East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

16 November 2018
Issue Seventeen
Principal's Report
Important Dates
From the Office
College Production
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


Remembrance Day

Last Monday the College commemorated Remembrance Day, which this year fell on Sunday


As has become our tradition, we commenced period three a little earlier to ensure that classes were seated and settled by 11.00 am. It is important for us as a College community to ensure that we stopped our daily routine to reflect not only on the sacrifices made by those before us but also to appreciate the quality of our own lives and to recognise our responsibilities as citizens within our community.

Our Middle School Student Leaders, Esha and Oscar delivered the following reading to the College;


Good morning, as you will be aware, yesterday was Remembrance Day.


Good morning. I hope you all remember what a solemn day yesterday was. Remembrance Day. It marked the end of World War 1, the “war to end all wars”. It is such a great honour, for all of us here in this present day, to be living 100 years after the guns of the Western Front fell silent and into slumber. Four dreadful, calamitous years of warfare since 1914 ended at 11 am on the 11th of November 1918.


For Australia, as for many nations, the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. In fact, we were one of the most injured nations of the Commonwealth. From a population of fewer than five million in 1914, over 400,000 Australians enlisted in the armed forces. Of that, over 15% were killed and 156,000 were wounded. We were such a small and premature nation, but if there’s one thing to be learnt from the struggles of our soldiers, it is that the Australian spirit never falters. From the second we stepped foot onto the sands of the Turkish shore, we pushed onwards, grimacing past the shower of bullets.


It is that same triumphant spirit that is buried in the hearts of Australians who fought in conflicts around the world - be it in the First or Second World Wars, the Korean or Vietnam wars. That same spirit that drives our soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan, filling them with endless strength and infinite courage.


For those who have endured a loss, a husband, a son, a daughter even, we pay our respects and commemorate their service to our great nation. We are with them in their mourning, we too mourn for them.


When you walk through the school grounds today, laughing with your friends or rushing to class, picture your footsteps as the footsteps of the soldiers in Gallipoli and the Western Front. When you look into the sky, and you peer at the sun, imagine that that burning sun is looming over the plains and ridges of the warfront. And when you get a moment alone, reflect on how far Australia has come since then. We are extremely lucky be able to savour the freedom and peaceful golden soil of our country, and we pay our respects and gratitude for those who have allowed our country to prosper.


Today, we therefore stop to reflect not only on the sacrifices made by those before us but also to appreciate the quality of our own lives; to recognise our responsibilities as citizens of a global community and to celebrate the harmony of our richly multicultural community.


On all sides, they were the heroes of that war; not the generals and the politicians but the soldiers and sailors and nurses, those who stepped in willingly to bestow their service.


If we suffered major casualties, and lost so many of our soldiers, why is it that we commemorate their victory? We remember them because of their rigid spirit. The ANZAC legend. Their ability to endure. It is a legend not of sweeping military victories so much as triumphs against the odds, of courage in adversity and of mateship.


I will now read a poem, it is called ‘The Fallen’, and it has become the Ode of Remembrance-


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

We will now reflect and pay our respects with a minute’s silence.



I was very proud of our College community as I walked through the school grounds and buildings as this message by our young school leaders was being relayed with great passion and respect by Esha and Oscar – I thank them for their efforts and our students for the manner in which our small ANZAC tribute and commemoration was delivered.


In addition to this, I was both pleased and proud to attend the Doncaster RSL Remembrance Day March and Ceremony on Sunday morning, situated at the RSL branch Hall on Doncaster Road.


As a special commemoration of the 100 years that have passed since 1918, the RSL organised a horse-led march that involved local community and school groups and a number of returned service men and women and their families.


Our College was represented by ten students who marched proudly, led by our School Captain Cassie Leong and our Student Leadership Coordinator Kerry Murray and staff member Helen Wilson.


It was a great event to witness and be a part of and carried out with both the respect and solemn recognition befitting such an important occasion.


