From the Principal
Welcome to iNewsletter!
Welcome to a new school year - I hope that all of our College community experienced a safe and enjoyable holiday period and took full advantage of the wonderful opportunity to reconnect with family and friends.
We commence the year with a ‘revamped’ College Newsletter, in both style and appearance. I hope that you like the change!
We are delighted to welcome back all of our students for a successful and exciting 2018, and offer a special welcome to the 297 Year 7 students and their families. One of our College values is Care and Compassion and I am confident that our current students will welcome our new students in such a fashion, make them feel welcome and help them to make friends quickly.
Speaking in assemblies throughout this and last week, I took the opportunity to remind our students of how lucky we are to be at such a great place of learning and how we should look for every opportunity – individually and collectively, to improve our practices, our organisation, our readiness to learn and ensure each and every student is both equipped to and committed to improving.
Most importantly, our classes settled very well this week – our first full week of scheduled classes, and it was my pleasure to witness classrooms full of curiosity and purposeful teaching and learning.
I am pleased to introduce our Leadership Team for 2017;
John Roberts – Principal
Karen Boyle – Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning)
Cameron Campbell – Assistant Principal (Student Wellbeing and Engagement and Operations)
Jas Kaur – Assistant Principal (Staff Development and Internationalising Education)
Jarrod Sturnieks – Senior School
Kate Leaumont – Middle School
Paola Malatesta – Curriculum Coordinator
Scott Copeman – Teaching and Learning – Professional Development
Tegan Pohl– Teaching and Learning – Pedagogy
Steve Hoffman – Timetable / Staffing
John Rainbow – Mathematics
Giulia Catalano – English
Lucy Marshall – Learning Performance
Brett Lamb – Learning Technologies
New and Returning Staff to EDSC
I am also very pleased to welcome the following teachers who are either returning from extended leave or starting with us for the first time in 2018:
Adam Robb – English/EAL
Allison Beckman - English
Cassandra Brock – PE/Health/Science
Angela Dallinger – English/Hums
Megan Gleeson – Science/Maths
Emma Liu - Chinese
Paola Malatesta – Hums/Italian
Tiarne Newton – Science/Maths
Neera Sumpath – ES/Integration
Lisa Walsh - Commerce
Sue Wedding – Instrumental Music
Katrina Wellins – Instrumental Music
Shuonan Zhou - Chinese
Louisa Renard – ES/Careers
Peter Signorigni – Hums/Comm
Stephanie Wheeler – Art/Technology
Gayle Dimitriadis - Maths
School Performance 2017
Our VCE results at the conclusion of 2017 were outstanding.
A sincere congratulations is extended to the ‘Class of 2017’ for their efforts and achievements.
Our mean VCE study score was 32. Just over 46% of our students received an ATAR over 80. 25 % of our students achieved an ATAR over 90. Indeed, eight of our students achieved an ATAR of 97 or higher.
This continues to be a strong endorsement of the direction we are taking to improve student learning outcomes at our College, and a credit to students and teachers alike.
Our Dux of the College, Sao Yang Hew gained an ATAR of 99.3 – an outstanding achievement!
Two of our students achieved a study score of 50 – Julia Tan in Physics and Kelly Yuan in Chinese First Language
We are extremely proud of the achievements of our students and the dedication of our teachers in supporting them throughout their time at East Doncaster. Success at Year 12 is not achieved in just one year of effort. It is the culmination of students building their skills and understandings throughout the full six years of their secondary schooling.
Tennis Court Redevelopment
At our October School Council Meeting last year, Council approved plans for the resurfacing of our Tennis Court area. We view this as the next phase of work as we seek to complete our ‘Sports Precinct’.
Work commenced late last year on the project and it is anticipated that, with a reasonable spell of Melbourne weather, the resurfacing should be completed within the next two weeks.
School Council Elections
Parents are invited to read the attached information about School Council Elections and consider whether they are able to make a tangible contribution to our College community by engaging in the overview and policy development of East Doncaster SC. Further information is on our website. Feel free to call me if you would like to discuss any matters related to our School Council.
It was very encouraging to see the role that our extended Student Leadership team played in the assemblies and activities during this past week.
Yet again our Student Leadership program has grown in 2018 and will this year be ably managed by Kerryn Murray and Michael James. I will include more information about the full team of Student leaders in future Newsletter articles but I felt it important to acknowledge the effort of our School Captains – Cassie Leong and Josh Sist and Vice-Captains – Angelique Panagiotou and Dan Wildsmith for the roles they played this week. I am extremely excited by the opportunity to work closely with our student leaders and look forward to witnessing the positive influence they will have our school community.
Student Road Safety
At the commencement of the school year, it is timely to remind all within our school community to be conscious of their responsibilities in ensuring the neighbouring streets are safe for our students and all drivers.
Can I urge all parents to please be alert to the road signage on all boundary roads surrounding the College, and remind you to not either double park or cross the continuous white line in George Street – this is illegal and presents danger to others.
In the Sports Centre Car Park parents should proceed towards the southern end of the car park before stopping for their children to alight the vehicle – stopping near the crossing presents a log jam behind you and a danger to our students; please pull to the side when stopping.
At all times, we must have the safety of our students as a clear priority.
Outstanding Student Achievement
Year 12 student from 2017, Jenna Tang, has been selected for the prestigious VCE Top Screen. A VCE Media student last year, Jenna created a short documentary about a local Melbourne artist titled ‘Kristen’.
Top Screen is an exhibition of the best films from VCE Media students, including short fiction, animation and documentaries. Jenna’s work was selected from over 300 entries submitted from the thousands of students who study VCE Media. Close to 4000 students from across Victoria see Top Screen every year.
Jenna enjoyed a very successful VCE here at EDSC and it is tremendous to see that her application, hard work and creativity, aspects we certainly associated with her as a student, have been recognised in this regard.
A special mention is also afforded to Jenna’s Year 12 Media teacher, Brett Lamb, for the wonderful effort he displayed towards all of his Year 12 Media students and his level of technical expertise that assisted Jenna in completing such a fine body of work in her media studies.
At East Doncaster Secondary College, we pride ourselves on being a true learning community. By its very essence, this requires both students and our teachers being committed to learning and personal growth. This can be an inspirational mindset if adopted and applied to life-long learning.
I am therefore very pleased to be able to report that over the holiday period, one of our very talented teachers, Meihui Wang graduated from her part-time PhD studies gaining a Doctorate of Philosophy from Monash University. Meihui’s PhD thesis on educational pedagogy placed her within the top 20% of students in the PhD band of studies and is due to be published shortly.
We are very proud of Meihui’s efforts!