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Principal’s Report

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Congratulations and Best Wishes to our Year 12s

The Valedictory Presentation evening was a real highlight in our calendar and the night was one of connections, relationships, and true warmth. Congratulations to the Class of 2022 and congratulations to all our award recipients. Whilst VCE and VCAL have brought about challenges for our Year 12s, their resilience and commitment to completing their senior schooling is commendable. We wish all our students well in their future endeavours. Thank you to all the staff who prepared the venue and the awards and thank you to all the staff who attended the evening – it is indeed a very busy time of the year.

Remembrance Day Assembly

Remembrance Day commemorations marked 103 years since the first Armistice Day services were held around the world on 11th November 1919. We observed one minute’s silence at 11.00am, at our assembly, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. In many countries, people wear a poppy to commemorate those who died in war. Poppies were chosen as a symbol because they often grew in battlefields after combat ceased.

Thank you to Mr Donders for leading the organisation of our Remembrance Day activities and to our student leaders and staff involved both at school and at our local Emerald RSL Service on Friday, 11th November 2022.

VIP Calendar items

As you read this newsletter, the College is in full swing for its 2023 preparation. Year 11 and 12 students are back for KickStart, Years 7-9 are still completing final summative assessments and our Grade 6 transition information is being finalised. Please keep an eye on VIP events that will be upcoming, as the year draws to a close:

Key dates – also available on our website:

21st November – 25th November – KickStart week

28th November – 2nd December – current Year 10 Work Experience

6th December – last day of classes for current Years 7-9

7th December – report writing day – no students are required at school

8th December – 16th Domain based activities and environment day/s

13th December – Grade 6 Orientation Day (state-wide) and Presentation Night

16th December – reports released to parents/carers

Parent Opinion Survey

The results for the Parent Opinion Survey are in and we thank those families who took the time to respond to the survey. Gathering valuable data of this nature allows the College to strategise, implement and monitor the impact of our programs. Just briefly:


SURVEY DOMAIN Positive Neutral Negative
School Communication  






High Expectations for success  






School Connectedness  






Respect for diversity  






In 2023, as our new programs are implemented, we look forward to increased involvement from our parents/carers.

James Barut – Principal

Assistant Principals’ Report

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Exams and Kick-start Program

Congratulations to our Year 12 students for finalising their VCAA exams.

Thirteen years of schooling have concluded this week with the final Year 12 exam finishing on Tuesday.  We commend the Year 12 students on their preparation and approach to finalising this last step in their Victorian Certificate of Education and enjoyed celebrating with them at the Valedictory evening this week.  Most students exited their exam rooms throughout the exam period with a smile as they counted down each milestone left in their secondary school journey.

I would like to thank the Year 12 teachers for their dedication and support shown to their students.  This support extended to last minute questions being answered and reassurance offered prior to exams, and waiting for students to walk out of exam rooms to hear how the students found the exam.

Our kickstart program for our Year 11 and 12 students (in 2023) will commence next week.  Students have been made aware of their schedules and expectations through assemblies, newsfeed communications and events on their compass schedules.  The kickstart program will run for all students enrolled in Year 11 and 12 VCE and VCE VM studies in 2023.  Students will be exposed to the expectations for each study, gather information around how to organise their study materials and be provided with work to go on with during their break from class time.

Booklist and Subject Allocations

Please be advised that the 2023 booklist has been uploaded to the college website.  A link to the booklist can also be found on the compass newsfeed and has also been emailed to parents and carers of students in Years 9-12 in 2023 alongside a list of subjects that the students have been enrolled in.

SEAL Orientation

The SEAL orientation day will be occurring on Thursday 1st December for our Year 7 class of 2023.  This is an additional transition day to allow the SEAL class to meet each other and learn more about the structure and learning opportunities in the SEAL program.  The day will include information about the program, before embarking on a STEM session on the physics of flight.  Students will collaborate in groups to undertake experiments to test out the theory of newtons laws and Bernoulli principles that enable flight.  Students will also build rockets and gliders to demonstrate their understanding of the science behind flight.  Time will be set aside to test whether the rockets and gliders fly, before reflecting on the successful experiments or reflecting on what could be changed to for future improvements.  Students from the 2022 SEAL class will also spend time with the visiting SEAL class and will be happy to answer any questions.

