College Newsletter

10 August 2018
Issue 12
Doncaster Secondary College
+613 9848 4677
123 Church Road
Doncaster, VIC, 3108


Monday, 13 August

Divisional Athletics
Science Week

Tuesday, 14 August
Year 8 Chinese Film Excursion
VCAL Scavenger Hunt
Production Camp


Wednesday, 15 August

Year 9 MyDuke of Edinburgh

Year 9 MyCity - Eureka/ Melbourne Star/ MCG
Year 9 MyPhoto - City Landscapes

Year 9 MyFuture - Box Hill TAFE Tour
Year 9 MyFitness - Skaterz Rollerskating
Year 12 Physics SAC

Thursday, 16 August

Year 7 STEMania Performance
Year 9 MAV Maths Games

2019 Italian & Arts Cultural Tour Info Night - 7 PM in Senior Centre


Friday, 17 August
Year 12 Maths SAC

Monday, 20 August

School Dental Visits


Wednesday, 22 August

Year 8 STEAM Resource Collection

Year 9 MyDuke of Edinburgh
Year 9 MyCity - Melbourne Zoo/ Melbourne Star/ Eureka
Year 9 MyPhoto - Action Photography at the Zoo

Year 9 MyFitness - 1000 Steps
Year 9 Information Evening 6 - 7.30 PM 

Thursday, 23 August
Year 11 Loddon Prison Excursion
Junior Squash State Finals 

Friday, 24 August

Year 7 Digital Insights Workshop
Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)



Head Start School Based Apprenticeships

The Victorian Budget 2018-19 provided $49.8 million over four years for the Head Start initiative.  Head Start is a new model for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships where students can stay at school an extra year to finish their VCAL, VCE or apprenticeship. During this extra year they spend more time doing important, paid, on the job training. 


Doncaster Secondary College belongs to a consortium of schools headed up by ‘atEAST’.   Our existing consortium fits the model that the Department are introducing throughout Victoria.   Our School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) program includes induction and work readiness activities as early as semester two in Year 10. This involves supporting students to not only be able to complete their VCE and VCAL over three years (beginning in Year 10), but also spend more time in on-the-job training, including weekends and holidays.


Doncaster Secondary College will get additional support and funding to help run Head Start through the consortium of schools. This includes a Head Start coordinator who will:

  • help deliver the initiative
  • provide employment and vocational pathway advice
  • provide one-on-one support to students.

For more information about atEAST, please visit the following website:

National Support Staff Week 

It’s time to recognise the extraordinary contribution ES staff make to the lives of our schools.  National Support Staff Week 13-17th of August is a chance to do just that.  We are so fortunate to have some of the most dedicated and caring support staff at our college.  The roles are very varied including: Business Manager, Administration Staff, Wellbeing Staff, Integration Aides, Learning Support Staff, Language Assistants, Multicultural Aides, Science Technicians, Library Technicians, Careers and Pathways Coordinator, IT Technicians, Communications and Marketing Staff, Facilities and Grounds personnel.

Thank you to all Education Support Staff.  We are appreciative of your contributions and on behalf of the Doncaster Secondary College Community, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks.


Éva McMaster





2019 Subject Selections
Information for Year 8, 9, 10, 11 Students & Parents

We have begun the process of students selecting subjects for 2019. Students must access their emails to receive web codes which enable these selections.


Students should go to this link today and make initial selections.


This will get you familiar with the process and you can change your mind and reselect up until Thursday, 6 September. 


You will get more information in upcoming Discovery lessons but please log in today and start thinking about 2019.


Gary Rule
Assistant Principal 


Our new official Doncaster Secondary College Facebook page


Doncaster Secondary College celebrates 50 Years of Achieving Excellence Together 

We are seeking an expression of interest from those interested in attending Doncaster Secondary College’s 50th Anniversary Ball to be held next year.


Doncaster Secondary College first opened Feb 5, in 1969 with 62 students and 3 classrooms.  Over the past 50 years, we have grown to accommodate more than 1500 students.


Join our principal team, current staff, former students and members of our community for a night to commemorate our 50th year of achieving excellence together.