Upper Courtyard Redevelopment

We were very pleased to be able to dismantle the barricades that have encircled our Upper Courtyard space for the past few months upon completion of our redevelopment in that area.

This project has originated from a special connection with our students. The initial concept planning for the redevelopment of this space was undertaken by our senior school Visual Arts and Graphics students and the subsequent plans and design drawings have all had significant student input.

The courtyard will be a place for the students, designed by the students, to connect and relax.

Can I acknowledge the role of our College Facility Manager, Don Dobson, for his efforts in the planning and coordination of the project.

Student Leadership in 2019

In the middle of the extreme business that is the senior school examination period, I wanted to report to our College community that we have begun the process to elect our student leaders for 2019.


After addressing their peers in an assembly shortly before the commencement of our Year 11 exams, we had a number of prospective candidates deliver high quality speeches outlining their visions for student leadership at our College.

I was impressed with the messages that conveyed a focus not just on the leadership of our Year 12 cohort for next year but their vision for what student leadership opportunities will be possible from a whole-College perspective. We heard clear messages of inclusion, unity, social cohesion and student connection.


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


I will announce our Senior School - School Captains, in the next edition of our College Newsletter.

Outstanding Student Achievement

It has been with genuine pride that I have been able to inform our wider College community of the great successes we have enjoyed on the sporting fields this year.

It is equally exciting to be able to note that next week we have four teams competing in State Finals.


Here are the teams contesting State Finals next week.


Monday - Year 7 Girls Hockey

Wednesday - Year 8 Girls Table Tennis

Thursday - Year 7 Girls Softball

Friday - Year 7 Girls Tennis

We wish all of the teams and their coaches all the very best for their competitions next week and I look forward in the next edition of the College Newsletter to be able to communicate the outcomes of their efforts.


Good luck girls!

John Roberts


EDSC Sports Centre      Co-operative Annual General Meeting - 21 November 2018​

The East Doncaster Secondary College                  Co-operative Ltd Annual General Meeting will be held at 3.30pm on Wednesday 21 November 2018 in The John Landy Centre at East Doncaster Secondary College.


All Co-operative members are invited to attend this meeting.

John Roberts


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 19 November - Year 10 Exams commence

Wednesday 21 November - EDSC Sports Centre Cooperative Annual General Meeting 3:30pm The                                                                     John Landy Centre EDSC

Thursday 22 November - Year 8 Medieval Day Incursion

Friday 23 November -Year 9 English & Maths Exams-Year 9 students dismissed at lunch time 12:40pm

Monday 26 November - ELC Healesville Sanctuary Excursion

Monday 26 November - Year 7 2019 Parent Information Evening - 7:30pm EDSC Sports Centre

Tuesday 27 November -  Year 11 Concluding Program begins

Tuesday 27 November - 2019 College charges due date - Years 8-12 (2nd instalment due 4 March 2019)

Friday 30 November - Funfields End of Year 11 Celebration

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 - 2:30pm 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


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.


 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.


All Student Library Cards have now been distributed for 2018.


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.

College Production

2019 College Production Announcement


It is with great pleasure that we announce that East Doncaster Secondary College will be producing ‘The Wiz’ in 2019.

In preparation, auditions for performing and production crew roles will be held before the end of this year.  Audition dates, application forms and other important information can be found on the Compass News Feed.

We look forward to beginning the production process with the EDSC community very soon. Keep your eyes out for further updates!


The Wiz Team




Sports News

Year 7 Girls Softball

Way back in Term 1 a group of exceptional athletes came together and competed against schools in our district in the Year 7 Girls Softball Interschool Competition. On the day they worked tremendously well as a group and, led by coaches Chloe Liong and Elisha Cox of Year 9, were victorious as well as being exemplary representatives of the College.

After months to prepare we reacquainted ourselves and gained a few new recruits including coach Chloe Chong, then headed off to the Regional Competition on Tuesday 30 October. Against all odds, including equipment handicaps and blood noses, they emerged as victors of the Eastern Metropolitan Region.

