Dromana College Newsletter

08 March 2019
Issue One
Principal's Report
 Assistant Principals' Report
Senior School News
Junior School News
Year 7 News
Year 11 News
Sport News
Art Department News
Performing Arts News
Information for Parents
Parent Liaison Report
Community News
Dromana College
03 5987 2805
110 Harrisons Road
Dromana, Victoria, 3936

Principal's Report


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 as a high performing school of academic excellence. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new families to Dromana College, I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you throughout the upcoming school year. 


I would like to begin by congratulating the whole college community on a fantastic 2018, with our students having achieved excellence in a diverse range of learning programs and co-curricular activities. Our students are challenged, motivated and engaged by interesting, exciting and relevant curriculum that caters for their needs.


As I contemplate the year ahead, 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 2018 Dromana College students out performed all other local secondary providers. More than 90% of our Year 12 students achieved above the state mean.


An 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, Design, Basketball, Football, Swimming, Sailing, Aerobics and Cycling which runs adjacent to the school day.


The outlook for 2019 is outstanding. Our focus continues to be delivering the best academic outcomes for all our students. At the same time, we have committed additional resources to the redevelopment of our Performing Arts learning area to complement the recently completed Year 9 learning area. The college values are at the core of these commitments, and underpin the strong sense of wellbeing and community that our school enjoys.


Bushfire Preparedness

Dromana College BAL (Bushfire Attack Level), has been lowered which means we will most likely only close on code red days.  Works to create fire breaks in the bushland areas surrounding the college have now been completed adding an additional layer of protection to the students, staff and visitors of the college on high risk fire days.

 Assistant Principals' Report

Simon Jones

Assistant Principal

Years 10 - 12

First term is always a busy one and this year has been no exception. Senior students have settled quickly into their classes and the Jumpstart program at the end of 2018 has helped facilitate a smooth start to the year as students were already familiar with their classes and teachers. Already this year we have completed College photos, the swimming carnival in Glen Waverley and student and parent Information Evenings for Years 10, 11 and 12. We appreciate the support of all students and parents who attended these evenings which are an important medium of communication between the school and the home, ensuring that parents and students can stay abreast of the programs that students are undertaking and the important school policies and procedures that apply in the senior years of school. We trust that those who attended found these sessions worthwhile.

The first progress reports are imminent and we urge students to address any concerns that may be highlighted on them at this early stage, as falling behind can lead to a cumulative effect which may become a major hurdle unless remedial action is taken. Students need to make the effort to address overdue work immediately and can seek support from their teachers if required. I also remind parents and students that an after school homework club is held each Wednesday and Thursday until 4.30pm in the Library. Homework Club is available to all year levels, providing an excellent opportunity for students to complete work or do further study with the assistance and support of subject specific teachers.





Andrew Wynne                                                   Assistant Principal 

Years 7-9

Welcome back to all parents and students of Dromana College and welcome to the first term newsletter of 2019. I hope that for all families of our college this year is rewarding, memorable and successful.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome to the college newsletter for the first time the families of all our new Year 7 students. The decision of which secondary school to send your child to is a huge one which all parents make with thought and care. As a college, we take this responsibility very seriously. As the Assistant Principal looking after your children for the first three years I look forward to working with all the college stakeholders to ensure that all students maximize their learning outcomes and achieve their educational potential as well as providing a safe, supportive and caring environment. As a college, we welcome communication and feedback from our parents and look forward to developing a partnership that benefits the education of all students. Mr. Drew King, Ms. Nicole Sim, Ms. Jo Webb and Mr. Neil Johnson along with the very experienced Year 7 and Transition Head Ms. Brooke Mollenkopf, will be there all the way to support this important period of your child’s educational life.

Welcome back to all our Year 8 and 9 students for 2019. The start to this year has been smooth, with students clearly embracing the college values, as well as the academic challenges of the New Year. It is always important to continue to grow as a learner in each new stage of your educational journey. There should be no year that this growth stagnates, even when Year 12 seems so far in the distance.  These are the years of consolidating good work habits, both in the classroom and in the development of study outside the classroom. It is also the time when friendships continue to develop and positive relationships are formed with teachers, as a true learning partnership between student and teacher is vital for success later in your educational journey. These middle years of schooling are as important as any other stage of your education. Embrace the challenges, have some fun and continue to grow as a learner and as a member of the Dromana College community.


