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Songwriting Workshop

16 music students have just taken part in a program called 'Musos in Residence' which puts a high-profile songwriter and a producer into a host school for two intensive days to create new music with participating students. This is a FREE program which was offered to just 50 schools nationally.

It is an initiative of APRA/AMCOS and is supported by The Australian Government through the federal Department of Education and the Arts Ministry.

The hands-on, deadline-driven workshop covers songwriting, arranging, production planning and recording and gives students real-world insight into contemporary creative practice and the many and diverse career pathways for contemporary musicians/producers.

The 16 students worked in four groups and wrote one song per group on Thursday then recorded Friday.

Pete Richens facilitated and supported the students as they worked with the expert team and as he said, the recordings speak for themselves… we have incredible talent here at Dickson College!

The students' work is available for download here.

posted on 29 Jun 2014


Melalucea Place

You may have noticed a hive of business taking place at the former caretaker's Cottage at Dickson College. This is part of a wonderful ACT Government initiative which we are delighted to be part of.

The ACT government has provided funding to establish a Trauma Recovery Centre, now named Melalucea Place, which will be operated through the Community Services Directorate – Office for Children, Youth and Family Support through Early Intervention and Prevention Services.  Broadly, this service will provide support and therapy for children 0-12 years. This new centre will provide a base for therapists who will work with children in their schools, in their homes and at our Child and Family Centres (West Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong). This is a much needed service for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in our community. 

The launch will  take place at the Hall of Dickson College on Thursday 10 July and will include an Opening Speech by Minister Joy Burch, a key note opening speech by Professor Louise Newman(an expert and academic in the trauma field), a Smoking Ceremony and the official opening  of Melalucea Place.

A symposium for between 100 and 150 invitees will follow at the college for the remainder of that day with presentations from experts in the field of child trauma support and recovery including Professor Louise Newman, Professor Judy Atkinson, Annette Jackson, Joe Tucci and Gregory Nicolau.  There will also be sessions presented by the Benevolent Society and some of our own staff, including our Principal, Kerrie Heath and Executive Teacher Natalie Wiles-Deane who both have backgrounds in the education of students with complex needs and disabilities.

Dickson College is proud to be part of this broader community of those committed to supporting vulnerable children across the ACT.

posted on 26 Jun 2014


Teaching Break and Handback Day

Classes finish on Tuesday 17th June, but teachers will remain on site until 4th of July. They follow these operating hours during the teaching break:

Staff Hours

18 June  –  4 July

College Hours:    9:00am to   4:00pm

Recess:            11:00am to 11:15am

Lunch:                1:15pm to   2:00pm

Students may collect any assessment pieces that haven't already been returned on Handback Day, Wednesday 25th June. Teachers will be in the usual classroom that the class was held in during the semester, and will adhere to the following timetable:

Handback Day

Wednesday, 25 June

  9:00 –   9:30                          Line 1

  9:30 – 10:00                          Line 2

10:00 – 10:30                          Line 3

10:30 – 11:00                          Line 4

11:00 – 11:15                          Recess

11:15 – 11:45                          Line 5

11:45 – 12:15                          Line 6

12:15 – 12:45                          Line 7

posted on 20 Jun 2014


2014 Semester 1 Test Timetable

The test timetable has been finalised and published for this semester.

Cross line tests will be held over four days - Wednesday 18 June to Monday 23 June.

Cross Line tests are done in the College Hall unless otherwise indicated on the timetable.

Click here for 2014 S1 Test Timetable

posted on 11 Jun 2014


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