educational theorist, de Coubertin was convinced of the importance of sport for the development of the individual. He believed that the qualities of initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play should be encouraged in young people who participated in sports and competitive games.  

Lexi has a rich history of achievement in her chosen sport of soccer with State and National representation and she exemplifies the qualities associated with this award.

Congratulations to Lexi.

Parent Opinion Survey infomation

The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school.
It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time from Monday 23 July to Sunday 26 August.
Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. We ask that parents please check their emails on Monday 23 July to see if you have been randomly selected for this survey.


Can I both acknowledge and thank the parents who have already completed the survey. Your time and effort on this task is warmly appreciated.

The survey results will be reported back to our school at the end of September. This information is then published in the College’s Annual Report to the Schools Community, which is published on the EDSC website and updated at the end of Term 1 every year. If you have any further queries regarding this survey please contact the General Office.

John Roberts


Census Data Collection

Every year the Department of Education and Training conduct a census which helps determine the level of our school's 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.


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 3

Monday 30 July - Year 8 Science Works Excursion - 8F,8G,8H,8I,8J

Tuesday 31 July - 10OE4 Indoor Rockclimbing session

Wednesday 1 August - Year 11 Psychology Melbourne Museum Excursion

Wednesday 1 August - Year 10 2019 Parent Information Evening 7:00-8:30pm

Thursday 2 August - 10OE2 Indoor Rockclimbing session

Monday 6 August - Year 12 2019 Course Counselling day  (no Year 11 classes running on this day)

Tuesday 7 August - Year 11 2019 Course Counselling day  (no Year 10 classes running on this day)

Tuesday 7 August - 2019 VCAL Information Evening 7:00pm The John Landy Centre

Wednesday 8 August - Year 10 2019 Course Counselling day  (no Year 9 classes running on this day)

Thursday 9 August - AMC - Australian Mathematics Competitions

Thursday 9 August - 11OE1 National Gallery of Victoria visit

Friday 10 August - Year 8 Science Works Excursion - 8A,8B,8C,8D,8E

Monday 13 August - ASI Science Olympiads - Biology

Monday-Friday 13-17 August - Respectful Relationships Week

Tuesday 14 August - ICAS - Mathematics Competitions

Wednesday 14 August - ASI Science Olympiads - Physics

Thursday 16 August - Year 8 BTYC Gymnastics Program begins

Friday 17 August - Year 10 History - Jewish Holocaust Museum Excursion

Sunday-Friday 19-24 August - Year 11 Central Australia Camp

Sunday-Friday 19-24 August - Year 11 Ski Camp

Monday-Friday 20-24 August - Year 11 Gold Coast Camp

Monday-Friday 20-24 August - Year 11 Tasmania Camp

Monday 27 August - Staff Professional Development Day - STUDENT FREE DAY

Thursday 30 August - Attitudes Performance Evening 6:45-9:00pm - EDSC Performing Arts Centre

Monday-Wednesday 3-5 September - Year 8 Camp (8A,8B,8C,8D & 8E)

Wednesday-Friday 5-7 September - Year 8 Camp (8F,8G,8H,8I & 8J)

Friday-Sunday 7-9 September - 12OE1 White Water Rafting Expedition

Tuesday 11 September - Year 12 Breakfast

Thursday 13 September - Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews (no classes running on this day)

Monday-Friday 17-21 September - Year 10 Work Experience week

Tuesday 18 September - Senior School Spring Concert 7:30-9:00pm - EDSC Performing Arts Centre 

Friday 21 September - Last day of Term 3  Students dismissed at 2:30pm

Monday 8 October - First day of Term 4

Wednesday-Friday 10-12 October - 11OES Great Ocean Road Camp

Monday-Tuesday 15-16 October - 10OES Bushcraft Camp

Wednesday 17 October - Immunisations Year 7 Round 2 (Human Papillomavirus - HPV)

Wednesday 17 October - Immunistations Year 10 (Meningococcal ACWY)

