Latest news at Dickson College
Moderation Day Thursday 10 August
Students do not attend college on this day as teachers are attending Moderation Days at other Canberra schools. SIEC students still come to school on Thursday.
posted on 04 Aug 2017
DC Film Fest Thursday 3 August
Come along and be entertained by our talented student film makers!
Thursday 3 August @ 2.30pm in the Antill Theatre
Here's a preview......
posted on 31 Jul 2017
Stress Less Week 31 July - 4 August
Lots of fun and relaxing events are coming up this week, thanks to the efforts of the Student Leadership Group!
Mon: Petting zoo (lunch)
Tues: Tug of war (recess) and basketball (lunch)
Wed: Mental health discussion group (N35 - lunch)
Thurs: Cats in the classroom (Freda Forde teachers' staffroom)
Fri: BBQ and information expo (canteen - lunch)
Join in and stress less!
posted on 31 Jul 2017
NAIDOC Week celebrations 24 July - 28 July
Here at Dickson College we are celebrating NAIDOC Week from 24 - 28 July, a little later than the national event due to school holidays. This year's theme is Our Languages Matter, highlighting the importance of indigenous languages.
Come along and join in with our special events:
Mon 24 July 10.40am: NAIDOC Assembly in the Gym. Guest speaker is Michael Walsh, who will speak about indigenous languages. There will also be musical and dance performances, including an indigenous song by the student and staff choir.
Mon 24 July 11.45am: Muralling workshop with Wiradjuri artist Mackenzie Saddler.
Mon 24 July 11.45am: Bushtucker Garden launch by Tyronne Bell.
Mon 24 July 12.15pm: Family/community BBQ in the courtyard. Includes kangaroo, beef and veggie sausages.
Tues 25 July: Hospitality students will be serving bushtucker snacks around the college.
Wed 26 July 10.20am: Weaving workshop with Aunty Jenny, using grass harvested from the Bushtucker Garden.
Thurs 27 Jul 12.40: Music and dance performances in the courtyard.
Fri 28 July 10.20am: Launch of mural and cultural space (canteen area).
There will also be a buroinjin (indigenous football) round robin during the week at lunchtimes.
We look forward to welcoming community members and students to our NAIDOC Week celebrations!
More information here.
posted on 20 Jul 2017
Parent Forum Presentation: What Happens Next?
Parent Forum on Careers & Transition Beyond School: What Happens Next? Was held Monday 29 May, 6:30pm in the Freda Ford Lounge at Dickson College.
Our careers team provided information about the supports that are in place at the College to help students find their next adventure and explore future directions. These topics included:
*Services available through that careers team
*University entrance, Equitable Access Schemes, Schools’ Recommendation Scheme
*CIT enrolment, vocational education and alternative pathways
*Career planning and exploration
posted on 21 Jun 2017
Timetable for tests and end of Semester processes
The end of semester is nearly here and there are a few things we need students to know including test dates, dates when students will get their new timetables, and what to do if they are not happy with an assessment process.
Please check this link and carefully as it contains:
- When students can change classes
- End of semester dates (last date for absence notes, special consideration etc)
- Test week timetable
- Information about appeals
Please note that if students have two tests on one day, they will need to sit them both, it is not a reason for special consideration/alternative test time.
If students have three tests on one day, it is reason for an alternative test time and students will be able to sit the middle session test on Monday 19 June. There are only 9 students in this situation and we will email students with alternative test details soon.
Students please talk to your teachers or year coordinators if you have any questions.
The above information was also emailed directly to students on 4 June.
posted on 05 Jun 2017
AST Trial Results & Preparation workshops
Year 12 AST trial results have been emailed to students today. AST preparation workshops began this week. All Year 12 students planning to sit the AST are required to attend their AST Preparation class. If students are not sure what class they are in please check their email or the lists up in student wellbeing.
posted on 01 Jun 2017
Guide for Prospective students now available online
Thanks for coming along and making Open Night 2017 such a success. If you missed out on a Guide for Prospective Students it can now be found on our website.
posted on 31 May 2017
AST trials 9-11 May
This week all Year 11 and Year 12 students wishing to achieve an ATAR begin their AST Preparation Program with their first AST trials for 2017.
