East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

30 November 2018
Issue Eighteen
Principal's Report
Important Dates
Upcoming College Events
From the Office
Sports News
Music News
Middle School News
Middle School Staff
Senior School News
Senior School Staff
Parents and Friends Association
Canteen Menu
Community Announcements/Events
East Doncaster Secondary College
(03) 9842 2244
20 George Street
Doncaster East, Victoria, 3109

Principal's Report

From the Principal


Student Leadership - 2019

On Wednesday, we announced our School Captains for 2019 at our Year 11 Assembly.  I am delighted to announce the following students have been appointed as Student Leaders for 2019:


School Captains

Rebekah Wong & Lachlan Venning


School Vice-Captains

Sarah Mandile, Jeremy Ng, Julia Robertson, Michael Lazarus


International Captains
Madeline Vu, Joyfiana Suryakusuma & Jackson Feng


International Vice Captains

Niwa Liao


Our new student Leadership Team addressed our Year 11 cohort at an assembly on Tuesday and their messages were focussed upon creating unity and connection within the year level and of offering clear leadership, direction and support to the rest of the student cohort.

We are very proud of these students, as we are of all our student leaders, and are looking for them to be highly influential in leading our student body in 2019.


At our Year 8 Assembly during the week, we also announced our Middle School Leadership team for 2019:


Middle School Captains

Zefang Cui & Ashwina Sanghe

Middle School Vice-Captains

Diya Dhaliwal, Harris Kazakis, Ashnela Arasu & Audrey Ditchfield


It was my pleasure to host a brief meeting with the new Middle School Leadership team during the week and I was very impressed by their energy and maturity, their vision for improving student voice in our Middle School and their eagerness to work towards improving relationships at all levels of our College.


We are very fortunate to have an outstanding group of committed students to move us forward in 2019. I warmly congratulate them and wish them all the very best in the challenges they will face in a unified and determined fashion next year.

Outstanding Student Achievements – State Finals Victories


What a week we enjoyed on the sporting fields last week.


I am very proud to announce that we had three teams participating in and winning State Finals last week. A stunning achievement!

A sincere congratulations is extended to our Year 7 Girls Hockey team, our Year 7 Girls Softball team and our Year 8 Girls Table Tennis team for their victories last week in the State Finals competition.

We are very proud to acknowledge the girls and their wonderful achievement, whilst also acknowledging their coaches and our Sports Coordinator, David Lynch – well done to all involved!


For a more detailed report, please see the related article within this Newsletter.



It was also very pleasing to note last week that a former student - Isaac Quaynor, was drafted by the Collingwood Football Club to join the elite ranks of the AFL.


Isaac graduated last year as a member of the Class of 2017. Clearly a very talented athlete, Isaac is remembered fondly by his teachers for his quiet determination and application and his cheerful and respectful demeanour. We wish him all the very best in his AFL career.


Year 7 2019 Parent Information Evening

On Monday evening we hosted our future students and their parents for an information session as part of a successful transition from primary to secondary school. Our large audience appeared both excited with the prospect of starting secondary school and eager to gather as much information as possible in all aspects of this transition period. A highlight was listening to our current Year 7 student, Sahil Dang and Megan O’Brien speaking with great confidence about their experiences transitioning to East Doncaster.


My message to the parents and families joining our College for the first time was an invitation to them to be an active participant in their child’s education here at East Doncaster Secondary College -to feel that their input and participation matters and that their aspirations can be realised by our joint capacity to educate and develop the personal growth of their sons and daughters.

We look forward in anticipation to have our new Year 7 cohort join us in December 11 for their Orientation Day.

Awards and Presentation Nights

We have two very important awards events coming up over the next few weeks.


On Tuesday 4 December, we will have the VCAL Awards ceremony for our students at Doncaster Secondary College.


On Monday 19 December, the College will hold our annual Presentation Evening. Please note that will be a change of venue this year for this event;


Venue: New Hope Community Centre

3 Springfield Rd

Blackburn North VIC 3130


Date: Wednesday 19 December 2018


Time: 7.30pm


(please refer to the Upcoming Events page of this Newsletter for further details)

Both of these events are important opportunities to celebrate student aspiration and achievement and we would hope that they will be well supported by our College community.


VCE Exams Conclude

The final of the Year 12 VCE examinations was conducted on Wednesday November 21.


I would like to congratulate our Year 12 cohort for the manner in which they conducted themselves, not just during the exam period but certainly over the course of this busy, but eventful, final term of their secondary schooling.


We all now wait with a sense of anticipation until the VCE results are published on Friday 14 December.


An update on those results will be communicated in the final Newsletter of the school year.