Date: Saturday 25 May 2019 
Time: 6 PM onwards
Venue: To be confirmed
Cost of ticket: To be confirmed
Dress code: Cocktail
RSVP: By August 31 2018

Register now »

Please note, this is an expression of interest. Cost of the ticket will be confirmed once the level of interest is established.


Doncaster Secondary College is co-hosting a special Q & A screening of Screenagers on Monday, 17 September, 6:45 pm at Palace Cinemas Balwyn VIC!

Are your watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.


Tickets can be purchased here.

Ty Dennis
Year Level Coordinator 

2019 Italian Language and Arts Cultural Tour Information Night

The 2019 Italian Language and Arts Cultural Tour Information Night will be held on Thursday, 16 August 2018 at 7:00 pm in the College’s Senior Centre.


DSC Talent Show

On Thursday, 16 August at lunchtime in the performance centre there will be the Doncaster SC talent show. Students will be displaying their talents along with some teachers from the school. The Spin Tops will also be playing to entertain the crowd. Come along for a fun lunch, celebrating the talent in our community.


Date and time: Thursday, 16 August at Lunchtime

Location: Performance centre.


2018 Parent Opinion Survey


Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.


Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday, 23 July to Sunday, 26 August.


If your family has been selected, the survey will appear as an event on your parent Compass, for one of your student’s.


The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.


The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September. Please contact the General Office if you would like more information.

DSC 50th Anniversary Logo Design Competition - Now Open for entries

The theme for our 50th Anniversary is 50 Years of Achieving Excellence Together. Please be mindful of this in your designing your logo. All students are encouraged to submit their logo designs for our upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2019. Submissions should be emailed to Ms Rohrlach at [email protected] by Friday, 14 September. For more information about the competition, read the document attached below. 

Chelsea Rohrlach
Marketing Communications Coordinator

The School Dentist

The School Dentist will be visiting the College during the week commencing Monday, 20 August - Friday, 24 August. See attached flyer below for more information.


Gaye Viney
School Nurse


Sustainable School Shop

If you have winter items that are in good condition and are no longer needed, please advertise them for sale. Once you log-in to the Sustainable School Shop website, click 'Sell Uniforms' to begin. We know from experience that each and every purchaser will be most appreciative.

Homework Club

Thursday in A Block.

Sessions will run from 3:30pm to 4:30pm


National Science Week 

Next week is National Science Week,  Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.


To celebrate we will be holding a STEAM Mural Competition in G6. Groups and individual students are invited to participate in a Science Week competition where they are asked to design a 400cm by 90cm mural for G6 with the theme being "STEAM" - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths. Students entering the competition are asked to provide a sketch of their design on an A4 sheet of paper ensuring they place it in the designated box outside the G block staffroom no later than 4pm on Friday 17th August.  Staff will then vote on the successful design and prizes awarded.  The successful applicant will have a series of sessions to complete their mural in G6. Paint is the preferred medium, and will be provided.


Sousanna Katiforis 
Science Domain Leader




DAV Debate

The final round of DAV Debate was held at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar on August the 2nd. Topics included the introduction of an inheritance tax, mandatory sentencing for violent offenders and the removal of funding from the private school sector. Congratulations to all students involved and a special mention to Giverny Walters who was awarded ‘Best Speaker’ on the night.


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the students who have been involved in DAV debate this year; it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with such enthusiastic and passionate people. I would also like to thank the families of our debate students who have been incredibly supportive of the program through providing transport, moral support and feedback. It has been invaluable.



Any Year 10 students interested in the Rostrum Public Speaking competition should see Ms Ditchburn in C-block as soon as possible.

Keep an eye out for the Middle School internal debate competition in Term 4. It’s a great way to develop your debating and public speaking skills!


Anna Ditchburn

Debate and Public Speaking Coordinator

Street Dance Studios Dance classes 

Troy and Kat from Street Dance Studios are running a 4-week dance program at the college with our year 8, 9 and 10 students, Our students are learning to make judgements about and refine their own and others’ specialised movement skills and movement performances.


