Dromana College Newsletter

06 May 2016
Issue Three
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
Important Events
Art and Design/Technology
Year 9 News
Parent Liaison Report
Year 11 VCAL
Dromana College
03 5987 2805
110 Harrisons Road
Dromana, Victoria, 3936

Principal's Report


It has been an exceptional commencement to Term 2 with the highlight being our whole school assembly held on Friday 22 April. At the assembly we commemorated ANZAC Day paying homage to those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died at Gallipoli in 1915. We were honoured to have representatives, Pam Rowler Secretary, and John Forster President, from the Red Hill and Dromana RSL, in attendance.


The Student Leaders led the proceedings, David Brackenridge played the Last Post perfectly and all 1200 students stood in absolute silence; a very moving and incredibly respectful moment in the history of our school.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following members of staff, students and guests for their organisation and presentations on the day:

  • Ms Rodden and members of the Choir
  • Ms Peta McGinley
  • Mr Liam O’Donnell
  • Mr Daniel Aubert
  • Mr Mark White
  • Abbey Hutchinson
  • Ben Camm
  • Mr Haden Lang
  • Mr David Howell

Open Night

The Dromana College Open Night for prospective Grade 6 families was held on Wednesday 27 April 2016 with all staff and some students in attendance.  The night was organised by our Transition Coordinator, Mrs Brooke Mollenkopf.  The event was very well attended, and our guest speakers, Tyra Apostolopoulos, Miller Keys and Alan Bounds (President) were well received.

Open Night in my opinion is a fantastic evening designed primarily to share our pride in our students and their teachers with the wider community. We are not a school that needs to increase or compete for enrolment numbers. Open Night is a significant logistical task, and we constantly seek feedback on how the evening can be done better.  The community feedback has been very positive, and a would like to especially thank Oscar Wyzyk for providing the welcoming music as our families arrived. Year 7 numbers for 2017 will be available at the August meeting of council.


‘Attitudes to School’ Survey

The annual student survey ‘Attitudes to School’ has recently been completed.  This survey assists our school in gaining an understanding of students’ perceptions and experiences at Dromana College. The Heads of Year have a significant input into the conduct of this survey.  Parents will be provided with an opportunity to participate in the Parent Opinion Survey later this year. The College data consistently places us in the top quartile of the state, and we are constantly looking for ways in which we can build on this success.


Anzac Day

Congratulations to Kerstin McGregor, Grace Upton-Jones and Jonathon Christou, for a very memorable historical account of the meaning behind our remembrance and celebration on ANZAC Day to some 200 people at our local ANZAC Day breakfast. Our College leaders Amy Mills, Ashlea Burt, Zac Adie, Miller Keys, Kirra Curnick and Alex Dietzel represented the College at the ANZAC Day ceremony in Dromana which included a march along Point Nepean Road and the laying of a wreath on behalf of the College at the Dromana Memorial. Our Choir, led by Ms Jacque Rodden, sang ‘In Flanders Fields’.  I would like to thank Theresa Stelling, Andrew Wynne, Simon Jones, Chad Ambrose and Liam O’Donnell for supporting our students at this important time of remembrance. 


Performing Arts

I would like to recognise the work being done in both the senior and junior productions.  Our senior students have been working hard with Ms Dare to bring together a magnificent performance of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. Tickets for the senior production are available at www.trybooking.com or  via the Dromana College website www.dsc.vic.edu.au   I encourage all members of the college community to take the opportunity to see what will be a fantastic performance.
We have a very strong performing arts program which is a tremendous asset to the college. Mrs Carol Patullo will shortly commence auditioning students for the junior play ‘THE TROLLEYS’ by Sarah West.

