Dohertys Creek

25 June 2019
Issue Seventeen
Principal Report 
Classroom News & Events
Administration News
Dohertys Creek P-9 College.
(03) 8560 6079
60 Elmhurst Road
Truganina, Victoria, 3029

Principal Report 

Brianna & Ian

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday break.  We look forward to everyone returning in Term 3 ready for lots of learning.


Holiday breaks are great to refresh ready to attend school everyday.  Attendance at school is vital to enable learning to grow.  Being late to school also effects the children's learning.

$25,000 Grant

This Term we applied for a Grant of up to $25,000 in  a program called "Engaging with Indian Communities".  We are very lucky to have been given the full $25,000.  Part of this money will be used to build our Kitchen Garden.  The other part of this grant will be used to employ an Indian artist to work with families to design and construct a large art work for the garden.  


On July 18th we are having an Information Night to meet the artist and talk about the process for the artwork.  The artwork will be based on stories from India.  We want children, parents and grandparents to come long and share stories.

Date: Thursday 18th July

Time: 6:30pm

Dinner Supplied (Vegetarian Cuisine)

For catering requirements please book through Try Booking to let us know that you will be joining us: 

Student Interviews Thursday 27th June

Student led conferences will be held this Thursday 27th June. Children are really looking forward to sharing their learning with you.


Interview times can be booked via compass, if you need any assistance with this please call our administration staff on 8560 6079.



Students will be dismissed at 1:00pm on Thursday 27th June

Interviews will start at 1:30pm.

Term 2 End Details

On 28th June Term 2 Finishes.  Children will be dismissed from school at 2:00pm.  

Breakfast Program - seeking help from Grandparents

We are wanting to start a breakfast program next term.  We are asking for Grandparents to help support the program by coming to school weekly to assist with preparing breakfast.  Please call 8560 6079 if you are able to help us out.

Brianna's Trip to China

Earlier in the term I was fortunate to be invited to China to visit many schools and create relationships with the schools and commence Sister School relationships.

I visited many schools in Shanghai, Yiwu and Nanjing. It was great to see so many different schools and how they operate. When arriving at each school I was treated with a lot of respect. I was presented with flowers and gifts. I was given tours of the schools and saw the special program that they ran. All the schools that were visited had won awards in their districts for the amazing work that they do. Technology and Performing Arts were major programs in these schools as well as English Classes.

I was fortunate to meet the students who will be visiting in August from Yiwu. They are all excited to be coming. I presented to the Education Minter of the region about our school and the Sister School relationship we would have with this school.

In Nanjing, I visited the school that families will visit in October. The staff and students are all very excited about our families visiting.

It was amazing to see so many schools that were hundreds of years old with over 1000 primary students. The history of their culture is everywhere within the school and it made me think about how at Dohertys Creek we too are on our journey representing all the different cultures at our school.

As you walk through our school, you will see all the gifts that were given to us from these amazing schools. Come in to our Administration Building (Wirrigirri) to see these beautiful gifts!



Curriculum Day Staff Learning

On Friday was our combined curriculum day with many schools throughout Wyndham.

The day started with a smoking ceremony to cleanse us and get us ready for a day of learning and sharing.

We then were fortunate to hear our keynote speaker Misty Adoniou. Misty is an international expert in teaching writing and has a tenure at the University of Canberra.

She walked us through the history of writing and its importance to people everywhere. She then discussed the ongoing decline of the results of Writing in NAPLAN.

She posed the question, “What if we stopped teaching writing as a series of small isolated skills, and remembered the purpose of writing – to engage the hearts and minds of readers.”

A very inspiring talk with a lot of direction we will move through in the coming years.

In the afternoon, staff were able to participate in workshops presented by different schools on their practices in their schools. This was a great opportunity for everyone to hear and learn from each other as well as creating many network contacts.


Classroom News & Events

School Disco

Thank you to everyone who came and supported our School Disco.  The children had a wonderful time on the dance floor.  Panda loved being able to have some fun with the children.


Prep Enrolments 2020

Enrolments are open for Preps for 2020.  WE have to have all 2020 students enrolled by September to assist with planning and staffing for 2020. 