Adam Knott
Sports Coordinator

Jack Trewella 
Year 8 Coordinator 



Get to know our College Leadership Team


When did you start your studies at Doncaster Secondary College?

I started my studies in 2013.


Tell us a bit about your family.

My immediate family consists of my mum, dad, sister and me, plus a very large extended family. I am super close with all of my family, both in Australia and overseas. We are very loud and slightly crazy but we all love each other a lot. I don’t have any pets but my nieces and nephews fill that void in my life having to always look after them.


Tell us about some of your interests.

My biggest interest is high-performance cars and motorsport which I got into through my dad and uncles. While it is an interest not many other girls are into, I have had the privilege of making many good friends outside of school and well as it giving me a good avenue to take a break from school occasionally and do something different. I am also passionate about travelling and have already travelled through parts of Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia, also catching the travel bug from my parents, as well recently getting into photography and testing my abilities to take the best image possible.


Year 12 Studies:

  • Literature
  • Maths Methods
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Media

What have you been involved in throughout your school years?

I have been involved in many events and projects throughout my 6 years at this school.

  • I have been heavily involved in Music, playing the flute in addition to being a member of many bands as well as Vocal Ensemble,
  • I have represented the school in Volleyball, Netball and Softball competitions in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
  • I was part of the Lead 2 Sustain program in years 7 & 8, which consisted of a group of students creating and preparing sessions for primary school, students to teach them about sustainability and how important is it to preserve the environment
  • I participated in the Production in Year 10, in which I lead and coordinated the dance squad and  assisted with rehearsals, as well as helping out backstage on the nights of the performance with costume, hair & makeup and the stage
  • I am a technician for the Performance Centre, coordinating many presentations and assemblies for all year levels
  • I am the College’s only student in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program Class of 2018 at the University of Melbourne


What gave you the confidence to apply for this role?

I have always been passionate about human rights and making a difference for the better in the world, so while the possibility of becoming an SRC Captain is not quite the same as delivering emergency medical aid to war-stricken areas of Iraq or Syria, for me it still held the same core values of compassion, empathy, kindness and selflessness, which can be applied in so many areas of life that can make the world a much better place


What advice would you give to those students who aspire to be future leaders?

My number one piece of advice to anyone who wants to become a leader, either at school or in life, is to be unapologetically you. Stand up for what you believe in. Being a leader sometimes involves making difficult and unpleasant decisions, but those who hold true to their values and what is right will always end up making the best decision for everyone



What does this mean to you?

“I Can and I Will’ means so much more to me that determination to achieve academically, to me it means that no matter what the goal is, you will be determined, focused and driven to achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve. It’s believing in yourself even when the goal sounds ludicrous or out of reach to others, and feeling the deep satisfaction when you finally achieve it.

I am living by this statement this year by continually reminding myself that my goals are not impossible and that I will achieve them, even when I’m overwhelmed and questioning if I can achieve my goals.


What are your goals for 2018:

For yourself personally and as a Year 12 student?

My goals for 2018 are to broaden my horizons and to try as many completely new things as possible, to make the largest possible positive difference at school, to be accepted into my top preferred university course for next year and


What are your long-term life ambitions and aspirations?

I would like to be remembered as an ordinary student who cared a great deal about the other students she saw every day, and who voluntarily worked in her own time to make their school life as comfortable, fun and positive as possible, and I hope that when I leave at the end of this year, someone else with a big heart will continue to do this for all students in future years


What would you like your legacy to be for Doncaster Secondary College?

I have pride in DSC because I’m proud of every single student in it, no matter their grades, how popular they are, which subjects they take, or where they want to go. School can become a struggle sometimes and yet everyone still buckles down and tries their hardest, and that to me is what counts the most.


Students perform in a Gondola Gig at Skyline Rotorua

While in New Zealand for the 2018 Rhapsody Rotorua Student Music Festival our incredibly talented duo, Ethan J. 9E and Elina J 8E were invited to perform their cover of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” in a Gondola Gig at Skyline Rotorua. At just 13 and 15 years old, their talent will blow you away! Watch the recording in the link below.




