Dromana College Newsletter

17 March 2017
Issue One
from the principal
from the assistant principal
parent liaison report
district swimming 
 sailing team 
college production
 50th birthday celebrations
class of 2016
meet our art captains
languages newsletter
year 10 news
youth of the year
indigenous mentoring 
information for parents
Dromana College
03 5987 2805
110 Harrisons Road
Dromana, Victoria, 3936

from the principal


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: sailing, swimming, The Production ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Cycling Club, Athletics, Technology and Dance Enhancement Programs to name a few, has been outstanding. I particularly want to draw your attention to the performing arts and sporting programs of the College We have had significant growth in student participation in these programs again in recent months, and the efforts of the cross section of staff involved as well as the participation of our students, should be applauded.


50th Birthday Celebrations

It is an honour to be Principal of Dromana College and in this the schools 50th year, it is particularly special. As a place of educational excellence, the school in its many guises has served the community of the Mornington Peninsula well. Some 10,000 students, their families and 500 staff have an affinity with the college.  On Sunday 12 March 2017, through the leadership of Theresa Stelling, Doug Smith and Tara Borthwick, the college community came together to celebrate of the school’s fifty years of service. This event was held in the College grounds and there was certainly an enormous amount of success, achievements and pride in our community to celebrate.


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 is the responsibility of the child, parent or caregiver. Some incidental medical costs may be covered from 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 DE&T 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


Open Night

The Dromana College Open Night for prospective Grade 6 families will be held on Thursday 27 April 2017 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 Carnival

The annual whole school swimming  carnival was held this term and I would like to congratulate Ms Emma Morrison on the organisation of this event.  All students and staff in attendance commented positively about the day, 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.


Parent Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 14 April 2017 was set aside for Parent Teacher Interviews between the times of 12:00noon – 8:00pm. This was a student free day and consequently students were not required to attend classes on this day but were strongly encouraged to attend interviews with their families. 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 2017 academic year is progressing for each student.


Easter Holidays

Students will be dismissed from school for the Term 1 and Easter break at 2:30pm on Friday 31 March 2017.  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. 



Alan Marr


from the assistant principal

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 via the Daymap portal. It was pleasing to see so many interested parents and students in attendance at the Parent-Teacher Interviews, which is a great opportunity to flesh out what is written on reports and work with teachers to improve student learning. 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 afterschool classes where further assistance and support is available for students. These classes run in the Library each Wednesday and Thursday. Teachers from all subject areas are in attendance to provide one-to-one support for students.

 Although we are currently experiencing an Autumn heatwave, I would 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. Any other jackets and hoodies are not permitted.


 I wish all students and families a safe and relaxing Easter break, before we start again in Term 2.


Simon Jones

Assistant Principal

Senior School

parent liaison report

Working with Children Check

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


If you already have a Working with Children Check 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.


Bakers Delight - Free Bread 

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 by donating 15 loaves of bread every week to the Breakfast club.


Parents & Friends Association

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

The next meeting will be the AGM on Wed April 19th .


Parents & Friends Bunnings BBQ   

The next BBQ will be from 11.00am on April 25th ANZAC day. Volunteers welcome. Please contact me on my mobile no 0419502081 if you are willing to be on the roster. Most shifts are 2 hours. Students are welcome but must be over 15 to assist with cooking and serving the food.


Breakfast Club News

The Wednesday breakfast program has a wonderful group of parents, Grandparents and Students working hard every Wednesday morning to provide breakfast for our students. The club   runs from 7.30am to 9.15am, 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 2017 please leave at the front office. The items we use are 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.


Theresa Stelling

Parent Liaison Officer

0419 502 081



































district swimming 


Wow, what an amazing day for the Dromana College Swim Team at the District Swimming Carnival held on Thursday 2 March at The Pines Forrest Swim Centre in Frankston. Second overall with over 30 events won, several records broken and a day full of fun and excitement.


