College Profile

 

Doncaster Secondary College

Doncaster Secondary College

 

The College caters for a diverse student population, with students coming from a wide geographical area. The College has a student population of around 1300 students, including approximately 110 full fee-paying international students enrolling each year. The International Program adds diversity and supports the provision of a broader academic curriculum. There are 46 nationalities represented in the culturally diverse student population and approximately 33% of the students speak a language other than English at home. The English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is vibrant and extensive.

At Doncaster Secondary College we are working together to enable all students to achieve their potential and become confident, effective learners who contribute productively to society. This core purpose is reflected in the College motto, Working Together, Learning Together, and is underpinned by the following values:

Respect for ourselves, each other and the environment
Responsibility for our own actions
Resilience to embrace challenges with optimism and perseverance
Teamwork working co-operatively and constructively with others

The College regularly performs above state and like schools in its academic outcomes. This is reflected by excellent VCE outcomes which open a variety of pathways for students beyond school. Over 95% of students enrol in tertiary studies at the end of VCE, with over 80% attending university and around 12% moving on to TAFE. Regular participation of Doncaster Secondary College students in national and international academic competitions, as well as regular inclusion amongst the Premiers Awards recipients, is another reflection of the high quality outcomes achieved.

Whilst the College has a strong academic focus, there is an emphasis on ‘whole child’ education and meeting the learning needs of all students. There is ongoing and prominent attention given to the role of each and every teacher in supporting the needs of individual students and organisational emphasis is given to teams of staff working more closely with particular groups of students, especially in the middle years.

A strong College-wide student wellbeing focus is led by a Student Wellbeing Leader and enhanced through support of a College Chaplain, College nurses and a wide variety of community professionals. The College has 2 sub-schools, Middle (Years 7 to 9) and Senior (Years 10 to 12), which cater for the needs of all students and reinforce College values and expectations. The Sub-schools form the basis of a well-defined student management structure.

The Discovery Program, at Years 7 to 12, focuses on students as learners, developing competencies in the areas of learning, emotional intelligence and social skills. The skills acquired through the Discovery Program are transferred to learning in all curriculum areas and equip students for life beyond the College.

A wide range of curricula and co-curricular activities engage and provide 
opportunities for students at all levels. There are numerous sporting opportunities, an exemplary Instrumental Music program and a Performing Arts program available to students. There is an extensive Student Leadership Program with an active SRC and captains in both the Senior and Middle schools, a Peer Mentoring Program for students and numerous wellbeing programs operating throughout the year.

The College also offers a range of out-of-school opportunities for students, including 
national and international leadership, sporting and academic opportunities, school camps at Years 7, 9 and 11, and regular international experiences. Not only is there a comprehensive academic VCE curriculum, students also have access to a range of VET units, as well as to VCAL through broader network links. The Learning Enhancement and Enrichment Program (LEEP), beginning at Year 7, provides opportunities for high-achieving students to learn at a rate and depth more appropriate to their academic strengths, as does the acceleration program available to students in Years 10 to 12. The MYSELF (Middle Years Selected Essential Learning for the Future) Program at Year 9, involves all students undertaking a range of authentic and integrated programs for one day per week over the year. Many of these programs involve students working in the broader community.

The importance attached by the College to the appropriate use of learning 
technologies to support student engagement has been enhanced through the ongoing allocation of substantial resources for computer infrastructure. The purchase of network hardware and software, the provision of high quality wireless linked networks, high speed intranet, the provision of computer suites and data panels are evidence of this commitment.

In 2013, the College underwent a very successful review and created the new 
College Strategic Plan. This Plan has a major focus on enhancing ‘teacher effectiveness’ and ‘teacher teaming’ with a view to ongoing improvement in student outcomes. This reflects the importance placed on developing a student-centred culture and on developing the necessary teacher skills to provide personalised/differentiated teaching to meet the learning needs of individual students. This emphasis has been underpinned by PoLT and the E5 Framework and has continued and is underscored in the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. Continuing to embed a consistent whole school approach through the use of the Doncaster Secondary College instructional model to provide evidence based methodologies to teaching and learning with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, developing better methods to using data to inform teaching and using this to personalise learning are integral to the new Strategic Plan. Staff meet regularly in teams to identify, discuss and implement strategies to enhance their effectiveness in the classroom and to build and share best practice. Additionally, students in Years 7 and 8 are taught by small teams of teachers in homeroom locations.

The College is proud of its facilities and grounds which are among the best in the 
State system. College Council has strongly supported facilities development over the years, including the funding of excellent VCE and Presentation and Performance Centres, the maintenance of attractive garden areas and the provision of extensive recreation spaces, some with shade sails. In 2016, the College funded the development of a full size synthetic grass oval and running track. In 2008 the College was funded by the Department of Education to complete a major building program. This, together with associated developments, involved spending in excess of $7.5 million. The works involved refurbishment and rebuilding of over 60% of the College. Renovations included a refurbished library, refurbished student toilets, new science facilities, multi-purpose learning areas and middle years precincts, relocatable classrooms, new wood/metal technology facilities,  ICT facilities, art/textile facilities, administration/staff areas,  general purpose classrooms, further development of gardens and grounds and newly resurfaced playing courts. A state of the art sports stadium with two courts and seating for over 650 was opened in 2013.

The College is an exciting place for students and staff. The ongoing emphasis on 
developing a student-focused culture and the skills necessary for personalising teaching, the provision of a broad range of programs and opportunities for students, together with the excellent facilities and their ongoing development, make for a very positive environment which attracts and supports both students and staff.

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