John Roberts

College Principal

1 to 1 Digital Learning Policy 2019


Creating a Culture of Curiosity

Our school’s purpose is to develop passionate learners who are critical thinkers with the confidence and capability to engage in the global community.


Care and Compassion, Curiosity, Excellence, Fairness, Resilience, Respect and Teamwork are the core values that underpin the culture of our school as we embrace the challenges of 21st Century learning.

Important Dates

Term 4

Monday-Friday 3-7 December - 2019 VCE Orientation Program

Monday-Friday 3-7 December - Advance week 1 - 2019 Year 8,9,10

Friday 7 December - Salvation Army Christmas Carolling - The Pines Shopping Centre 10:00am-2:30pm

Friday 7 December - Last day for current Year 10 and Year 11 students

Monday-Friday 10-14 December - Advance week 2 - 2019 Year 8,9,10

Tuesday 11 December -  2019 Year 7 Orientation Day - Current Year 7 students not required at school                                                      this day

Tuesday 11 December - Year 9 Careers & Pathways Program - Deakin University Experience

Tuesday 11 December - 2019 College charges due date - Year 7 (2nd instalment due 4 March 2019)

Thursday 13 December - Year 9 Health Excursion to Edgar's Mission

Monday-Thursday 17-20 December - Activities week Year 7,8,9

Monday 17 December - Year 7 Funfields - End of Year Activity

Tuesday 18 December - Year 8 Funfields - End of Year Activity

Wednesday 19 December - Years 7,8 & 9 Luna Park Excursion

Wednesday 19 December - College Presentation Night - 7:30pm, New Hope Community Centre,                                                                      3 Springfield Road, Blackburn North

Thursday 20 December - Last day of Term 4 - 12:40pm dismissal

2018 School Term Dates

Term 4 - 8 October to 21 December 2018

Important School Term Dates 2019

Term 1 2019

Wednesday 30 January – Year 7 & Year 12 students return

Thursday 31 January – Year 8 - 11 students return (All students on Campus)

Friday 1 February - Official School Photo day

Monday 18 February – School Photo catch up day

Monday 25 February - Friday 1 March - Year 7 Camp week

Friday 5 April – Last day Term 1

Term 2 2019

Tuesday 23 April – First day of Term 2

Friday 28 June – Last day of Term 2

Term 3 2019

Monday 15 July – First day of Term 3

Friday 20 September  – Last day of Term 3

Term 4 2019

Monday 7 October – First day of Term 4

Friday 20 December  – Last day of Term 4


Upcoming College Events

Save the date - Presentation Evening 2018

We would like to extend an invitation to all members of the East Doncaster Secondary College community to join us as we celebrate students' achievements in 2018. East Doncaster Secondary College’s Presentation evening will take place on Wednesday 19 December, 7.30pm at the New Hope Community Centre in Blackburn.


Please note students who are receiving an award will also receive an official invitation in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye out on Compass as bookings will open over the coming weeks, via the Try Booking website.


We look forward to you joining us at the Presentation Evening.

Cameron Campbell


Assistant Principal

From the Office

Student Accident Insurance

Parents and guardians are reminded that the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not provide personal accident insurance for students while at school or during any school related activity including camps and excursions.


Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. It is also highly recommended that families have Ambulance Victoria Membership Cover if it is not included in your private health cover. Ambulance costs are very expensive and are not covered by Medicare

CSEF - allocation reminder

If you have already applied for the Camps, Sports and Excursions (CSEF) Fund at the College, please remember to advise us to allocate these funds against the next Camp, Sport or Excursion event that your child is required to pay for.


CSEF funds will not automatically be allocated. You  need to advise us which events you would like these funds to be allocated against.


Please call the General Office on 9842 2244 if you require any more information.

Payments to the College

Students can make payments at the following times: 8:00am-8:45am, recess, lunch and after school. Parents may make payments from 8:00am-4:00pm.


When making payments in cash please ensure that the correct money is enclosed in the payment envelope, as many students do not come to collect their change.


All payments for excursions must also include the permission form in the payment envelope and be returned to the General Office prior to the excursion payment due date.


Parents are reminded that receipts for payments are no longer being issued.  A statement showing payments made will be provided upon request from the General Office. For payments that are tax deductable, receipts will be posted home.


If a parent requires a printed receipt, this must be requested in writing on the payment envelope. Receipts will be posted within 14 days of the transaction.


All cheque payments are to be made out to ‘East Doncaster Secondary College’  and not ‘EDSC’.  The bank will no longer accept cheques made out to EDSC.


Do not hesitate to contact the General Office if you have any enquires regarding the College Charges or if your account details have changed.