Chad Ambrose

Assistant Principal

Learning and Teaching

This year has begun extremely well. The addition of the new Year 9 area has ensured classes are running smoothly and it is great to see the classes in action, particularly the single sex Maths and English classes that all take place at the same time. Many of our new staff teach within Year 9 and the impact they are  having is already evident. This year Dromana College welcomed a large group of new staff, including three Learning Specialists as part of the Leadership Team. Overwhelmingly the feedback from new staff is that Dromana College students are fantastic and that the opportunities the school affords to our students is wide-ranging, inclusive and accessible.


One of the activities all students in Years 7-9 undertake is Progressive Achievement Tests in the areas of Reading Comprehension and Mathematics. These tests enable teachers to identify individual student strengths and weaknesses and design curriculum accordingly. Furthermore the assessments are used to support students to set goals around their own learning growth in the areas of literacy and numeracy. We encourage parents to discuss the results with their son/daughter and to gain further information from teachers via parent teacher interviews, which will take place on Tuesday 12th March.


Senior School News

Cambodia 2020


World Challenge 2020 Springvale Excursion

The 2020 World Challenge team went on our first team excursion to  Springvale on the 7th February  after school. Our mission was to find a restaurant that could seat and feed 22 people in a time frame of 30 minutes. We went to Springvale as it has a large Asian community, and as a result many Asian restaurants and cuisines. It was a good simulation for what it would be like finding food in Cambodia and Laos. We split into groups to find a suitable restaurant for all of us to dine at. One that could accommodate certain dietary requirements including vegetarian & vegans as well as gluten free meals. We met back together after the time was up in front of one of the Springvale Shopping Centre entrances to discuss where to visit. We settled on one eventually. For dinner we had a variety of meals on plates in the middle of our tables that we could pick and choose our food from. First we had spring rolls. The mains were fried rice, fried chicken and beef served with salads. The dietary requirements were met as the vegetarians/vegans had tofu instead of beef or chicken.  For desert we had watermelon. The restaurant was family owned and the owners were so hospitable and kind it was unbelievable! When we finished eating we went outside for a photo with the owners. The excursion to Springvale was our first team outing. It was a great opportunity to begin to get to know all the other members of the team, and to start working together!

Alex Carney – World Challenge 2020 Team

Barnum- The Musical


Tickets are now available for Dromana College’s production of ‘Barnum’! Featuring the biggest musical cast the college has ever seen, we welcome you to the Greatest Show on Earth!

The world of Phineas Taylor Barnum is full of spectacle and humbug. Sometimes with her support, and sometimes against her objections, P.T. Barnum works with his wife Chairy to create unbelievable attractions in a variety of ways, from the American Museum in New York City to a national tour featuring Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale. Along the way, Barnum meets Joice Heth (the oldest woman alive) and Tom Thumb (the smallest man in the world). He dabbles in politics and begins a lecture tour, culminating in his founding of the Greatest Show on Earth with partner James Bailey.

Showcasing the best of Dromana College’s performing and visual arts students, Barnum is an exciting and joyful ride of humbug and laughter suitable for all ages.


May 10th at 7pm

May 11th at 1pm (Matinee) and 7pm


 Frankston Art Centre Member $30

Full $35

Concession $25

U16yrs $20

Family (2A+ 2C) $90

Tickets can be purchased at:



Dromana College Pathways Information

VET (Vocation Education Training) courses started in the second week with students undertaking their chosen VET course headed to other schools, Chisholm (Frankston or Rosebud) or here at the college, attending the three VET certificate courses we run: Hospitality / Sport and Recreation / Small Business.

Students who undertake VET subjects are working towards completing a Certificate II or III in their chosen industry subject. There are many VET subjects students can choose from including: Traditional type trades, ie: Building, Plumbing, and Electrical as well as a Salon Assistant, Beauty, Media, IT, Equine, Music etc.

VET courses are designed to give the student an industry recognised Certificate, in an industry based environment. VET subjects are unlike normal classroom subjects in that if a student misses a VET class it is not revisited by the trainer. This could potentially mean the student will not receive the full Certificate at the end of the (generally) two years it takes to complete the VET. Instead the student will receive ‘a statement of attainment’.


Attendances are monitored every week and if the student is not in attendance, left early or arrived late  without a notice from parent/guardian, they will incur an unapproved absence and year level coordinator informed for follow up.

If a student will be absent for a VET class, the parent must contact the absence line: 59 84 7177

VET subjects

The College has a dedicated Careers website;               www.dromanacollegecareers.com

Students can create a login to access careers tests and quizzes including personality tests, skills tests, resume builder, cover letters, eportfolios, job interview practice and a whole range of other career tools.

