East Doncaster Secondary College Newsletter

29 March 2018
Issue Four
Principal's Report
Important Dates
From the Office
2018 Booklist
Middle School News
Middle School Staff
Music Notes
Senior School News
Senior School Staff
Parents and Friends Association
Sports News
Coles Sports for Schools
Health Centre News
Canteen Menu
East Doncaster Secondary College
(03) 9842 2244
20 George Street
Doncaster East, Victoria, 3109

Principal's Report

From the Principal

Visit to our Sister School in Suzhou

I had the honour two weeks ago of spending the week in Shanghai, China, accompanied by the College’s International Student Coordinator, Simon Veerhuis. Our visit was primarily focussed upon travelling to Suzhou to visit our sister school, Cao Qiao Middle School. The school has a new Principal and I took the opportunity to conduct a series of conversation with him to secure agreement on future plans for both student and teacher exchanges between our schools.

At the moment, I anticipate that a study tour to China, involving a homestay component at the school in Suzhou will be organised over the next months and will take place in September/October 2019. In a similar fashion, I would anticipate that we will again host a visit by our sister school mid-2019.


Whilst in Shanghai we also had the pleasure of meeting with a number of the parents of our international students who come from this region. Such communications only served to remind me how committed our international students are on obtaining a quality secondary education and the sacrifices, often substantial, that families are willing to make to secure such outcomes for their children.


I am also very pleased and proud to report to our school community that whilst meeting with a number of agencies involved in the international student program, the reputation of East Doncaster Secondary College is strong and our recent academic achievements have been very much noted and ensure that our College is viewed as a very desirable educational destination.

Italy Tour Departs

Last Saturday morning fifteen of our Senior School students departed for our bi-annual  three week tour of Italy – one of the truly memorable highlights of our College calendar. Supervised by our Assistant Principal Cameron Campbell and teachers, Justin D’Andrea and Liz Dean, the experiences gained throughout this tour are invaluable for our students and serve as an outstanding example of the rich variety of global opportunities available to our students. It has been very satisfying to see the strength of relationships built up between many of our students and our Italian Sister School from the region around Novara in Northern Italy and I have no doubt this will be further strengthened over the upcoming weeks as our students visit our Sister School.


I look forward to regular updates from Italy over the next two weeks and will eagerly anticipate the report from our students to publish in our first newsletter in term two.


Safe travels to our group.



Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

On Tuesday afternoon and evening we conducted our first Parent – Student – Teacher interviews for the year. We were delighted to have presented opportunities for families to discuss the learning progress of their children with our teachers.

 It was pleasing to see so many of our families use this event to reinforce the partnership we share in forming successful learning pathways for our students. From my observations and feedback provided throughout the day, the interviews were purposeful and the mood was very positive.


If parents were unable to attend personally on Tuesday or unable to secure an interview with particular teachers, could I remind all parents that the COMPASS system allows for ongoing communication via email. I would encourage parents to contact any teacher if they have specific concerns/queries regarding the education of their child. Alternatively parents may contact Year Level Coordinators to arrange meetings and discuss overall performance or other issues.

A special mention is also extended to our Parents and Friends Association for their efforts over the afternoon and evening in selling hot cross buns and raising funds for their next project. Their presence and assistance is always valued.


Eastern Zone Swimming

Last Tuesday our students competed in the School Sport Victoria Eastern Zone Swimming Championships at the AquaNation pool in Ringwood.


Overall the team finished the carnival in 5th place. This was a great achievement.


Our representatives through to the State Championships on 18 April, are Ashley Costa,

Misha Wierzbowski , Emilia Doherty, along with the team of for 17Yr 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay. 


Josh Sist will also be representing EDSC in the Regional/State Diving finals on 19 April.


We wish them well!


For a more detailed report on the Carnival, please refer to a later section of this Newsletter.

Congratulations to all competitors for their contributions to individual and team success.


We are very proud of your efforts.


