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COVID-19 Update: Plan for Term 4

Dear students and families,

Since the announcement on Tuesday by the ACT Chief Minister, the circumstances regarding the return of students to onsite learning from the beginning of term 4 have changed.

The two documents linked below have been developed by the Education Directorate in line with the guidelines set down by ACT Health to ensure the safe return of students to onsite learning over the initial weeks of term 4.

Term 4 Roadmap for ACT Public Colleges

Health Guidelines for Senior Secondary

We have developed our plan in relation to these guidelines and I can inform you that:

  • Remote Learning and Remote Learning timetable will stay in place for Year 11 & 12 classes until end of week 2
  • Onsite learning opportunities will be limited to only Year 12 students during week 1 & 2 for essential practical course work, assessment of VET Competencies or supervised assessment
  • Year 12 AST will be held onsite during week 2 and we will be holding an AST Assembly for Year 12 students sitting the AST onsite Monday 1.15 Monday 11 October (please see AST message below)

College Newsletter (DC News) - incorrect information

Unfortunately, our Newsletter has been circulated with information that doesn't reflect this latest change. Apologies and please disregard the date referring to the face-to-face return of Year 12 students onsite.

Year 12 AST Update

The AST is scheduled for Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October.

Things to note are:

  • All venues within the College will be the same as those used in the trials (GYM main testing venue, A12 Special Consideration, A20 EALD).
  • An onsite AST assembly is scheduled for Monday 11th October, 1:15-1:45 pm, in the HALL
    • It is expected that ALL students sitting the AST will attend this assembly
    • Students attending the assembly will have to check-in upon entry AND wear a face mask
    • Due to health directions, the college will no longer provide any catering for students during the test days. Students should make sure to eat breakfast on the mornings of the AST, and organise to bring a packed lunch for Tuesday

Thanks for your understanding and patience at this time. Please take time during this holiday break to rest and recover.

Take care.

Regards

Craig Edwards

Principal


posted on 17 Sep 2021

Transition to onsite learning from the beginning of Term 4

I would like to acknowledge and thank our students for their flexibility and commitment to their learning over the past few weeks as we have transitioned to teacher-led remote learning as part of the ACT’s health response to COVID-19. I would also like to thank our parents and community for their support of the College and its staff during this time.

I am writing to confirm the opportunity for Year 12 students to return to on-campus learning from the start of Term 4, which begins on 5 October. Year 11 students are also being prioritised for a return to on-campus learning from the beginning of week 3 of Term 4, Monday 18 October.

We look forward to welcoming students back on site. This transition from remote to onsite learning will occur in a staged plan over the first two weeks of term 4. We will provide a detailed Dickson College Term 4 Transition Plan to you later this week.

In line with the health advice and intent, Dickson College is taking a very cautious approach to bringing students and staff back on site.

The significant factors in our planning are the consideration of classes that comprise of year 11 and 12 students. As well as classes that have large practical components/assessments, and classes that comprise only of year 12 students. Our planning for the first two weeks also needs to ensure the Year 12 AST sitting can be undertaken safely.

All school-based staff and Year 12 students have now been prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination. If your young person has not yet booked their vaccination, we encourage them to do so. Bookings for Year 12 students can be made by calling the COVID-19 vaccination booking line on 5124 7700 daily between 7am-7pm and notifying the booking operator of your priority category (i.e. being a Year 12 student). Vaccination slots are also now available for other age groups e.g., 16-year-old children not in year 12 and 12–15-year-old children from Monday (please see the latest information on vaccinations).

Our school will have measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. These include promoting good hand and respiratory hygiene, requiring physical distancing for adults onsite, regular cleaning and disinfecting, requiring staff and students to stay home if unwell and promoting ventilation. Students and staff will be required to wear masks in line with public health directions.

You can find more information about the arrangement for schools in term 4 on the ACT Education website: COVID-19 school arrangements.You can also keep up to date with the latest health information, advice and resources on the ACT’s COVID-19 website www.covid19.act.gov.au

 

From the ACT BSSS - Release of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

"The release of the ATAR will be delayed until Thursday 20 January 2022.

The ACT BSSS works closely with the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) to produce the ATAR so that ACT students can apply for direct university admission.

