Dromana College Newsletter

24 March 2016
Issue Two
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal's Report
Open Night Invitation
 Sport News
Year 9 News
Parent Liaison Report
College Staff
For Your Information
Dromana College
03 5987 2805
110 Harrisons Road
Dromana, Victoria, 3936

Principal's Report


First term continues to be a great success, the tone around our school and the focus of our students on their learning is to be congratulated.  Similarly, the commitment and willingness of our students to participate in the many co-curricular activities on offer, including sports carnival, Joining the Chorus, Cycling Club, Athletics Squad, Technology and Dance enhancement programs to name a few, has been outstanding. I particularly want to draw Council’s attention to the performing arts area of the College, in particular I would like to highlight the significant growth in student participation in the Instrumental Music Program. The College Captains have chosen to focus their efforts on expanding the number of participants in whole school events and they are making a fantastic effort to enhance the students sense of belonging at the College.


Parent Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 19 April 2016 has been set aside for Parent Teacher Interviews between the times of 12:00noon 7:30 pm. This is a student free day and consequently students are not required for classes on this day.


The purpose of these interviews is to support student academic progress, and it is an important opportunity for parents, students and teachers to discuss how the 2016 academic year is progressing for each student. Students are strongly encouraged to attend interviews with their families.   


Open Night

The Dromana College Open Night for prospective Grade 6 families will be held on Wednesday 27 April 2016 commencing at 7:00pm in the Basketball Stadium.  The night is being organised by our Transition Coordinator Mrs Brooke Mollenkopf, and all staff and some students will be involved. It is hoped that this evening will give parents an opportunity to seek answers regarding their child’s secondary education and the opportunities that we can provide. Personally I enjoy this evening and see it as an opportunity for the College to celebrate all the great things that the students, staff and families of the College achieve.


Swimming and Athletics Carnivals

The annual whole school swimming and athletics carnivals were both held this term and I would like to congratulate Miss Brittany Felsinger on the organisation of these events.  All students and staff in attendance commented positively about the days, such occasions are invaluable to the enhancement of school spirit and it was fantastic to see such a significant attendance and participation from all students, particularly our senior students.


Enhancement Program

It is fantastic to see some 50 students and four staff training students in the athletics squad on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 7:15am.  Likewise, we have 25 students taking part in the Dance Club on Tuesday morning and Thursday after school, and a regular 12 students involved with the Tuesday morning Science & Technology enhancement class.  Staff running these programs are giving freely of their time and I believe it appropriate to formally acknowledge their commitment through a motion of the College Council.


Easter Holidays

Students will be dismissed from school for the Easter/Term 1 break at 2:30pm on Thursday 24 March 2016.  I wish all our families a safe holiday over the Easter period.  This time is a particularly dangerous time on our roads and I urge all travellers to be cautious and patient when driving. 


Development of Year 7 Area

The redevelopment of the Year 7 area is now underway however we are experiencing some delays.  As with all large scale building projects there is disruption to the regular routines of the school but a positive attitude has prevailed and many of our Year 7 students have expressed that they actually have preferred being integral to the larger school from commencement.


We have minimised the impact on students and staff, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their consideration and support of the teaching and learning program in delivery of this significant capital investment to our facilities.  All going well the new classrooms will be available for Term 3 2016. 

College Council Election Results

The College Council elections have concluded and it is with great pleasure that I welcome all new and returning members to the Dromana College Council and look forward to working with the new council to continue to deliver excellence in education across the Peninsula.


Newly elected College Council members:  

  • Daniel Aubert
  • Scott Goodman
  • Simon Healy
  • Stephanie Pearce
  • Kelly Podboy

Re-elected and returning College Council members:

  • Alan Bounds
  • Yvonne De Mille
  • Claire Easton
  • Murray Inglis
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Drew King
  • Julian Tintinger
  • Catherine Trevorrow
  • Murray Turner
  • Stefan Wycisk

I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank those retiring members of the Dromana College Council for their contributions to the college in making Dromana College the great school that we are today.   

  • Kirsty Dare
  • Rosemary Dowling
  • Kylie Griffin
  • Brooke Mollenkopf
  • Belinda Mullen

I also congratulate and welcome our new council members and look forward to working with the new council to continue to deliver excellence in education across the Peninsula.


Alan Marr


Assistant Principal's Report

Senior School

It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching the end of first term. Although it has been a relatively short term, much has been achieved. The first round of Progress Reports have been distributed and Redemption support classes were held for students whose progress was of concern. Reports are also available via the Daymap Parent Portal. It is vital that students do not fall behind with their studies at this early stage of the year and every effort needs to be made to complete and submit unfinished work. As well as doing this at home, students are encouraged to attend after school classes where further assistance and support is available for students. These classes run in the Library each Wednesday and Thursday.