2018 School Term Dates

Term 3 - 16 July to 21 September 2018

Term 4 - 8 October to 21 December 2018

Important School Term Dates 2019

Term 1 2019

Wednesday 30 January – Year 7 & Year 12 students return

Thursday 31 January – Year 8 - 11 students return (All students on Campus)

Friday 1 February - Official School Photo day

Monday 18 February – School Photo catch up day

Friday 5 April – Last day Term 1


Term 2 2019

Tuesday 23 April – First day of Term 2

Friday 28 June – Last day of Term 2


Term 3 2019

Monday 15 July – First day of Term 3

Friday 20 September  – Last day of Term 3


Term 4 2019

Monday 7 October – First day of Term 4

Friday 20 December  – Last day of Term 4


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.

College Events

Respectful Relationships Week​

Respectful Relationships Week will be held from Monday 13 August to Friday 17 August. Many staff and students have been working hard to deliver many fun and exciting activities to promote East Doncaster Secondary College’s commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment for all members of our school community.


More details to follow over the next few weeks.


Rebecca James

Respectful Relationships Coordinator

Interact Club Tree Planting - Student Reports

Last Sunday, the Interact Club travelled 60km north to help Rotarians plant 2,000 trees in Kilmore. Kilmore is a regional town and one of the state’s oldest inland settlements. We kicked off the day early, meeting at school at 7am to catch our mini bus manned by Russell. Everyone assured me that the scenery on the way there was very beautiful, unfortunately I wouldn’t know from firsthand experience because I slept the whole way!


Our home for the day was a vast field off Dry Creek Road. We took a short trip in the 4WD to get to. We broke off into teams and got to work planting and afterwards set up tree guards. Some of the Rotarians brought their terriers who were pleased to get a scratch behind the ears when they weren’t chasing rabbits. Lunch consisted of burgers and getting to know some Americans who were on a Rotary exchange. We ended up running out of trees to plant, so we wrapped up the day with a snack at the Kilmore bakery.


It was such a rewarding experience to give back to the community and also work with students from other year levels.

by Caitlyn Yee Year 12


On Sunday 22 July a group of 15 East Doncaster students ranging from year 7 to 12, along with Kerryn Murray embarked on a day of tree planting in Kilmore, north of Melbourne. Along with Rotarians, 4WD club members and others from the Kilmore community, a total of 2000 trees were planted.


We arrived at school at 7:15 am and were driven up to the site, which was about an hour away, by one of the Rotarians. When we got there, there were rows already dug out in a field surrounded by beautiful mountains and we commenced planting straight away. At the half way mark we had a break for morning tea with some delicious food being provided by the Rotary club. At lunchtime we had the chance to talk to some of the other people who had also planted trees that day. They were all very nice with great stories to share.


We then continued working and planted the remaining trees before finishing up. It was amazing to look back and see all the little trees with their cardboard covers in the field. After that were all very tired and some of us fell asleep on the ride back.


Overall it was a very successful day. We had loads of fun both on the way and in the field. It was a great opportunity to help look after the environment. I can’t wait to participate again next year!

by Elmarie Kock Year 11


Sports News

Semester 1 House Activities Highlights​ - Student Report

Semester 1 has seen many highlights in our house activities program, with a number of events and competitions being held for house points.


The team competition across our three major carnivals has been hotly contested – with three different houses taking out the Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Shields for 2018:


Swimming – Bradman

Cross Country – Chisholm

Athletics – Dunlop (6th year in a row!)


Historically, the earning of house points towards the overall house shield has been limited to our major sports carnivals and some other events throughout the year. In 2018, points have already been earnt from a larger variety of sources across the College.


Points have been awarded from students’ participation in:

  • Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals
  • Downball Competition
  • Year 7 Sport Education Competitions
  • Book Review and Book Cover Competitions
  • Italian Day
  • Interact Wheelchair Races
  • Little Shop of Horrors

Different to previous years, on a daily basis students have been awarded points for their academic performance across the first three reporting cycles, along with demonstrating qualities associated with the school values. In some way, across all the wide and varied activities offered at the College, every student is contributing to their houses points for 2018.