Congratulations to everyone who participated!  We almost made history nearly beating the top team who won by only 30 points. If they were handing out points on team spirit, we certainly would have won easily! It was amazing to be a part of such a positive and competitive team. We won overall in the Junior Boys, the Intermediate Girls and the Senior Girls aggregate, which in the end led us to win the overall girls aggregate. What an awesome effort by everyone.Thirty students have made it to the regional finals, which are been held Wednesday 29 March at MSAC. Good luck to all the competitors - let us bring home some more gold medals!


I would like to thank all the teachers who supported us on the day and the staff who organize the swim squad before school to help make this event possible. A huge thanks to Ms Morrison as none of this would happened without her endless support and encouragement.


Lily Davis

Thara 10


 sailing team 

Fantastic Results

The 2016/2017 sailing season is almost to an end. We have had a team of ten students compete at Daveys Bay Yacht Club over the course of the season and are proud to announce that we achieved a third place in this series. All students sailed extremely well with a huge improvement over the course of the season in their starts, tactics, communication and boat handling skills. The results are below:

  • Toorak College
  • Flinders Christian College
  • Dromana College
  • Woodleigh College
  • Cornish College

We could not have achieved this result without our coach Daniel Quinlan who gave up his time to coach the students on and off the water.

We also had six girls compete at the Girlsail Regatta this year. Light winds and beautiful sunshine were enough to make these girls smile and they were lucky enough to meet and listen to a motivational talk from our very own Olympic Silver Medalist in the Nacra 17s, Lisa Darmanin.

A great day out on the water and we also managed to achieve some fantastic results:

  • Jaimee Atkinson-Wall and Charlie Sansom were our very first entry into Division One and  managed to achieve a mid fleet result which was a huge achievement by these girls in their first race as Division One.
  • Evelyn Floyd and Holly West achieved second place in Golf fleet Division One. These girls were not expecting this result and were even more surprised when Lisa Darmanin presented the girls with their medals.
  • Vivienne Floyd and Tayla Edwards were a new partnership to the group. This was Vivienne’s first time helming a boat competitively and Tayla’s first race! The girls achieved some fantastic results with a second in one of their races!

We have the Teams Racing State Titles coming up next week on the 23 and 25 March. This is what we work all season for so the team are very excited to compete on these days.


A huge thank you to all the parents for their support and encouragement during this program. We are looking forward to expanding our team next season with 8 new members undergoing some intensive training over the off season. Exciting times for the Dromana College Sailing Team!


Amy Van Galen

Teacher in Charge




college production

 50th birthday celebrations

What a Wonderful Day

What a wonderful day Sunday 12 March was. I would sincerely like to thank all our parents, students, staff and community groups for their wonderful assistance.

A very special thank you to Doug Smith (Ex Dromana Secondary College Teacher) for coordinating this event with me. Without your help this would not have been the giant success it was.

I would like to acknowledge the following companies and organizations for their assistance:

  • Bendigo Community Bank
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Missing Links
  • Munster Terrace
  • Bruce Springsteen Tribute band
  • Ash Russell-Mudge Matrix Electrics
  • Ben Feldhofer Universal Plumbing
  • St Johns Ambulance
  • Dromana Fire Brigade
  • Venturin bus line
  • Driver Costal bus line
  • Bunnings Rosebud
  • Richard Brown at Office Choice
  • Rosebud packaging
  • Tonic Squash and Gym
  • Cake stickers
  • Nic Lanagan Poster
  • Dromana Lions Club
  • Dromana Rotary Club
  • Red Hill Lions Club
  • Red Hill Tennis Club representing Tennis Victoria

Theresa Stelling

Parent Liaison

A Memorable Day

The 50th birthday of Dromana College was certainly a memorable experience. There was lots to do, see, eat and discover. I had no idea it had been an all-boys school in the past! The birthday was very well thought out and according to some people I know, a lot better than they expected it would be. Some people even said it was better than the Red Hill Show, which had been on the previous day. It was an excellent way to celebrate 50 years of education and we thank everyone who put in the hard effort to make it work. I enjoyed it a lot and found it a great way to celebrate with friends and family.

Some things other people thought;

  • ‘It was very good’ – Maya
  • ‘It was a lot of fun’ – Lillian
  • ‘I thought it turned out well and there was lots of people’ - Hannah

In the end, the birthday was a massive success and I would definitely attend or help out if it were to happen again.