- Year 12 trials - Tuesday 9 May and Wednesday 10 May from 9am in the Gym.
- Year 11 trial - Thursday 11 May from 9am in the Gym.
Given the success of the program last year, we are hoping to once again provide the best support possible to our students in preparing for the AST.
More information on the AST can be found at on the Board of Senior Secondary Studies website: http://www.bsss.act.edu.au/information_for_students/act_scaling_test
posted on 08 May 2017
Dickson College Open Night
Thursday 25 May 6pm - 8pm
Meet our wonderful staff and students and find out about the opportunities available at Dickson College. All welcome!
posted on 01 May 2017
Term ends Friday 7 April.
School resumes Wednesday 26 April, after the Anzac Day public holiday. Easter (Fri 14 April - Mon 17 April) is in the school holidays.
Have a happy and safe holiday everyone!
posted on 07 Apr 2017
Voluntary contributions to college programs
One of the strengths of Dickson College is the strong commitment that parents have always shown towards enhancing the quality of our education programs, through payment of voluntary contributions.
Thank you to all who have made contributions this semester. If you have yet to make a contribution, we would appreciate payment as soon as possible for semester one. Payments can be made by card in person or by phone, by cheque, online payment and also direct deposit.
Full payment details are in this link: How to pay voluntary contributions
posted on 29 Mar 2017
Parent Teacher Night - Thursday 30 March 4.30pm - 8.30pm
Log in to PTO (Parent Teacher Online) and make a booking. Parents and carers can book online until 12pm on 30 March. Passwords have been emailed to parents and carers.
Please see the Help Desk on the night if you have forgotten to book. Staff can check to see if teachers still have times available.
posted on 27 Mar 2017
Meet the Teachers Evening 15 February at 5.30pm
Meet the teachers at 5.30pm tonight at the college.
This will be followed at 6.30pm by an information session and forum: Understanding the ACT Senior Secondary System.
posted on 15 Feb 2017
Procedures for extreme temperatures in place Friday 10 Feb.
The College will be implementing procedures for extreme temperatures tomorrow Friday 10 February. These measures are to ensure the well being of our staff and students as well as the continuity of our educational programs. These measures include:
- Adjusting educational programs to minimise potential for heat stress
- Share spaces that have cooling installed such as the library
- Relocate / rotate classes to other spaces that tend to be cooler e.g. ground floor etc.
- Provision of online work through Google classroom.
posted on 09 Feb 2017
Keeping cool during periods of extreme temperature
It is lovely to have a couple of days of cooler weather but we can expect that we will have some more hot days before the end of summer.
It is important that students do the following to manage their thermal comfort and avoid heat stress during hot days:
- Make the College and their teacher aware of any existing medical condition that may increase the risk of heat stress
- Wear suitable clothing
- Drink plenty of water
- There are chilled water stations in the Canteen, Gym and in down stairs S block (bottom of middle stairwell, near door entering the courtyard)
- If necessary let you the teacher know if you need to take a break to have a drink
- Stay out of the sun when on breaks, utilise the Library or trees in the playground for shade
On extreme temperature days the College will:
- Rotate classes to cooler areas of the College
- Use additional fans
- Optimise ventilation, air movement and shade
- Provide regular access to water
- Adjust educational programs to minimise potential for heat stress
- Continue to monitor the temperature situation for a safe and supportive learning\working environment
The College is utilising the building trust fund to support the replacement of blinds in classrooms and the provision of additional cooling in N Block (Special Education and adjacent classrooms and staff rooms). This project is planned to commence in the first half of 2017.
posted on 02 Feb 2017
Year 11 Orientation Day 2017
The first day of College for all new students is Monday 30 January. Students are encouraged to arrive at 8.45 am and collect their orientation packs from the canteen area prior to assembly in the Hall. There will be a BBQ lunch provided on the day. The full orientation program for Year 11 students can be found here
posted on 24 Jan 2017
Year 12 Graduation
We are all looking forward to Year 12 Graduation this Thursday 15 December at the Canberra Theatre!