At the end of semester 1, the overall progressive points are as follows:



BRADMAN          14512

DUNLOP              13860

CHISHOLM          13156

SUTHERLAND     12715


As we look to the second half of the year, each student should consider what more they can do to earn points for and take pride in their house. Every little bit of participation in College or year level events or completing work in class to the best of your ability can contribute!


We wish all houses and students in them, the best of luck throughout Term 3!


by Chloe Dam & Nikita Cicmil

Senior House Captains

Music News

COMPASS Email and Consent Reminder

With our busiest term for music performances well underway, this is a gentle reminder to please check Compass regularly to see if any events require parental permission. The logistics of taking large music performing ensembles out of school are significant, and made harder if students need to be chased at the last minute for parental consent. Please help us make all our performances outside of school safe and enjoyable for all.


All students and parents of the Concert Band, Beginner Band, Symphonic Band, Junior Strings and String Group should have received informative emails in relation to VSMF and Oxfam performances. Information regarding Chamber Strings and String Group performances in Ballarat will be distributed as soon as we have final event information from the organisers.


Please also remind your sons and daughters to check their school email consistently so they are aware of all the relevant details of our performances.


As our upcoming performances are mostly out in the community, it is important to look our best. Hopefully all student musicians now have the full Music performance uniform, but check your Music Handbook or ask the Music staff if you are unsure of uniform requirements.

Solo Night

On Monday night a number of our musicians will be performing at our Solo Night in The Performing Arts Centre commencing at 7:30pm. This concert is an opportunity for students at all ability levels to play in solo and duo settings to an appreciative audience of parents and peers. 


Free tickets are available from:


Upcoming Events

14 August – Concert Band at Vic School Music Festival

15 August – Beginner Band, Junior Strings and String Group at Oxfam School Music Festival

29 August - Symphonic Band at Vic School Music Festival

31 August – String Group at Ballarat South Street Festival

1 September – Chamber Strings at Ballarat South Street Festival

18 September – Senior Spring Concert, EDSC PAC

Carl Williams

Instrumental Music Administrator

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


Careers News

Careers EXPO

On Wednesday 18 August, the Careers Team put on an EXPO of Tertiary providers for the Year 11 and Year 12 students to chat with.


This provided them with the opportunity to explore the opportunities and pathways available to them beyond Year 12.


It was a great day with everyone taking part in The John Landy Centre and the feedback from the TAFEs and UNIs was that our students are GREAT!


Craig Browne

Careers Coordinator


Middle School News

Acknowledgement of Achievement

Our acknowledgement this fortnight goes to two students, Farimah and Mark.


Farimah showed great Teamwork and Care and Compassion during maths this week when she helped another student out. The other student was finding something difficult and Farimah helped them find out the information they needed.


Mark showed great Resilience this fortnight in maths. He struggled with his first Algebra test but was given another two chances to improve his mark on new tests. He worked hard to get 100% on his final test.


Great work guys!


Emily Mathews, Haydn Bethune

& Georgina Walter

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Camp to Kinglake Forest Adventure Camp

The year 8 camp is designed to support our students' wellbeing and engagement at the College. Students will meet new friends and forge closer relationships with their peers and teachers. It is expected that all year 8 students attend this camp.


Payment, consent and relevant medical and emergency information must be supplied via the Compass online portal called "Course Confirmations/School Payments". Parents will be familiar with this as they have paid the College charges via this portal. This is different to the normal "events" that pop up on Compass.

Marnie Wadsworth

Camps & Excursions Administration


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

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Year 9 Coordinator

Craig Carpenter

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Year 9 Coordinator

Naomi Creelman

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Year 8 Coordinator

Brigid Fahey

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Year 8 Coordinator

Clare Hartley

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Year 7 Coordinator

Haydn Bethune

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Year 7 Coordinator

Emily Mathews

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Year 7 Coordinator

Georgina Walter

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Transition Coordinator

Tina Marchant

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Middle School Secretary

Lin Dalben

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Senior School News

International Student News

International Student, Sean, has won a prestigious Doncaster Baseball Club - Betty Potter Memorial Trophy, which exemplifies his willingness to share his intercultural capabilities, since arriving in Australia 18 months ago. Previous winners of this trophy have gone on to become Major League Baseball players in the USA. His confidence to build relationships with local students and Australian sporting clubs truly makes him a global citizen. Well done Sean!

