College Newsletter

09 August 2019
Issue 32
Dates to remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
College Information
Sport News
Careers & Pathways
Middle School
Senior School
International Students
Our Alumni Community
Community News
Doncaster Secondary College
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Dates to Remember

Monday, 12 August

Year 8 Doncaster RSL -  8E

Divisional Athletics, Doncaster Athletics Track
Victorian Schools Music Festival Senior Jazz Band, Hawthorn Arts Centre

DSC  and Persian Community Harmony Program (Senior Centre)

Tuesday, 13 August
Year 10 Economic and Business Management Incursion (PPC)


Wednesday, 14 August

Year 9 Duke of Ed Service 

Year 9 MyCity NGV
Year 9 MyCity Yarra River Cruise

Year 9 MyCity Eureka Skydeck

Victorian Schools Music Festival Junior Jazz Band, Hawthorn Arts Centre


 Thursday, 15 August
Year 8 Project Rockit Digital Ambassadors Program (PPC)
Year 12 Art Melbourne Street Art Tours
Year 9 Doncaster RSL - 9F


Friday, 16 August
Wind Symphony Workshop with Broden Ford (PPC)


Monday, 19 August

VCAL Managing a Business Excursion


Tuesday, 20 August

VCAL Volunteering, Sacred Heart Mission

Year 8 STEAM Resource Collection, Reverse Art Truck

USA Basketball Tour Information Meeting


Wednesday, 21 August
Year 9 My Duke of Ed Service

Year 9 MyCity Eureka Skydeck

Year 9 MyCity Laneways & ACMI
Year 9 MyCity Melbourne Cricket Ground

Year 11 Fit 2 Drive

Victorian Schools Music Festival Windy Symphony, Hawthorn Arts Centre

Tuesday, 27 August: Student Led Conferences


Principal's Report

Acting Senior Education and Innovation Leader (SEIL)

I am writing this article from the Regional Office of the Department of Education as I have been appointed to the Acting SEIL position for a fortnight commencing 5th of August.  It is a very different role to being a Principal of a school as I have twenty-nine schools to “look after”.  This week I have been privileged to visit many primary and secondary schools in the Monash Manningham Network and sit in on leadership meetings, plan for school reviews, monitor schools’ Annual Implementation Plans and Principals Performance Plans.  I have learnt so much from my colleagues, seeing firsthand what works in lifting student learning outcomes across a range of different settings.  I have also found it very rewarding to support principals and their teams in building their leadership and school improvement capacity. 


I’d like to acknowledge and thank the Assistant Principals and Business Managers for their leadership of our school in my absence. 


Éva McMaster


Assistant Principals' Report


Intermediate Squash Team

On Thursday, 1 August, the boys and girls intermediate squash teams attended the State Finals competition at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Both teams performed well however they were unable to move past the pool stage. All of the students are to be commended on their effort and respect throughout the day. Team members included: James I-P, Jessica M, Emily P, Ethan J, Jordan L, Sienna M.


Glen Morris 
Assistant Principal

Participation creates positive and resilient students

Students at Doncaster Secondary College have opportunities to be involved in many aspects of school life. As parents and carers, I encourage you to talk with your child about what they are participating in from their learning in the classroom through to their involvement in clubs, activities, sports and music programs. We are a school that values individuality, diversity and excellence. This means that we strive to give every child an environment where they can become the person they wish to be. Participation is the key to finding out where interests and passions lie.


These conversations can then help you to work with your child when they are making decisions in preparation for the world of work and their future career, including subject selections, further study, and training in a workplace or at a tertiary institution.


The Senior Years Career Expo was a great success last Wednesday, with an array of opportunities available to students from Years 9 through to Year 12. This is a major careers and pathways event coordinated by Vanessa Ramsay (Careers Development Coordinator) that springboards students into working through some of those difficult career and pathways decisions.


Now is such an important time for our students to reflect on their learning and make informed decisions about next steps. The Career Centre is a dedicated space in the Senior Centre where careers and course information is displayed. Students are welcome to visit the centre during recess, lunchtime, after school and during study periods.


In addition to material kept on-site for students, there are resources and information disseminated to students and parents including:

  • The Doncaster Careers website –
  • Weekly “Career News” available on
  • Senior School Handbook part 1 (rules, processes, procedures and general information regarding VCE and VCAL)
  • The Senior Pathway Course Selection Handbook part 2 (for Year 11 and 12 students) available on College website
  • Compass NewsFeed


Belinda McGee 
Assistant  Principal

Student Led Conferences

In the coming weeks, your child will be preparing for their upcoming Student Led Conferences (SLCs). Your child has been collecting information about their learning and preparing to present to you these efforts and achievements. The purpose of these conferences is for your child to celebrate their learning successes and identify areas of growth guided by a conversation with their subject teacher.