Building Program

Our College building program is in its final stages at the moment:

  • The external locker bay between G and D block has been completed and awaiting final certification. We look forward to moving new lockers into this area for our students.  The area provides a secure area after hours, and an undercover area that is spacious and well ventilated during the day for our students.
  • D Block – Our Food Technology and Textiles students have been enjoying our newly refurbished spaces. In the next few weeks, we will see the completion of the second kitchen, dining room (for food technology theory classes), laundry, toilet block, staff hub and refurbished corridor.
  • A block – Is on track to be completed before the Year 7 students begin at the start of the 2023 school year. Many classrooms will have flexible learning spaces and breakout areas.  This will allow greater ability to undertake extension and intervention groups.  The corridor will be cleared of most lockers and will have break out spaces and plants to soften the atmosphere and promote a calm and orderly learning environment, a new colour scheme and sound proofing materials throughout. (The lockers will be moved to two purpose-built locker bays at either end of the building). 

Janine McMahon – Assistant Principal


Positive Education

In 2023 all ESC students will be undertaking, in place of the current 9 minute per day homegroup time, an hour per week of explicit wellbeing, relationship-building and positive culture development and education. 

Lots of work and planning is being done in this area to ensure we deliver a robust, evidence and strength based program for our students.  We have been researching best practice and making connections with many Australian and global experts in the Wellbeing and related fields, and aim to incorporate a variety of experiences and explicit lessons into the programs.  Some of what students will be exposed to will include:

  • Respectful Relationships
  • Character Strengths
  • Goal Setting
  • Careers Education
  • Digital Literacy
  • Time Management & Organisation
  • Cybersafe practices
  • Social Justice projects & volunteering
  • Empowerment and student voice
  • Celebration of significant days
  • Study skills
  • Leadership & Team Building
  • Friendships & Relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional literacy
  • House activities
  • Creative & Critical thinking skills

If you, or anyone you know has expertise in any of these areas or, if you have any ideas and suggestions I would love to hear from you – we are inviting regular student voice into the planning but value also the voice of our parents and wider school community.  Get in touch! – [email protected]

We also need a name for our program that will reflect what we are aiming to achieve – happy, safe, resilient, positive students – BEING THE BEST WE CAN BE!

The program is based on the POSITIVE EDUCATION & PERMAH models:

Positive Emotion




Accomplishment and

Health – Mental, social, and physical

 Please keep a look out on Compass for a link inviting parent input into this decision.  Students will have an opportunity in homegroup.

Amplify (Student Leadership, Voice & Agency)

Recently a few of our Year 10 students accompanied a small number of staff to visit another school to see what they are doing in the area of student leadership and voice.  This was a terrific opportunity to mix and speak with other like-minded students and hear their experiences.  Since the visit we have met and discussed feedback from what we learned and have drafted a Student Leadership Profile for 2023.  The selection process for our College Captains is well underway and shortlisted applicants have each submitted a Campaign Brief.  Briefs have been made visual around the College and have create a buzz as students read about the strengths and the unique skills each applicant would bring to the position.  We look forward to confirming additional positions for next year and beginning this process with students in Years 7-11.  Students have made many excellent contributions and have offered suggestions that reflect many different areas of College life – from Year Level Leaders to leaders representing different domains, for example the Arts, Literacy & Numeracy, Wellbeing, Positive Education and Sport.

Student forums continue each week and we are now discussing our Emerald Secondary College Values.  We have been sharing College data with our students in these forums and talking in depth about students’ vision for our future and what they believe Emerald Secondary College stands for moving forward.  I am also keen to have parents/carers’ voices contribute to this process – please contact me in the College if you’d like to have a chat.

Tanja Korsten – Assistant Principal


Acting Assistant Principal Report

We are over halfway through the term already! It has gone so quickly. As we approach the home stretch it is important to maintain high expectations for attendance, academic achievement, uniform, and positive behaviour. We have a lot of exiting events taking place at the College over the coming weeks and we look forward to the community coming together to connect and create positive experiences. Some of these events include Valedictory, Year 7 Orientation, Year 7 Parent Information night and End of Year Activities.

Child safety and wellbeing at Emerald Secondary College information for families and the school community

The Victorian Government has announced new Child Safe Standards to further strengthen child safety across organisations, including schools. The new standards recognise the critical importance of families and the broader school community in maintaining and promoting child safety and wellbeing.

Emerald Secondary College has reviewed and updated our child safety policies and procedures to ensure they meet the requirements of the new standards. These are available to view on the school’s website under ‘Documents, Policies and Reports’. A letter was sent to parents via Compass at the end of Term 3 to notify parents and the school community of the updated child safe policies

We are committed to continuous improvement in our approach to child safety and wellbeing and welcome feedback from families and members of our school community on ways we can further strengthen our child safety policies, procedures, and practices.

If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please contact our Assistant Principal, Jarrad Donders.

Whole School Assembly

What an amazing opportunity it was for our Year 7-9 students and staff to come to together to commemorate Remembrance Day. Our student leaders Bella West, Jess Harris, Milla Boyd, Joe Stonyer, Amelia Walker & Kiana Logiudice ran this assembly with exemplary leadership.

