College Newsletter

05 April 2019
Issue 25
Dates to remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
College Information
Student Voice
Our Alumni Community
Middle School
Senior School
International Students
Careers News
Community News
Doncaster Secondary College
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Dates to Remember

Tuesday, 23 April

The first day of Term 2
Junior Basketball Tournament

Wednesday, 24 April
School ANZAC Day Service
Elevate Education Study Sensei Program


Friday, 26 April
Intermediate Basketball Tournament 

Monday, 29 April

Year 7 Edendale Farm Geography - Group 1 
Melbourne Futsal Titles (U15/ U16 Boys)


Tuesday, 30 April
Melbourne Futsal Titles (U14/ U19 Boys)
Year 7 Edendale Farm Geography - Group 2
Senior School ACMI Media Excursion


Wednesday, 1 May

Melbourne School Futsal Titles (U13 Boys)


Thursday, 2 May

Melbourne School Futsal Titles (Girls)
Year 8 Medieval Day
DVA Debating at Ivanhoe Girls School

Principal's Report

50th Anniversary Celebrations

On the 24th of March, we had a wonderful open day where our community came together to celebrate 50 years of teaching excellence at Doncaster Secondary College.  There was a large crowd of our extended community who came into the college to view the amazing archives on display as well as partake in the hospitality on offer.  I have included part of my speech to give you an insight into my thoughts and feelings on this important occasion:



Welcome to our special guests, Mayor Paula Piccinini, School Council President Ms Sofia Georgiou, past and present students, staff and families.  It is wonderful to be here today to celebrate the 50th birthday of Doncaster Secondary College / High School.


It is always a good feeling, to be connected to something which has a sense of history. It gives you a sense of belonging and being a part of a rich community.  This site has been a place of learning well before the school was built here 50 years ago, when First Nations people’s rich culture connected community to this land.   It is my great pleasure to welcome representatives of Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place to formally start proceedings with an Acknowledgement/Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.


I would like to thank you all for coming today to help us celebrate this wonderful milestone.  As you walk through the school today, it’s strange to think that 50 years ago, students were attending this school grappling with Shakespeare or Trigonometry just as students are today.  Even though they were living in different times, there are some things that have not changed all that much. Just as those students of 50 years back learned about our world, so do our students of today discover what life is all about in this new global age.  Students learn about different people and different cultures and learn about respecting each other and our other college values: responsibility, resilience and teamwork.


We never really forget our own special years at Secondary School. We remember our teachers. Those wonderful dedicated people who we all respect for their hard work and their great commitment to developing the leaders of the future.  You don’t forget your classmates, who might have become friends for life and hopefully, today has provided an opportunity for some of you to reconnect.


Be proud to have been, or if you still are, part of this school and what it has achieved.  I congratulate and thank all of the teachers, staff, students and parents who have contributed to making Doncaster Secondary College a very important community hub within beautiful Doncaster.


My thanks to the staff who made today possible – too many to name, but I’ll make special mention of Tim Sprigg, Sue Hayward and Chelsea Rohrlach for overseeing arrangements for today.


May Doncaster Secondary College continue to thrive and prosper!

Éva McMaster



The video footage below was captured on the day by several of our Year 10 students.


Assistant Principals' Report

Attitudes to School Survey


We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

Students from Year 7 to 12 at our school will participate in the survey.
This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted between 29th April to 7th June. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and will occur during Discovery classes. The survey is not a test and your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey. Students will complete the survey online. It is therefore important that all students bring their own device to Discovery in order to complete the survey.


Your child will be provided with a unique login, which means that their responses will be private and confidential.


The survey results will be reported back to the school towards the end of Term 2 and communicated to our College community through annual reporting. Mr Morgan Gardiner in his role as Student Voice and Agency leader works with our students using this information to improve student engagement and wellbeing. Last year we used the survey results to plan a number of school improvement initiatives as part of our 2019 Annual Implementation Plan and will continue to do this moving forward.


If you would like more information, please contact the relevant Sub-School or visit the website below.


