East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

25 May 2018
Issue Seven
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal News
Important Dates
From the Office
Music News
Middle School News
Middle School Staff
Senior School News
Senior School Staff
Parents and Friends Association
Canteen Menu
Community Announcements
East Doncaster Secondary College
(03) 9842 2244
20 George Street
Doncaster East, Victoria, 3109

Principal's Report

From the Principal


The past two weeks have reflected the immensely rich elements of our College, our very talented students, our dedicated teachers and the sense of community that makes life at East Doncaster Secondary College such a richly rewarding experience. Can I congratulate our College community for its efforts and excellence over the past weeks:


College Production – ‘Little Shop of Horrors’


What a great show!


After a successful matinee for students from local Primary Schools on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, our cast will this evening complete an incredibly successful three-night run of performances of this high-energy and slightly whacky production.


It was another example of the great talent of our students together with the capacity of teachers to inspire students to participate and excel.


Be it the singing, dancing, music or lighting, every aspect offered something quite special.


A special acknowledgement to Director and Producer, Evan Jones and Alana Boeck and the following teachers who played a crucial role in the success of the production – Norm Grimmett, Scott Copeman, Vicky Da Silva, Tina Marchant, Allison Beckman, Lynette Smith, Ben Gesthuizen, Paul Haydock, Kate Kotsiras and Lisa Bull.  These staff members have an amazing capacity to bring the best from our students and have them so excited about their performances. Can I also offer a special mention to Amanda Broxham who was instrumental in the planning stages of this production.


The student performers were superb and performed with real energy and enjoyment that were evident in all facets of the show. I would also like to acknowledge the students who did a wonderful job in both the technical and backstage organisation and delivery of the show and to our wonderful Parents and Friends Association members who served refreshments both before the show and at the interval break


On behalf of our wider school community, congratulations to all involved and a big THANK YOU.


Student Achievement - VCE Premiers Awards & Monash University Scholarship
Last Tuesday I had the honour of attending the 2018 VCE Premier’s Award ceremony. The top 274 VCE students of 2017 were presented with certificates to commemorate their achievements.

Julia Tan from our ‘class of 2017’ was presented with an award for her excellence in Physics. Julia received perfect study scores of 50 in these subjects. Julia received her award personally from the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino.


Mr Merlino spoke with real conviction at the commencement of the ceremony on the rewards of gaining a high quality education and paid a sincere tribute to the efforts, dedication and intellectual achievement of the students receiving the awards on the day


Thank you to Paul Williamson, Julia’s Physics subject teacher last year for escorting me to these awards. Paul took a great deal out of knowing that his efforts assisted Julia in achieving such a fine outcome. I’m sure it was a richly rewarding experience for Paul and all of the subject teachers proudly attending on the day.


On Wednesday 9 May, Monash Engineering welcomed 90 first year students, their families and representatives from their high schools to the annual Engineering Scholarship Celebration.


One of the recipients was our very own Julia Tan from the EDSC graduating class of 2017. Julia was among a very select group of recipients celebrated on the evening. In addition to a scholarship, the Dean of Engineering Professor Elizabeth Croft (pictured with Julia and Mr Sturnieks) presented an additional gift to each scholarship recipient in recognition of their achievements.

It was so gratifying to see Julia’s hard work and perseverance pay off as she embarks on the next chapter of her journey.  Congratulations to Julia!



North East Victoria Music Concert

On Wednesday evening I had the very great pleasure of watching some of our most talented Music students perform at Hamer Hall in the annual NEVR concert – ‘Tributes’.


East Doncaster had the following students, Zahara Bedewi-Hayes, Tintin Cao, Adrian Chan, LeAnne Cheah, Samantha Chin, Jonathon Chin, Shawn Hoon, Wing Yee Lai, Joshua Lee, Jing Wen Lee, Chan Hwi Lee, Nicole Liew, Hannah Tho, and Yuki Yu, representing us admirably. They were well supported by our talented Instrumental Music Coordinator Carl Williams, who played a pivotal part in the event as one of three Producers for the concert. The technical aspects of all performances were of the highest quality and our College should be very proud of the students who represented us so very capably at this event. Well done to them and the 800 students who performed on the night to such a very high standard!


Exam Period

A reminder that the Semester 1 Exam period will commence. Exam timetables have been published for all students on COMPASS.


Year 11 Exams will be conducted from June 4 to June 15.

Year 10 Exams will be conducted from June 12 to June 15.

Year 9 Maths and English exams will be conducted on June 18.

The GAT is scheduled for Wednesday 13 June at 9.00am for all students completing a Unit 3/4 VCE subject.


Exams are an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to do their best and identify areas to work on in the future. I wish all students well during this period.