Alan Marr



Assistant Principals' Report

Simon Jones

I am looking forward to two important upcoming events on the senior school calendar: the Year 11 Presentation Ball this Friday and the senior college production of Picnic At Hanging Rock in the coming weeks. As in past years the Presentation Ball is to be held at The Grand on Cathies Lane in Wantirna and is sure to be a fantastic evening for all concerned. Much planning and preparation has gone into this event and we are looking forward to it all coming together on the night. Similarly, the students involved have also been rehearsing and working very hard for several months and I am sure that they will continue our tradition of excellence in the performing arts. I wish all students involved in these two events well and congratulate them on their involvement, as aside from the important classroom learning that goes on each day, it is often the extra-curricula activities that help to make school memorable and enjoyable.


All students in the senior school are now in the last few weeks of semester 1 courses and need to continue to work steadily to achieve their best and enjoy success in their chosen studies, whether they be in year 10, 11 or 12. Recent progress reports and parent-teacher interviews should ensure that students and parents are very clear about current progress and what may need to be done to address concerns. Teachers can always be contacted via messaging using the parent portal on Daymap or via email for further updates if required.


Year 12 VCE students and Year 11’s doing a Year 12 VCE subject will undertake the General Achievement Test (GAT) on the 7th of June between 10am and 1.15pm. They will be doing preparation and familiarisation activities at school in readiness. The GAT does not contribute to a student’s VCE or ATAR directly, but is an important mechanism for checking school-based assessment results, externally assessed exam results and in providing Derived Exam Scores in the event that students are unable to sit the final exams due to illness, for example. There are no other externally assessed mid-year exams for year 12’s, however there will again be practice exams for all VCE students. The importance of these practice exams cannot be overstated as authentic exam practice where students are required to work under timed conditions is the best possible preparation for the final VCAA exams at the end of the year. We have clearly conveyed the message to students that end of year exams will be the factor that has by far the greatest bearing on their study scores and hence their ATAR. As such students need to take every opportunity to maximize their exam performance and taking practice exams seriously is a vital step in this direction.


The Year 10 and 11 exam timetable and exam expectations are attached for the information of parents.



Andrew Wynne

Already into week four of the second term! The year is flying past and already so many experiences and events have taken place, and so much more to come! Dromana College is indeed an exciting and dynamic place to work and study.



Term One finished with the Year 7 camp, and I was delighted to spend a day with the students. I walked with a group to Smiths Beach where the students tried their hand at surfing, then spent a couple of sessions with the canoeing and raft making groups. This visit is always one of the highlights of the Year and the camp is always well organised and a great opportunity for students to develop relationships with their teachers and classmates. It is an important aspect of the college pastoral program and provides a springboard for embracing all that the college offers in the years ahead. The Year 7 students on this camp were indeed a credit to the school and themselves, embracing all activities with enthusiasm and mutual respect. Well done to all the Year 7 team. The Year 8 team have just returned from their camp at Licola.  The college has been impressed with the enthusiasm towards this new adventure camp, and I look forward to hearing about the adventures of the students.



While not as eagerly embraced by the students, the Naplan testing is nevertheless an important event on the school calendar. On Tuesday May 10, Wednesday May 11 and Thursday May 12 students undergo testing in Literacy and Numeracy in an annual national assessment at Years 7 and 9. This testing is important to measure whether our students are meeting important educational outcomes. It is also valuable to identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and to set goals in literacy and numeracy. We ask our students to try their best, and to embrace the testing as a good opportunity to see where they are at, to ensure that we continue to improve the learning programs at our college.


Many of Dromana Colleges students perform at a very high level in many different fields and we are always proud of our students as they strive to achieve success in their chosen field. Two such outstanding performers over the first term have been Max Burton of Year 7 and Jett Dickinson of Year 9. Jett won the West Coast round of the Victorian Surfing Series and currently leads the rankings in the Under 16 division. Max took second place in the Under 14 division of the Victorian Surfing series and performed exceptionally in all contests. Max is coached by two previous Dromana College students Angus and Hayden Forrest and continue the great tradition of surfing excellence at Dromana College. Well done to both boys.



Chad Ambrose

Some new and exciting things have started happening at Dromana College in 2016 that are now starting to take shape and build on the culture of the college.


