Our College was established in 1974 and is situated in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The College has an enrolment in excess of 1600 students, including about 100 international students, and more than 160 staff.
As a College, we strive 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 community as we embrace the challenges of 21st Century schooling
Our catch phrase as learners is “Creating a Culture of Curiosity” – we strive to ensure that there is a focus on learning improvement for every student. We have high expectations that our students will commit to being supportive of each other as they strive for success as learners. We focus on developing authentic relationships within the school community and are striving to embed the concept of teaching the “whole child” into every element of school life.
We are proudly multicultural across more than 40 nationalities, with a large, established International Student Program. Over recent years, there has been a significant cultural shift within our College community. The proportion of students from Language backgrounds other than English (LBOTE) has increased from 30% to nearly 70% over the past eight years. This creates challenges in ensuring cross – cultural understandings are maintained to sustain a genuine sense of unity, acceptance of diversity and teacher capacity.
At East Doncaster Secondary College, we are committed to child safety. We strive to ensure that our students are safe, happy and empowered. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.
We have a strong tradition of academic excellence and we aim to promote and sustain a reflective learning culture that caters for the needs of all learners. We want students to experience a sense of achievement and growth in their academic, personal, social and emotional development. The focus is consistently upon academic rigor, interdependency and individuality. As a result, student achievement data is excellent across a range of data sets and year levels. Through a successful VCE program, more than 85% of our students progress to university.
From a teaching and learning perspective, we continue to embed a common instructional model, identification and utilisation of the most effective pedagogical practices, and the use of high quality feedback mechanisms. This occurs with a specific emphasis on collaboration in teaching teams. We strive to ensure that there is a focus on learning improvement for every student.
The College has embarked on an innovative 1 to 1 ICT strategy incorporating iPads for Years 8 and 9 students, and Notebook computers for Years 7, 10, 11 and 12 students. We have adopted the Compass Learning Management system, and work collaboratively with Compass to adapt elements of their system to better meet our needs.
School life is rich and varied at East Doncaster Secondary College. In sport, we continue to excel with team and individual success at State and National level. In the Arts, our music program continues to flourish, and our School Productions are outstanding. There are many student leadership opportunities and growth of student voice has been an ongoing college goal. We continue to increase student access to decision-making and self-regulation as learners, improving their capacity to be contributing community and global citizens.
The internationalising Education Agenda is a prominent school focus. We aim to provide our students with opportunities to develop cultural literacy, global knowledge, and cross cultural understanding through our sister school relationships with Suzhou Caoqiao Middle School in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China and Istituto Istruzione Superiore Biagio Pascal in Novara, Northern Italy. These include student exchange on a biennial basis, and we continue to engage in Department initiatives like the China Young Leaders Immersion program. These are complemented with opportunities for students to participate in tours to NASA and World Challenge projects.