Students should arrive at 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start. The ceremony should finish around 7.30pm-7.45pm.
Students who are receiving an ATAR should also attend the Graduation Rehearsal at 1pm at the theatre on Thursday 15 December.
Congratulations to all our Year 12 graduates - see you at at the ceremony!
posted on 13 Dec 2016
Year 12 Graduation
posted on 13 Dec 2016
School Board 2017
Dickson College Board Election
If you are keen to contribute to the governance of Dickson College, you should nominate for a position on the Dickson College Board. No prior experience is necessary.
The following positions are vacant:
- Staff Member position x 1 (24 months)
- Parent and Citizen Member position x 1 (24 months)
- Student Member position x 1 (Yr 11 24 months)
Nominee Forms can be picked up from the Front Office during normal business hours (9am to 3pm Monday to Friday). Alternatively, request one via email from the Assistant Returning Officer.
Nominations are to be submitted to the school’s front office between 11am, 30 January 2017 and 11am, 13 February 2017. Nominations must be submitted during school business hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday.
- Hand deliver to the Front Office
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- mail to Assistant Returning Officer, c/- Dickson College front office
If an election is required, the voting period will be from 11am, 20 February 2017 to 11am, 27 February 2017.
In the event of an election, a short biography of each nominee would assist with the voting process.
You are therefore invited to attach a biography when submitting your nominee form.
For more information, contact the Assistant Returning Officer, Dr John Clink on 02 6142 0140.
posted on 12 Dec 2016
College Reports and Timetable Distribution
Due to the power outage on Thursday afternoon. Semester 2 College reports and student timetables for 2017 will now be distributed via email on Monday 12 December.
posted on 08 Dec 2016
Year 12 final checks
Year 12 - Final checks!
Congratulations on getting to the final step to finishing Year 12!
The last thing you need to do:
FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2PM complete a final package check
2. Follow the links for students who attend an ACT Government College
3. Log on using your school User Id and password
4. Check your unit scores and grades for this semester. If you have any problems with the scores or grades, come into school on Friday 25 November and talk to your teacher about it. Appeals close Monday 28 November 12PM
5. Check that you meet BSSS requirements in terms of points, majors/minors – requirements are below.
6. If you have concerns that are related to special considerations, please contact your year coordinator.
- For a Tertiary package, requirements have been met if:
- you have at least a minor in English/Literature/ESL AND
- you have 4 courses in at least 3 areas (a course is a minor, a major, a major-minor or a double major – a double major is ONE course)
- 3 majors and 3 minors or 4 majors and 1 minor or 5 majors AND
- at least 3 majors and 1 minor are tertiary AND
- at least 18 of your points are T/A/M/C/H AND
- you have 20 points overall AND
- only up to 5 R points count towards the 20 points (if you have more R points, then you must have more than 20 points)
- ** If you have moved to Dickson from another school, you must complete at least 10 points at Dickson to meet BSSS requirements.
- For an Accredited package, requirements have been met if:
- you have at least a minor in English/Literature/ESL AND
- 4 minors in 3 different course areas (e.g. music and music industry are only 1 area) AND
- you have 17 points AND
- only up to 5 R points count towards the 17 points
- ** If you have moved to Dickson from another school, you must complete at least 8.5 points at Dickson to meet requirements.
Appeals close on Monday 28 November at 12PM. If you are not happy about a score or a grade, you must act quickly as timelines are very tight at the end of the year.