In 2015 we trialled Enhancement classes before and after school and this year we implemented Enhancement classes in the areas of: Dance, Athletics, Basketball and Science and Technology. One exciting feature of the Science and Technology

Enhancement classes is the recent introduction of ‘Sphero’ balls, where students are learning to code these remote controlled balls. For further details please have a look at the ‘Science and Technology Enhancement’ page on the Dromana College website.


Over the remainder of Term Two and early Term Three the Dromana College DayMap Program will undergo a significant upgrade. This upgrade will include the implementation of online excursion permission and payment forms. Whilst more information will be provided as the upgrade progresses, we are encouraging all parents and guardians to make use of the DayMap Parent Portal to track your child’s progress across all subject areas.


We would also like to remind parents/guardians that handwritten permission notes will not be accepted for camps and excursions. Students are issued in advance with a printed indemnity form for all camps and excursions that need to be returned to the office as far in advance of the excursion as possible (not on the day), along with any payment. If students need a replacement indemnity form they can see the teacher in charge of the excursion or ask at the office. We are confident that the aforementioned upgrades to Daymap will also make this process easier and more convenient for parents/guardians.


Another event that deserves a mention is the work of one of our student leaders, Sebastian Melham. Seb has organised a 26km hike across the Two Bays Trail where students in Years 8-10 will be mentored by senior students and teachers as they complete the hike. Seb has already managed to convince twenty of his Year 12 peers to take part in an initial planning hike in June. The idea is that they will use the planning hike to work out the logistics of the trip before finalising the hike with both the mentors and younger students to take place in September / October.



Important Events

Food Allergy Awareness Week

May 15th – 21st is Food Allergy Awareness Week in Australia. Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia have free resources and suggestions for schools and families.                                                                                                                                             http://www.foodallergyaware.com.au/




On Sunday 22nd May there will be a walk around Albert Park in memory of Louis Tate.

We encourage as many students and families to take part in this very worthy event.



Events for your Diary 


Art and Design/Technology

Red Hill Show – Photography


It is with great pleasure as Head of the Photography Department that I commend all the 117 student entries in this years Red Hill Show Photography Section. The students did themselves proud this year by entering work across all the sections on offer. I am always amazed at how creative students are with not only finding interesting subject matter but in the way that they consider the composition, camera angle and light direction. I would also like to let you know that darkroom techniques are still being used as two of our students received ribbons for their analogue kaleidoscope prints in the Abstract Section.


I would like to congratulate these students who received ribbons this year and I am looking forward to entering next year’s student work.

Cheryl Brown

Head of Photography/Art Teacher


Blue Ribbon  

           Micah Wetsteyn – Abstract – Gelatin Silver Print - Year 11

           Kate Lee  - Macro – Year 10

           Esteban Cardenas  - Photoshop Editing –  Year 9

Red Ribbon

            Indigo Jacobson  - Landscape/Nature – Year 9

            Gabi O’Bryne – Abstract – Year 9

            Kate Lee - Macro -  Year 10

            Jaari Heyes – Photoshop Editing – Year 11

            Kayla Wilson – Any Other Subject – Year 10

White Ribbon 

             Piper Roadknight – Landscape/Nature  - Year 10

             Mia Scotter -  Any Other Subject –Year 10

             Nic Sandwell – Photoshop Editing – Year 10

             Sam Brough – Macro – Year 9

Highly Commended 

             Chloe Cahill – Any Other Subject

             Ollie Harris – Macro

             Lily Davis – Landscape/Nature

             Damian Dixon – Abstract – Gelatin Silver Print

Rio 2016


This year the Art Department was involved in taking part in producing posters for the Australian Athletes Village in Rio 2016. Students had to design a poster that either promoted a particular sport or an Australian Olympian past or present and was to wish them good luck in their event or events. I would like to congratulate the students in Palina and Tadjeri 8 who were keen participants in this activity. There work has now been sent off and will be displayed in the Village for all the athletes to see.  

