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YEAR 7 2018 LANGUAGE SELECTION
All students attending Dromana College in Year 7 2018 are required to study a language in accordance with Department of Education & Training guidelines. At Dromana College, students can choose to study Japanese or Indonesian.
Our tuition in both languages focuses on learning to communicate in the Language, as well as developing intercultural understanding between Australia and our Asian neighbours. While some students may have studied a language at Primary School, we begin the Year 7 program catering for students with no prior experience of the language. For some students this will be revision, and they can extend their knowledge using interactive computer software, such as Language Perfect. The Australian Government recognises the vital importance of equipping young Australians with the knowledge and skills to communicate and work with our regional neighbours, and as such Asian awareness must be a core element of our curriculum.
To select the language your child will study, you need to follow these steps:
- Discuss the choice of language with your child and select one.
- Choose your Language via the link http://www.dsc.vic.edu.au/enhancement/online-selection-forms/language-selection-form
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC APPLICATIONS
To enrol your Year 7 student into the Dromana College Instrumental Music Program please register your online application via the link below. Your application must show details of any past experience and current level, and any music references you may be able to provide from your present/past music teachers. Demand for some instruments can be high so please provide a 2nd instrument preference.
Upon acceptance into the program you will be sent an invoice for Semester 1 2018 and this must be paid in advance to secure a place in the program.
For further information please contact Mrs Ann Thomas, Music Administrator, or Ms Jacqui Rodden, Head of Music, on 03 5987 2805 during school hours.
NOTEBOOK & LEAP INFORMATION NIGHT
Wednesday 2 August 2017 in the Dromana College Basketball Stadium
6:15pm presentation for LEAP applicants
LEAP applications for 2018 opened on 17 July 2017. The Learning Extension and Acceleration Program [LEAP] is offered to a limited number of capable and committed students whose academic skills are above those of their peer group. LEAP students are presented with a challenging curriculum that allows them to investigate and explore topics in a classroom with like-minded students.
Enrolment into this class is only via on line application and testing of the students. Parents who are interested in this program can access the application via the Dromana College website at www.dsc.vic.edu. The LEAP transition teachers will be presenting at the Information Night on Wednesday 2 August 2017.
7:00pm presentation for recommended Notebook Device
At Dromana College, all students in the Junior School are expected to have a computer device at the commencement of Year 7 in 2018. Students benefit from a depth of experience that has developed within college with the use of a computer device. Students and all teaching staff at Dromana College use a personal notebook computer on a daily basis. In implementing the Notebook Program, the college believes that computers on their own do not enhance learning, but the use of computers in the classroom leads to positive changes in teaching methods that enhance student learning. The college will be presenting more information on the recommended device at the Information Night on Wednesday 2 August 2017.
2018 LEAP Applications
LEAP at Dromana College
UPDATE: 2018 LEAP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW LIVE: LINK AVAILABLE HERE
Fast track to high achievement
What is LEAP?
The Learning Extension and Acceleration Program [LEAP] is offered to a limited number of capable and committed students whose academic skills are above those of their peer group. LEAP students are presented with a challenging curriculum that allows them to investigate and explore topics in a classroom with like-minded students.
How does the program work?
LEAP is open to students who have enrolled at Dromana College and are entering Year 7 in 2018. The students remain in the same class for two years. In Year 9 the LEAP students are able to choose and specialise in the areas of their interest, whilst still enjoying the challenges of the curriculum. In the junior years, the students will experience acceleration in the curriculum that caters to their needs. The LEAP students are also offered all the extra curriculum activities that Dromana College offers. These students participate in sport, camps, clubs and a range of pastoral programs with their peers. This encourages our LEAP students to be involved in the broader social aspects of school and encourages a number of leadership opportunities.
How to apply for LEAP
LEAP is suitable for academically talented students who have a level of maturity and commitment. They need to be capable of learning independently and be able to work in group situations. It is expected that LEAP students and all Year 7 students will have a laptop.