Student Absences

If a student is unable to attend school, is going to be late or needs to leave early, the school must be informed of ALL absences, whether it be illness, appointments, holidays or any other reason.  You can do this via the following options: 


The easiest way is to Login to Compass with your Parent Login and  ADD A PARENT APPROVAL .

Click here for Compass Login


Calling the absence line BEFORE 8:30am on the day of the absence. Phone:  9842 2244 (dial option  1)


Sending a note with the student for early departures.  Teachers will not allow students out of class without a note or an approval on Compass.


For an extended time of absence, including holidays, the attached 'Student Absence Notification' form needs to be filled in and returned to the General Office.


 Any unexplained absences will be followed up with an SMS notification if their child/ren are absent without an explanation. Please do not reply to this SMS as this service is not available.


Phone messages from students will not be accepted.


Unwell Student Reminder

Please remind your child to ask their teacher if they can visit the school Nurse in the Sick Bay if they are feeling very unwell during school time and need to go home.  Students are not to contact parents directly.  Our Nurse will contact parents and ensure that correct protocols are followed.

Late Passes/Leaving Early

Students arriving late must go straight to the General Office to sign themselves in via the Compass Kiosk otherwise they will be recorded as absent and a text message will be sent out.


Students must carry their EDSC Compass Student Card with them at all times. It is necessary to use this card to sign in and out via the Compass Kiosk. If a student has lost/misplaced their card they must replace it by placing an order online through Compass.


Students will not be permitted to leave class and sign out without having an approval on Compass or presenting a note from a parent/guardian to their teacher.


This note needs to be put in the box beside the Kiosk in the General Office when the student signs out.  An approval can be loaded on Compass instead of providing a note, however this must be loaded before the time of the student’s departure.

Excursion/Sporting Reminder

Please be reminded that all students in Years 7-10 are required to attend classes if they return from an Excursion/Sporting event early.  They are required to attend classes even if the event has finished earlier than expected.  They are required to stay until 3:15pm.

Student Lunches

Just a reminder to parents that we are unable to deliver lunches to students during school time.  If your student has forgotten their lunch, it can be left at the General Office but it is the student’s responsibility to come and collect it. 


Hot food is not suitable to be left at the office.  PLEASE NOTE:- Take-away food is not allowed during school hours.

Student/Library Cards

Please remind all students that they must carry their Student/Library Cards with them at all times.


ALL students must sign in/out with their card at the General Office when they are arriving late or leaving early for any reason.


The cards are also used for any student photocopying that is done at school.

Student Locker Security

We would like to remind Parents and Students that it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their locker is securely locked at all times.


Students who have not arranged to supply a suitable padlock for their locker will be asked to purchase one from the General Office.


All students from Year 7 to 12 have an iPad or laptop for school work that must be kept secure.  Please refer to the 1-to-1 Learning Program policy for further information on Caring for 1-to-1 devices. Replacement combination padlocks are for sale throughout the year from the General Office for $20.


The school will not be held responsible for items that are not properly secured in lockers.

Parent Details

Have you moved house or changed phone numbers?

If so, please remember to fill in a ‘Change of Details’ form. A form can also be collected from the General Office.  Please return this form as soon as possible. It is important that we have your most current details for general purposes and in case of an emergency. It is also important that you keep your mobile phone and email address details up to date on Compass. This is to ensure you do not miss out on vital information including student attendance alerts.


School Jumper/Jackets

PLEASE NOTE:  It is important to name your students’ jumpers/jackets!


If a student loses their jumper/jacket and it has their FULL name CLEARLY marked, if it is found it will be returned directly to the student during class. 


These jumpers are expensive and there are many left around the College grounds after sport and after lunch.  Wherever possible, they will be returned if they are labelled with the student’s full name.

Changes to Secondhand Uniform Sales

East Doncaster Secondary College has been successfully utilising the company Sustainable School Shop for the sale of secondhand books for several years.  Second hand uniforms are now also sold via the Sustainable School Shop. 


For information on how to sell your uniforms through the Sustainable School Shop, please see the attached flyer or go to www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au

Please note that the College will continue to accept good quality uniforms for donation to Student Wellbeing.

Sports News

State Champions

What a year our College has had with our Interschool Sports Program.  Off the back of the successes we saw in 2017, 2018 has been the College's most successful year on record with a total of 6 State Titles and 1 State Runner-up.


Last week we saw our Year 7 Girls bring home both the Hockey and Softball State Title and our Year 8 Girls winning the Table Tennis State Title.


This success has be in large part thanks to the efforts of a number of staff and also students who have taken on leadership roles in coaching junior teams.  Well done to all of our teams who have represented the College with pride and we look forward to another successful year in 2019.