We were welcomed by Amelia Walker & Kiana Logiudice with an Acknowledgment of Country before the College heard a brief history of the first Armistice Day and the first Remembrance Day from our student leaders.

Students were then introduced to Sergeant Kane Falconer, Vice President of the Emerald RSL, who spoke further on the importance of Remembrance Day and his experiences while serving.

Our leaders delivered a poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, recited the Ode of Remembrance, observed a minute silence and then ‘The Rouse’. Glaze Amoguis delivered an outstanding performance of the national anthem supported by Lesley Yim on piano.

Vietnam Veteran Daryl Bristowe joined us in commemoration of Remembrance Day. Daryl attended our assembly to present two Infantry Combat Badges to Imogen Falconer & Elizabeth Parer.

Student leaders were then accompanied by Mrs Korsten & Mr Donders up to the Emerald RSL for the community service and to lay a wreath representing ESC.


Please see the Emerald Secondary College uniform required for all students to wear below. Students must wear any new Emerald Secondary College uniform listed below. Students should NOT be wearing tracksuit pants, black sport shorts, hoodies, non-uniform jumpers, black hats, non ESC beanies or white shoes.


School Tours on the website

After the exciting launch of our brand new College website we have set up a platform for school tours to be booked electronically. Please access the ESC website to book a school tour. We welcome everyone interested in attending our wonderful college.

Many thanks again for your ongoing support of the College.

Jarrad Donders – Acting Assistant Principal

Year 12 Valedictory

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Year 12 Valedictory

What a fabulous evening we had on Wednesday, celebrating the Class of 2022. Along with family, friends and staff, we marked 13 years of schooling with the Class of 2022 Valedictory. Our graduates looked fabulous in gorgeous formal gowns and sharp suits. Thank you to our Taiko drummers Ruby, Taleisha and Mr K for beginning the evening in style and Nathan and Glaze who performed Night Changes by One Direction.

Each student was awarded a Year 12 completion certificate, recognising the hard work and resilience shown over the past few years. Congratulations to our subject dux award winners as determined by subject teachers. These awards reflect the excellence of results achieved and also the dedication and commitment to their studies throughout the year.

Applied Computing: Software Development Daniel McAllister – Yr 11 Math Methods Lachlan Whyte
Biology Emily Tilson Music Performance Nathan Burridge
Business Management Ebony Dasler Physical Education Samuel Gerencser
Chemistry Vanessa Dewar Physics Lachlan Whyte
English Emily Tilson Psychology Hendrix Boyle
Food Studies Saige Van Haren Studio Arts Saige Van Haren
Further Maths Ruby Pugh VCAL Literacy Stephanie Jarvis
Health & Human Development Ebony Dasler VCAL Personal Development Stephanie Jarvis
History: Ancient Elijah Fernandez VCAL Work Related Skills Hayden Goodyear
History:  Revolutions Christian Stammer – Yr 11 VCAL Numeracy Hayden Goodyear
Legal Studies Emily Tilson VET Cert III in Music (Sound Production) Charlee Tjepkema

We presented a number of College awards. The Citizenship Awards were presented to students who have shown a positive attitude towards their studies, have consistently been a positive role model and have been involved in school-based activities throughout their time at ESC. Rotary have provided a certificate and a citizen watch to the award winners Samuel Gerencser and Vanessa Dewar.

The ADF Long Tan – Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award recognises a student who demonstrates leadership and teamwork within our school and local community. They have displayed determination, tenacity and compassion. This year ADF Long Tan winner was Hannah Prout.

The ADF Future Innovators Award encourages the next generation of innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers in the area of STEM. This years ADF Future Innovators Award goes to Ruby Pugh.

Justin Barrot is an ex-student of the college and each year sponsors two students who have applied themselves throughout the year, have shown great persistence in working towards their goals and always striving for personal improvement. This year our Personal Endeavour Award winners are Jade Poort and Hendrix Boyle.

The AMPOL Best All-Rounder Medallion recognises a person who shows leadership, commitment and sets a good example within the school and the wider community. This year our AMPOL Best All-Rounder is Ruby Pugh.

Our final award of the evening was announcing our Valedictorian. This student typifies the attitude, effort, spirit and achievements of the Class of 2022. The Emerald Secondary College Valedictorian for 2022 is Ebony Dasler. Ebony is an outstanding representative of this group of students. Ebony spoke about the support and encouragement students have received from family and friends and also the joy and hardship of Year 12.


To the Class of 2022, we wish you the best in your next chapter into adulthood. We hope that ESC has given you the tools to continue to be life-long learners, to overcome challenges, to problem solve, to work with others and to finish what you start.  These are the tools that will equip you to make confident decisions about your future or have the courage to try different avenues in order to discover your passions. These same tools have helped build essential characteristics for leading successful lives – such as patience, optimism and resilience.