Outstanding Student Achievement

Congratulations to Chermaine Q 8D. Chermaine recently competed in the ITTF-Oceania Table Tennis Championships. She had an exceptional week, winning three medals (Gold - U21 Women's Teams, Silver - U21 Women's Doubles, Bronze - U21 Women's Singles). Chermaine was undefeated against opponents from the other countries. Her only losses in the individual events were against her senior teammates. She has received multiple State and National titles and is clearly an outstanding young athlete in her chosen sport.


Well done, Chermaine!

Whilst on the subject of outstanding individual achievement can I take this opportunity to remind the families of our school community that we are always willing to hear and share the deeds of our students in their sporting, academic, performing arts or community-based pursuits external to our College. We have, on a regular basis, students who are involved in a quite extraordinary array of activities and it is always a pleasure to share those with our wider school community.


Staff Farewell
Today we farewelled three staff members.

Firstly Jo Ballenger, a Learning Support aide at our College for many years, has decided to retire. Jo has given great service to our College community and worked very closely with many, many students and families over this period of time. A diligent, dedicated professional, Jo has made a real impact at our College and will be missed – we wish her all the very best in the next phase of her life.


Jenny D’Altera, our Careers Coordinator is also leaving to pursue another exciting opportunity. Whilst Jenny has only been with us for a relatively short period of time, she has assisted many student and families with her broad knowledge of career pathways and tertiary study opportunities.
We wish Jenny and her family all the best and thank her sincerely for her contribution to our College.


Kerry Trounson , an Instumental Music teacher has been with us since May 2017, replacing Emily Fry.  With Emily returning in Term 2, Kerry will no longer be with us.  We thank her for the great work she has done with her students.


Term Holidays

It seems as if we have just successfully negotiated the start of the school year and now the Easter Term Holiday break looms large on the horizon.

A reminder to all families that Term 2 will commence on Monday April 18.


I sincerely hope that all members of our school community enjoy a safe and restful holiday period and make the very most of the opportunity to connect with family and friends.

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.

Important Dates

Term 2

Monday 16 April - First day of Term 2

Wednesday 18 April - Year 7 Swim Survive Program commences

Thursday 19 April - ELC Healesville Sanctuary Excursion

Saturday 21 April - ALPHA 2019 Testing - applications close Friday 13 April

To register your child to sit the ALPHA Test please click here. https://aus.edutest.com.au/D/?t=HI760T3E

Monday 23 April - Tuesday 24 April -  Year 10OE1 Outdoor Education Mt Biking/Bushcraft Camp

Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day Public Holiday

Thursday 26 April - Friday 27 April - Year 10OE3 Outdoor Education Mt Biking/Bushcraft Camp

Monday 30 April - Chinese Cultural Day

Monday 30 April - Friday 4 May - Year 9 City Experience Week 1 (9A, 9B, 9C, 9D, 9E)

Monday 30 April - Wednesday 2 May - 2018 Music Camp

Thursday 3 May - Saturday 5 May - Year 12OE1 Outdoor Education Alpine Horse Riding Expedition

Wednesday 9 May - EDSC Athletics Carnival

Thursday 10 May - Staff Professional Development afternoon - Students dismissed at 12:40pm

Tuesday 15 May - Thursday 17 May - Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN

Thursday 17 May - Friday 18 May - Year 11OE1 Outdoor Education Caving Expedition

Monday 21 May - Friday 25 May - Year 9 City Experience Week 2 (9F, 9G, 9H, 9I, 9J)

Wednesday 23 May - Friday 25 May -  EDSC College Production - Little Shop of Horrors

Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 19 June - Year 10 Universtity Experience Day

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

Thursday 28 June - Year 11 Formal

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

2018 Applications for Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

There is no need to fill in another form for 2018 if you previously received CSEF in 2017, you just need to forward a copy of your Health Care/Pension card with the student name and form group written on it to the General Office .


If you have not previously applied for CSEF, you will need to fill in the attached form and return it to the General Office with a copy of your Health Care/Pension card.

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) commenced in 2015 for four years and will provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions.


Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. $225 per year is paid for eligible secondary school students. A special consideration eligibility category also exists. For more information, see: www.education.vic.gov.au/csef.