David Lynch

Interschool Sport Coordinator - Team Comps

Music News

Instrument returns

Students with hired musical instruments need to return them to the Music department by Wednesday 12 December. All hired instruments need to be checked by the music staff for any maintenance or condition issues. It is possible to borrow instruments over the holidays but they do need to be returned for checking first. Borrowing forms are available from the Music office.


A reminder to students who have hired an instrument this year that preference for hiring of instruments in 2019 is given to beginner students.

Musical Instrument Sale

Fine Music, one of our recommended suppliers for wind, brass and percussion instruments, are having a big musical instrument sale this Saturday 1 December, 9am to 5pm. Highly recommended if you are considering purchasing an instrument. Fine Music are at 228 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn. For string instruments we recommend Whitehorse Music in Mont Albert, and Bows For Strings in Glen Waverley.


Remember, musical instruments make great Christmas presents! Please don’t purchase an instrument from a non-preferred supplier before speaking to the Music staff. It’s very discouraging for a student to own an instrument that is substandard and difficult to play.

Instrumental Music Lesson Re-enrolment 2019

Re-enrolment is now open for students who have been learning an instrument at EDSC this year. As always, places are limited on most instruments and we encourage you to re-enrol as early as possible to reserve a place before our new Year 7s begin.


Re-enrolment can be made:

  • Directly through the Compass Parent Portal (surcharge applies)
  • Using the re-enrolment form and paying at the General office. Forms are available from the Music office.

Any students wishing to start learning an instrument should enrol in February at Music Information Night. More details available first thing next year.


Upcoming Events

11 December – Orientation Day music demonstration (Concert Band, solos TBC)

19 December – Presentation Night (Chamber Strings, Stage Band, Combined Vocals)


Carl Williams

Instrumental Music Administrator

Middle School News

Year 8 Medieval Day - Past in the Present - Student Report

Last Thursday, 22 November, was a special time of the year, the time for medieval fashion, weapons and music to reach East Doncaster Secondary College. All the Year Eights enjoyed and participated in the three activities. We learnt about how different life was during the Dark Ages. We all took part and experienced medieval weapons, clothing and music.


The first activity for my group was about weapons and arms. There were weapons and armour laid out on several tables around the classroom. Our presenter showed us how to use a few weapons and let us try on different parts of an armour set. Even if they were all replicas, they were very heavy and realistic. We ended this session with some volunteers fighting with rubber swords; fighting with the real swords would have ended with trips to the hospital! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to fight but it was exciting to watch. It felt like a real medieval duel!

In period two, it was time to listen to some music. The presenter showed us a few instruments and played them for us. They were quite different from the ones we play today and their sound was loud but pleasant. A few of us were brave enough to have a go at making a sound. We also learnt a dance called the Carole. We all had to hold hands and make chains. It was a particularly enjoyable dance and it was amusing watching some students bending and twisting to let others pass underneath.


After recess, we attended the final session: medieval clothing and fashion. Some lucky volunteers, boys and girls, wore these clothes while others admired them. I found it particularly interesting to see how each member of the social hierarchy, from the Pope to the humble peasant dressed in that period. It was comical to watch some of the volunteers trying to look cool in their outfits while attempting a little catwalk.


Alas soon enough period three was over and we had to rush to our next class. Despite the success of the morning, I was happy to return to the 21st century even if it meant being at school! Overall, we all enjoyed a fun day.

by Weijian Ee 8B


1 to 1 Digital Learning Program 2019

In 2019 we will continue with our whole school 1 to 1 Digital Learning Program for all students. Our Year 7 students will be required to purchase a laptop and our Year 8 and 9 students will continue to use an iPad.


The purchase of these devices is crucial to the learning program as students will access eBooks rather than an extensive number of expensive textbooks. Our Year 10, 11 and 12 students require a laptop.


Details of the 1 to 1 Digital Learning Program for all students and important information regarding suitable devices are detailed in the attached policy.


Middle School Study Sessions - Years 7-9

Students from Year 7 to 9 are invited to join the 'Study Sessions' on Tuesday nights from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in the 400 block.


Please fill in and return the attached Permission Slip if you want your child to attend.

If you have any questions about these sessions please speak to Kate Leaumont.

Breakfast Club

Every Wednesday morning at 8:00am in The John Landy Centre.  **WILL BE HELD IN THE 400 OPEN AREA FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS DUE TO EXAMS**


Hot drinks and food provided, games played and an opportunity to meet students from other year levels.


See you there!