- First talk to your teacher and explain your concerns
- If your concerns are not allayed by your teachers’ response/action, please talk to the executive teacher in charge of the faculty
- If your concerns are not allayed by the executive teacher’s response/action please speak with Juliette Bornas, executive teacher of Assessment and Certification. Juliette will discuss your concerns and explain the procedure for a formal appeal if you wish to proceed further.
posted on 23 Nov 2016
DC Community Update
Dear Students, Parents and Carers,
We are rapidly approaching the end of the year and there are some key dates and events you need to be aware of. I am encouraging all students to take care during end of year activities and to always look out for their friends. End of semester can be a stressful time so I also encourage all students to take measures to ensure they are looking after their wellbeing and getting enough sleep, exercise and good nutrition.
Tuesday next week (14th) will be the last day of normal classes for this semester. On Wednesday (15th) the end of semester testing period begins. All students need to make sure that they arrive at their test 10 mins prior to the scheduled starting time. If a student is absent for a test they must notify the College on the day and have appropriate supporting documentation (i.e. medical certificate) to explain their absence. If a student is late for a test, without a legitimate reason, it will be expected that they will commence their test straight away and will receive no additional time. Please see attached policy on test absences for more information.
Please follow the links below to help you with end of year events and processes:
posted on 11 Nov 2016
Design Thinking for Social Change Workshop
DC will be running a special workshop for students in Years 9-12 on Thursday 24 November 9.30am – 2.30 pm
In this workshop students will use critical thinking and creativity, collaborate with others, fine tune communication and importantly learn and use design thinking to come up with a prototype to a real life social issue happening in our community. Students develop an understanding of design thinking steps and processes. They develop skills in moving ideas to action and learn from change makers that have pursued their passion and made a tangible contribution to solving a problem or creating a social change. During this highly interactive workshop participants will:
explore an issue they are passionate about
use empathy mapping to develop an in-depth understanding of the people effected by the issue
research, analyse, refine and define the problem they seek to solve
generate new ideas
develop a tangible prototype to road-test in the real world
This workshop is free, morning tea and lunch will be provided BUT places are limited. Students need to sign up at the front office by 18 November to reserve your place.
posted on 11 Nov 2016
Maths honour for DC student
posted on 10 Nov 2016
Year 12 Formal Tickets
Year 12 students: Don’t forget to secure your tickets for the Dickson College 2016 Year 12 Formal, Monday 28th November.
Tickets can be purchased at the front office.
posted on 02 Nov 2016
New Voice Scholarship for Kirk Zwangobani
Congratulations to Kirk Zwangobani (School Leader of English and Humanities at DC) who recently won a ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leaders) New Voice Scholarship. Kirk presented his paper 'Making a return on diversity' at the ACEL National Conference in Melbourne on 28-30 September. To read about Kirk's presentation in more detail follow this link https://goo.gl/CPXI5H
"The New Voice Scholarship is a fabulous opportunity for skilled and motivated educators to be recognised by their peers. ACEL is committed to giving-back to the profession, through the provision of world-class learning opportunities for up-and-coming leaders, and we are thrilled to welcome the 2016 Scholarship winners into the ACEL network. There is also opportunity to have their voices heard through ACEL Publications and at events. All winners of the New Voice Scholarships were invited to write for the special issues of Perspectives, where they consider the following topic, with no limitations or directions, if you were able to transform education (given a metaphorical magic wand), what would you do? These perspectives are, like our New Voice Scholars contexts, diverse and inspiring. I hope these articles challenge and inspire you to reflect further."
- Aasha Murthy, CEO ACE
ACEL New Voice Scholarships - Winners 2016
ACT educators recognised in annual ACEL ‘New Voice’ scholarships
New Voice Perspectives – Transforming Education by providing for individual student needs and diverse backgrounds
posted on 24 Oct 2016
Ruby Jubilee: DC Celebrates 40 Years
This week we are celebrating Dickson College’s 40th Birthday with many exciting events happening at the school.
Please note: No classes will be held in last period (line 6) next Friday 28th.
On Tuesday 25th our celebrations will kick off with a Trivia Night to support homeless and mental health services in Canberra. Tickets are $15 per person (book at: www.dc-trivia-night.eventbrite.com) and $10 for students when purchased at the front office.