Belinda McGee

Assistant Principal

College Information

Our official DSC Facebook page


School Dental

Attention parents and guardians, the next School Dental visit will in Term 2 on Thursday, 30 and Friday, 31 May. Flyers were sent home with students this week and need to be returned to the Health Centre by Wednesday, 24 April. If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me (Sian Doyle) at the Health Centre. 


School Dental Flyer


Sian Doyle

Health Centre Officer



Funded Workshop for Parents on Gaming


The Alannah & Madeline Foundation and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation are offering a free workshop for parents. Learn about how modern gaming works, the games your kids are playing, the positives and negatives of gaming and how to talk to your child if you are concerned about their gaming habits.


The workshop will delve into some common gimmicks in popular games and the associated risks.

WHEN: Thursday, 23 May from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm

WHERE: DSC Presentation and Performance Centre

Register your interest now by clicking on the link below



Sustainable School Shop - Secondhand Uniforms

More than 200 families at the school per year use the Sustainable School Shop service for buying and selling second-hand uniforms, items that are listed for sale to sell.  More items for sale are needed as there are far more buyers than there are sellers. If you have items you no longer need please list them for sale. 


The items you list for sale will appear in the secondhand uniform Stocktake Report that is regularly sent to families. Given it is the beginning of the school year, this is a busy uniform trading time. 



Antipodeans Expedition to Nepal in 2020

Doncaster Secondary College is excited to announce the launch of the next Antipodeans Expedition to Nepal in 2020. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your child to challenge themselves, embrace the world beyond the classroom and develop skills of leadership, resilience and mindfulness. 

The school will be holding a Parent & Student Information Evening Monday 6 of May 5.30 pm-7.00 pm at Doncaster Secondary College. Please RSVP your attendance online at 



Geography Cake Competition winners

Congratulations to all students who entered into the Geography Cake Competition this year! We were very impressed with the imagination and effort that went into students work. Given the variety of concepts presented we ended up with several categories for judging. Thanks go to members of the Senior VCAL class who helped to judge the cakes.


Winners for each category were as follows:

Kara Allen 7B

Suitcase Globes (new category)
Ocean Balog 7G

Earth’s Core
Chloe Thompson 8A


Dylan Johnson 7H, James Baglow 7H, Mitchal Christopoulos 7H

Scarlett Evans 7E


Loren Oxha 7J


Sebastien Gambis 7E


Josh Cowling

Head of Humanities

Staff participate in the Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 100km event


Student Voice

Interschool Debating Competition

On the evening of Thursday 28th of March, 9 students from DSC represented our school in Round 1 of the Debaters Association of Victoria Interschool Debating Competition at Ivanhoe Girls School. The students were: Kate, Betty and Jo from year 8, Nanki, Victoria and Mae-Rose from year 9, Emma from year 10 and Melissa and Jackson from year 11. All three teams performed strongly with some incredibly close finishes. DSC A and DSC B both found it challenging having to argue against a proposed ban on horse racing but they showed resilience and teamwork. DSC B lost by the narrowest of margins – the adjudicator said it was the closest debate he has ever seen! Kate McQueeney was awarded best speaker in acknowledgement of her fantastic effort presenting a logical and confident response to the affirmative’s case. All of the students who participated were a credit to themselves and their school and we would like to thank the parents for their support.


Kacey Martin

English/ Humanities Teacher 

Our Alumni Community

Interview with former DSC student Ryan Cheng - Class of 2012


Favourite memory about Doncaster Secondary College:

My favourite memory from Doncaster would have to be playing soccer on the courts with my mates. I’m still really good friends with a lot of them today and our friendships were forged on those courts - rain, hail or shine...literally.


Since finishing Year 12 I have:

Since leaving school I’ve graduated from Monash with an Honours degree in Criminology. I’ve also travelled widely anywhere from Morocco to Cambodia - and freelanced for a whole host of brands including Huffington Post, AWOL and People. Currently, I am working as a Digital Strategist at Deakin University. I also run my own creative agency on the side, Rabble Creative.


Do you have any advice you'd like to share with current DSC students? 