Kids Unlimited Term 3 Activities and Timetable

Attached is the Term 3 after school activities and timetable.


Homelessness Week


In the lead up to Homelessness Week in August, Arndell Park Community Centre invites the community to get involved in a donation drive and community dinner. From now until August, our school will be a collection point for donations that will be used to pack Dignity Bags that will be distributed to community centres and local charities. Donations can be made at the front office – the items that can be donated include two-minute noodles, muesli bars, bags, new water bottle, hand sanitiser, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap, deodorant, hygiene products for women, nappies (all sizes) and new socks and underwear (male female, all sizes).

On Wednesday 7th August from 6pm-8pm, Arndell Park Community Centre is hosting a community dinner. At this dinner you will hear from guest speakers, pack Dignity Bags, take part in interactive activities to raise awareness about homelessness, and learn how the community can help support those experiencing it. The dinner is a gold coin donation and is open to people of all ages, but we would especially love to see young people and their families attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact us to reserve your spot/s as places are limited: (03) 8734 8911 or [email protected]



Photo: Administration

Administration News

Photo: Administration

Office Hours

8:15am - 4:00pm

(Closed during school holidays)

ph: 8560 6079

 E: [email protected]

Camps, Excursion and Incursion Payments

We are continually trying to improve the way we organise and communicate events to the Dohertys Creek community. Part of this process is to ensure that Parents/Carers are given sufficient time to provide payment and consent for future excursions and incursions. To support this process we ask that parent always provide electronic consent. If this is an issue for you please contact the administration team who will support you through this process as handwritten notes or verbal consent can not be accepted.


We also recommend logging on to Compass regularly to ensure you do not miss the closing dates for upcoming events as late payment and/or consent will not be accepted under any circumstances.


The safety of our students is paramount and having these processes in place helps ensure that we have all of our bases covered when students leave the College under our care.

Updating Contact Details

Have you or your family circumstances changed? Mobile phone and email addresses can be updated on Compass. For all other changes, please notify the General Office either in person or via email at

[email protected]


Did you know that absences can be entered directly into Compass by Parents/Carers? This is our preferred method of communication, however Parents/Carers can also contact the school to discuss attendance issues or report a student absence (preferably before 8.40 am).


Late arrivals

All students arriving late to school (ie. after 8.50am) must report to the Administration Office before heading to their classroom to obtain a late pass. This late pass then needs to be handed to their teacher. Students will be directed back up to the office by the teacher if they do not have a late pass.


Early Leavers

All parents wishing to collect their child/ren early (ie. before 3pm) must report to the Administration Office before heading to their child's classroom to obtain an early leavers pass. This early leavers pass will then need to be handed to their teacher. Parents will be directed to the Administration Office by the teacher to obtain an early leavers pass before a student is released from class.


Dohertys Creek P-9 College have a uniform policy and appreciate your parent support in ensuring children are in correct uniform each day.  Please ensure all uniform items are named.

Some reminders:

  • Only school shirts or tshirts can be worn
  • Hoodies are not part of the school uniform and can not be worn.
  • Only blue leggings can be worn under tunics or skorts (patterned leggings are not part of the uniform)
  • Navy headscarves and turbans can be worn.
  • ribbons can be red blue or white
  • socks must be white
  • black shoes should be worn


Term Dates


January 29 2019 - April 5 2019


April 23 2019 - June 28 2019


July 15 2019 - September 20 2019


October 7 2019 - December 20 2019

Curriculum Days

Friday 21st June

Monday 5th August

Monday 28th October

OSH Club

Should you require before, after school care or vacation care for your child or would like further information in regards to the services and programs that they provide, please contact OSHClub on 1300 395 735 or .


Dohertys Creek
Uniform policy (February 2022).pdf
PRICELIST - Doherty's Creek P-9 College updated 14.12.pdf
Kids Unlimited Dohertys Creek Welcome Letter.pdf
Chess Starting 20th May.pdf
Eid Celebration at Dohertys Creek College.pdf
OSH kidsoft iParentPortal app guide.pdf
Kids Unlimited - Term 3.pdf