Design Technology

Junior School Design Technology Wood Projects -

Key Holders


Year 9 News


Head of Year                                Mrs Jennii Johnson

Assistant Head of Year            Mr Adrian Moore


Term 2 has started well with the Year 9 students working hard to keep up to date with their schoolwork. It was great to see and meet so many of their parents at Parent Teacher interviews. This term we are preparing for NAPLAN and making plans for the year 9 City Experience Camp.


In our pastoral health classes we are looking into responsible behaviors, overcoming adversity, good mental health, positive thinking and the sexual world of the 21st century adolescent. We are looking forward to three guest speakers James Oakley from MPYS, Mike Rolls and Laura


At the end of Term 1 we asked the teachers of the Year 9 if they would like to select up to two students from their classes who have stood out. Not just for academic achievement but for reasons such as trying really hard and standing out in regards to behavior and/or work output.


Below are listed the students who received certificates:


Temeka Adie - Drama, Psychology, Japanese

Olivia Anwyl - Humanities, Science

William Armstrong - Indonesian, Maths, Psychology

Jack Banks - Maths

Grant Baxter - Surf & Turf

Will Cain - Pastoral/Health

Esteban Cardenas - Chefs on the run

Thomas Clark - Maths

Grace Cosgriff-Camm - Maths

Chloe Fahey - Art

Tulliah Goldsworthy - Indonesian

Daniel Gough - Music

Eden Grace - Indonesian

Trey Gyory - Drama

Jaimie Hale - Surf & Turf

Campbell Hill - Humanities

Reece Hogan - Chefs on the Run

Chloe Hoober - Conflicts and Crisis

Ruby Johnson - Pastoral/Health, English

Natasha Jones - Pastoral/Health

Renaia Kunaiti - Conflicts and Crisis

Eliza Collings - Chefs on the Run, Maths

Jessica Lazner - Philosophy, Forensic Science

Jacinta Lyon-Lee - Humanities

Patrick Macdonald - English

Callum Mayle - Maths, Science

Ricky McLeod - Chefs on the Run

Issacc Milanovic - Science

Evie Petrina - English

Brandon Piggott - Maths

Liam Porter - Philosophy, Human Rights and the Law

Joel Reinhold - Science

Iris Roberts - Humanities, Music

Lucas Roller - Maths

Charlie Sansom - English

Michael Shepheard - Maths

Brielle Smith - Pastoral/Health

Trent Taylor - Music

Noah Turner - Bake House

Gypsy Turner - Science

Lance Unger - Media

Jesse Vande Bunt

Aiden Van Den Berg

Christopher Vervoorst


Congratulations to all of these students on your efforts.




Alpine School


The School of Student Leadership - Gnurad Gundidj Campus is open to year 9 students. It has 3 campuses across Victoria, Gnurad - Gundidj, Alpine and the Snowy River. These campuses have been open since 1999. All of them are residential, meaning that our school is our home; we eat, rest, learn, maintain the campus, grow as people and share our experiences together. Forty-five students live on campus for an entire term.


Through out this time we only see our parents once for a weekend, which is half way through. Part of the experience is no personal technology, which means no phones, iPads, iPods, and personal computers, video games-no devices that could create an inequality between our fellow classmates. We are however, given laptops so we may continue to stay in contact with family and friends via emails. Letters are also a very popular way of staying in touch with people outside the school.


In order to attend these unique schools there are some processes that must be taken. Keeping in mind that only year 9's can go. First, you must show interest and fill in an application form, and then you sit an interview with the year 9 co ordinator, a past student, middle school principal and a teacher. After that you wait to find out.


Dromana College was offered eight positions by the Gnurad-Gundidj school, 3 girls and 5 boys. Over 20 boys and girls applied. The students who were selected were: Temeka Adie, Lara Topluoglu, Brynee Clarke, James Seward, Ben Golotta, Kaleb Morrison, Grant Baxter and Sebastian Zelisko. We all feel very grateful for being given this opportunity and intend on making the most of it. 