Student Interview

What was the highlight of this year’s Music camp?  
Ethan - 
The highlight of this year's New Zealand Music Tour was playing in the Honours Concert Band in the final concert of the tour. The ensemble comprised of students from all over New Zealand and Australia. The musicians were highly skilled and the performances were breathtaking. We ended the concert with an arrangement of Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars which really got everyone up and dancing.

Elina - The New Zealand Music Tour was an incredible experience that I will never forget. One of the many highlights for me was the final Honours Concert. It was so cool to perform with other students from different schools in one concert in New Zealand.


Tell us a little bit more about performing in a Gondola Gig, what was it like, how were you feeling?

Ethan - We were first told about the Gondola Gig prior to leaving Australia and didn't know what to expect. When we got there we were guided to the small cable car and had to perform our song several times, travelling up and down the mountain. It was unusual playing the guitar while moving in a confined space.
Elina - Performing in a Gondola Gig was such a great opportunity. It was so exciting when we first stepped into the gondola and started recording. We played Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire" which is one of my favourite songs to sing. We ran it through a few times, and it was really nice to perform with my brother while riding up and down a mountain in a gondola.


What sparked your interest in music?

Ethan - Music has always been an important part of my life since my Mum studied music and teaches piano. Recently, I have picked up more instruments and really enjoy the challenge.

Elina  - Music has always been my number one interest. I have many hobbies, most of which are music related. My family and many of my friends are also very musical so at home, there are a lot of instruments to play!

Do you perform outside of school?

Ethan - Over the years Elina and I have performed at the Manningham Carols by Candlelight and social events including weddings and christenings. Recently, we started performing at Spago Restaurant Doncaster East. 

Elina - Ethan and I have just recently started performing gigs at a restaurant called Spago, in Doncaster East. Our first one was about two weeks ago, and we had many of our friends come to see us. We had 30 songs in our repertoire, it went really well! Our next gig at Spago is on Friday 24th August, from 7 pm.

Is performing something you would like to pursue after school? 

Ethan - I would love to continue music throughout life, whether that be continuing to play in gigs or part of an orchestra. However, I am thinking of pursuing other careers as full-time jobs.

Elina - Performing is definitely something I would like to pursue when I finish school. Singing is what I'm really passionate about.


What are your goals/ aspirations?

Ethan - My goals as a musician would be to continue performing at different events and maybe even be involved in creating or being part of a film score of a popular movie.

Elina - My goal is to record an album and continue to perform music.


Do you have some advice you would give to any aspiring musicians at DSC?  

Ethan - The advice I would give to aspiring musicians would be to stay resilient when first learning an instrument as it can be frustrating and difficult at times. As long as you keep motivated, progressing as a musician is rewarding and enjoy.

Elina - My advice for any aspiring musicians at DSC is to keep playing music from the heart and to challenge yourself. Try and get as much performing experience as you can and have fun.





Middle School Assembly

Middle school students were thoroughly entertained by a number of presentations during the student led assembly held in the Stadium on Wednesday, 8 August. A big thank you to the wonderful students who volunteered to organise and run the assembly, Emma McQueeny, Jess Ritchie, Dylan Cantone, Kayley Portelli, Kaitlyn Lew, Max Thompson, Ashley Blake, Holly Middleton, Natasha Milonas and Giverny Walters.

Introduction from Ms McMaster
Ms McMaster spoke about student voice and agency and encouraged students to take ownership of their results to date and to make decisions about how they were going to move forward. 

Rock Band Performance 

Students were captivated by the performance from the Rock Band. 

French Students 

Our visiting exchange students from France gave an account of their time here with the students at Doncaster Secondary College. 

Concert Band
The Concert Band then performed an item from the upcoming Grease Production. 


Academic awards
Top 5 performing students from each level were awarded certificates for their achievements. 

Year 7
Calla N. 7B, Chloe B. 7K, Alyssa W. 7E, David V. 7K and Scout P. 7C

Year 8 
Charlotte L. 8E. Rebecca B. 8C, Jordan W. 8D, Jenessa N. 8D and Nanki Singh C. 8C

Year 9 

Ethan J. 9E, Fay M. 9J, Jessica R. 9E, Isabelle L. 9I
and Yvonne T. 9E

We would like to congratulate these hardworking students on their fantastic achievements.