 Student Achievement – Sporting Excellence

A warm congratulation is extended to our Year 8 student, Ji Min Lee, who has been selected to compete in the Australian Junior Baseball League Championships, conducted from 27 May – 1 June at the West Beach Baseball Club in Adelaide, South Australia.


We hope the Championships are successful for Ji Min and his team and we wish him the very best of luck!


Student Safety on our roads

The College has received a number of alarming reports in recent weeks on students making poor and potentially dangerous choices when crossing George Street and surrounding streets at the end of the school day.

In some of these instances, the students were not using the designated supervised crossings.


The College is bordered by two busy streets, George and Dryden Street and the volume of traffic – especially at peak drop-off and pick-up times, is very high. We will continue to keep working with our students to ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities when crossing roads and the need to make sensible and safe decisions in such circumstances.


Likewise, we would appreciate the continued support from the parents within our school community to discuss such matters with their children and to be equally as vigilant and respectful of others when travelling to and from the college.


The safety of our students needs to be both our primary concern and focus at all times.


John Roberts


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.

Assistant Principal News

Special Event at Parliament House - Student Report

Earlier this week, our two College Captains attended a special event at Parliament House for emerging leaders from Eastern Metropolitan Region schools. Our leaders reflect on the night below:

Cameron Campbell

Assistant Principal


After a welcome and inspiring discussion about state politics delivered by Bruce Atkinson and Mary Wooldridge, we were led on a tour of Victorian Parliament House by State Member Michael Gidley. Mr. Gidley discussed the historical significance of the building detailing how it was used by the Parliament of Australia from 1901 to 1928.

The night also consisted of current State Parliamentarians presenting several speeches discussing topics like leadership, women in politics, work-life balance and the political mechanisms of the Legislative Assembly and Council. The speeches where engaging and gave us a further insight into a politician’s role and their responsibilities. During the night, we had the unique opportunity to discuss current issues with a few politicians and converse with other leaders from neighbouring secondary schools. The event was topped off by getting a photo on the speaker’s chair in the Legislative Assembly! Overall, it was a splendid experience for us both.


by Cassie Leong and Josh Sist

School Captains

Important Dates

Term 2

Monday 28 May - 10OE1 Outdoor Education Indoor Rockclimbing Session

Monday 28 May - Out of Uniform Day (DRESS THEME: childhood nostalgia) - Wheelchairs for Kids fundraiser - Gold coin donation. All money raised goes directly to helping build wheelchairs for children in developing countries that will help to significantly improve their quality of life.

Tuesday 29 May - UNSW ICAS Science Competition

Wednesday 30 May - PSW Kew East store will be closed for stocktaking.  The store will only be closed for the one day, and it will reopen with normal trading hours from Thursday 31 May.​

Wednesday 30 May -  Year 10 Movie night 6-9pm

Monday 4 June - Year 11 Exams commence

Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 12 June - Year 10 Exams commence

Wednesday 13 June - Middle School Winter Concert 7:30-9pm

Monday 18 June - Year 10 GAT

Monday 18 June - Year 9 Maths & English Exams

Tuesday 19 June - Year 10 Universtity Experience Day

Thursday 21 June - Year 12 Formal 7-11:30pm

Friday 22 June - Staff Curriculum and Assessment Day - student free day

Tuesday 26 June - Senior School Winter Concert 7:30-9pm

Friday 29 June - Last day of Term 2 - 2:30pm dismissal


2018 School Term Dates

Term 2 - 16 April to 29 June 2018

Term 3 - 16 July to 21 September 2018

Term 4 - 8 October to 21 December 2018

From the Office

Uniform Shop Closure

PSW Kew East store will be closed next Wednesday 30 May 2018 for stocktaking.  The store will only be closed for the one day, and it will reopen with normal trading hours from Thursday 31 May.

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. During this term, we will be making the transition for second hand uniforms to also be sold via the Sustainable School Shop. Therefore we are no longer accepting uniforms for sale. For those families who already have uniforms for sale at the school, we will continue to sell these until Friday 15 December 2017 (9:00am to 1:00pm). After this, families who have unsold uniforms, will be advised to come and collect them.


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.

Music News

NEVR Youth Concert 2018

Congratulations to the following students who played in the North Eastern Victoria Region Youth Concert ‘Tributes’ in Hamer Hall on 22 May 2018.

Zahara Bedewi-Hayes, Tintin Cao, Adrian Chan, Samantha Chin, Jonathan Chng, Shawn Hoon, Belinda Lai, Alex Lee, Boon Lee, Josh Lee, Nicole Liew, Hannah Tho and Yuki Yu.


