425 Belgrave - Gembrook Road, Emerald, VIC 3782

(03) 5968 5388

Emerald Secondary College
Access to Excellence

About Us

About Emerald Secondary College

Emerald Secondary College is a coeducational school with a current enrolment of approximately 870 students. The College has 90 teaching and non teaching staff. The College is located at 425 Belgrave - Gembrook Road, and is just a few minutes out of Emerald township.

The College is situated in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges. The College attracts students from a wide area. Almost two thirds of students travel to school by bus.

The College first came into operation in 1985 as a post primary school catering initially for Year 7 students and extending beyond this level each subsequent year. The school is now a secondary college catering for students from Years 7 to 12. The College offers academic and vocational programs and it has a Careers Department that offers advice on a variety of pathways that students can take as part of their studies.

Emerald Secondary College has a strong history of academic success with a high proportion of students being accepted into university or other tertiary institutions.

The College has offered a Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) program since 2008.

The College's Careers Leader oversees the Careers Program and provides vocational pathways advice to students across all year levels. We offer vocational programs such as Vocational Education and Training (VET) Courses, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA's). Our Vocational Education Program allows students to combine school with TAFE , Traineeships or Work Placement. All Year 10 students participate in Work Experience. Every student in Years 9 to 12 participate in the Managed Individual Pathways Program.

Recently the College introduced the Connect Program at Year 9 in which students spend one day a week focusing on four areas in detail. These four themes are Personal; Careers; Health and Wellbeing, and Community.

The College is proud of its Wellbeing Program with a dedicated Wellbeing Leader and a Positive Relationships Leader, access to an extensive range of professional counselling services and alternative programs for students at risk. The school is divided into Junior (Years 7 - 9) and Senior (Years 10 -12) subschools with a Subschool Leader and team of Year Level Coordinators. Whenever possible, Home Group Teachers remain with their group from Year 7 through to Year 12 which promotes the development of strong relationships and a real awareness of individual student needs. Selected Year 10 students undergo training to be Peer Support Leaders to assist Year 7 students in their transition into secondary school.

Emerald Secondary College provides a comprehensive extra curricular program including a broad music program and a school production on alternate years. We offer a strong music program which includes a wide range of musical instruments, a variety of bands and ensembles and twice yearly concerts. The Emerald Performing Arts Centre provides a great venue for music, dance and drama.

We are confident that we prepare students for success in life after they have completed their secondary education at Emerald Secondary College.


Principal - Jodie Doble

Assistant Principal - Jonathon Rogers

Assistant Principal - Janine McMahon

Business Manager - Jayne Thompson

ESC Positions of Responsibility

Junior School (Yrs 7-9) Leading Teacher - Sarah Deer

Senior School (Yrs 10-12) Leading Teacher - Manny Peresso

Inclusion Leading Teacher - Michael Nelson

Literacy Learning Specialist - Tanja Korsten

Pathways and Careers - Shane Closter

Numeracy Leader - Ben Carter

Wellbeing Leader - Felicity Wooden

ICT Manager - Joel Hughes

English Domain Leader - Minna Kanoa

Mathematics Domain Leader - Brad Gibbs / Ben Carter

Science Domain Leader - Brad Gibbs

Humanities Domain Leader - Jen Rees

Arts & Visual Arts Domain Leader - Cindy Mikieciuk

Languages Domain Leader - Daisuke Kawakami

Health & PE Domain Leader - Matt Pringle

Technology & STEM Domain Leader - Gary Vear

Year Level Coordinator Yr 7 - Bec Holmes

Year Level Coordinator Yr 8 - Tiana Clayworth

Year Level Coordinator Yr 9 - Jarrad Donders

Year Level Coordinator Yr10 - Ritu Arora

Year Level Coordinator Yr11 - David Carnie

Year Level Coordinator Yr12 - Tanya Moran

School Chaplin - Darryl Bridges

Sport Coordinator - Tom Watson