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 from last year will continue working until students receive their new 2018 cards in the coming weeks.


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.

2018 Booklist

2018 Campion Booklist

To purchase school books please go to the Campion Books website at: http://www.campion.com.au/
Then go to Order here, choose East Doncaster Secondary College from the dropdown list and enter the Resource List code N2W7 to access the online booklist.


Years 7-9

Please note that these subjects are included in the Digital Textbook Package which is included in the College charges.


Years 10-12

Please note digital books should be ordered through Campion online booklist. They are not included in the College charges.


If you are purchasing secondhand textbooks for VCE subjects in 2018 please check the editions of these books carefully. There are new editions in a number of subjects to meet new study design requirements. The Senior School booklist will list the number of the edition and a note underneath the title will indicate if it is a new edition for 2018.


Vicki da Silva

Library Coordinator


Middle School News

Acknowledgement of Achievement

Our acknowledgement this fortnight goes to three students - Ziggy, Ali and Megan.


Ziggy has shown great Resilience through consistently working to improve his classroom engagement. Multiple teachers have commented on the excellent focus and effort displayed by him in the second part of the term.


Ali has displayed great Excellence by working really well in Literacy. He is always on time and always works hard to complete all of his work every session.


Megan showed great Teamwork in PE last week. Megan worked with the teacher and her classmates  to organise and start sprinting races. She then communicated across the field with her peers and teachers using hand signals and value added to the lesson for herself and her peers.


Great work guys!

Emily Mathews, Haydn Bethune

& Georgina Walter

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 7 Social Evening

Our inaugural Year 7 Social Evening on March 14 provided the opportunity for parents, students and staff to interact in a more casual setting, enjoy a sausage and get to know each other better.

Students enthusiastically joined in games of downball throughout the night and the Treasure Hunt provided a great deal of fun! Seeing the young people take off on the Treasure Hunt was a sight to behold!!


The Year 9 Peer Support Leaders did a fantastic job of getting everyone involved and we thank them for their efforts.


The night was also greatly supported by the Rotary Club who came and cooked the BBQ for us. The sausages and the friendly banter of the Rotarians definitely contributed to the success of the night.


Thank you also to the Interact Club members who came along.


We hope that the Social Evening assists in building connections in our College community.


Peer Support Session 2

On Friday March 16, the Year 9 Peer Support Leaders conducted the second session of Peer Support with their Year 7 classes. The theme for the session was “Communication- COMPASS, Diaries & Ipads”. The Year 9s were able to pass their knowledge and experience onto the Year 7s through a series of games and other activities.

Kate Leaumont

Head of Middle School

Leadership Training Day 2018 - Student Report

Great Leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, but always about the goal. With this aim for the year, EDSC Student Leaders met on March 7, at St Philip’s Deep Creek Anglican Church. Upon reaching there, we were officially introduced to the School Captains for the year 2018, Cassie Leong and Josh Sist. They introduced the day, and followed with some activities such as a Kahoot and fun ice-breaker activities that helped clarify students’ individual leadership roles and positions from different year levels.


To inspire us for our roles, we met the Vice-School Captains from last year Dan and Aadhya. They told us all about their experiences of being a student leader last year. They explained what difficulties they faced and how they managed their time as a Student Leader and a Year 12 Student. They made it possible for us to recognise the many ways in which a student leader can be a proactive and positive member of the EDSC community. Following that, we were also given an inspiring talk by our Principal, Mr John Roberts. He explained to us what it means to be a Student Leader for EDSC and how it benefits not just us, but the whole school.


Furthermore, we were presented with our badges that mark our positions as leaders, from Mr Roberts. Soon after, we were randomly placed in different groups and made our way to the ground for some team-building activities. We played seven games where we had to work together to accomplish a goal. With these activities, we had to work with new people we had never met before and complete tasks with them, which was very challenging for some people. That being said, everyone worked well together and cooperated without a hitch.