The website has information on senior school and post school options. Students are able to download and print any Workplace learning documents including: SWL (Structured Workplace Learning), Work Experience forms, SBAT (School Based Apprenticeship Training) information Workplace Learning OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety) games and quizzes.

The ‘For Parents’ section includes: Helping your teenage with career planning, Career conversations, How do you know about VET?

Post school options includes: University, TAFE (Technical and Further Education), ADF/ADFA (Australian Defence Force/Academy), Police, Apprenticeships/Traineeships, Financing Tertiary studies and so much more.










Junior School News


Term 1 is a busy time for Debating at Dromana College. The debating season has started with a bang, and this year we have two teams of Year 8 and 9 students representing the school. So far this term, students debated against Padua College and Frankston High School, on the topic “That we should ban horse racing”.  The hard work and preparation of our debaters paid off, with both teams emerging victorious.

Congratulations to Bonnie Salt and Charlie Jones for getting best speaker for their teams! We wish our debaters best of luck for future rounds.


Year 7 News

News from Planet 7

A new year and 384 new Year 7’s descended into the school. It was a fantastic start. Eager and excited faces greeted us from the bus stop and students confidently made their way up to the Year 7 area.

It was wonderful to see everyone in uniform and equally as exciting to see the students adapting so quickly to their new environment. Mr King has started calling them the army because we are such a big cohort.

Classes started straight away and although tired by the end of the first week, the students let us know that they were happy and coping with all the new information they had to learn. Overall, it has been a very promising beginning to their secondary schooling.

Congratulations to all of our Year 7's for such a fantastic start.



Year 11 News

Lions Youth of the Year Quest

Lilia Midlovets and Marco De’Mille in Year 11 both took part in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest 2019.  The program is designed to encourage student interest in leadership, public speaking and in taking an active and constructive role in the community.


Both students presented themselves well and were a credit to the school, impressing the judges with their level of preparation, knowledge of their chosen topic and their public speaking skills. Lilia chose to talk about the importance of gratitude, and Marco chose to talk about the value in listening to and learning from others.


Congratulations to both Lilia and Marco with the way they conducted themselves, and their polished and engaging speeches. Lilia is also to be congratulated for making it to the next round of Youth of the Year. We wish her the best of luck!


Sport News

Dromana College Swimming Carnival


The Dromana College Swimming Carnival is annually one of the best days of the school year. Students take  pride in participating in all aspects of the carnival. Whether it’s competing, dressing up in house colours or cheering on their fellow classmates, the atmosphere at Waverley Aquatic Centre is incredible and 2019 was no exception. This year the Year 12 students led the way with their creative displays of motivation that trickled all the way down to the junior year levels. The day catered for all varieties of activities, including the usual competitive races such as Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly, along with a novelty event at the end of the day which is always fun. Out of the pool, snow cones were sold by the Cambodia Fundraiser team and the Sport and Rec students were to be congratulated on their help in setting up the event. A big thank you to the Saint John’s Ambulance volunteers who were  there looking out for everyone. 


Congratulations to all students who participated in the college swimming carnival, it was a successful and fun day had by all. The following students were the champion students for their age group, Well done to:

13 Girls – Jenn Halliday

13 Boys – Harrison James

14 Girls – Ruby Armstrong

14 Boys – Seth Hodson

15 Girls – Liana Samsom Piniata

15 Boys – Luke Baxter

16 Girls – Chelsea Hutchins

16 Boys – Joel Fraser

17 Girls – Lily Davis

17 Boys – Sam Marr

18 Girls – Charlie Sansom

18 Boys – Oscar Abbas


Good luck to all students who have made the Dromana College District Swimming Team – They compete on Thursday 7th March.


Click on the  gallery to view  pictures of the day.

Girls Cricket

Congratulations to the Dromana College  girls cricket team. The girls put in an amazing effort and won the Interschool round robin. They will compete later in the year as the competition expands to State level. We wish them  good luck for the next round.

Art Department News

Capsules Book

Dromana College has partnered with Capsules Book as part of their Next Gen Initiative.

Capsules Book have donated copies of their illustration publication, Drawn Volume 2, Leaders in Contemporary Illustration for Dromana College students to use an inspirational creative resource. Capsules Book will donate new titles as they become available, enabling students to be inspired by the work from professional artists, typographers and illustrators from around the world. 

Capsules Book are a Melbourne based business who introduce professional artists, illustrators and designers with businesses who hire freelance creative services. 