On Thursday 27th the Mighty Cabaret…Thing! will showcase a range of music, dance, and drama acts from our talented students. The Cabaret will be held at the college hall at 7pm. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per student, and can be purchased from the school.
On Friday 28th we are hosting an Open Afternoon from 3pm, with cake cutting at 4pm. All parents, friends, ex-students, and ex-staff of Dickson College are invited to celebrate our Ruby Jubilee. Student art work and music from school bands will also be on display. This will be followed by a Fashion Parade at 5.30pm and an Arts Exhibition at 6.30pm in the hall.
We are also selling tickets for a major raffle to be drawn at the Arts Exhibition on Friday. The raffle prize is for four nights at 4 ½ star Sea World Resort & Water Park on the Gold Coast for two adults and two children including unlimited entry to Sea World, Warner Bros Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild Gold Coast, also including a $200 Caltex Cash Card and $100 credit for food and beverage at Sea World Resort and Water Park.
And finally we launching our Innovation at Enterprise initiative called 100 Bright Ideas for DC – so if you have an idea for what we might wish to do it the future please contribute it here.
For more information, to book your tickets to the Trivia Night and Cabaret, and to buy raffle tickets, please call the college on 61420140.
posted on 23 Oct 2016
100 Bright Ideas for DC: Innovation and Enterprise Fund
In 2016 Dickson College celebrates it's 40th Birthday. The College is acknowledging this with a range of celebrations taking place from 24-28 October. This occasion is a great opportunity for our College to reflect on the past but also think about what opportunities we might want to encourage for the future. Opportunities that will potentially benefit our students, staff and broader community.
During our birthday week Dickson College will launch an Innovation and Enterprise fund that will aim to foster initiatives and programs that encourage student engagement in the following:
* Creative thinking
* Entrepreneurial skills
* Problem solving & Critical thinking
* Digital literacy
* Presentation and communication skills
* Community involvement and investment in social change
So! we are calling on students, parents and the community for ideas. Once we have our ideas we will then begin to work with our students, teachers parents and community to develop these in ideas into innovations that will make a positive impact in the future.The College will pledge $50,000 towards this educational initiative and establish a fund that will develop ideas and help empower our young people with the agency to make a positive change. Example may be:
* Social Enterprise
* Small start-up business
* Solving a problem in the broader community
So...right now at DC we are looking at how we might turn an idea into an innovation?
There are hundreds of Bright Ideas @ DC
To contribute your idea please follow this link.
posted on 21 Oct 2016
Class Selection 2017
posted on 12 Oct 2016
Year 12 Breakfast
All Year 12 students are invited to a free, tasty breakfast hosted by teachers from Dickson College!
Wednesday morning, 23rd November, at 8am.
posted on 12 Oct 2016
Term 4 starts Monday 10 October.
posted on 23 Sep 2016
Year 12 Graduation at the Canberra Theatre
Thursday 15 December from 5.30pm-7.30pm (5pm for students)
Invitations to Graduation will be emailed to parents and carers in the week after the school holidays (from 10 October). Parents and carers should RSVP to the email. All graduating students are given 1 ticket for themselves plus 2 guest tickets. Extra tickets may be available from 14 November. Tickets can be collected from Dickson College library in the week beginning 24 October. Printed invitations can be collected from the library for those without emails.
Please contact Lindy Hathaway in the library on 6142 0146 if you have any queries.
We look forward to this important event!
posted on 22 Sep 2016
Dickson College's 40th birthday celebrations!
Don't miss these special events for Dickson College's Ruby Jubilee!
Trivia Night - Tues 25 Oct 7pm-10pm - Halloween theme!
Dickson College Mighty Cabaret...Thing! - Thurs 27 Oct 7pm-9.30pm
Open Afternoon and cake cutting - Fri 28 Oct 3pm-4pm (cake at 4pm)
Fashion Parade - Fri 28 Oct 5.30pm-6.30pm
Arts Exhibition - Fri 28 Oct 6.30pm-8pm
posted on 22 Sep 2016
Writers Camp 2016
Dickson College’s Writers' Camp is on again!