There will be no classes at school on Tuesday, 27 August. Students from year 7 to 12 are expected to attend conferences with parents.


Booking information will be published via a compass newsfeed in the coming week. Families are encouraged to regularly access and read the newsfeeds.

Assessment Reporting

Instead of one summary report at the end of a term or semester, you will be able to see Learning Tasks with comments and grades on the following dates: Tuesday, 20 August, 15 October and 10 December


Student Led Conference - Tuesday, 27 August

Semester Report - Tuesday, 15 December


These tasks will be flagged to show there is an indication of the Grade and Effort as well as a Comment.

The end of semester reports which are a summary of each subject with Victorian Curriculum levels and grades for key tasks displayed will be published on Compass by Tuesday, 15 December. There will be no comments on the end of semester reports. You will see comments in Learning Tasks on Tuesday, 20 August, 15 October and 10 December by following the instructions attached.

What this means for Parents:

Parents will need to log into Compass and look at flagged Learning Tasks on or just after the dates published above. You will be able to regularly monitor student progress and see feedback about specific tasks and how students can improve. ​ There is a file attached which will help you navigate Compass to find this great feedback provided by teachers.

What this means for Students:

Students will need to ensure Learning Tasks are submitted on time with maximum effort applied. You will be able to read comments and analyse rubrics to see feedback about specific tasks and how to improve. This allows you the opportunity to regularly monitor progress towards your goals.

Sarah Emanuel 
Acting Assistant Principal

College Information

Our official DSC Facebook page


DSC and Persian Community Harmony Program


SRC Charity Dress Day - Black & White


This coming Tuesday, 13 August will be our term 3 Charity Dress day.

The theme is "Black and White". 

Please bring a gold coin to donate to your choice of our 4 charities for the year.


USA Space Camp 2020

Doncaster Secondary College will be returning to Space Camp in 2020! It is a great opportunity for students who are interested in space, piloting, computers and engineering or just wondering how an astronaut is trained. The two-week camp will occur at the end of Term 3 2020 and is available for any students who will be in Year 9, 10 and 11 in 2020.


Students will have the opportunity to attend the Advanced Space Academy for a week participating in a rigorous program developing leadership and teamwork skills while getting a chance to experience low gravity simulators and astronaut training equipment. Students will be taken to San Francisco for 3 nights to explore the city and many sights around Silicon Valley. Students will also be taken to Orlando for 4 nights where they will visit the Kennedy Space Centre and see the history of US space travel and where they will have lunch with an astronaut! They will also have the chance to experience a wind tunnel at iFly, complete an airboat adventure of the Everglades and visit Universal Studios.


There will be an Information Night running on Wednesday, 28 August at school for all those interested.


If you are interested in attending the camp, please come to see Miss Luu in the A block staffroom for a form and for more information.


Mary Luu
Maths and Psychology Teacher

2019 DSC Arts Exhibition


Earn & Learn

Thank- you to everyone who collected Earn and Learn stickers for the school. Isabella B., Alexia B. and Elli M. of 9H counted over 16,000 stickers. These stickers will now go towards purchasing Sports equipment that students have voted on for use during recess and lunchtime.


Laura Chiappa

Health & PE Teacher

Sport News

Volleyball Victoria Schools Cup

From Friday, 26 July until Sunday, 28 July our Senior Boys Volleyball Team participated in the Volleyball Victoria Three Day Schools Cup. The tournament features approximately 40 teams all over Victoria. The competition was held at the State Volleyball Centre and our team entered the Year 11 Division in which we placed 3rd and won the Bronze medal. The team played a total of 6 hard-fought matches, whilst refereeing and spectating peers in between.

Our first match was against Keysborough Secondary College. We had a slow start but managed to keep each set close, unfortunately losing 2-0. Next was against Nossal High School. Our communication and teamwork led us to a 2-0 victory to conclude the first day of the Volleyball Victoria State Schools Cup. Day 2 began with a match against Marcellin College. Both teams fought hard but Doncaster managed to get the win after 3 close sets; 19-25, 25-14, 19-17. Our next 2 matches were against Yarra Valley Grammar. Doncaster started strong in both matches, winning the first set 25-19 and 25-17. However, our opposition didn't give up and managed to win the second and third set in both matches. This placed us in the running for the bronze medal. 