These students represented EDSC admirably in various combined ensembles including concert bands, choirs and orchestras. Alex and Yuki were selected to be part of a small ensemble accompanying the 250-voice primary choir.

The largest performing arts event on the Region’s calendar, ‘Tributes’ involved in excess of 850 students from many secondary and primary schools.


Upcoming Events

13 June

Middle School Winter Concert - 7:30pm PAC


20 June

Helfried Fister String Workshop


26 June

Senior School Winter Concert - 7:30pm PAC


Tickets for the Winter concerts will be available from 30 May via trybooking.com. Search for EDSC.


Carl Williams

Instrumental Music Administrator

Middle School News

Italian Commedia Dell’Arte Incursion​ - Student Report

On the morning of Monday 30 April, all Year 7 students studying Italian watched a live “Commedia Dell’Arte” production entitled “Fooling In Love” by the Make a Scene Theatre Company. The performance was immensely enjoyable and very interactive and inclusive of the audience.


They featured stock characters who were masters such as Pantalone and Il Capitano and servants such as Columbina and Arlecchino. There was laughter and there were tears as the characters wove through the dramatic story.


Overall, the two periods were full to the brim with humour and an enticing and enthusiastic story plot. The infusion of phrases in Italian and English kept me constantly engaged. The facial expressions they conveyed were extremely entertaining, as were the characters they were portraying.

I would highly recommend this play for anyone young or old who is looking for a good laugh and a feel for the Italian language.


by Mae En Chay - Year 7C

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 8:00 am in The John Landy Centre.


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

Semester 1 exams are just around the corner!​

Unit 1 exams begin on Monday June 4 and all Year 10 exams begin a week later on Tuesday 12 June.

All Year 10 and 11 students will attend a briefing assembly by their Coordinators where information about exam protocols will be discussed. A more complete document entitled "A guide to Senior School Examinations" is attached below and also available for perusal on Compass New Feed. It has specific instructions about all Senior School exams and attempts to prepare students for VCAA protocols and regulations in Year 12. These rules will be reinforced by subject teachers in the lead up to the exam period.

On occasion, exams may clash – particularly for students who are accelerating in subjects. If this is the case, students need to speak with their Coordinators ASAP to reschedule.

A reminder also, that at VCE level, special provision can be obtained for students sitting exams - "if their ability to demonstrate achievement is adversely affected" by:

  • an acute or chronic illness
  • a long term impairment
  • personal circumstances. 

Year 10 or 11 students who meet the above criteria should speak to their coordinators to initiate procedures for the upcoming exam period.
If students or parents have any questions about the upcoming exams, please contact Jarrod Sturnieks or a relevant year level coordinator.


Best of luck to all our Senior School students on their upcoming exams!

Jarrod Sturnieks

Head of Senior School

Senior School Study Sessions

All students from Years 10-12 are invited to come to The John Landy Centre after school each night from 3:30pm-5:00pm. The 'Senior School Study Sessions' are an opportunity for students to catch up on homework, collaborate with peers or work with teachers when they are available for extra assistance. Parents/guardians please note, these are not timetabled supervision sessions for staff, any extra assistance offered is done in addition to the normal after school requirements for our teachers. I would like to thank staff in advance for their offer of support.

Jarrod Sturnieks

Head of Senior School

Breakfast Club


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

Coming soon:  Bunnings Sausage Sizzle


The PFA is running a fund-raising BBQ at Bunnings, Nunawading on Saturday 30 June 2018.


Volunteers are needed to help run 1 hour shifts throughout the day (8am - 5pm).


If you can help please contact our Communications Officer, Harveen on [email protected]


Any help is greatly appreciated.


Thank you

Thank you to ALL helpers, parents & staff for the Production Canteen from 23 - 25 May 2018.


Entertainment Books

The NEW 2018 | 2019 Melbourne Entertainment™ book or digital membership are available for just $70. You’ll receive over $20,000 in valuable offers, and membership is valid until 1 June, 2019.


You can purchase your Entertainment Book via the College General Office or online via the following link.

Entertainment™ Book, Online Order Page http://www.entbook.com.au/1863x41


Next Meeting:  Please join us at our next meeting to be held on Monday 28 May in The John Landy Centre at 7:30pm.  All welcome.


Harveen Singh

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

Doncare - A workshop for women who have experienced family violence


Donvale Football Club - recruiting now


East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter
Study Session flyer.pdf
A_Guide_to_Senior_School_Examinations (1).pdf
csefapplicationform 2018.pdf
Change of Details Form updated October 2017.pdf
Secondhand Textbook and Uniform Trading Flyer East Doncaster Sec Coll_.pdf
Nomination & Eligibility.pdf
Donvale Flyer Schools 2018 #2.pdf