College Newsletter

09 February 2018
Issue 1
Doncaster Secondary College
+613 9848 4677
123 Church Road
Doncaster, VIC, 3108


Monday, 12 February

Trip to Westfield Doncaster (Intensive English Language students)


Tuesday, 13 February

Year 7 Social Event 


Wednesday, 14 February

My Outdoors - Community Consumers (Year 9)

My Fitness - 1000 Steps (Year 9)

My Future - South Melbourne Market (Year 9)

My City - Melbourne Gaol (Year 9)


Friday, 16 February

Senior Sport Round Robin

VCE Drama This is Eden (Theatre Performance)









Monday, 19 February

Study Skills/ Connection Day (Year 12)


Monday, 19 - Wednesday, 21 February

Year 7 Camp 1  (7A, 7D, 7E, 7H, 7J, Peer Leaders)


Wednesday, 21 - Friday, 23 February

Year 7 Camp 2 (7B, 7C, 7F, 7G, 7I, 7K, Peer Leaders)


Wednesday, 21 February

My Outdoors - Redwood Forest (Year 9)

My Fitness - Action Indoor Sports (Year 9)

My City - Eureka Skydeck (Year 9)

My ICT - Telstra Museum (Year 9)


Thursday, 22 February

Intermediate Sport Round Robin






A Message from the Principal

Welcome to 2018

I would like to extend a welcome on behalf of our staff to all those returning to Doncaster Secondary College and to the many new families who are beginning their association with us.  We are looking forward to another very positive and successful year.  I am very impressed with the confident and productive manner in which our students have started.   A special welcome to our new Year 7 students, as well as the many other students who have moved to Doncaster for the start of the 2018 school year.  Starting in a new college is always a daunting experience.  Thank you also to our staff for all the planning and work prior to the commencement of the year that has been so important in helping make the start to this year such a smooth one. 


We have a very exciting year ahead.  A great deal of planning has gone into focusing our teaching and learning more fully on the needs of individual students. Also, student engagement and independent learning will be improved through a focus on student voice and agency.  As a school we are totally committed to ‘raising the bar’ in terms of student achievement.  It is our aim and our responsibility to provide the programs and teaching that will cater for the needs of all students.  It is the responsibility of students to take full use of these opportunities. 


In addition to our excellent VCE and VCAL results at the end of last year, we have received our Year 12 ‘destination’ data.  We had 92% of our 2017 Year 12 cohort apply for Tertiary places (University or TAFE).  Of these students we had almost 90% receive an offer in the first round and we expect this percentage to grow when round two and round three offers are released.  Of the very large number of students who received an offer in the first round, an amazing 53% of students were offered their first preference!  The most popular destination was Deakin University [27%] followed by The University of Melbourne [22%] and La Trobe University [19%].  Students at Doncaster Secondary College pursue a range of course areas after graduating.  Courses in Business and Commerce, Humanities, Sciences and Health / Medicine, were popular for the Class of 2017.  Congratulations on securing these outstanding pathways and we look forward to hearing of your future successes.


Professional Practice Days

From the commencement of the 2018 school year, the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017 introduces one professional practice day for each full time teacher per term.  The purpose of these professional practice days is to release teachers form their scheduled duties so that they can focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning.


Improving teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving student learning.  Teachers learn from and with colleagues when they work together to focus on the evidence based practices known to impact on student outcomes.  Teachers also learn when they have the time to plan and prepare their pedagogical activities and support each other to reflect on and inform their individual teaching practice.


Features of this initiative include;

  • scheduling teacher release to coincide with major events such as NAPLAN and mid or end of year exams
  • limiting the number of teachers that take professional practice days on a given day
  • teachers will continue to prepare work and post this on COMPASS for their classes and
  • as with any teacher absence, every effort  will be made to engage relief teachers to match the learning area specialisation of classes.

These professional practice days provide an opportunity to build on and further support the work of our wonderful teachers so that our students can excel.