I also urge parents to attend upcoming parent-teacher interviews with students where meaningful conversations with teachers take place about student progress and strategies for further improvement. The date for this is the 19th of April. Booking details will be made available shortly. Parents can also contact teachers directly via Daymap or by email if they need to.


I would also like to remind students and parents that it is important to have correct uniform ready as the cooler months approach. This includes a school jumper and Dromana College logo jacket. Other jackets and hoodies are not permitted.


Important Uniform Reminder

We have reminded all students that our uniform will be consistently applied in term 2 in relation to school socks, shoes and jackets. A period of grace was allowed in relation to socks and some shoes in Term 1, however students have been advised that correct uniform must be worn from the beginning of Term 2.

As per our published uniform policy:

  • socks must be navy, black or white ankle or knee length (no logos, brand names or designs are permitted).
  • boys’ shoes must be black lace-up leather school shoes- no skate, sport or surf shoes (therefore must have a heel)
  • girls’ shoes: black lace-up leather school shoes or T-bars (fully laced or buckled)
  • jacket: wind/shower proof with College logo (hoodies and any other jackets are not permitted)

We would appreciate the support and cooperation of all parents/guardians in ensuring that all students abide by our uniform policy. This will help to avoid unnecessary conversations with students and possibly parents/guardians as well as ensuing consequences for refusal to comply with uniform requirements. 


In the event that financial circumstances prevent the wearing of correct uniform, please contact your child’s Head Of Year or Head of Welfare, Mrs Brooke Mollenkopf.


Finally I wish all students and families a safe and relaxing Easter break.


Simon Jones

Assistant Principal Senior School

Professional Learning

In term one, teachers have attended VCE data sessions discussing our excellent results from last year but also looking for gaps to continually improve. Teachers have also attended the Examiner Report sessions that give general feedback and information on last year's exam. Work has also been undertaken on the new study designs in the Sciences, English and Mathematics and History. A great deal of Professional Learning also takes  place in Domain Meetings for the various subject areas during meeting times where teachers develop curriculum and assessments in teams.


Teachers and some Educational Support Staff have just finished the first four hour courses offered this year: the choice of courses covered at ICT innovation, Effective Learning, The Diverse Classroom, Student Leadership and Daymap training for new staff. Next term, staff have a choice from: ICT for VCE, Running Effective Excursions, First Aid, Excel Spreadsheets for data and once again ICT innovation or Effective Learning. We are looking at how these courses impact positively upon work done in the classroom with students.


Leanne Winfield

Professional Learning Coordinator

Open Night Invitation

An Invitation to the 2016 Dromana College Open Night


It is a privilege to be the Principal of Dromana College and I delight in the opportunity to share with the wider community our success.


I would like to begin by congratulating the whole college community on a fantastic 2015, with our students having achieved excellence in a diverse range of learning programs and co-curricular activities. All of our students are challenged, motivated and engaged by an interesting, exciting and relevant curriculum that caters for their needs.


As I reflect on the year, I again return to the greatest strengths of our school; the relationships between staff and students and the sense of belonging that our community fosters. The learning relationship of our students with their teachers and vice versa is elementary, built on the college values of respect, integrity, personal best and responsibility and underpinned by clear learning intentions.


The College’s well established vision continues to deliver excellent outcomes for all our students. In 2015 Dromana College students out performed all other local secondary providers. For the sixth year in a row we have improved our VCE median score, our average is now 30, and more that 90% of our Year 12 students achieved above the state mean. 


A recent independent review of the college programs, relationships and achievements, determined Dromana College to be a high performing school of academic excellence.  The report also commended the expansion of our school’s extra curricula enhancement programs to include Athletics, Dance, Science and Technology adjacent to the school day.


The outlook for 2016 is outstanding.  Our focus continues to be delivering the best academic outcomes for all our students. At the same time, we have committed some $3 million to the redevelopment of our new, innovative Year 7 learning area.  The College values are at the core of this commitment and underpin the strong sense of wellbeing and community that our school enjoys.  