Luisa Allen
Head of Middle School 

Helping my child with their reading comprehension

Focus Strategy: Choosing a “just right” book for reading

Learning how to choose the right book is an important part of engaging with reading and making sure your reading comprehension skills are growing. Research has shown that “if the book is too difficult, it will lead to frustration; too little of a challenge will lead to boredom.” (Routman 2003)

Learning how to choose the right book is an important part of engaging with reading and making sure your reading comprehension skills are growing. Research has shown that “if the book is too difficult, it will lead to frustration; too little of a challenge will lead to boredom.” (Routman 2003)


One way to help your child to engage with reading is to help them negotiate their options for reading. In addition to asking questions to help your child work out what type of books or texts they like, you can also help them to pick a book that suits their level of reading skill.


Teach your child to open a book to a random page and identify how many words on the page are unfamiliar to them. “Unfamiliar” could mean it’s a word they’ve never seen before, that it’s a word they’ve seen but don’t understand, or that it’s a word that they have a feeling they understand but would not feel comfortable using.


If there are more than five words on the page that are unfamiliar, the book is probably going to be quite challenging and your child may find it difficult to stay engaged in it. If there are less than three unfamiliar words, it’s likely to be too easy and your child will similarly lose interest.


Sometimes, students are really attracted to a book that doesn’t fit into this category, and that’s okay; reading for pleasure is an important part of how we shape who we are, and therefore should be encouraged. But it’s equally important for learners to frequently engage with books that are the right level of challenge for learning.  


Elisha Sadikay
Literacy Leader


Digital Insight Year 7 Workshop

Our year 7 students will be participating in Digital Insight workshops on the 22nd -24th of August. Protecting personal information, behaving responsibly and staying safe online is important – especially as the use of the internet, devices and social media sites increases significantly when going from Primary to High school.


Carly Sayer

Year 7 Coordinator





2019 Units 3 & 4 Second Language Applications are open

Students seeking enrolment in VCE Second Language studies

If you intend to study a Second Language Units 3 and 4 outside of school in 2019, you will need to see Mrs Wakeham in the Senior School office to collect an ‘Application for enrolment in a Second language units 3 and 4 in 2019’ form. Applications must be submitted by Friday 19 October 2018. Students need to be aware that studying a language subject outside of school is an additional subject to their normal subject load at school.

All enrolments in Units 3 and 4 of a VCE Second Language study must be approved by both Doncaster Secondary College and VCAA.

There are specific eligibility requirements for VCE Second Language studies in, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese. These studies are designed to cater for students who have learnt all they know of the language in an Australian school or similar environment.


Anne Wakeham 

VASS/VET Coordinator

Career Counsellor


EVATT Mock United Nations

On Friday the 3rd of August, I was one of the students who participated in the EVATT Mock United Nations. It was a fantastic opportunity, in which we represented a country (Poland) and debated resolutions with other countries. It was an engaging experience with numerous facets, and prompted us to use a variety of techniques (such as public speaking and one on one negotiation) to form bonds and persuade other nations. We thoroughly enjoyed the day, and format of the event, and I would encourage others to consider attending this event in future years. I would also like to extend a major thank you to Ms Dulger for her efforts on the day, it was something I'm glad to have experienced. 


Charlotte W. 10K and Elliot B. 11C


Senior Years Career Expo Day

Our 2018 Career Expo day, held on Wednesday, 1 August,  was full of information and investigation. Guest speakers inspired, past students shared their experiences, staff provided insights into their various subject areas and Tertiary representatives resourced students with information on possible future courses and opportunities. Some of the guest speakers that were invited to speak to the students included; 

Apprenticeships/ Trades/ Employment

Kathy Batskopoulos, Sarina Russon


Sohail Afkari, Master of Biomedical Engineering


Business, Finance and Data Analytics
Andrew Brown, Director at Lead First


Creative Direction and Styling 
Sarah Phillips, Hennda and Lara 
Engineering and STEM
Representatives of Robogals 
Miranda Charlton, Occupational Therapist
Vivianne Zuasola - Speech Therapist 
Sophie Morgan, Legal Counsel at AusNet 
Vinoda Perera - Law/ Commerce student and former DSC student