Ashley LaFleur

Year 9

Cycling On Show

It was a fantastic event that involved the greater Dromana College Community celebrating the passing of 50 great years that have seen the transformation of the school into the great place that it is today. On show were many school based activities that evoke the statements “They didn’t have that when I was at school” including the Cycling Subject and Human Powered Vehicles.


This year, a number of students will race the HPV’s at Wonthaggi and learn specialists skills of nutrition, hydration, race craft, maintenance of equipment and advanced riding skills in the Cycling Program or train hard after school from 3.15pm to 4.15pm around the College's 3.75 Km Hillview Trail in the after school training program.

The first race of the Cycling Victoria State Mountain bike Championships will be held on a weekend towards the end of Semester one at Dromana College and it will be the fifth year of the great event involving over two hundred competitors from Victorian Primary and secondary schools.


Please contact the college and ask for Adrian Wale, Beau Wood or Jenny Hunter if you have a child with an interest in being involved.

Thanks to Josh, Cade and Kim in the photo’s for helping out on the day,


Adrian Wale

Teacher in Charge - Cycling Program


class of 2016


The Class of 2016 celebrated Dromana College’s most outstanding VCE and VCAL results at their Valedictory Dinner in late December 2016, with 95% of our students receiving a first round offer to University or TAFE. We are very proud of all of our students, their results and the exciting futures that they have in front of them.


Special congratulations to our Dux, Georgia Brough ,with an ATAR placing her in the top 3% of 2016 results statewide, who has just commenced first year undergraduate studies at Monash University studying a double degree of Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Global Studies.

We also thank the families who attended  the Valedictory evening for contributing over $900 to Beyond Blue and to The Amy Gillet Foundations in loving memory of Georgia Bleasby and Joel Hawkins. Dromana College has matched this amount for donation to these very worthwhile charities.


Tracey Bastin

Head of Senior School



meet our art captains

Art Captains

Kerstin McGregor

Being an Art Captain is so important to me because I am able to encourage students to take part in something that I am passionate about, and I am able to share and communicate ideas, interests and aspirations with other school leaders. I’ve done art every year of my schooling and have loved every minute of every class. Studio Arts has been my all time favourite as I am given the freedom of driving my own creative outcomes. However, I did enjoy making an origami mobile with my Year 11 Studio Arts class last year as well. In my role as Art Captain this year, I would love to get more students involved in making the displays that go around the school. My goal is to have more art projects running so that Dromana comes alive with colour, imagination and creativity.


Meg Bradford-Sage

For me, Art Vice Captain is being given responsibility in an area I’m passionate about, and it will allow me to work more within this field. I have really enjoyed VCE Studio Arts and the process of exploring a concept through various materials; however, I enjoyed learning about art history in Year 10 as well. This year I would like to promote the art cohort more through activities like lunchtime painting or free dress days.


Madison Mills

Being Art Captain means that I am able to finally take pride in all that I have achieved over the years, because before this role, I never believed that I was good enough at what I love to do. I have enjoyed every art activity that has been at Dromana because it allowed me to show my passion through my work. As Art Captain this year, I would like get everyone involved with art. I want to show people how art is a challenging subject, and it is something that everyone can participate in.


Mackenzie Pearce-Casey

To me, Art Vice Captain means that I have a responsibility to me school and myself. It gives me a title, which makes me want to further my achievement in art, as well as leadership. At Dromana, I have enjoyed both my VCE art subjects, Visual Communication Design and Studio Arts. I have also enjoyed group activities where we have created class artworks. As Art Vice Captain this year, I would like to promote the art field and encourage students to follow their passion.



languages newsletter


year 10 news

Student Leaders Report

Year 10 so far has been an awesome experience! We started the year off by returning to co-ed classes which has been excellent because in subjects such as English, we are having both inputs and ideas from a wide variety of people. 

The year 10 work load has definitely been a challenge to get used to but after a couple of weeks it has been very simple to get into the groove of things. 

This year our cohort has been given the opportunity to  partake in the Japanese and Indonesian trips as well as be involved in the central Australia trips! If we wish not to be involved in the trips available, then we are given the amazing opportunity of work experience which allows students to spend a week in a similar career path in which they wish to be involved in! 