After lunch, we settled down and put our new skills to use, planning for groups and events such as the new Interact Club and the Relay for Life fundraiser, discussing ideas and activities that we could do in our leadership groups this year. As groups, we were able to share ideas and work as teams to get to know each other and get a variety of view points from people of all different year levels. We were able to work well together, sharing jokes and stories throughout the day in order to plan great things for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

by Vani Chopra 9D


Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Year 8 ALPHA English have been studying the Tim Burton film ‘Alice in Wonderland’.  Adam Robb came up with the idea of having a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to bring a different dimension to this text study. Students in 8C created the invitations that were distributed to all students and preparations were made in creating some wonderful and ‘mad’ pieces of prose to share with the class, inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll. This writing of nonsense is the first piece in the students’ writing folio that will be developed over the year with the intention of these works being turned into a small class book.


In order to make the Tea Party as authentic as possible, Adam Robb visited many Op Shops to source cups and saucers, teapots, wacky ties and scarves. All students were encouraged to dress up in their ‘maddest’ attire. Thank you to all the students that let us dress them in feather boas, hats, scarves and ties and to all that brought along their own costumes. Thank you also to all the students who brought along tea and sweets to make it a very traditional tea party and the 8C students who took some great photos of the event.


Thank you to Evan Jones who also assisted in preparation of the event. We were even visited by Assistant Principals Karen Boyle and Jasvinder Kaur and Principal John Roberts who provided support and enthusiasm while the students delivered their nonsense dialogues and poems.

Thank you again to Adam Robb for his enthusiasm and vision in creating this learning experience for the students.


This was a highly successful event and we look forward to holding many joint English activities together throughout 2018.

Rebecca James

Year 8 ALPHA English Teacher


On March 22 the two Year 8 Alpha classes (8I and 8C) got together and dressed up to have a tea party based on the movie Alice in Wonderland. We made up nonsense literature inspired by the film and shared it. Then we enjoyed cakes, biscuits and other sweets accompanied by a variety of teas from different cultures. We all had fun dressing up in exotic costumes and listening to different nonsense performances.


by Anson Tang and Jordan Divitcos 8I​

Geography Fieldwork

This week, Year 7 Geography classes have been out and about collecting data for their fieldwork report. This project asks students to explain what liveability is, and to select a number of factors to investigate, then compare in the East Doncaster area. Here are some photos of 7I collecting their data on George Street.


Kerryn Murray

Year 7 Geography teacher

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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Music Notes

Beginner Instrument Places Still Available

Nearly 100 Year 7 students have signed up to be part of our exciting Music program at EDSC. Most are starting to learn a new musical instrument at school, others are continuing their studies, or have joined one of our concert bands, string orchestras or choirs.


A reminder that we still have beginner places available on the following instruments:

  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone

If you are interested in trying out any of these instruments, and we welcome beginners at all Year Levels, please talk to any of the Music staff as soon as possible.


Second-hand Music Uniform Available

A student who is leaving the school has music uniform items available in perfect condition:

Size 16 Music Jacket - $35

Size 16 Boy’s Music Shirt - $20

or $50 for both.

Carl Williams

Instrumental Music Administrator


Senior School News

Outdoor Education

Last week Year 10 Outdoor Education students went on their first outdoor expedition down the Great Ocean Road. The students were keen for their first camping experience of the year, where they were able to sleep in tents and cook on trangias, many for whom this was a first time experience. Day one of the trip saw students visit the Old Alcoa Coal Mine in Anglesea, which has ties to their studies on human impact, and take a walk to Cumberland Falls to swim in a very fresh natural water hole. After an evening of sitting around the camp fire under the stars, students then spent the day sea kayaking in Torquay, where the conditions were perfect to catch a few waves. Many thanks David Lynch, Cassie Brock and Tiarne Newton for taking the time out to accompany students, and to the students for making the trip such an enjoyable experience.


Emily Embery

Outdoor Education Coordinator

International Student Welcome Reception - ELC International Students

On March 20, six international students attended the Annual International Student Welcome Reception at Government House for morning tea. Students were welcomed by the Governor of Victoria and enjoyed exploring all areas of Government House including the ballroom, dining room and pool room. Students who attended said they felt very welcomed to study in Victoria. They were Conrado (Brazil), Priscilla (China), Martin (China), Nikki (China) and Linda (China).