Middle School Staff


Head of Middle School

Kate Leaumont

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Year 9 Coordinator

Craig Carpenter

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Year 9 Coordinator

Naomi Creelman

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Year 8 Coordinator

Brigid Fahey

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Year 8 Coordinator

Clare Hartley

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Year 7 Coordinator

Haydn Bethune

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Year 7 Coordinator

Emily Mathews

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Year 7 Coordinator

Georgina Walter

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Transition Coordinator

Tina Marchant

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Middle School Secretary

Lin Dalben

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Senior School News

Year 11 Concluding Program

This week we welcomed back the Year 11 cohort after their exam period and began the transition into Year 12. The concluding program gives students an opportunity to receive feedback about their Unit 2 exams, whilst providing valuable information to students about their strengths and weaknesses moving into Year 12.


In addition to this, the College used this to get a “head start” on many of the administrative issues and group activities that are vital to a successful transition from Year 11 to 12.


This week, we began with a Welcome to Year 12 Assembly where our new school captains were introduced. Congratulations to our 2019 College Captains, Rebekah Wong and Lachie Venning. The Year 12 Coordinators also discussed other important information about VCAA, ATARs, special provisions and the best way to achieve success.


The students also watched their EAL/English film texts for the first time (‘Rear Window’ and ‘Charlie’s Country’) tried on their Year 12 jackets for sizing, brainstormed a theme to be displayed in The John Landy Centre and focused on developing a Healthy Body / Healthy Mind balance with Health teachers Angie Fusinato and Ashlee Lawrance.


We were also lucky enough to host some recent Year 12 Graduates who spoke on a panel about their own experiences, Q&A style. Many thanks to Cassie, Carmen, Tony, Sharlene, Karen, Pamela and Sarah from the Class of 2018 for giving up their own time and sharing their wisdom to the next group of Year 12s.


On Friday, the students ended their week with a group bonding excursion to FunFields. Next week, they will start their Year 12 classes and begin the next phase of their learning journey. Best of luck to the Class of 2019.

Jarrod Sturnieks

Head of Senior School

1 to 1 Digital Learning Program 2019

In 2019 we will continue with our whole school 1 to 1 Digital Learning Program for all students. Our Year 7 students will be required to purchase a laptop and our Year 8 and 9 students will continue to use an iPad.


The purchase of these devices is crucial to the learning program as students will access eBooks rather than an extensive number of expensive textbooks. Our Year 10, 11 and 12 students require a laptop.


Details of the 1 to 1 Digital Learning Program for all students and important information regarding suitable devices are detailed in the attached policy.


Senior School Staff


Head of Senior School

Jarrod Sturnieks

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Year 10 Coordinator

Errin Wilson

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Year 10 Coordinator

Mark Glover

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Year 11 Coordinator

Paul Basford

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Year 11 Coordinator

Sally Polidano

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Year 12 Coordinator

Lynette Smith

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Year 12 Coordinator

Jonathan Davies

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Senior School Secretary

Toni Willoughby

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Parents and Friends Association

Election day Sausage Sizzle

This fundraiser for the PFA was held on Saturday 24 November 2018. A big thankyou to the PFA Committee and all the parent helpers from the wider EDSC community for volunteering their time to help us cook and sell.


A special thank you goes to the following retailers, their donations contributed to our success.



The Bakers Bun

Bakers Delight

Tunstall Fresh






Parents and Friends Association

Canteen Menu


Students are reminded that the College Canteen is open before school from 8:30am until 8:45am, then again at Recess and Lunchtime only.

Community Announcements/Events

Shoes with a Purpose - from State Schools' Relief

State Schools' Relief are now selling great priced, quality 'Student's Choice' leather shoes from as little as $45.00.  See flyer attached.  (PLEASE NOTE: Sneaker Skate Shoe is not a part of the EDSC Uniform)

Available online now and in store at 16 outlets across Victoria, including our Dandenong South site.


These shoes are perfect for both Primary and Secondary students and come in a huge range of sizes.  

Doncaster Junior Football Club


East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter
2019 Years 7-12 1_1 Program.pdf
2019 Years 7-12 1_1 Program.pdf
Study Session flyer.pdf
2019 Years 7-12 1_1 Program.pdf
2019 Years 7-12 1_1 Program.pdf
Student Absence proforma.pdf
Student Absence proforma_Chinese.pdf
Chinese_Student Absence proforma.pdf
Change of Details Form updated October 2017.pdf
Secondhand Textbook and Uniform Trading Flyer East Doncaster Sec Coll .pdf
Stage Band at Eltham Festival
Cellos and double bass warming up
Xmas18-A5 (2).pdf
Footy promotion Girls 2018.pdf