To win the bronze medal, Doncaster was unrivalled in our energy and team spirit. We defeated Marcellin in 2 sets. For our first 3-day volleyball cup, we were more than pleased with the result and hope to keep training for next year. A big thank you to our coaches Ms Blake and Ms Emanuel for their unwavering support. 


Llyod L. 11H and Ethan J. 10A

Careers & Pathways

Dates to Diarise for Term 3

University/ TAFE Open Days 

Year 12 VTAC Timely Applications
throughout August and September
VTAC SEAS and Scholarship Applications

opens August and September

2019 Senior Years Careers Expo

The 2019 Senior Years Career Expo was a day full of information and events for students in Years 9 to 12. The day launched the 2020 course selection process and was designed to assist and equip students with the necessary information for them to make informed decisions about their future pathways. 


David Perry Hall was full of displays covering all the VCE subject areas as well as information on VCAL and VETiS in the Subject Expo. Students in Years 9 and 10 were able to ask questions of teachers and senior students and gain a greater sense of the requirements and content covered in each subject. It was great to see a number of Year 10 parents attend the Expo as well.



From lunchtime, the Senior Centre hosted the Tertiary Expo. Representatives from most of the major universities, TAFE institutions and some private training providers were available to answer questions and hand out course guides.



Following on from our 50th Anniversary celebrations earlier in the year, we were able to connect with a number of DSC Alumni as part of the 15 Elective Sessions in the middle of the day. Representatives from Vic Police, Aquarena and MEGT along with alumni and guest presenters, shared their career experiences with students on a range of topics including music, law, business, IT, media, real estate, health and robotics. 

A big thank you to all our guest presenters and staff for contributing their time and expertise to the day.


Vanessa Ramsay
Career Development Coordinator

Christmas in July Careers Expo

On Thursday, 25 July numerous students attended a student employment expo called ‘Christmas in July’  which was held at Mc2. Students had the opportunity to identify potential employment opportunities from different companies, learn about the recruitment process, explore pathways and attend employment focus workshops.

I enjoyed the event thoroughly. I was able to learn a lot of important information about the recruitment process and hear from various people about their experience in the workforce. Overall, it was a great experience and I really enjoyed attending the different workshops.

William L. 10J


2020 Vocational Education & Training in Schools (VETis)

Any current Year 9 or 10 students who would like to find out more information about VET subjects offered, please see Mrs Wakeham in the career office. VET subjects offered this year include Animal Studies, Applied Fashion, Building & Construction, Hospitality, as well as Kitchen Operations. Students will be required to travel to another school or TAFE each Wednesday afternoon to study the subject.


Anne Wakeham

Career Counsellor 
VET in Schools Coordinator

Latest DSC Careers News


Middle School

Illuminate NextGen Challenge

Last week the Year 9 SEAL group attended Deakin University to complete the Illuminate NextGen Challenge with two other schools. Students were asked to create a new education technology product in groups which involved creating a business plan, assessing financials, marketing strategies and pitching the idea to a panel of judges. All the students performed very well and were great in presenting their ideas and should be proud of what they have achieved throughout the week.


Congratulations to Blake Ceola, Brian Clarke, Kelly Ng, Andrew Tao, Kieana Thai and Jacob Van Winckel on winning the Best Marketing Strategy out of all the groups involved!


Mary Luu
Maths and Psychology Teacher

Year 7 Discovery

In Discovery over the last two weeks, students in 7J have been working on common community issues and what steps the students could take to minimise the concerns.


Some of the issues raised included:

  • social media education,
  • recycling efforts at DSC,
  • charging stations at school and
  • alcohol/smoking consumption and abuse directed towards children in sport by adults.

Congratulations to all 7J students for the effort that they showed during this unit.


Elly Stewart

Year 12 Coordinator

Become a Peer Leader for 2020

Attention all Year 8 students interested in becoming a Peer Leader next year.


Peer Support is one of the leadership opportunities in the College. Peer Leaders play a vital role in helping Year 7 students settle into our community at Doncaster Secondary College. 
One major component of being a Peer Leader is to work with a 2020 Year 7 class to support and empower relationships between leaders and students that will assist the Year 7 students to understand and thrive as part of the DSC community.
Past Peer Leaders have enjoyed the experience, with some of their highlights being attending the Year 7 camp, getting to know the Year 7s and participating in some fun and challenging training! Peer Support Leaders are provided with a one-day training program in Term 4 to prepare them as Peer Leaders for the Year 7 Orientation Day. Ongoing training, support and evaluation will continue throughout 2020.
Peer Leaders need to be able to demonstrate organisational skills, initiative, interest and care for younger students and a commitment to following school rules and being a positive role model.