The delay is due to the postponement of the NSW Higher School Certificate examinations. The ATAR and therefore University offers for ACT and NSW students are processed at the same time. UAC processes applications on behalf of all ACT and NSW Universities, including applications from students in other states and territories. Tertiary Admissions Centres in other states and territories do likewise.

The later release of rankings will not affect University applications through UAC as they are processed in the same way and at the same time for all students.

Roberta McRae

Board Chair

ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies"

 

Regards

Craig Edwards

Principal


posted on 14 Sep 2021

Important Update

Dear students and families,

I hope you are all well. At present, it is unclear exactly what the return to onsite learning will look like for Colleges in the ACT during term 4. However, we are anticipating that colleges will have a clearer picture of the plan for term 4 early next week. I will communicate this with you as soon as I am able. Until then, here are the key messages for this week:

Parent-Teacher Evening Online Thursday 16 September 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Mid-Semester reports will be distributed to students and families on Monday. The report will include detailed instructions on booking times with teachers using Parent Teacher Online (PTO). The actual interviews will be held online using Google Meets. If you have not used Google Meets before, don't worry; there will be instructions on this too. Our students are also experts in Google Meets, so we ask them to assist their parents in this area.

Appointments still available for year 12 student COVID-19 vaccinations

A reminder that all year 12 students can book a priority appointment at the AIS Arena COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic and get vaccinated between now and next Friday, 17 September 2021.

How to book

The Year 12 student priority COVID-19 bookings can only be made by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Line on 02 5124 7700 (press option 5) between 7am to 7pm daily.

If the student would prefer to get vaccinated at a participating GP (or participating pharmacy for those aged 18 years and over), use the Eligibility Checker to find a clinic near you https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

More information

A factsheet is attached with more information, or please visit the COVID-19 website: www.covid19.act.gov.au/vaccine. The Education Directorate website also provides information including answers to a number of frequently asked questions.


Vaccinations for students with a disability, their parents and carers

Students, parents and carers of people with disability are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine right now. You can book in to get a vaccination by calling the ACT COVID-19 vaccination booking line on 02 5124 7700 between 7am to 7pm, daily. You can also book in to get a vaccination at a participating GP or pharmacist. More information is available at www.covid19.act.gov.au/vaccinebooking

ACT Health operates an Access and Sensory vaccination clinic where people with disability, support staff, volunteers and carers can get vaccinated. The clinic is moving to the Weston Creek Community Health Centre from Monday 13 September.  You can make an appointment to attend the clinic by calling the ACT COVID-19 vaccination booking line on 02 5124 7700 between 7am to 7pm, daily. You can find out more at www.covid19.act.gov.au/disability


The latest information from the BSSS regarding assessment during COVID-19 Lockdown

In addition to information circulated previously, the BSSS has provided, a further question and answer has been included in the FAQ for Students/Parents and Carers. The new Q and A is below for your information. The full document can be accessed here and is also attached to this email.

Q10: What should a student who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on the days of the AST do? Will they still receive a Tertiary Entrance Statement and ATAR?

A: The conduct of the test will be consistent with health advice and guidelines at the time.

As always if a student is unwell, they should seek medical advice, and if experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should be tested. Absence from one or more of the test components would require appropriate and verifiable Medical documentation.

The BSSS has processes to enable scaling if individual students within a school cohort meet all other requirements for a Tertiary Entrance Statement (TES) but cannot sit an ACT Scaling Test (AST) due to illness or misadventure. These students would still receive an ATAR.


Regards

Craig Edwards

Principal


posted on 10 Sep 2021

Parent Teacher Interviews Online

Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held online next Thursday 16 September from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

More details including instructions will be sent to families with Mid-Semester Reports Monday 13 September.


posted on 09 Sep 2021

Priority Year 12 COVID-19 Vaccination

The ACT Government has today announced that ACT teachers, educators and staff that have direct contact with children in their daily work in schools and early education centres are to be prioritised for COVID-19 Pfizer vaccinations at ACT Government COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics.

COVID-19 priority bookings can only be made by calling the ACT COVID-19 priority vaccination line on (02) 5124 3999 (7am and 7pm daily). Please be aware that use of this phone number is restricted to critical and high-risk workers employed in the ACT. You will be required to answer some questions to confirm your eligibility for a priority appointment.

Priority vaccination appointments will be made available over coming weeks. If you already have an appointment at an ACT Government vaccination clinic, you can also call this line and ask about moving your appointment forward.