Simon Veerhuis

International Student Coordinator

Important Dates

2019 Year 12 Course Counselling – 6/8

2019 Year 11 Course Counselling – 7/8

2019 Year 10 Course Counselling – 8/8

Year 11 Camp Week 20/8-24/8

Year 12 Breakfast 11/9

Year 10 Work Experience Week 17/9-21/9

Year 12 Valedictory 25/10

Year 12 Final Assembly 26/10

Year 12 Exams Commence 31/10

Year 11 Exams Commence 7/11

Year 10 Exams Commence 19/11

2019 Concluding Program 26/11 – 30/11

VCE Orientation Week – 3/12

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

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Year 10 Coordinator

Errin Wilson

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Year 10 Coordinator

Mark Glover

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Year 11 Coordinator

Paul Basford

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Year 11 Coordinator

Sally Polidano

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Year 12 Coordinator

Lynette Smith

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Year 12 Coordinator

Jonathan Davies

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Senior School Secretary

Toni Willoughby

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Parents and Friends Association

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

This major fundraiser for the PFA was held on Saturday 30 June 2018 at Bunnings Nunawading.


A big thank you to all the parent helpers from the wider EDSC community for volunteering their time to help on the day:  Susan, Paula, Donna, Waili, Selvin, Sonia, Bill, Ming, Ana, Jane, Pushpinder & Nathan – we truly appreciate the help and support each one of you extended to us through the day, and look forward to seeing you around for our future events.


A special vote of thanks to the following retailers and individuals whose donations contributed to our overall success:

  • The Bakers Bun, Pines Shopping Centre who donated all the bread for the day
  • Coles and Woolworths for the donation of gift cards which assisted with our purchases
  • All sugar-free soft drinks sold on the day were donated by a very kind-hearted, anonymous donor
  • In addition we also received individual donations of cash, for purchases on the day

To the PFA committee members who always selflessly volunteer their time:  Ali, Kelli, Dragana, Evie, Clive, Natalie, Stephen & Arianne -  thank you so much for your assistance at the stall.


Thank you to the following individuals who were instrumental in either securing some form of donation or supported us in an administrative or advisory role –  Dragana, Nick & Lisa, Bill, Julie, Andrew and the EDSC General Office staff – your contribution towards this event was invaluable.


 A well-deserved thank you goes to the sub-committee. Led by Aban and comprised of: Christine, Jammy, Harveen, Sim, Katherine and Fiona, they who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to put everything together. Over a 6 week period they coordinated/secured donations, made purchases, determining best practice for operating the stall, sourced volunteers, organised the roster and mandatory paperwork, and helped setup and clean-up on the day and much more.


We would like to thank Bunnings, Nunawading, for giving us the opportunity to organise this fundraising event on their premises and for all the logistics support and guidance before and on the day.


Lastly, we would like to extend our appreciation to the school executives, teachers and wider school community who supported us by coming out to try our famous EDSC sausages.

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 order at the school office and online via the following link



Next Meeting

Please join us at our next meeting to be held on Monday 27 August in The John Landy Centre at 7:30pm.  All welcome.


Canteen Menu


Students are reminded that the College Canteen is open before school from 8:30am until 8:45am, then again at Recess and Lunchtime only.

Community Announcements

EDSC help to Share the dignity

Please refer to attached flyer.

Any further questions/enquiries can be addressed to Rebecca James at EDSC

East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter
EDSC Parent Opinion Survey Newsletter article 2018.pdf
DET SFO Data Collection Form June Newsletter 2018.pdf
Study Session flyer.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
Donvale Flyer Schools 2018 #2.pdf
Editorial for Sheros.pdf
Editorial for Sheros.pdf