To qualify for this program, students must sit an exam on Thursday 24 August 2017. Based on these results, students will be offered a place in LEAP for 2018. Places are limited and are based on academic merit.
|Monday 17 July||LEAP Applications Open||All applications to be completed online|
|Wednesday 2 August||LEAP Information Evening||6:00pm - Gymnasium at Dromana College|
|Laptop Information Evening||7:00pm - Gymnasium at Dromana College|
|Monday 14 August||LEAP Applications Close||
5:00pm - Online via Dromana College Website
Information will be sent to all applicants
|Thursday 24 August||LEAP Exam||
4:00pm - Language Centre
All applicants undertake entry exam
|Friday 22 Sept||Successful applicants finalised||Families notified|
All applicants must sit the exam
More information will be sent to all applicants once they have registered their interest.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:
- Brooke Mollenkopf
Head of Junior School
email@example.com or 03 5987 2805 during school hours
Bushfire At-Risk Register
Bushfire At-Risk Register - Schools
Dromana College Procedures for the Bushfire Season
Fire danger ratings and warnings are used in Victoria to provide clear direction on the safest options for preserving life.
Schools and children’s services listed on the DET Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) will be closed when a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined in their Bureau of Meteorology district.
Dromana College has been identified as being one of those at high bushfire risk and is listed on the BARR.
Where possible, we will provide parents with up to four days’ notice of a potential Code Red day closure by letter, SMS message and also on our website at www.dsc.vic.edu.au A Code Red day will be determined by the Emergency Management Commissioner no later than 1:00pm on the day before the potential closure. Once we are advised of the confirmation of the Code Red day we will provide you with advice before the end of the school day.
Once confirmed, the decision to close will not change, regardless of improvements in the weather forecast. This is to avoid confusion and help your family plan alternative care arrangements for your child. It is also important to note that:
- No staff will be on site on days where the school is closed due to a forecast Code Red day.
- School camps will be cancelled if a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined for the Bureau of Meteorology district in which the camp is located.
- As a bus co-ordinating school all bus routes will be cancelled.
- Depending on which Bureau of Meteorology district is impacted bus route cancellations may affect our school.
On these Code Red days families are encouraged to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan – on such days children should never be left at home or in the care of older children. For those of us living in a bushfire prone area, the CFA advise that when Code Red days are forecast, the safest option is to leave the night before or early on the morning of the Code Red day.
As part of preparing our school for potential hazards such as fire, we have updated and completed our Emergency Management Plan,
What can parents do?
- Make sure your family’s bushfire survival plan is up-to-date and includes alternative care arrangements in the event that our school is closed.
- Ensure we have your current contact details, including your mobile phone numbers. Keep in touch with us by reading our newsletters.
- Most importantly at this time of year, if you’re planning a holiday or short stay in the bush or in a coastal area, you should check warnings in advance of travel and remain vigilant during your stay.
- If your child is old enough, talk to them about bushfires and your family’s bushfire survival plan.
- You can access more information about children’s services closures on the Department of Education and Training website – see http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/closures.aspx
For up-to-date information on this year’s fire season, visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the 24-hour Victorian Bushfires Information Line on 1800 240 667.
DROMANA COLLEGE UNIFORM SHOP TRADING HOURS
Tuesday 8:30am – 12:00noon
Thursday 12:00noon - 3:30pm
Full uniform is also available at Noone Imagewear Beaconsfield store:-
Shop 4, Beaconsfield Hub
52-62 Old Princes Highway
BEACONSFIELD VIC 3807
Phone 9769 9093
Beaconsfield Trading Hours:-
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm
YEAR 7 LAPTOP PROGRAM
Dromana College has led government sector schools in the application of personal notebook computers in education. Students benefit from a depth of experience that has developed within college. Over one third of students and all teaching staff at Dromana College use a personal notebook computer on a daily basis.
In implementing the Notebook Program the college believes that computers on their own do not enhance learning, but the use of computers in the classroom leads to positive changes in teaching methods that enhance student learning. Since 1995 teaching methodology has changed significantly at Dromana College and as a result of the Notebook Program, there has been increased access to interactive online curriculum to improve educational opportunities for students.
Dromana College is regarded as a world leader in the application of technology in the classroom. It was one of the first state schools in Australia to have students using laptop computers and has more recently also been the first to utilize tablet notebook computers in student learning. This technology enables students to experience the benefits of computers but with the added functionality of pen based technologies. Students and teachers are excited about the technology, and significant changes are occurring in curriculum delivery due to the inception of tablet notebook computers.
Over half of all Year 7 students entering the school each year elect to be part of the Notebook Program, which in turn increases the access to desktop technologies for those students in non-notebook classes.
2018 Notebook Information Evening
Wednesday 2 August 2017
Commencing at 7:00pm in the Gymnasium