I would like to extend an invitation to all members of the community to attend our Open Night on Wednesday 27 April 2016 commencing at 7:00pm to come and see first-hand all that Dromana College has to offer your child.  Tours of the college are also available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30am. If you wish to book a tour or for further information on any of our programs, please do not hesitate to contact the college on 03 5987 2805 or visit our website. www.dsc.vic.edu.au


Alan Marr




 Sport News

Girls Cricket

This far into the year our girl’s teams have been very successful in interschool competition, winning the Senior Girls and the Intermediate Girls in our Southern Peninsula school comp. The seniors then lost to the winner of the Northern Peninsula schools in a very ‘lack-luster’ performance. We will field strong teams in Year 7 and Year 8 competition carnival days in the coming weeks and I encourage all girls to continue to train, or start to train, for future competitions.


Pictured are our winning Intermediate girls. All winning teams at ‘Peninsula’ level will be displayed on the gym window in the future. Well done to all the girls competing in school girls cricket, Dromana  College continues to lead the way in this area of sport.

Mr Miles.

2016 Australian National Series
Toowoomba, Queensland

Dromana College Cycling Team members Riley Morgan (Year 12) and Cameron Wale (Year 11) both competed in the Under 19’s in Toowoomba, Queensland recently.

It was the last race of the series where Riley came 11th in the Cross Country Olympic and

Cameron  came 19th in Down Hill. It was very hot and humid and the course was dry and very dusty.


Both Cameron and Riley, along with a contingent of other Dromana College students, will race in Bright for the Australian Championships.

We congratulate both students on their success.


Adrian Wale

Dromana Cycling Team



Year 9 News

Year 9 Report


Head of Year: Mrs Jennii Johnson        

Assistant Head of Year:  Mr Adrian Moore

Form Teachers:


Bundjil                 Ms Jaimie Watts

Dantun                 Ms Maryanne Caridakis

Nurong                 Ms Joelle Saugy

Palina                    Mr Ian Miles

Tadjeri                   Mr Adrian Moore

Thara                     Mr Murray Inglis

Turang                   Mr Eric Kopp

Winjeel                  Mrs Leanne Winfield

Yoolawil                Mr Dan Earl

Yukope                  Mr Mark Maddock





Our Year 9 Student Leaders

Grace Cosgriff-Camm, Temeka Adie,

Sebastian Zelisko and Daniel Gough

The student leaders hope  to encourage the Year 9 cohort to become more aware of their local environment and how fragile it can be. They will be concentrating on decreasing the amount of litter around the school and encouraging all students to use the bins . They are also wanting to start up lunchtime activities and clubs, such as the year 9 writing club and the painting of 4 square courts in the year 9 area.







This year we have many exciting and interesting programs planned for the year 9 students.


In Term 1 we have been working on Growth Mindset and Respect, two very important skills and values we want to instill in the cohort.


Term 2 will be preparation for The Naplan Testing and looking at the many aspects of ‘Responsible Choices’ and ‘Mental Health’.


Term 3 begins with the year 9 Melbourne Experience Camp, from the 11th – 13th July. We will then be working on career pathways and subject selection. Our aim is to ensure your students have a clear understanding of how to plan a career pathway and what subjects they will be required to undertake through year 10 and VCE to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.


Term 4 sees all students being involved in a community project, raising money and/or awareness about issues they feel are important in our local, wider or global community.


We  have eight students who have been selected to attend Alpine School at the Gnurad Gundidj Campus for Term 2.

 “At the school students live and work in a very close environment with up to 45 of their peers. There is a great deal of independence offered to the students. The students are responsible for helping maintain the school, organising rosters, for doing various jobs around the school and generally controlling the nature of their home and place of learning.”





The students attending the Alpine School are pictured above:  Kaleb Morrison, Lara Topluoglu, James Seward, Ben Golotta, Brynee Clarke, Sebastian Zelseko, Temeka Adie and Grant Baxter.


We wish them well and cannot wait to hear about their experiences when they return to Dromana College in Term 3


Mrs Jennii Johnson

Year 9 Design and Technology


My name in Madison Gard and I am in Miss Russell’s wood class. This is a picture of my pencil holder that looks like a big pencil. I designed and made it from recycled timbers. I can use it to hold pencils and other writing materials. It was cut and I sanded it forever and then painted it. I screwed it onto the oiled backing board which was a bit scary as I hadn’t used a power drill before. It was fun making it and I enjoyed making it.


Madison Gard Year 9


Parent Liaison Report

Parent Liaison Report



I would like to remind all parents willing to assist at the College you need to apply for a Working with Children Card by going to the following site.

ht tp://w w working withchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications

If you already have a Working with Children card but are new to the College please go on this site and add Dromana College to your card. The initial card will cost you the price of a passport photo from there, it is free for volunteers.