Advice for the current crop? Hard work wins every time. Now that I’ve left school for a while I realise that school wasn’t so much about learning math or science. It was more about learning how to be disciplined and work at things that I didn’t necessarily enjoy. Once you leave school with that discipline, imagine all the possibilities when you can apply those lessons - hard work, perseverance, a willingness to learn - against something you are truly passionate about. You’ll be unstoppable.



Middle School

Year 9 MyLeader - Dialogue in The Dark 


The MyLeader excursion to Dialogue in the dark, was, to say the least, an impactful team-building exercise. Dialogue in The Dark is an experience like no others, where you enter a pitch-black assortment of rooms and hallways, ‘blind’. The whole time you are navigating around the darkness blinded, you are experiencing ‘Melbourne’, in simulation form of course. The hallways and rooms are littered with Sights of Melbourne and memorabilia such as public transport, the MCG, markets and even roads.

Dialogue in The Dark is a team building exercise more than anything. As you navigate through the streets and roads of Melbourne sightless, your ability to speak up, listen and communicate come into play. It’s interesting to see how people handled the loss of their eyes for a short while and it really showed us who was willing to speak up and lead, especially in this new, rather confronting situation.

Ultimately, Dialogue in The Dark is here to raise awareness and draw attention to how people with vision impairments conduct themselves in everyday life. Despite this, Dialogue in The Dark stands as one of the best team building experiences we have participated in as a group of young leaders.

Oliver D. 9E


On Wednesday, March 13, the year 9 peer leaders went on an excursion to Dialogue in the Dark. Dialogue in the Dark is to familiarise one’s self with an experience similar to a blind person’s regular day in Melbourne City. Some simulations that were experienced in the facility was being toured through a re-created scene in the Victorian Market, the MCG ticket stall, and public transport systems, specifically being a train, completely in the dark. Whoever, one of the most enriching scenarios was exploring a family home, with no vision. This experience affected the year 9 Peer Leaders greatly. Some quotes taken from them were;

“It was a wonderful experience to hear the stories of someone who struggles every day from being blind, and to be guided by them.”

” The experience was quite an eye-opener, as I never realised how much of a true struggle a blind person experience.”

To conclude, Dialogue in the Dark was a wonderful experience. Not only was it enjoyable, but it made students aware of the struggles other people face.

Noah, Blake and Aaron


On Wednesday, March 13, the Year 9 MyLeader class went to The Docklands to participate in Dialogue in the Dark. Dialogue in the Dark is an organisation that originated in Germany, and gives participants the confronting experience of being vision impaired. We spent an hour and fifteen minutes being led around by a guide who was vision impaired themselves. The group experienced a simulated Melbourne-which included Birrarung Marr, Queen Victoria Market, the MCG and a tram ride around the city, before experiencing what it would be like in a house. We felt overwhelmed when the experience began, but as the hour progressed, we started to feel more confident in our surroundings and used our other senses. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed Dialogue in the Dark, and we would like to thank our guides, Mr Trewella, Amy and the excursion leaders.

Hannah and Emily

MYSELF Showcase


This week the MYSELF Program performed their Term 1 Showcase to the Year 9 Level. Each unit elective created a 10-minute presentation which displayed their learning, activities and excursions from within Term 1 to demonstrate all of the amazing opportunities their peers will have throughout 2019 in the MYSELF Program.


As a part of this showcase, we held the very first ‘Above and Beyond Myself’ award. This award is peer-nominated, where each class has the opportunity to nominate a student who has displayed personal and social behaviours ‘above and beyond’ the requirements of the program. Factors such as working effectively in teams, managing challenging situations and personal resilience are significant factors within this award. More importantly, demonstrating personal qualities which show empathy for understanding others, supporting diversity and being a positive member of the community all encompass what the recipient of this award will possess each term.


The Myself Term 1 ‘Above and Beyond Myself’ Award Recipient is Jacob Van Winkle (photo attached) for his outstanding ability to demonstrate initiative and support the needs and values of all students within his MyFuture Class. Congratulations to Jacob on demonstrating such positive behaviours and earning his nomination for this award.