To find out more visit: https://capsulesbook.com 

Below are examples of Student Artwork


Performing Arts News

Barnum the Musical


Tickets are now available for Dromana College’s production of ‘Barnum’! Featuring the biggest musical cast the college has ever seen, we welcome you to the Greatest Show on Earth!

The world of Phineas Taylor Barnum is full of spectacle and humbug. Sometimes with her support, and sometimes against her objections, P.T. Barnum works with his wife Chairy to create unbelievable attractions in a variety of ways, from the American Museum in New York City to a national tour featuring Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale. Along the way, Barnum meets Joice Heth (the oldest woman alive) and Tom Thumb (the smallest man in the world). He dabbles in politics and begins a lecture tour, culminating in his founding of the Greatest Show on Earth with partner James Bailey.

Showcasing the best of Dromana College’s performing and visual arts students, Barnum is an exciting and joyful ride of humbug and laughter suitable for all ages.



 May 10th at 7pm

May 11th at 1pm (Matinee) and 7pm



 Frankston Art Centre Member $30

Full $35

Concession $25
U16yrs $20

Family (2A+ 2C) $90


Tickets can be purchased at:




Information for Parents

After school homework and study sessions.

Homework Help

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 3.20pm - 4.20pm

Help with homework is available in the library after school every Wednesday and Thursday.  All students are welcome. 

Assistance is available in our quiet and well-resourced library for homework-tasks, general study, assignments, test preparation, essays and improving organisation.  

Accident Insurance Cover for Students

Some school activities and physical education, particularly contact sports, carry inherent risks of injury. Parents are advised that the Department of Education and Training does not have Student Accident Insurance cover for students. Therefore, if your child is injured at school as a result of an accident or incident, all costs associated with the injury, including medical costs, are the responsibility of the child, parent or caregiver. Some incidental medical costs may be covered by Medicare. If parents have private health insurance, some costs may also be covered through your private health insurance. Any other costs would be borne by the parents. Student Accident Insurance is an insurance policy that pays certain benefits should your child have an accident. It is a personal decision for parents which type and level of private insurance they purchase. An approved insurance broker should be contacted if you have any questions about insurance cover.

Personal Goods 

Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises. The Department of Education and Training does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.

Car Park

Please be very mindful when entering the College carpark that you do not use the bus lane. If you drop students off please use the middle car park, gravel car park or the prefered drop-off at Harrisons Road. The carpark is closed between 2.50 p.m. and 3.10 p.m. each day.

Family Holidays

If your student is going to be on holidays within the school term you will need to apply for approved absence at least two weeks prior to the leave. Please address your letter to Mr Alan Marr, College Principal.


Students who arrive late to school must sign in at Reception in the Administration Office.

Students who intend to leave school any time during the day must have a note from their parents which is given to their teacher and then  must be met at Reception, to be signed out, by the parent who is picking them up. 


Parents are reminded to phone the College Absentee Line if their child will be absent or late to school for any reason (holidays, appointments, sick). A note must also be written. Parents can phone the College Absentee Line directly on 5984 7177 available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and leave a message.  An SMS text message will be sent out to parents if the College is not notified of your child’s absence.

HANDY TIP: Please save this phone number to your mobile 5984 7177

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:  29 January - 5 April

Term 2:  23 April - 28 June

Term 3:  15 July - 20 September

Term 4:   7 October - 20 December


Remember you can view all Dromana College important dates and events on the College calendar at https://dsc.vic.edu.au/

News and Events-Events-Month.

School Fees


As a College, we are very conscious of the cost of living pressures on families and endeavour to minimise fees and levies charged. It is however a fact that all government schools depend upon parent contributions to broaden and extend College programs. We are very proud of the breadth and depth of program offered across our College and enrich student learning by providing all students with a wide range of curricula and co-curricular programs. These programs enhance and extend student engagement and learning and are an important component of the comprehensive education for all students attending Dromana College.  It is these additional programs that set us apart from other schools.  Many of these programs are provided by external organisations and require additional resourcing. Some examples include subsidising guest speakers and presenters for pastoral lessons and subjects including English (authors and experts), extra-curricular programs such as HPV, debating, State School Spectacular, Wakikiri Dance, sports equipment and uniforms, school mini buses, science and technology equipment, improvements and maintenance to College facilities and grounds to name but some.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all families who have contributed to the provision of College programs, resources and facilities by the timely payment of school fees and levies. We understand that some families face financial pressure and that the timing of payment either at the end of or beginning of a school year can be difficult for some families. As such we would like to inform all families that ongoing periodic instalments can be paid fortnightly, monthly or quarterly to make contributions more manageable. Parents interested in discussing these payment options are encouraged to contact the office on 5987 2805.


