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!
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.