So far, in only two and a half weeks a lot has happened both inside and outside of the classroom. Inside, we have been learning about beliefs and values, goals, our personality traits, how we learn best, peer skills, what makes us individuals, the community, first aid, food safety and developing our leadership skills. Outside, we have been very active. Participating in activities like mountain bike riding, building bridges, hiking Mt Noorat, camping, doing an 18k bike ride and a 12k hike, exploration, snorkeling, canoeing and over all enjoying the fresh air. In our free time all forty-five students have been socialising and mixing wonderfully. Already, friendships have been made that will carry on after we return home. Not even half way through and we have all grown and learnt so much, we are loving every second of this wonderful experience.

 Temeka Aide Year 9





Parent Liaison Report

Latest News


I would like to remind all parents willing to assist at the College you need to apply for a Working with Children Card by going to the following site: http://wwwworking withchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/

If you already have a Working with Children card but are new to the College please go on this site and add Dromana College to your card. The initial card will cost you the price of a passport photo from there, it is free for volunteers.



Do you shop at Bakers Delight Dromana or Somerville? If so, then mention you are from Dromana College to link a 5% annual donation from all your purchases. This will be donated to the schools welfare fundraising at the end of the year. They also offer some great freebies so don’t be afraid to ask when you are shopping. Please support this business as loyally as they support us.



P & F meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm in the Administration Building. Parents, Guardians, Grandparents and students are welcome.



I would like to thank Fiona Twill, Brenda Lanagan Angela and Griff Mc Keown, Simon Healey, Kayleen Smith, Karen Mc Chesney, Sandy and Tony Leishman for their wonderful support of the ANZAC day BBQ. An amazing $1300 profit.



The next BBQ will be held on June 4th, volunteers required for shifts from 8:30am. Pleaese contact me at the College if you are willing to be put on the roster.                                                                                                                                                   


The breakfast club is delighted to welcome the newest helper to the group, our wonderful new continuous toaster.
We hope this will help the hard working team of parents, grandparents and students to get the toast out to the large number of students who attend every Wednesday from 8am til 8.50am. If you have time to join this hard working group by volunteering to join the roster please contact me at the College. We would also appreciate any donations of, milo, jam, honey, vegemite, napkins, margarine or long life milk.



Dromana College will celebrate 50 years on 12 March 2017. A committee is currently being formed to plan this great event.  If you are interested in being part of the great adventure contact me at the College for more information.



Theresa Stelling

Parent Liaison Officer

0419 502 081

[email protected]




Year 11 VCAL



On the 21st of April the Dromana College Year 11 VCAL students went on an excursion to City Life Frankston. We spent about three hours there helping the volunteers.  When we arrived we met Sue and Mark. Mark is the CEO of City Life and Sue helps to run the organisation.  Firstly, we all got an introduction into what they do and how they help homelessness in Frankston. We watched a presentation on homelessness and what it is and what they do within City Life.


After this we split into groups of about seven people and were allocated areas within the building to help assist the volunteers. Each group completed two tasks, helping make work easier for the volunteers. Our group’s first job was to clean the kitchen and dining area. Our second job was to help pack toys and goods that will be donated to children in need.


We learnt how much effort volunteers put into helping the homeless and the different situations that people fall into that can cause them to become homeless. We also discussed just how many people around Australia are actually homeless and how homeless people struggle with day-to-day living. Overall the day was very educational











and we learnt a lot about homelessness around the world. It was very inspiring to hear about the work that City Life do to help and support homeless people on the Mornington Peninsula.


At school we decided to do a food can drive, hoping to be able to donate many cans of food to City Life. We made this a competition between the year levels, and Year 8 won, with 369 cans being donated to this worthy cause. Overall 565 items were donated across the College and they will be delivered to City Life next week.


Sara Landry and Caitlin Philipson

Year 11 VCAL



2016 June Exam summary Year 10 11.pdf
2016 June Exam summary Year 12.pdf
Autism PD with Richard Eisenmajer.pdf
Autism PD with Richard Eisenmajer.pdf