Media - Advertising and Content Creation
Chris Joy - Advertising Director at Medium Rare Content Agency 

Outdoor Recreation
Simon Carlile and Andrew Watts, Outdoor and Sports Development Area at Box Hill Institute

Software Engineering 
Chris Charalambous - former DSC student


Transdev Journey Maker Program
John deNava and Christy Roy


Victoria Police
Leading Senior Constable Carla Reardon


It was a very successful and our students benefited immensely from the insight they were given into potential career pathway options and the information they received about future subject choices.


Vanessa Ramsay
Careers Coordinator

Student Photographer - Selina C. 11I



Home Away from Home Program (HAH)

Following the launch of the Home Away from Home program (HAH), we have received continuous support and lots of excited students coming to join us for entertainment and study sessions. The program built for the camaraderie between International and Local students has skyrocketed since its debut last year. Every alternate Thursday and Friday the program is run with Thursday being a more relaxed day at Doncaster Shoppingtown’s VIP room and sports being promoted on a Friday.

The HAH program is one that hopefully continues to strive and succeed and we’re looking forward to seeing you there this week! There is food, drinks, games and for those in Year 12, we have a former VCAA assessor there to teach you while you probably eat some food learning subjects to suit your needs!



We are inviting you down to Holy Trinity Doncaster for our Sport Fridays and Doncaster Shoppingtown’s VIP room every Thursday. For more details, please contact the International Captains; Wesley Yang and Arthur Wang, or our International Student Coordinator, Ms. Sally Huang.


Wesley Y.
International Captain


Senior Years Careers Expo

The Senior Years Career Expo is the program designed to help senior school students with future pathway planning. The event includes different parts. 


The first part of the Career Expo includes the guest speaker from different study background and faculties. The students can choose the session that they are interested in, which might include the information they need for University studies. 


The second part is compulsory for Year 10 students, as that is the part of the course selection. Our professional team members would provide suggestions to the individual student. That is important for International students because that might be the first time for them to think about the future.


The last part and also the most interesting part of the Expo would be the Tertiary Expo. The University and TAFE representatives are available to provide up to date information to students. It is the good opportunity to get in touch with their future school directly.


Our International students were enjoying this activity a lot. They participated in a number of activities during the day. After the Career Expo, they get a clear picture of their futures. They said it was really helpful and they get motivated and feel more confident after the event.


One of the International students said: “ It(my future) seems like a piece of blank paper before I come to the Expo, but now, everything is in order and I found the way to get to my destination step by step!”


Sharon MU
International Student Program Assistant                    



2019 Italian Language and Arts Cultural Tour Information Evening


The 2019 Italian Language and Arts Cultural Tour Information Night will be held on Thursday, 16 August 2018 at 7:00 pm in the College’s Senior Centre. This is an opportunity to gain more information about the tour.


Students who are interested in attending the 2019 tour of Italy must complete the expression of interest form via the following link: 

Doncaster Secondary College is currently working on an exciting itinerary and is pleased to announce a proposed tour to Italy for our students in 2019. We are seeking expressions of interest from families with students who are studying Italian and/or The Arts in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2019 and who intend to pursue their study of these subjects into VCE.


We envisage the tour will take place in March 2019 for approximately 24 days. Students will also be attending classes in Milano at our sister school. Departure is proposed for around March and returning during the Term One holidays of 2019. This tour will not affect any exams.


Although it is too soon to provide exact dates and accurate costing for the tour, it may be helpful to note that previous tours have been approximately $6600.00 for a tour which covers: airfares, taxes, private coach for touring, entrance fees, tours, most transport expenses, all accommodation with private facilities and some meals. It is anticipated that students will require a further $900.00(approximately) to pay for other meals and local transport. Personal spending money is not included.


It is anticipated that a non-refundable payment of $1500.00 would be required to be paid to the college by the end of August. This cost includes a school sourced insurance premium. Please note that this insurance does not cover any pre-existing conditions.


