Arrival and Departure Times
Students should not arrive at school before 8:20am but need to ensure they are at school and ready to commence at 8.50am. Importantly, students should leave promptly after the dismissal siren at 3:15pm or on early close Wednesdays at 2:45pm.
SECONDARY Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri SECONDARY Wednesday
Form 8:50am – 9:00am Form 8:50am – 9:00am
Period 1 9:00am – 9:50am Period 1 9:00am – 9:50am
Period 2 9:50am – 10:45am Period 2 9:50am – 10:35am
Recess 10:45am – 11:15am Recess 10:35am – 10:55am
Period 3 11:15am – 12:05pm Period 3 10:55am – 11:45am
Period 4 12:05pm – 1:00pm Period 4 11:45am – 12:35pm
Lunch 1:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch 12:35pm – 1:05pm
Period 5 1:30pm – 2:25pm Period 5 1:05pm – 1:55pm
Period 6 2:25pm – 3:15pm Period 6 1:55pm – 2:45pm
Collecting your child from school
Parents who need to collect their child from school are required to present at the front office ad sign their child out. If your child has an appointment, please send a note with the child and they will be permitted to present at the front office in readiness for collection. The note should be handed to the Associate Principal who will organise a formal “Leave Pass”. Students will not be permitted to leave the school grounds without a “Leave Pass”. Leaving the school grounds without permission constitutes truancy.
Buses will pick up and drop off students on Bentley Street. Information regarding the bus service in your area can be obtained from the Senior Campus Administration office.
All children are encouraged to wear a hat for all outside activities. Staff do not enforce a ‘NO HAT, NO PLAY’ policy, but will encourage students to take responsibility for their own health.
Student Representative Council
The Student Representative Council consists of two Student Leaders, four Year 10 students and selected students from Years 7 to 10. These students are nominated and elected by their peers.
The Student Representatives are responsible for organising and conducting school assemblies and assisting at other school ceremonies. They plan and conduct socials, fundraising activities and attend leadership workshops. They are expected to embody and promote the school’s WE CARE philosophy and act as a positive role model within the school and community. Student Councillors attend regular meetings and represent the school student body at community functions. Students and parents are expected to commit for the full year.
The Student Representativesa re also responsible for making their school a better place for all students. Their role is to advocate for the student boys and initiate impvoement to the school experience for all students.
Senior Campus assemblies are held once a term and usually take place on a Friday morning commencing at 9.00am. Student Representatives from Years 7 to 10 facilitate the assemblies.
Reporting to Parents
Each term, families can expect to receive formal feedback from the teaching staff. In Term 1, a progress report is sent to parents indicating how their child is progressing to date. This is shown in number format. In Term 2, a semester report is emailed home to families and a copy is placed on each student’s Connect page. Term 3, provides an opportunity for families to meet with the teaching staff at a Parent Conferences. Appointment times can be booked and a booking sheet will be emailed to families in Term 3. The end of year Semester 2 report is the final reporting requirement for the school year. These reports will be emailed home to families in the last week of the school year. If you have any concerns about your child’s academic progress, please do not hesitate to contact their teacher. This can be done through the school or via Connect.
Homework / Study / Assignments for Years 7 to 10
All units studied in Years 7 to 10 involve the completion of assignments as an integral part of the program. Marks earned for assignments count toward the overall grade, but the bulk of this work takes place in class space. Students are advised of the value of each assignment at the beginning of each unit of study. “Connect” will keep parents informed about the schedule of assessments.
Any work that is incomplete during classtime should be completed at home. All assessment outlines and assessment tasks are available to students and families through Connect. Each teacher has loaded the appropriate resources onto Connect to assist student in completing work. Students who are away from school can access this information through any device that has internet access.
Students in Years 7 and 8 engage in core curriculum subjects: Maths, English, Science, Humanities and Social Science (HaSS), Physical Education and Health. They also participate in learning The Arts through Visual Art, Digital Media and Performing Arts and the Technologies Learning Area, in contexts of Home Economics, Design and Technology and Digital Technologies. A child’s social and emotional development is assisted through the exploration of Critical and Creative Thinking subject to enhance their ability to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
In Year 9, the compulsory requirement continues in Maths, English, Science, Humanities and Social
Sciences, Physical Education and Health. Students can make choices in the Technologies and The
Arts. Students continue to develop their skills in the core areas of study and have the opportunity to practise their practical skills through their option subjects.
Year 10 builds on the same structure as Year 9, but with a real focus on pathways connecting to Senior School or Training, in Years 11 and 12. Our approach is designed to support each student to enter a pathway of their choice at the end of Year 10. Typically, the students and parents are consulted and counselled into pathways described informally as “towards tertiary” or “towards vocational”.
Year 7 to 10 Option Subjects
Students are taught by specialist teachers in the core subject and option areas. With the learning program being delivered and adapted by a teacher who is talented and specialises in a particular subject area, students are able to experience learning opportunities that are provided by someone who is motivated and enthusiastic about what they are teaching. This enthusiasm for the subject area translates into motivated students who are engaged in their learning process.
Below is a summary of the optional subjects that may be offered in any given school year. Not all these options will be available every semester or year and are subject to variation. Importantly the school has the capacity to deliver these:
Design and Technology:
• STEM Engineering Information Technology:
• Digital Technology
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
• Digital Media
• Food Technology
• Textiles HASS – Sustainability
• Sustainable Agriculture
• Physical Recreation
• Outdoor Education
• Year 7/8 Specialised Sport Program The Arts:
• Visual Arts
• Performing Arts
• Digital Media – Photography
Specialist Community Programs:
Giving back to community is an important skill to learn and practice. Working in service of the community is a part of our teaching and learning programs. We also offer three streams in
Catering a skills course in kitchen operations
STEM Specialist engineering including participation in the Electric Vehicle Challenge
YES Youth Emergency Services-Cadet Program
STEM: Engineering Challenges
Engineering Challenges give the students an opportunity to further develop their skills in Design, Technology and Engineering whilst supporting the key curriculum areas of Science and Mathematics. These programs strongly challenge the students’ problem-solving skills and their creative design skills. It also gives them excellent learning which is transferable to industry and the workplace and the opportunity to network with other ‘like-minded’ young people.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge: The school has participated in the event for around 12 years and over the past few years have competed with huge success. The vehicles developed have won a host of awards against University and Corporate backed organisations. This program is currently incorporated into the Engineering course. In 2020, we achieved 2nd and 3rd in this challenge.
Certificate I Workplace Learning
Year 10 students have the opportunity to complete their Certificate I in Workplace Skills. The modules completed in this Certificate Course will enable student to complete Work Place Learning is a safe and informed way. These units assit in creating Resume, completing safe work practices. These are essential skills for young people endeavouring on their first paid employment experiences.
Workplace Learning (WPL)
Workplace Learning (WPL) is a School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) Endorsed Program that involves learning in the workplace via work experience. It is structured, monitored, and regulated by the school and employers. All Year 10 students are given the opportunity to participate in WPL during the school year.
Year 9 students may also be offered work experience to support tailoring schooling to their specific needs.Students must complete a total of 55+ hours of WPL to complete the program and be awarded one WACE point. Placements are organised in collaboration with parents, the employer and the school. Workplace Learning workbooks must be completed as part of their workplace journey and are essential to recording the hours completed at work.
Further information on Donnybrook DHS’s programs and courses for students in the high school are available in the Course Information/Selection Handbooks.
Year 10 Farewell
At the end of the school year, we focus on saying ‘farewell’ to our graduating class of Year 10 students and recognise excellence across the curriculum. A Farewell Ceremony is held for these students.