All the best to our creative writing students who will spend Wednesday to Friday this week at Birrigai. Here they will hone their writing and creativity skills with some of Australia’s better known writers and authors including Sean Williams, David Henley, Julie Koh, and of course, our very own Toby Grundy.
posted on 15 Sep 2016
Year 12 Formal
Dickson College 2016 Year 12 Formal
Date: Monday 28th November
Tickets will be available at the front office from Monday 10th October
posted on 14 Sep 2016
The DC Canteen now has Flexischools
The Dickson College Canteen is now offering online ordering through Flexischools. Please see the Flexischools website for more information https://www.flexischools.com.au/ .
posted on 13 Sep 2016
Mind Matters Parents Forum
Where: Dickson College
When: Thursday 8th September 5-6pm
What: A forum on mental health. RSVP necessary. Please see flyer for more details.
posted on 06 Sep 2016
Parent Teacher Night Semester 2 2016
Time: 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Date: Thursday 15 September 2016
Location: Dickson College Hall/Canteen
Interview length: 5 minutes/teacher
posted on 06 Sep 2016
Dickson College Formal
National Convention Centre
Monday 28 November 2016
posted on 24 Aug 2016
Year 12 Graduation
Canberra Theatre Centre
Thursday 15 December 2016
posted on 24 Aug 2016
DC Ruby Jubilee
Dickson College Ruby Jubilee Celebration
Visit our Facebook page here
posted on 15 Aug 2016
Welcome back for term 3 - Mon 18 July to Fri 23 Sept.
Our Assembly in Clubs on 18 July will celebrate indigenous history and culture and NAIDOC Week, which fell during the school holidays. We have a guest speaker, student hosts and student performances. See you there!
posted on 22 Jul 2016
Semester 2, 2016 Class Selection is Now Open through Edval
Class selection closes on: Friday the 3rd of June
Please follow the links to see which classes will be offered by each faculty and a description of what the class is about.
Study skills is also offered to all students. This is a support class for any student who needs help keeping on track with assessment/time management/managing College overall.
ESL tutorials are offered to all ESL students.
How to choose your classes:
Step 1: access your school email address by going to gmail or the Digital Backpack
Gmail – enter your school email address (IDemail@example.com) then log in with the same username and password as you do on the school computers.
Digital Backpack – click on the Digital Backpack link then log in with the same username and password as you do on the school computers and click on Google Mail
Step 2: You will have an email with the subject “Semester 2 Class Choices”
Open the email
Step 3: The email will have the following instructions:
STEP 1: Click: web.edval.com.au/login
STEP 2: Enter the following WebCode: #### (each student has a unique WebCode)
STEP 3: Select subjects you want, in order of your PREFERENCE (Important).
STEP 4: Click [Submit].
Step 4: Follow the instructions once you have logged in to choose your classes.
If you need advice about which classes to take, please talk to the teachers from the faculty that the class is in and then if you still feel that you need advice, make an appointment with your Year Coordinator.
If you are having trouble logging on, please go to N37 between recess and lunch and the Study Skills teachers can help you.
posted on 24 May 2016
Astronomical Teaching Telescope
An astronomical teaching facility at Mount Stromlo is being established. This facility will be available for use by public high school and college students from across the ACT. Called the McNamara-Saunders Astronomical Teaching Telescope (MSATT), MSATT will be available for students wanting to undertake higher level student-centred projects in astronomy and astrophysics. The anticipated time of completion is June 2016, with MSATT being made available for students from around September. Full implementation for student projects will be from the start of the 2017 academic year.
Click here to view the poster for this exciting opportunity.
posted on 26 Apr 2016
Enrolments for 2017
The timeline for 2017 enrolments has been released by the Education Directorate.
To view this document as a pdf, please click here .
To view this document in Word, please click here .
Please note enrolments close 12 midnight the day after Dickson College Open Night
posted on 05 Apr 2016