If you have any further queries please contact me via email - [email protected] or students can visit me in the J Block Staffroom.


Paul Siassios

Visual Arts Teacher

Italian Language & Arts Cultural Tour Organiser



State Finals for Secondary Schools Squash Round Robin

On Thursday the 2nd of August, 6 students from Doncaster Secondary College travelled to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park to take part in the state finals for the Secondary Schools Squash round robin. The DSC Boys 1 team (Michael C, Ethan J and Jordan L) demonstrated some incredible squash talent, coming in 3/4th place! The DSC Girls 1 team (Giverny W, Sienna M and Jessica M) also played extremely well, coming in 4th place! Special mentions to Jordan, Giverny and Sienna who had all never played squash before, but all put in 100% and did really well. Big thank you to Mr Morris who drove us on the day, and also organised for us to attend.


Jess M. 9E


Secondary School Squash Competition - Junior Boys State Finals

A huge congratulations to our junior boy's squash team who competed in the state finals on Thursday, 9 August. The team members included Austin T. 7E, Daniel C. 7K and Cooper O. 7K.


The boys won their first two matches against McKinnon and Koonung which lead to a game in the playoffs against another McKinnon team. The boys won two games to one and were then through to the Semi-Final against Camberwell. The boys played well in the semi, however, the competition was tough and they lost (winning one game and losing two).


Cooper took on all feedback from his peers, showed great sportsmanship and resilience. As a result, his skills and gameplay improved significantly throughout the day. Daniel played consistently winning 3 (out of four) of his games. During the second game, he was down by 7 points and came back to win by 12. Austin was a huge asset to the team having played squash since he was four years old. He provided valuable guidance to his peers and helped them to play the best games that they could. Austin won all four of his games. 


All of the boys showed great leadership abilities and helped with the scoring and referring of the games. The boys encouraged each other and represented the school exceptionally.

Well done. 


Carly Sayer

Year 7 Coordinator 

PE Teacher


DSC Year 9/ 10 House Basketball

Justin Crane
House Coordinator


Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is highly prevalent in modern society and can stem from a range of issues which are relevant to an individual at a particular point in time. The results of anxiety can result in numerous physical and cognitive symptoms. A major element is a heightened feeling of being overwhelmed and being unable to complete the desired task.


A common phrase that is heard among students involves them wanting to totally eliminate their anxiety. This black and white interpretation of anxiety can heighten symptomology as the belief behind this statement entails that you either have anxiety or you don’t. In fact, despite what some may believe the goal of helping someone with anxiety is not to fully eliminate it, but more to get it to a level where it is manageable and more understandable. The reason for this is we actually need certain levels of anxiety to help us perform, so total elimination is not really what we need at all. Another point to remember is that despite being highly prevalent, anxiety is proven through research to be highly manageable when dealt with via a supportive outlet such as the wellbeing team here at DSC. The message here is seeking help can bring about positive results.


If you feel like you are struggling with anxiety the key is to identify that it is becoming a problem. Does the level of stress get to a stage where you can’t do what you’re wanting to do? Do you feel like you lose a sense of control? Do you feel ‘on edge’ all of the time? These anxiety symptoms have a high chance of getting worse if you don’t seek help, so having a chat with us may significantly help. If you don’t feel ready to talk to the wellbeing team at DSC two tips you can try are listed below:

  1. Monitor your thoughts:
    We can be anxious at times and not even know what causes it. Keeping a thought diary is a great way to get on top of this and work out the cause of what makes you stressed. After an anxious experience try writing down what happened, how you felt, how long the anxious period lasted and what made it better. This can help you see patterns for what triggers your anxiety. Remember understanding your anxiety can help with moving forward.
  2. Challenge your thoughts:
    Sometimes our heads can be full of negative thoughts, like thinking you’ll fail an upcoming test. If this is the case write this down and then write evidence that both supports and rejects this thought. Something to support it might be you haven’t done much study. While something to reject it might be that you’ve done this amount of study before and passed, or you always feel this way before tests and tend to pass. This technique can help show that some thoughts are exaggerated or not entirely true.

Tim Blacker
ACU Student Placement Counsellor


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