Éva McMaster




Student Management Team for 2018

Middle School Leader
Luisa Allen

Middle School Sub School Coordinator
Meri Chiappa

Year 7 Coordinator
Carly Sayer

Year 8 Coordinators
Jack Trewella

Year 9 Coordinator
Ben Hollard

Senior School Leader
Ty Dennis

Senior School Sub School Coordinator
Rohan Hore and Cathy Bedson

Year 10 Coordinator
Kelly Spitteri

Year 11 Coordinators
Bianca Foti

Year 12 Coordinator
Elly Stewart


A copy of the Dress Code and Uniform List for 2018 is listed on Compass Newsfeed. I ask that parents please refer to this to ensure that your child meets the dress code from the first day of school. If there are any issues relating to the inability to meet the uniform requirements, please provide your child with a note of explanation which they can bring to the relevant sub-school prior to the start of the school day. Coordinators have been visiting classes and talking to students in an effort to rectify concerns with uniform prior to consequences being actioned. If there are any problems which mean that your child is unable to obtain the correct uniform, please communicate with your child’s Year Level Coordinator for support.



Victorian Government has granted all School Councils the authority to develop, implement and enforce a student Dress Code. A College uniform is important as a means of promoting a sense of individual and collective pride in students and identification with the school. A College uniform has the potential to promote individual and group security, as well as equality amongst students. A uniform worn well by its students has a direct impact on community perceptions about a school.

Parent's Victoria

In December, Parents Victoria facilitated (on behalf of the Education Department) a number of local school community conversations with parents and carers in the North Eastern, North Western and South Western Victoria Regions. We valued the opportunity to have an open discussion, hear the views and ideas from parents directly, about the Victorian education system and their experiences with schools. Community feedback provides the Department with an opportunity to consider future improvements and how families can be better supported and engaged.


PV communicates with the Department frequently as an organisation that advises and advocates for families enrolled in Victorian Government schools. We look forward to working with the Department to make sure future resources and supports for schools are practical and family friendly


The Education Department and PV will now consider how these conversations could be scaled up to provide this opportunity to other parents across Victoria.

Glenn Morris

Assistant Principal

School Accident Insurance, Ambulance Cover and Private Property

Parents and guardians please be aware that the Education Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.


Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department of Education does not accept responsibility for loss or damage.

This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.


Mr Jeff Pavlou

Assistant Principal


Homework Club

Where: A Block

When: Thursday 3.30pm - 4.30pm 

The Homework Club is designed to assist students with any aspect of their studies. An attendance role is taken. Please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] with any further enquiries.  
Sue Bond 

Student Support Homework Program​

DiSCovery Program

The DiSCovery Program is designed to create a connection between students, teachers and families and to better support the growth of our students both academically and emotionally.

The role as a DiSCovery Teacher is to be the connect person for your child and families within the Doncaster Secondary College community and to also liaise with your child’s year level coordinator in order to best support the individual needs of each student.
If at any time you have concerns regarding your child’s attendance, wellbeing or academic work please email their DiSCovery teacher.

Lisa Chiuchiarelli

Discovery Program Coordinator

Nurse's Notes

Year 7 & 10 Vaccinations in 2018

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 & 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:


Year 7

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose  9/3/18
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses 9/3/18 and October 2018

Year 10

  • Meningococcal ACWY (Yr 10 only) October 2018

Parents/Guardians of Year 7 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your child. Year 10 students will received consent forms when they arrive.  Parents please read the booklet and complete and return Part A regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school or not.

Manningham City Council’s immunisation team may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Please contact the College by Wednesday, 28 February if you do not want your contact details given to the Manningham City Councils immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to or  


Gaye Viney

College Nurse

Pastoral Care

I am very excited to be supervising another Counselling Placement student this year.