Applications need to be handed into the Middle School Office before Wednesday, 21 August 2019.


Carly Sayer
Middle School Leader


Senior School

Senior VCAL Excursion to the Sacred Heart Mission

The first of four groups of our Senior VCAL students (Tia, Aleksi, Luka and Tyler) accompanied by Miss Blake went out to the Sacred Heart Mission dining hall in St Kilda to feed the homeless last Tuesday. We arrived in St Kilda at 9 am to help the SHM staff during their breakfast and lunch period. We started by prepping and cutting all the ingredients up for the following day’s lunch service. We were given a meal during our lunch break before we started serving lunch to the clients. The lunch service was quite challenging and we were given a range of roles including serving hot food, greeting clients, serving tea/coffee, cleaning tables and dishes and supporting the ongoing volunteers. After lunch, we helped the volunteers with a huge clean down of all the tables, chairs, floor and serving tables. This is done every day with chemicals, hot soapy water and scrubbing brushes then dried with towels. Overall the day at Sacred Heart dining hall was challenging, however eye-opening and rewarding to have the opportunity help out our homeless community.

Over the next month, 3 more groups of students from VCAL will be volunteering their time with the Sacred Heart Mission. 

Tia S. 12S

International Students

Homestay for International Students

We are currently refreshing our list of Homestay Providers for our International Student Program!


You must be able to speak English fluently, willing to help the student(s) adjust to life in Australia and improve their English through a variety of means. Some of our current hosts provide daily conversation, homework assistance, watching Australian television and reading through an English novel or magazine together. You will act in a semi-parental role and keep the school informed about any welfare issues. As a host of a student under 18, you and all your family members who are over 18 will need a Working with Children’s Check. You will also be given lots of support from the school and International Student Program Coordinator.


Your home must be within walking distance or with good transport access to the school and students must have their own room, furnished with a bed, cupboard/wardrobe, desk, chair and lamp. 



The benefits to you are that you can share in the life of a young person, playing a role in their successes in life and learn more about the world.  The payment for their accommodation is generous. 


Please contact me at if you have any questions or would like an application form.


Director of International Student Program

Introduction to Stress Management

On Wednesday 24 and 31 July, we ran two Wellbeing seminars for Year 12 Chinese International students, covering the contents of wellbeing introduction and stress management. 


The session of Wellbeing Introduction provided an opportunity for Chinese international students to deeper understand the information of wellbeing or mental health from the consideration of Chinese culture, factors impact on wellbeing, problems faced by international student and factors affecting them to seek help. Additionally, it also introduced the DSC Wellbeing team, whole-school approach to wellbeing and community resources they are available to get help.


During the Stress Management session, we experienced meditation, introduced the information of procrastination, exam stress, symptoms of experiencing stress and some tips beating stress. Besides, the students discussed their social support network, emotional management, and shared stress coping strategies. 

The students were well behaved, engaged and interactive. They learned skills and strategies to manage their stress symptoms, as well as where to seek help.


Carrie ZHANG

Wellbeing Placement Teacher

Compulsory Homework Club

The International Student Program offers 3 Compulsory Homework clubs, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school where newly arrived international students can get help to become more familiar with school life. International Student Program staff Mary LIAO and Heidi LUO takes turn to assist students in these clubs. Here is a short reflection from each of them on what they have been doing in these sessions with the students.

We have organised three sessions of homework club every week for all new international students and their buddies to attend. During these sessions, we cover many topics. We went through the school policy in the student planner last Tuesday with the students and their Year 8 buddies. They discussed what the policy meant with each other to ensure the group international students understood clearly. They had asked questions about any sections of the policy they were not clear on, which we clarified for them.

Heidi LUO — International Student Program Assistant

We covered the information regarding anti-bullying, harassment and child safety as well as the associated useful links and helpline details. Instructions on Compass about purchasing textbooks have also been provided. We had our volunteer session, during which the students were separated into two groups, each led by a volunteer, and studied two short English articles, namely, The Age of Exploration, and Indigenous People. Students also received support and assistance in their studies and the completion of homework.

Mary LIAO — International Student Program Multicultural Aid


Italian News
Ciao a tutti


Italian food is one of the most loved cuisines in the world, with pasta being a must on everyone's plate. To turn it into an even more authentic cuisine experience, Italian people often insist on using certain sauces with certain pasta shapes and advise people to not deviate from traditional pairings. 


Has it ever happened to you that you looked at a menu and wondered how to pronounce the name of the dish? Well, to help you with that, here are some common pasta shapes with their correct pronunciation that might help you to order the next time you visit an Italian restaurant.