Simon Veerhuis

International Student Coordinator

Year 11 Formal​

It is with pleasure that East Doncaster Secondary College announces the first ever Year 11 Formal. The event will take place on Thursday 28 June, at Beau Monde, on Doncaster Road, from 6:30pm to 10pm. It is an official school function, which will include teachers at the event.


The evening will involve a sit down 2 course dinner (main and dessert), a DJ with dance floor and photo opportunities for students.


The cost is $70, which is payable via Compass. To secure your place, please ensure payment is made by 27 April, 2018.


We hope to see as many year 11 students at this event as possible.

Paul Basford and Sally Polidano

Year 11 Coordinators


Year 12 Easter Egg Hunt - Student Report

The first event dedicated for Year 12 in 2018 was an egg hunt. Playing cards were scattered across The John Landy Centre, hidden and waiting to be discovered. Those who found the playing cards, were then be able to have chocolate eggs in exchange. The chocolate rabbit was the biggest prize and was given to individuals that found the “joker.” Five jokers were dispersed and one is still waiting to be found! A few chosen candidates in the year level hid these cards in various places in The JLC (The John Landy Centre) with many Year 12s participating in the egg hunt.  The event helped us to set aside our stress and worries, allowing us to enjoy a mini break which the majority of us found entertaining and competitive as we tried to find the hidden cards. 

by Eleni Kazakis 12G

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


A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Hot Cross Bun stalls at the Parent Teacher Interviews this week. (Supplied from our local baker 'Bakers Delight' at The Pines).

We hope you enjoyed them. Happy Easter !



The NEW 2018/2019 Entertainment books have arrived. Books sell for just $70.00 and you will receive 20,000 in valuable offers.  The books are 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 23 April in The John Landy Centre at 7:30pm.  All welcome.


Harveen Singh

Parents and Friends Association

Sports News

East Melbourne Region (EMR) Swimming Championships Report​

March 27, 2018 at Ringwood Aquanation.


10 individual swimmers competed in 22 events

Daniel B, Gabriel B, Ashley C, Colin C Emilia D, Fabian F, Athina K, James N, Amy P and Misha W,.  EDSC swimmers were competitive throughout the day, with 15 podium finishes.  The closest of the day was easily Emilia Doherty’s 50m Freestyle, with Emilia placing first with a time of 31.22 s, second’s time was 21.23 s and third 21.24 s, a photo finish indeed!  Daniel Bray also had excellent results with top 3 finishes in all his 5 individual events, with his main opponent having to break age group records to beat him.


EDSC had four girls swimming the Medley relay (17F) and were beaten into second with just a finger tip (0.03 seconds) in the finish.  There were 5 EDSC teams competing in the 4 x 50m freestyle relays (20 competitors), across a range of age groups (14M, 15M, 17M, 17F, 20F).  All of the EDSC teams were competitive placing 2nd (17M), 3rd (14M) or 4th (15M & 20F) in their races.  The 17F had their revenge with a text book lunging finish to touch in front of Balwyn with a record time (2:06.55, smashed the previous record by over a second).  This bodes well for the State Finals as this was the team that beat them in 16’s.  Alas a massive thank you to Wesley S (and his family for getting him to the pool in time at very late notice) for filling in for the boys 14F team, which came third, to cover for an illness to one of the team members.


On publication of the final tally, East Doncaster SC finished in 5th position overall, a fantastic team result.


The standout performances of the meet were Misha Wierzbowski’s record time swim in the 14 year old 50m Breaststroke (and this after finishing first in the 100m breaststroke 5 minutes earlier!) and the 17yr Female Freestyle relay team consisting of Misha Wierzbowski, Emilia Doherty, Jenna Richardson and Ashley Costa who needed to record a record time to beat their opposition.


Our representatives through to the State Championships on 18 April, are Ashley C, 12-15yr 100m & 200m Freestyle, Misha W , 14Yr 50m Breaststroke & 12-20yrs 100m Breaststroke and Emilia D, 17Yr 50m Freestyle.  Along with the team of for 17Yr 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay. 