Jacob, alongside the recipients in future terms, will be presented with a certificate of this award at the Middle School Presentation Evening later this year.


Well done to Jacob, and well done to every student who engaged in the MYSELF showcase so positively.



Darcy Price
MYSELF Program Coordinator

Werribee Zoo Excursion

Last week the students in year 8 went on an excursion to Werribee Zoo. It was a very educational and enjoyable experience where we learned about the different landscapes that Werribee showcased. Our day initiated with an introduction by the Werribee staff, in which they informed us about what we were going to learn and introduced themselves. We started off, studying the grassland. Our director Fiona taught us about the history behind the grassland that we were standing behind. She informed us about the dangers of what would happen if our grasslands kept dying using a diagram.



Next, in order, we had an amazing opportunity to learn about the orange-bellied parrot. Fiona educated us about how there is only forty orange belied parrots left in the wild and told us their plan of helping nurture the parrots and how they are helping them breed. We had an extraordinary opportunity to actually meet the bird and to try Lomandra Longifolia. This is a herb found in South Australia used to clean teeth, make baskets and trap fish. We then moved on to the safari bus ride. This was the activity that many students were looking forward to in which we went on a safari bus to view the different landscapes that Werribee showed. During the ride, we all learned many facts about each animal we passed from our director. We then had our own time to explore the zoo.  The excursion the Werribee Zoo was a phenomenal experience which everyone enjoyed, it taught us about the different landscapes and about the animals at the zoo.

Tanvi R. 8F

Year 7 Melbourne Zoo Excursion

On Tuesday the 19th of March all year 7’s when to the Melbourne Zoo. Our day started with going to the seals where a zookeeper was going to talk to us. Our zookeeper’s name was Hillary and she told as about 10 different animals and gave us 2 questions that had to be answered at the end of the day. The questions were “Which of the 10 animals will you lend your voice to?” and “Why is the animal important?”.

After the talk with Hillary, we had roughly an hour to explore the zoo before another talk with a zookeeper. I went to see the elephants, orangutans, and the tiger. We then went to the zookeeper talk and got to touch a little tortoise and learn about CHIPP. CHIPP stands for climate change, habitat destruction, introduced species, pollution, and poaching. These are the ways that animals can become endangered or even extinct.


After a few more hours of exploring the zoo we all sadly had to go onto the bus and back to school. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy the zoo and my favourite part was getting the opportunity to roam around the zoo with my friends. If I could I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Tilly H 7A


Senior School

State Library of Victoria Excursion

On Thursday, 21 March,  the Year 12 Literature class took part in a VCE Study Skills session at the State Library of Victoria. This included a tour of the library and many of the library’s art pieces and artefacts.



Excellent advice on how to use databases and find reputable web sources was offered, and we enjoyed the tour with Josh E, who on a later social media stalk search we found out was a comedian. He wasn’t that funny during the tour though. That was a bit disappointing. But the building, the reading room, the incredible artwork and the trip to Wonderbao afterwards, was wonderful.



Thank you to Miss Skennar for organising the event!


Year 12 Literature Class


On Wednesday the 27th of March, we had the opportunity to go to AAMI park to meet a few Indigenous Melbourne Demon and Melbourne Storm players and a world champion Indigenous Jiu-Jitsu artist to talk about leadership, the Indigenous culture, challenges they faced to get where they are today and what it means to be an Indigenous leader. It was a great chance to meet other students from other schools who are Indigenous and to learn more about the culture if you don’t have Indigenous heritage. It was an honour to meet Neville Jetta, Jeff Garlett and Toby Bedford of the Melbourne Demons Football Club, Josh Addo-Carr of the Melbourne Storm Football Club, and Shantelle Thompson, a world champion Jiu Jitsu artist. We were also fortunate enough to meet Cameron Smith during a tour of AAMI park and come back to a provided lunch. It was a great opportunity that we are very thankful for and would gladly do it again.