Do you shop at Bakers Delight Dromana or Somerville? If so, then mention you are from Dromana College to link a 5% annual donation from all your purchases. This will be donated to the schools welfare fundraising at the end of the year. They also offer some great freebies so don’t be afraid to ask when you are shopping. Please support this business as loyally as they support us.



We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm in the Administration Building. Parents, Guardians, Grandparents and students are welcome.

The next Bunnings BBQ will be from 11.00am on April 25th ANZAC day. Volunteers welcome. Please contact me at the College if you are willing to be put on the roster.



The Wednesday breakfast programs runs from 8.00am to 9.00am and serve hot Milo and toast with jam, vegemite or honey. If you are keen to help please contact me at the College, or if you would like to donate any of the following items in 2016 please leave them at the front office. The items we use are margarine, jam, Vegemite, Long life milk, Milo, hot chocolate, napkins and disposable gloves. Make sure you leave your details so we can thank you or the company who made the donation. We have a letter at the College to ask for donations if you require one.






 Dromana College will celebrate 50 year on 12 March 2017. A committee is currently being formed to plan this great event.

If you are interested in being part of the great adventure contact me at the college for more information.


A big thank you to the following families who took the visiting Japanese students from Takada College under their wing for 9 nights.

Barretts, Clough,Greene,Hanson/Kyle,Johnson,Krauer,Lee,Mc Kay,Setter, Smith,Smith,Stapleton,Stubbs,Treverrow, Twill and Byrn’s/Webster also staff members Rob and Leanne Young and Local Rotarian Freda and Bod Donaldson for hosting the teachers. The students had an amazing time and we look forward to hosting their College again in 2017.

Mrs Theresa Stelling

Parent Liaison Officer




Lions Youth of the Year Quest 2016

This year Dromana College had four students participate in the LIONS Youth of the Year Quest.


This program is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and in taking an active and constructive role in the community. Each student participated in an interview with LIONS club members, and then spoke at a function held at the Safety Beach Yacht Club on Monday 22 February.


The students were required to give two short impromptu speeches followed by a prepared five minute speech on a topic of their own choice. They all acquitted themselves extremely well, and impressed the judges with their preparation, their knowledge of their topic and their public speaking skills.


The participating students and their topics were:

Jasmine Dietzel, Year 11: ‘The Power of Language’

Summer Jones, Year 11:  ‘Protecting our Environment’

Lachlan Setter, Year 11:  ‘The Country Fire Authority’

Amy Mills, Year 12: 'The Refugee Crisis’


Congratulations to each of these four young people on a wonderful effort, and a special commendation to Jasmine, who was presented with the ‘Public Speaking Award’, and to Amy who was the winner of the Club Final, and went on to represent Dromana Lions Club at the District Final in Mt Martha.


Well done, everyone!

Ms Sebire

Gifted and Talented Program

College Staff

Meet Our New Staff


Joelle Saugy

I teach Visual Communication, Art and Photography.

When finishing high school, I wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue design or teaching. After completing my degree in Communication Design, I decided to explore teaching and enrolled in a graduate diploma. I find teaching to be an enjoyable and stimulating career and much prefer it to sitting stagnant behind a computer screen all day.

At Dromana College, I am interested in encouraging students to incorporate digital media into their creative process, especially with most students now having access to their own devices and the technology portal. Between creative blogs and other social media, I lose hours of my life to the internet continually updating ICT skills. My interests also include Mexican food and any hike with a spectacular view.







Blaire Dobrieki

I teach Maths and Sciences.

I've had various jobs in the field of science research before teaching, but as I love working with people I found myself being drawn to jobs in science communication. I was working in the education department at Melbourne Museum which was very rewarding, but I realised that if I wanted to make a longer lasting impact on someone's understanding of science and maths, teaching at a school was the best way to go. Now I'm able to see my students progress with their learning, instead of seeing them once and never seeing them again.

Science and maths are incredibly awesome and interesting subjects and I'm hoping to convince more students of that. I especially want to reduce the anxiety that a lot of students have around learning mathematics.

My interests are film-making, the 'maker movement', camping and hiking, fostering rescue dogs and constantly learning new things.




Marina Job

I teach Mathematics and Psychology.

I was drawn to teaching as I had an amazing university lecturer that had such a talent of explaining difficult concepts in unusual ways that was very accessible for my learning. I wanted to come to this school as I had heard wonderful things about Dromana College, about the students, teachers and the learning atmosphere. I enjoying dancing, running, and trying new food.




For Your Information

Uniform Shop Opening Hours


Theatre Company


Mornington Peninsula Shire Youth Services YLounge School Holiday Program April 2016


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