Gemelli (jeh-MEHL-lee)

The word “Gemelli” means “twins,” and this pasta looks like two short pieces of pasta twisted together. It’s actually one piece of pasta, but it looks like twins!




August 15 marks the official beginning of Ferragosto, when Italians close up shop and, traditionally, head to the beach or mountains. While traditionally the official start of summer, now many Italians also take a vacation before or after the holiday. 




Spaghetti and meatballs is not an Italian dish. Plus, did you know that you are not likely to find a lot of pasta dishes topped with meat, this is usually reserved for dishes cooked “al forno”. 

Niko K. 10D



Year 10 Italian Primary School Visit

On Monday, 29 July and Wednesday, 31 July all Year 10 Italian students visited Templestowe Heights Primary school to teach the grade 5 & 6 students. 

The year 10’s spent time planning a variety of lessons featuring different topics to engage the students. Some of the topics that were covered included; family, sport, colours, numbers and of course food!

DSC students created bingo boards, flashcards, crosswords as well as catering to the more kinesthetic learners by offering “kick to kick” sessions while discussing their favourite teams’ colours & nicknames in Italian!

Prof Brogno and I were extremely proud of our students’ organisation, preparation and effort both in the lead up to and during the event. The feedback from the Primary School was excellent and we hope to be able to continue this association throughout the year.




Prof Allen & Prof Brogno

Teachers of Italian


Year 9 English Course Options

Students entering Year 9 can now choose from four different English themes!


Each of the four English options will support learners to achieve the key concepts and skills of Year 9 English and, similar assessment tasks will take place in each of the courses. The novels, film, articles and short stories studied, as well as the themes and ideas that are discussed, will differ in each of the courses. Students are encouraged to select the course option that most appeals to their interest.


The course options include:

  • Outsiders
  • Future Worlds
  • The Power of One
  • Whose Reality?


Descriptions of each of these course options can be found in the Middle School Handbook.


Choosing a Year 10 English subject


How do I help my Year 10 student choose the right English subject for Year 11?


Fiona Cowan
English Learning Area Leader


Year 7 English 

For Year 7 English, students were asked to complete a variety of activities relating to the study of the novel 'Holes'. One activity asked students to choose a setting in the novel and write a vivid description of it that will help someone to visualise it. I thought Sofia F (7F) did such a wonderful job!

Luisa Allen

English Teacher



Camp green lake, bare, dry, dusty. Water, a dream that you can barely remember. A beautiful lake, with water lapping and feeding the luscious plants a memory, that has disappeared.

An abandoned boat, sitting in the pit of what used to be a lake. The little boat, rusting away, the only trace of the tragic events that took place years ago. The sun glaring down, shade a thing of the past.

Sunflower seeds scattered on the ground, tyre marks showing friendship, what one person will do for another.

Orange dirt, clay as tough as rocks. Boys digging all day, hungry, tired and thirsty.

Close but so far, a thumb in the distance holding many unanswered questions.

Falling apart, dorms holding clothes in need of washing. 

The ground, hardly distinguishable more holes than walking space.

A wasteland, wasting away no water, dry, horrible. 


Sofia F. 7F

Our Alumni Community

Spotlight on former DSC student Alexandra Christou (nee Wragg) - Class of 2006

There are always people who have known from a young age what they want to do with their life. But as Alexandra puts it, “You don’t have to decide your life path at 16 or 17. You can follow your own path and take some time to decide what sparks passion.” Now married with two children, balancing full-time work and being a mum has been challenging but “an incredible opportunity”.


She has progressed through many different roles since leaving school from being a Secretary in residential Real Estate, Account Administrator for a Maximum-Security Prison to now Westpac Facilities Operations Manager. For Alexandra, this unexpected career path quickly grew into a passion and shows that you don’t necessarily need a set path and end goal to achieve a fulfilling career.


Annabel Carr
Alumni Coordinator




UR Retreat

The ‘UR Retreat’ is a four-day retreat that has been designed for young women (between the ages 13-15 years old) living in Yarra Ranges, Maroondah City Council, Knox City and the surrounding areas. Throughout the retreat numerous workshops, guest speakers and activities have been created to help young women between the ages of 13 to 15 to; challenge, motivate, empower, explore, discover and celebrate their skills and talents as young women. Some of the workshops may include;

  • Positive Body Image
  • Arts & Craft
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Cyber Bullying Eduction
  • Skin Care
  • Personal Development & Goal Setting
  • Peer Influence
  • Relationship Skills

Please see the flyers for more information 


Bethany  Moody 

Middle School Counsellor/ Social Worker




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