Jordan W. 12D and Connor W. 12C



Grand Prix Excursion

On the 15th, some Doncaster students had the chance to go to the Melbourne Grand Prix, we were fortunate enough to attend the amazing experience. We took a range of public transport to get to the event, learning all about Melbourne and its transport system.

When we arrived at the Grand Prix, we could hear the loud noises of the cars ripping past, then the excitement really began. We entered and watched one of the first races of the day, it’s unbelievable how fast the race cars go! We continued to watch the races, as we took the long walk to the science and technology hub.


The science and technology hub were full of many simulators, mainly of cars, but also included things like golf and planes. A big part of the science and technology hub was, getting to know how science and tech goes into the making of cars and why it’s so important. In the hub there were great displays of race cars deconstructed, we could see their engines with the different details of the car, it was so impressive.


There were many other activities and entertainment around the venue, one of the activities were getting in a Range Rover and doing the extremes, we drove up a very steep ramp and went down it dramatically, this was fun but scary as well. We circled around the site many times to take photos of display cars, for example, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and McLaren etc.


As we headed home we reflected on the day and how fantastic it was, we learnt so much and had a massive amount of fun, we would definitely come again. Thank you so much Mr. Hollard and Mr. Knott.


Ella R. and Sophie N. 7A

Year 8 STEAM


Year 8C and 8D have been working hard and challenging themselves in teams to create Rube Goldberg, chain reaction machines. They have combined their design and science curriculums, to put their theories of energy into practical forms. They have to create 8 sections with the result being the bursting of a balloon. It has been a very lively, busy classroom with each team meeting their challenge.


Amanda Fisher and Jialing Sun

STEAM Teachers


Girls In STEM


Girls in STEM is a club we run at school where we do a variety of experiments. Each month we have a different theme, for example, March was kitchen science. We also do robotics coding and so much more! Girls in Stem runs every Friday in G6 at lunchtime. We hope to see you there!

Betty Z. 8G and Kate M. 8C



International Students

Westfield Shoppingtown Excursion

The newly arrived international students recently went on an excursion to Westfield Shoppingtown to practise their English speaking in a real-life scenario. They designed interview questions in class and interviewed a few shop assistants in the shopping centre, where their emotional roller coaster went from ‘I am so nervous’, ‘How do I even start the conversation’ to ‘Yes I did it!’ and ‘I feel proud’.




“I felt very nervous. What if I said something incorrectly?” – Andy Lian


“Today I felt happy because this is my first time to interview someone in a shopping centre. This is a brand new thing for me. “ – Suey Ng


“The shop assistant said fiercely, ‘Have you got the boss’ permission? If you don’t, you can’t do it.’ We left in disappointment.” – Olivia Fang


“Finally, we stopped feeling upset because the experience is really meaningful to us.” – Darren Liu


“Although it was exhausting, I was happy to experience the joy of teamwork.’ – Cathy Jing



Zhewei (Katrina) JING
EAL teacher

Interview with Year 8 International Student Representative 


International student Berry EAIN has been selected as Year 8 student representative. 

1. What made you want to apply for Y8 representative position?

The reason why I wanted to become a year 8 representative is that the school has given so many opportunities to be part of the community. I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the school.


2. What will you do as Y8 representative at DSC?

I believe that as a year 8 representative, I will be able to help another year 8 student, as well as the international students. I hope that they can have as many opportunities and fun experiences as I have had so far.


3. How will you help internationals to integrate to school community?

I, myself is an international student  know how challenging it can be to settle into a new school so I will try my best and to help everyone feel welcome and warm.

Shin Thant (Berry) EAIN 8F


Italian News
Ciao a tutti


Pasqua (Easter)

The date of this widely-celebrated religious holiday varies sometime between March and April, based on the Gregorian calendar. Regardless of exactly when it falls, the week leading up to Easter Sunday attracts tourists from around the globe, especially to the Vatican, making it one of the most crowded (and potentially expensive) periods of the year for travel to Italy.

Want to celebrate Easter like the Italians? A traditional Easter meal comes complete with lamb and Colomba sweet bread. On Easter Monday (called Pasquetta), the festivities continue with friends getting together and heading to a park or the countryside, usually for a picnic. 


Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.

Emilee F. 10C




Active April


This year the Premier's Active April begins 1 April and ends 30 April. Active April is an initiative with the aim of inspiring Victorians to live healthier and happier lives and to benefit from physical activity. During the month of April, participants are encouraged to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day. It's loads of fun and it's free. Those who register may receive a range of special offers, including a pass to visit any participating YMCA managed centre. 


Register at this link:



Five tips for staying healthy over the holidays

Hello students! As you already know holidays are just around the corner, this is a great time to unwind and have a rest. Whether you have already made plans for the break or prefer to relax at home, here are five tips for staying healthy whilst away from school.

1. Communicate: When on holidays we may not get to see our peers as often. We can be left feeling lonely and missing our old routine. If you or someone else is feeling this way try catching up in person, a phone call, sending a message or even just liking a picture on Instagram/Facebook. Appreciating the people who we go to school with creates confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of belonging.

2. Head to health: Sometimes it is easy to think our mind and body work separately, this, however, is not the case. Our brain needs a healthy diet and exercise to function at its best. Even 10-15 minutes of walking per day can improve our wellbeing, this combined with nutritious food is the perfect way to feel our best physically, mentally and emotionally. Try googling a new snack or meal idea or getting together with some friends for lunch.



3. Hydrate: Drinking water is so important. When we are hydrated we not only function better but we also feel better. If you are struggling to drink enough water try carrying a drink bottle with you or setting reminders on your phone.

4. Mindfulness: We are often so busy doing assignments, extra circular activities or holiday homework that it can be easy to forget our own awareness. Mindfulness is designed to bring our attention to our consciousness and what we are doing. If you are feeling overwhelmed or that things are moving quickly take a moment to pause. You could try mindful eating with your favourite food, meditation through an app such as ‘Smiling Mind’ or giving yourself time to take ten deep breaths.

5. Sleep: Adolescents need approximately 9 hours of sleep per night to function and develop healthily. In order to get a good night’s sleep, you can try turning all technology off an hour before bed, having a hot shower, refraining from caffeinated drinks late in the day or even try putting lavender oil on your pillow.

I hope these tips gave you some ideas on how to stay healthy over the break. Please look after yourselves and we look forward to seeing you soon. Happy holidays!


Charlotte Juricevich 
Student Wellbeing Team 

Careers News

Year 10 Careers Excursion to RMIT and Melbourne University

On Tuesday, 26 March, our Year 10s went to Melbourne University and RMIT. This showed us what career pathways we could take and which courses we need to do to get there. At the University of Melbourne, the presenter told us about what we need to do to get into Melbourne and possible career pathways you may want to take. We were taken on a tour around the grounds which were beautiful. The building I loved the most was the library because it was filled with books. As we walked around there were lots of clubs we saw which showed that there are lots to do and anyone could fit in. We also went to RMIT which was fun. We learnt about which courses they offer and what pathways we can take to get there. After that, we were sent on a scavenger hunt around the campus which was fun. Overall, I really enjoyed going to Melbourne and RMIT and was happy that we got the chance to visit different universities to see what they are like and what we may want to do in the future.

Ismene M.  10H



Year 10 Careers Experience Program - June 24-28

As part of Year 10 and the Careers Curriculum in 2019, all Year 10 students will undertake one week of Work Experience Placement. 'Careers Experience' allows students to develop key transferable skills which link directly to the classroom through better engagement, learning and achievement. Careers Experience allows students to develop these skills in an authentic environment, investigate a future career path and to see the connections between future study areas and the world of work. In preparation, students last year received a 'Careers Experience Handbook' and Information Pack and commenced researching and contacting possible placement locations.


Year 10 Students 

Please be actively seeking to finalise your placement arrangements and, once the Work Experience Arrangement Form has been signed by the employer, yourself and a parent/carer, return the form to the Careers Centre. 


All students should have arrangements finalised by March 16th.


Vanessa Ramsay

Careers Coordinator

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