One thing I realised going into Year 10 was that you must keep up to date and stay organised, which is fantastic because it's preparing us for future years! 

All Year 10 students have been given the opportunity to partake in a VCE subject, allowing us to begin our VCE early or even allow us to get a feel of what VCE will be like for those travelling down that path!

So far Year 10 has been an amazing adventure and I look forward to seeing what the rest of the year brings for me and the remaining students in my year level!

Trent Taylor  

Year 10


Pictured above:

Charlie Samson, Lara Toplogue, Temeka Adie, Trent Taylor

2016 Alpine School CLP Report – Lara Topluoglu

In Term 2 of 2016, 8 Year 9 students for Dromana College (Lara Topluoglu, Brynee Clarke, Temeka Adie, Ben Golotta, James Seward, Grant Baxter, Kaleb Morrison and Sebastian Zelisko) attended the Alpine School for Student Leadership. Over a duration of 10 weeks, they developed a variety of leadership skills and abilities. One of their responsibilities whilst away was to create a Community Learning Project (CLP) that could be implemented upon return. A CLP is a project created by students to help benefit the broader community. Their CLP was to visit a local primary school and educate the grade 5’s about the benefits of leadership and teamwork. They achieved this by running fun and interactive activities with the primary schoolers and holding valuable decisions about what they had leant afterwards. On the date, the 8 students visited Balnarring primary School and ran 5 activities that contained values of leadership, teamwork, communication, cooperation and respect with 40 grade 5 students. Upon further discussion, feedback was given and the primary students found the visit to be educational, helpful, interesting and fun. Lara, Brynee, Temeka, Ben, James, Grant, Kaleb and Sebastian were extremely proud with all their hard work and effort. To their surprise, they learnt a few new things themselves. Thanks to their liaison teacher Mr Adrian Moore who supported them and aided in the execution of the CLP. Their Community Learning Project was a memorable experience that benefited many.

Our Motto This Year

This year as a cohort we are emphasizing working hard with the motto:



Year 10 students are currently getting organized for either the Central Oz tour or Work Placement.

Central Oz Tour – Students have been given an information package, what to bring, itinerary and indemnity form.

Students need to return the indemnity form and the final payment needs to be made at the  front office by Monday 29 May 2017.

Work Experience

Students have been given the work placement forms and been shown how to complete the Safe@Work certificates General and Industry Specific. All paperwork for work experience must be completed and handed to Mrs Johnson by Friday 12th May 2017.

Year 10 Staff

Head of Year      Mrs Jennii Johnson         

                                 Mr Adrian Moore

Pastoral Teachers

Bunjil   -   Adrian Moore

Dantun   -   Sheridan Duncan

Nurong   -   Murray Inglis

Palina   -   Jaimie Watts

Lowan   -   Monica Lo Presti

Tadjeri   -   Michael Casey

Thara   -   Hilary Davies

Turang   -   Maria Antoniou

Winjeel   -   Nicole Sim

Yoolawil   -   Beau Wood

Yukope   -   Jessica Lackner


youth of the year

LIONS 2017 Youth of the Year Quest

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 20 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 Ball, Year 11:               ‘Climate change and the Environment’
  • David Brackenridge, Year 11:  ‘Freedom of Speech’
  • Dakota Clarke, Year 11:            ‘Gravity’
  • Oscar Wycisk, Year 11:              ‘Feminism’

Congratulations to each of you on the professional way in which you conducted yourselves, and on your very polished and engaging speeches. A special commendation goes to Oscar, who was presented with the ‘Public Speaking Award’, and as the winner of the Club Final, went on to represent Dromana Lions Club at the District Final in Mt Martha.


The College is pleased and proud to announce that Oscar won the District Final, and will now proceed to the Regional Final to be held on Sunday 26 March, at Trafalgar. Congratulations, Oscar, and the College community wish you all the best as you participate in another round of interviews and public speaking presentations.