Josh Sist will also be representing EDSC in the Regional/State Diving finals on 19 April.  All the best Josh.


Thanks to David Lynch for his assistance on the day, now bring on Division Cross Country (27 April) and House Athletics (9 May).....


House Cross Country

EDSC’s HOUSE Cross Country was run at Ruffey Lake Park, on a very pleasant 20 March.  


Lists of the top twenty placings for each of the Year levels are below.  The top 10 in each AGE group (there is some cross over between ages and year levels) are invited to compete in EDSC’s team for the Whitehorse Division Cross Country to be held on Friday 27 April.  This is also at Ruffey Lake Park, but with a slightly different course to the one run at House.  Good luck to all our runners.


The result of the House Competition was:

Chisholm           1st

Dunlop                 2nd

Sutherland          3rd

Bradman              4th


Thanks to Emily Embery for assisting at the track all day and the teachers who walked with the students to Ruffey Lake Park and back, specially Peter Signorini who did the trip three times!  A big thanks to the yr 11PE classes, Yr12 VCAL and their teachers for assisting with the check point supervision.  It ensured the day flowed smoothly (no lost runners) and in a timely manner.  Students were back at school within the double period allocated for all times – this was a first.  If there are any students who wish to assist at the Division Cross Country please see me at the start of Term2.

Kim Schwarz

Interschool Sport Coordinator - Carnivals

Coles Sports for Schools

Coles Sports for Schools Program 2018

Once again, this year we have the opportunity to participate in the Coles Sports for Schools Program. Vouchers can be collected from your local Coles supermarket starting from Wednesday 7 February and need to be returned to the school by Friday 11 May. For every $10 spent at Coles, customers will receive one Sports for Schools voucher. A box will be available outside the office to place your vouchers in. Vouchers earned will go towards purchasing sports equipment for the school.


Thanking you in advance for your support.

Ashlee Lawrance

Physical Education Coordinator


Health Centre News

Year 7 and Year 10 Vaccinations

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 & 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:


Year 7

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses

Year 10

  • Meningococcal ACWY (Yr 10 only)

Parents/guardians of year 7 & 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your child. You need to read the booklet and complete and return Part A regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school or not.

Manningham City Council’s immunisation team may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 28 February 2018 if you do not want your contact details given to the Manningham City Councils immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au or www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au 

Rose Howarth

School Nurse

Year 7 and Year 10 Vaccination Program

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to help make sure students and communities are protected from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, human papillomavirus (HPV) for year 7 students and; Meningococcal ACWY for year 10 students.


Local councils deliver the program and schools distribute the information and consent card booklets.


The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 authorises secondary schools to provide their local council with student and parent/guardian contact information for any student scheduled to receive a vaccination. This information assists local councils to follow-up parents/guardians of students with incomplete or missing consent cards.


What information goes to local council?

Schools provide the following basic student and parent/guardian contact information:

  • Student name, gender, date of birth, year level, class, language(s) spoken at home
  • Parent/guardian names, phone numbers, email and postal addresses

Why do schools provide this information?

  • To ensure all Year 7 & 10 students are offered the opportunity to access free vaccinations at school.
  • To improve communication with parents/guardians regarding their child’s vaccination needs
  • To reduce the administrative burden on school staff to follow-up consent cards


What do I need to do?

  1. Your information will be provided to Manningham City Council in March 2018. If you do not wish for your details to be provided, please advise the school in writing before 28 February 2018.
  2. Read the information provided in your child’s consent card booklet and complete all sections, regardless of whether or not you consent for your child to be vaccinated as part of the school-based program.
  3. Detach Part A of the consent card booklet with all fields completed, and return to school.

Every day vaccination saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from the illness and disability caused by many infectious diseases. All Year 7 & 10 Victorian secondary students can receive these vaccines for free.


For further information please go to the following links:

Rose Howarth

School Nurse

Immunisation Dates

Year 7 - Round 2 - 17 October 2018

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.

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