The team has a few secret weapons, including their understanding of the rules of the game and application of tactics and strategy. Undoubtedly another is the combination of talented pitcher Megan O’Brien and catcher Tayla McLean.


Overall the students were extremely positive and respectful representatives of EDSC and I’m sure this will continue as they move on to the State Competition on Thursday 21 November.


Jane Denton

2018 School Sports Victoria: Track and Field State Championship

On Monday 22 October, Carly Senior, Petra Edwards and Carina Yip represented EDSC in the SSV Track & Field State Championships at Lakeside Stadium. All three performed magnificently. Petra Edwards (14F) finished second in the Long Jump, with the winner having to break the age record to beat her. Petra had her revenge in the Triple Jump clinching the Gold. Carly (13F) also achieved the Silver and Gold double.  With an earlier Silver in her preferred event, the 100m dash, Carly was hoping to manage a place in 200m.  Powering through the bend it was hard to see exactly where she was placed with the staggered start, but she entered the straight clear in front.  The field started to catch up over the next 50m, as Carly held on, then kicked again and took out the win.  Super effort and result.  Carina completed our compliment of events on the day in the 400m.  The 400m is a tough race and while it wasn’t a podium finish Carina represented the school with distinction and should be rightfully proud of her efforts.

On another note keep an eye out for a Jack Boulton (14yr Male) in the future who smashed 4 records on the day. The 100m, 200m, 400m (by more than 1s) and the Long Jump!


I would also like to thank the EDSC staff, particularly the PE staff and House Coordinator Michael James, who have all been generous with their time in assisting with the Sporting Carnivals this year, much appreciated.

Kim Schwarz

Sports Carnivals Coordinator

Music News

Middle School Spring Concert

Our Stage Band played at the Eltham Rotary Festival on Sunday 11 November to an appreciative audience in the hundreds. Many more festival goers filed by and heard the band play “Peter Gunn Theme” from the Blues Brothers, Austin Powers and much more.


Congratulations to all the band members for the high standard of performance on the day.


Music Performances for Term 4

A notice has been placed in all music ensemble Resources on Compass, detailing expected performances for the reminder of 2018. As we move into exam periods and end of the school year for senior students, it is important for our planning to know which students (and instruments) we have for each performance. Please check these dates carefully when they come out, and let the music staff know via Compass or email if your child cannot attend performances or rehearsals. As most rehearsals happen outside of the school day, it is our expectation that students will attend all rehearsals unless an approved absence has been indicated by parents.

Upcoming Events

26 November – Year 7 2019 Information Night (Diamond Divas & Vox Pack)

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

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

Important Dates

Year 10 Exams Commence 19/11

Year 11 Concluding Program 27/11 – 30/11

VCE Orientation Week – 3/12

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

Victorian State Election Day Sausage Sizzle

The PFA is running a fundraising BBQ  in front of The PAC during State Election Day on Saturday, 24 November 2018.


Volunteers are needed to help us cook and sell.  If you are able to help out at any of the timeslots below, please email Aban on [email protected] 






Any help is greatly appreciated.


Year 7 2019 Parent Information Evening

On Monday 26 November 2018, the PFA will be serving refreshments to welcome the new Year 7 families to our EDSC Community.


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.  

Templestowe Junior Football Club 2019


Family Fun Day - Goodstart Early Learning Doncaster East


Lower Templestowe Scouts


The Salvation Army Christmas Celebration


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
Change of Details Form updated October 2017.pdf
Secondhand Textbook and Uniform Trading Flyer East Doncaster Sec Coll .pdf
Stage Band at Eltham Festival
TJFC_Girls 2019_A5.pdf
Family Fun Day flyer.pdf
Xmas18-A5 (2).pdf
Resilience Project parent seminar resource material.pdf
Year 7 Girls Softball Team at Eastern Metropolitan Region Competition