Timothy Blacker is in his final year of a Bachelor of Counselling at ACU and will be joining our College’s Wellbeing team for 2018. Tim will be working at the College two days a week. Initially he will be helping  to run programs and with the permission of each student, sit in on pastoral care sessions. I will then begin to supervise Tim as he sees students and when I feel appropriate he will begin to provide pastoral care without my direct supervision. In 2017 we took on our first counselling student and the Wellbeing team found this to be a particularly rewarding experience for everyone.


If you have any questions or would not like your child to see a placement student please email me at [email protected].


Katherine Lazarus

College Chaplain


Swimming Carnival

The House Swimming Carnival was held at the Boroondara Sports Complex, a new venue for Doncaster Secondary College in 2018.


The day was filled with excellent performances in the pool and great enthusiasm from all who attended. It was pleasing to see such a great attendance for the indoor novelty games, where houses competed against one and other in a variety of team building games and sports.


The diving competition was a very popular attraction, where some students delivered some mesmerizing diving displays. 

Student Photographer - Selina, 11I

Age Champions

13 Yr Female and 13 Yr Male Champion

Isabella and Mathew 


14 Yr Female and 14 Yr Male Champion

Lily and Josh 


15 Yr Female and 15 Yr Male Champion

 Aleisha and Xander


16 Yr Female and 16 Yr Male Champion

Emma and Kane


17 Yr Male Champion



20 Yr Female and 20 Yr Male Champion

Kendra and Zesen


Thank you to all staff and House Captains for your contributions to a successful day.


Jordan Vlahos

Sport Carnival Co-ordinator



Year 7 Social Night

Dear Year 7 Parents and Guardians,


As part of the transition program for our Year 7 students, the Middle School team invites you and your family to a sausage sizzle to meet with other parents and your child’s Discovery teacher.


Where:  ‘C’ block quadrangle

When: Tuesday, 13 February , 6pm - 8pm



The evening will be divided into two parts.

We will begin with an informal BBQ where you will able to be able to chat with other parents, your child’s classmates and teachers. Here you will also be able to meet your classes parent representatives.


The second session will be held in the Presentation and Performance Centre where I will explain some of the day to day procedures of the college.



We currently have parent representatives for most forms. If you have a child in 7H or 7J,  we are still seeking a parent representative. Please find the Class Representative Role below.

If you are interested please call me on 9848 4677 or email me on [email protected].


Carly Sayer

Year 7 Coordinator


College Council Elections 2018

An election is to be conducted for members of the school council of Doncaster Secondary College. Nominations forms may be obtained from the College and must be lodged by 3.30pm Friday 16 February 2018. 


What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.


Who is on the school council?

There are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category. Its members are appointed by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.


Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.


How can you become involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider

  • standing for election as a member of the school council
  • encouraging another person to stand for election.


Do I need special experience to be on school council?

No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.


What do you need to do to stand for election?

The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.



  • Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
  • Consider standing for election to council this year
  • Be sure to vote in the elections.

The below attachment contains more details about the upcoming election.  Any queries, please contact Mandy Rohrlach on 9856 1011 or email [email protected]


Éva McMaster



Mobile Telephone and Devices Policy


Many students have access to mobile telephones and electronic devices,  Access to continuous communication is valued by a significant number of people.  Privacy issues  also arise due to developing technology. Guidelines regarding the possession, security and use of mobile telephones/electronic devices by students at College aim to prevent interruptions to the efficient running of College activities and to protect the privacy of individuals.  



  • To ensure that the use of mobile telephones and electronic devices not interfere with the effective conduct of classroom activities and examinations.
  • To protect the privacy of individuals.
  • To ensure that procedures are in place to minimise theft.                                      


College Rules:

1. Mobile telephones and other electronic devices must be turned off and kept out of sight in classrooms unless otherwise instructed by a teacher.