Bus Information

Please note the College bus policy - NO BUS PASSES are issued for students going to friends, after school employment or sport. Please do not send your child to the office for a bus pass as a refusal may offend.

Uniform Shop

Trading Hours

Tuesday ;   8:30am - 12:00pm

Thursday ; 12:00pm - 3:30pm 

Telephone: (03) 5984 7143


For assistance outside these hours, please contact Noone Imagewear Beaconsfield.

Telephone (03) 9769 9093


School Review

Dromana College is currently in the process of undertaking a full school review starting in Term 2. The review process will involve input from staff, students and parents. We will keep the community informed on the progress of our review through regular updates through Compass messages and our school newsletter. 



Parent Liaison Report

Information for Parents


Dromana College are seeking host families for a group of Japanese students   16th to 24th March 2019. You do not need to speak the language just a desire to enjoy this experience.  

Requirements of a host family:

  • Provide 9-night accommodation
  • Pick up and drop off at the College Language Centre.
  • Home visit is required.
  • Attend a Host family orientation prior to their arrival.
  • Own room would be great but can be shared.
  • 3 meals a day (packed lunch school days).
  • Inclusion in family activities.
  • Working with Children check for all members over 18 if not a student.

For further information, please contact: Theresa Stelling
Mobile 0419 502 081

Dromana College will host  Japanese  students in March 2019 and with the new changes to the Working with Children Act we would appreciate it if you may be willing or even considering hosting that you apply or update your Working With Children card now.

The expressions of interest to host will be on the Parent Assistance form for 2019 in your booklist pack or call Theresa Stelling on 0419 502 081.



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



Due to changes with the Working with Children Act on 1st August 2017, we would like to remind all parents willing to assist the College you need to apply for a Working with Children Card by going to the following site.

http://www.working withchildren.vic.gov.au/home/

If you already have a Working with Children card but are new to Dromana College, please go on this site and add Dromana College to your card. The card is free for volunteers and you will need to supply a passport photo.



The Dromana College Breakfast Club program has a wonderful group of Parents, Grandparents and Students working hard every Wednesday morning to provide breakfast for our students.

The Breakfast Club runs from 7.30am to 9.00am every Wednesday, serving 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 please leave at the front office. The items we use are long life milk, margarine, jam, Vegemite, 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.




Please support this business as loyally as they support us. They donate all the bread we use for Breakfast Club every week.

If you shop at Bakers Delight Dromana or Somerville please mention you are from Dromana College to link a 5% annual donation from all your purchases. This will be donated to the schools fundraising team at the end of the year.



Theresa Stelling

Parent Liaison Officer

0419 502 081




Community News

Red Hill Op Shop



Red Hill Op Shop is looking for volunteers to join the group of wonderful men and women who support our organization.

The commitment is just one morning or afternoon once a month and you’ll meet some lovely people at the same time.

If you would prefer not to serve at the counter, there’s lots of other roles you could fill in such as: sorting, helping the area managers display their stock, admin, etc.

We’d love to hear from you, so please contact us to find out more!

Email: redhillopshop@gmail.com or

message us at www.facebook.com/redhillopshop.

Financial Assistance


Rosebud Heart Soccer Club


Moonlit Sanctuary

Moonlit Sanctuary Keeper Club


Kids enjoy environmental activities, animal encounters and native animal care.

Day includes: interactions with dingo, python, off-limits animals, feeding animals & food prep, animal enrichment activities. Learn about our animals, their conservation and the environment. For ages 7-14 years.


Autumn 2019 school holiday dates:

  • Week 1: 8 April, 9 April, 10 April, 11 April, 12 April
  • Week 2: 15 April, 16 April, 17 April, 18 April


Cost: $80.00 per day, or $220 for 3 days (pro rata for additional days).

Maximum 16 children per day.


Bookings essential as spaces are limited

Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and remember your hat or raincoat.  BYO lunch or purchase at the café.


Moonlit Sanctuary

550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale

Phone 5978 7935

Web: www.moonlitsanctuary.com.au

Open daily between 10am and 5pm


Off Shore Cinema


New Players Wanted for Rye Netball Club

Players for age groups

13/U (born 2006/2007)

15/U (born 2004/2005)

Season commences March 16

For more information


0417 388 460

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