So now that you have finished 13 years of schooling, now is your time to take a chance. To complete that course, take that job you’ve always wanted, travel or have a gap year. Whatever you decide, remember, to grab these opportunities with both hands. Take that chance and have a go. Go out there and be the best sparky, lawyer, childcare worker or biologist. The whole world is out there waiting for you. 

Congratulations on graduating. You have been a stellar group of students to work with. Your futures are bright and there for the taking. We wish you well for all that lies before you. Stay safe and stay in touch.

Bri Holder – Yr 12 Co-ordinator

SEAL Monash University Visit

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SEAL Monash University Visit 

Last Thursday our Year 9 and 10 SEAL cohort went to Monash University to see what university life was like. Students participated in two workshops where they got to see the automated cars that the Monash motorsport team built, and then a seminar where they explored the principles behind the construction of prisons. All students thoroughly enjoyed the day and Emerald Secondary College are looking forward to more collaboration opportunities with Monash.

Charles Yim – SEAL Co-ordinator


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Victorian All Schools Athletic Championsips

Representing Emerald Secondary College at the Victorian All Schools Athletic Championships, Kiara Flavel won the gold medal in the U18 women’s 800m in a time of 2:12.9.  She also won gold in the U18 Women’s 1500m in a time of 4:38.  Kiara will now compete at the Australian All schools Athletics Championships in Adelaide, SA, in December.

Congratulation Kiara!

The Arts

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Year 10 Art students visit the Archibald prize exhibition at Bunjil Place

Year 10 Art Students were fortunate to be able to catch the Archibald Prize exhibition in Berwick before it hastily left the state. This infamous exhibition wielded controversy once again as students questioned the esteemed judges selections. Personal favourites were identified after careful consideration of techniques and aesthetics. Pleasing portraits populated by diverse subjects. Now we understand the hype!


Emerald Art Society Annual Arts Exhibition 2022

After a 2 year hiatus with an online format, the Emerald Art Society Annual Arts Exhibition was held at the Hills Hub in Emerald early in November. It was one of the most entered competitions for current and past Emerald Secondary College students for quite some time. It is with great pleasure and no surprise that I would like to congratulate Ava Griffin for winning the Next Gen Best in Show prize for her photograph “Where the Sky Touches the Sea”. Also a mention for Lily Cochrane for winning the Under 20 year old prize for her Surreal landscape and Charli Emmott for her highly commended still life painting. Competition however was vigorous with many accomplished artworks entered. Congratulations to all entrants on their beautiful artworks and thank you to the amazing committee at the Emerald Art Society.



Lily Cochrane Year 10 (Under 20 prize)                               Eva Lusch Year  9                            Isabelle Whitehead Year 8



Brock Del Marco Year 8                                          Ava Griffin Year 8 (Next Gen: Best in Show).



Mackenzie Petrie Year 10                                                          Elijah Fernandez Year 12.                    Charli Emmott Year 9 (Highly Commended)

Emerald Secondary College Annual Art exhibition

 It is with great pleasure that the Art Domain staff present to parents, students and the community our annual art exhibition. The exhibition will showcase the beautiful artwork completed by students at Emerald Secondary College during 2022. This year’s exhibition will be once again held at The Emerald Hub with generous support from the Cardinia Shire. Our opening will be on Friday 2nd December from 5.30pm-7.00pm. It would be great to see you there. Please contact the College for further information.

EMERALD SECONDARY COLLEGE                                                   


3rd  DECEMBER-28th JANUARY 2023


402 Belgrave-Gembrook Road

Emerald 3782

Cindy Mikieciuk – Arts Domain Leader


                                                                                                                                                                        Saige Van Haren Yr 12 

Year 8 Summer Market

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Year 8 Summer Celebration Market!!! 

In the mood for some summer fun?  Come along to the Summer Celebration Market at ESC!

When: Thursday 24th November, 12pm to 1:30pm 

Where: Emerald Secondary College Quadrangle 

What: Food and drink stores, carnival games, summer inspired products 

Cost:  Entry is free, and all goods and services will cost $1 or $2 dollars 


As part of the learning for Year 8 Economics, the year 8 students are running their own market stores, and they would love you to come! 

In order to make the handling of money as simple as possible, we will be using a token system.  You will be able to exchange money for tokens at the entrance of the market and use these tokens at the market stores.  Each token is worth $1.  Any unused tokens can be exchanged back upon exit. 

The students will use the money from sales to firstly cover any costs involved, with any profit being divided up between group members.  In other words, the students are looking to make some money!  This real-life experience, and incentive, will help ensure our learning is authentic, rich, and comes with an element of risk! 

We’d love to see you there! 



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