2. Mobile telephones and other electronic devices must not be taken into examination/test rooms either on the person or in a bag.  Doncaster Secondary College operates internal and external exams under the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) rules which state that :


“Mobile telephones and other unauthorised electronic communication devices, such as organisers, iPods, MP3 players, electronic dictionaries and computerised pens, stopwatches and watches, which are capable of storing, receiving or transmitting information or electronic signals are not permitted in an examination room under normal written examination conditions. Confiscated mobile telephones and other devices may be held for up to three months.” VCAA website


3. Mobile telephones and other electronic devices must not be taken into toilet facilities or change-rooms.

4. Electronic devices must not be used to photograph or film students, staff or visitors to the College without their       express permission.

5. Under teacher direction, mobile telephones and other electronic devices may be used for educational purposes.


College Consequences for Breaches of the Policy

The following penalties will apply for breaches of the above rules:

  • Mobile Telephones/Electronic Devices in the Classroom:

The student will be sent to the General Office and the mobile telephone (including the SIM card) / electronic device will be confiscated, turned off, named and secured in the Office safe until collected.  The confiscation and return of mobile telephones / electronic devices will be recorded in a register.  Devices will be returned in accordance with the College Rules, Expectations and Procedures as outlined in the Student Planner.


The student may also incur a further penalty, e.g., detention, depending on the nature of the incident.  Parents will be notified regarding repeat breaches.

  • Mobile Telephones/Electronic Devices in Examination/Test Rooms:
The examination supervisor/teacher will contact either the relevant Head of School, Assistant Principal or Principal and the mobile telephone will be confiscated as per point 2 above.
In external Year 12 exams, including the GAT, any the mobile telephone/electronic device bought into the exam room will be confiscated by the supervisor.

The student may also incur a penalty, as outlined in point 2 above.  Penalties may include cancellation of the exam result and a fail result for the unit/subject.  Parents may be contacted regarding the breach.

Additionally, the College will:

  • advise students that contact between parents and students in the event of an illness, emergency must be via the General Office, Level Coordinators, Assistant Principal or the College Nurse;
  • not accept responsibility for the loss, theft or damage to mobile telephones/electronic devices at school;
  • advise parents that the College does not have insurance to cover loss, theft or damage of any student property;
  • advise students/parents via the Student Planner, College Newsletter, assemblies and other forum of the security issues regarding the bringing of mobile telephones, electronic devices and other valuable objects to school; and
  • have the right to request access to electronic data where the school deems that the data may  be inappropriate.

Privacy Policy Regarding School Photographs

At Doncaster Secondary College we celebrate the efforts of our students by mentioning their participation in school events and their achievements in our Newsletter. 


Occasionally, photographs of students are included. We also use photographs of students in our College magazine, along with samples of their work.  Photographs of students are on our College intranet site. On the College website there are images of students but we only ever use group photographs and we identify students only by their first name, class or Year Level.  If an individual photograph and full name are required, we will only publish on the website with the consent of the parent and student.


We allow parents to record College performances as this creates a memento that can be shared with other family members.  Video or audio recording is permitted at College under a copyright license paid by DET on behalf of all government schools (AMCOS/ARIA license). 


We invite the local press to College events and they are expected to follow College Policy on the publication of student photographs.  When a story is about an individual achievement, we will always seek parent consent before passing information or photographs to the press for publication.  Unless a story features an individual child, only group photos are published and students identified by their first name only.


If you have any concerns about how photographs of your child may be used by the College, please contact the College.  Parents who do not want their child’s photo to be used in the Newsletter, must notify Doncaster Secondary College in writing.

Policy Booklet

Our policies range from 'Bully Prevention Policy' to 'Sun Protection Policy'. More information about these policies can be found in the DSC Policy Booklet linked below. 


Mr Jeff Pavlou

Assistant Principal


Canteen Menu 2018




College Newsletter
DSC Policy Booklet.pdf
DSC Policy Booklet.pdf
DSC Policy Booklet.pdf
DONCASTER CAFE Menu 2018.pdf
Notice of Election and Call for Nominations.pdf
Parent Representative Role.pdf