Ms J Sebire

Teacher in Charge


indigenous mentoring 

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Program

This year Dromana College will be involved in AIME again. Indigenous students from Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 students are encouraged to sign up ASAP. Years 7 and 8 students will have the opportunity to sign up later in the semester. The program includes excursions to Deakin University to connect with other Indigenous students from around the state, as well as mentor-training and tutoring opportunities. For further information, see Miss Downie.


Here is a message from AIME about the program.

AIME is a structured educational program provided for Indigenous students throughout their upper primary and high schooling experience. Students completing the program are proven to finish school and transition through to university, further education, training and employment at the same rate as every Australian child ­effectively closing the gap. We believe Indigenous = Success. Our Vision is to see Indigenous kids finishing school and transitioning to university, employment and further education at the same rate as every Australian child. AIME is the most proven, cost effective, scalable model in the Indigenous education space.    

Indigenous students in the AIME program make remarkable progress; our stats from the 2015 nationwide cohort prove it: 

  • Near perfect scores for progression from years 7 to 10.
  • 95.5% progression from year 10 to year 11, just higher than Australia’s non­-Indigenous rate of 94.7%.
  • 92.9% progression from year 11 to year 12, higher Australia’s non­-Indigenous rate of 88.1%.
  • 93.7% of the year 12 cohort completed year 12.­ 7.2% above Australia’s non­-Indigenous rate of 86.5% and 35.2% above the Indigenous rate of 58.5%
  • Almost one in three (30.4%) of our year 12 graduates transitioned to university in 2016. 

information for parents

Important Dates


Monday 20 March

College Council Meeting

6:00pm in the Design Centre


Thursday 23 March

Whole School Athletics Carnival

Ballam Park Athletics Track



State Sailing Titles

Royal Melbourne


Monday 27 March

Year 7 Camp A 

Phillip Island


Wednesday 29 March   

Year 7 Camp B 

Phillip Island


Music Soiree


Dromana College Theatre            


Friday 31 March

End of Term 1



Tuesday 18 April

Term 2 Commences


Friday 21 April

Whole School Assembly

ANZAC Day Service


Tuesday 25 April


Public Holiday


Thursday 27 April

Open Night

Uniform Shop

School Holiday Trading Hours

Thursday 13 April  -  10:00am - 2:00pm

Closed for Easter

Tuesday 18 April  -  8:00am - 12:00noon

Thursday 20 April  -  12:00noon - 3:30pm  (normal trading hours resume)

Telephone: (03) 5984 7143


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

Telephone (03) 9769 9093

Electronic Permission Forms

Recently Dromana College switched to ‘Electronic Permission Forms’ through the DayMap Parent Portal, for inter-school sporting competitions and basic school excursions.  This process will alleviate the amount of paperwork parents are required to complete whenever their student is participating in school activities and streamline the DayMap Parent Portal to make it a ‘one stop shop’ for a wider range of information. For whole year level, whole school activities, adventure activities and outdoor education camps, a more comprehensive written permission slip is still required, with detailed medical information.

We have endeavored to make this process as user-friendly as possible.  We understand that there will be issues involved with early implementation and we thank you for patience and understanding.  To grant excursion permission Parents are required to:

  • access the Daymap Parent Portal via the Dromana College web page at www.dsc.vic.edu.au
  • fill out the contact and medical information and then
  • click on ‘Approve’

An electronic payment system will be introduced in the very near future, which will also streamline the payment process for excursions and parents will be able to complete their credit card details electronically to pay for the excursion at the same time.  However, in the meantime please make your payment at the Administration Office.

Any parent who experiences issues with the above process should contact the Administration Office at the College, on telephone 5987 2805 or email 08377694@dsc.vic.edu.au so that we can assist you with navigating the Daymap Parent Portal.

Indonesian Homestay

Host families are required to host a group of students from Jakarta from 24 April to 4 May 2017.

There is no requirement to speak the Indonesian language as the students all speak English.

For further information please contact Mrs Theresa Stelling 5987 2805 / 0419 502 081 or via email stelling.theresa.p@edumail.vic.gov.au

Absentee Line

Parents are reminded to phone the College Absentee Line before 9:00am if their child will be absent or late for school for any reason (holidays, appointments, sick).  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.

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