Free public transport on bus and light rail is available for anyone travelling to an ACT Government COVID-19 vaccination clinic. You will need to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination booking. Parents, carers and family accompanying people to their COVID-19 vaccination are also able to travel for free.

The Priority Vaccination Factsheet contains additional information.

Please visit the COVID-19 website: www.covid19.act.gov.au/vaccine or the Education Directorate website which provides information including answers to a number of frequently asked questions.


posted on 09 Sep 2021

Remote Learning Update


Dear Students and Families,

I hope you are all doing well and looking after yourselves during lockdown. There are some important points to update you on today they are listed below:

Remote Learning starts tomorrow

Individual student timetables for the Remote Learning period were sent to students and carers today. With our Remote Learning timetable, online lessons start at 9:30 and conclude at 3.00 pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri). Wednesday’s have been set aside for Asynchronous learning only, so that students can focus on completing their classwork and assignments without interruption of scheduled online classes. This was a key lesson learnt in 2020 where students and staff quickly became overwhelmed with the demands of online classes and the need to progress their classwork and assignments. In 2020 we moved to this same Remote Learning timetable in response to feedback from students, staff, and families.

Online attendance and participation tracking

Students need to check-in with their teacher for each of their online classes. Rolls will be marked; student non-attendance online will be tracked,and families notified. Teachers will also be tracking the completion of work outside (Asynchronous learning) of scheduled class time to verify participation and assessment requirements for the unit.

Digital Protocols for students

Please see the attached Infographic on Remote Learning – Digital Protocols for students which outlines appropriate behaviours for students online. It also mentions the need to look after oneself making sure students take adequate breaks, get exercise, eat well, sleep and other things that are supportive of health and wellbeing.

Remote Learning - Digital Protocols for Students

Responsive communication

If students are having difficulties with Remote Learning, they should contact their teacher or Year Coordinator. Our Teachers will do their best to respond in two working days.

It is possible to arrange a contactless pickup of resources from the College such as books, laptops, chargers, art supplies etc. Students should contact their teachers to arrange this.

If teachers call students, they will block their number, so please accept calls if expecting a call from someone at the College.

No exams in week 9 this term

In response to the Remote Learning period all exams/tests set down for week 9 will not go ahead. Teachers will contact their classes individually as required and begin to modify assessment to an alternative that can be completed at home.

Year 12 AST

There is nothing more to add about the AST since the BSSS FAQ document emailed earlier in the week. Other than to say it will not occur on the set dates of  30 August and 1 September of week 8. I will update you as soon as I know more.

Food delivery options

We understand that with a growing number of people in quarantine or isolation that some households are finding it difficult to get groceries delivered in a timely manner due to demand.

Please see if you can get a friend or family member who isn’t subject to quarantine or isolation requirements to do a grocery shop for you and leave it on your doorstep.

However, if you need to order home delivery, there are a range of options to consider when ordering groceries.

As well as the major supermarkets, several other grocers and independent supermarkets also offer delivery.

For further information go to:

https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/access-help#Grocery-delivery-options

Office Hours during Lockdown and Remote Learning

The College is open daily, but we are maintaining minimum numbers of staff onsite during the ACT Lockdown. Our front office hours during Remote Learning and while the ACT stays in Lockdown will be 9:30 - 3 pm Monday to Friday.

Regards

Craig Edwards

Principal

posted on 19 Aug 2021

Remote Learning, Term 3


Dear Students and Families,

Firstly I hope you are all well and coping with the changing situation in the ACT around COVID-19. Today I write to update you on a couple of things. The points are detailed below:

Remote Learning starts Friday 20 August

On Friday, ACT Schools will move into a Remote Learning period in line with the two-week extension of the lockdown in the ACT. Our teachers have been working this week in preparation for Remote Learning. From Friday at 9:30 am, Dickson College will follow the attached Remote Learning Timetable. Students and their families will be sent a copy of their individual timetable on Thursday via email.

Navigating assessment during Remote Learning

The start of the Remote Learning period will trigger changes in how students learn and are assessed, mainly if the assessment cannot be completed online or at home. The Office of the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) have provided students and families with the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document relating to assessment. Depending on the class and assessment type, our teachers may begin to modify assessments in consultation with their students from Friday.

BSSS FAQs for Students, Parents and Carers

Understanding the Remote Learning Timetable

Our Remote Learning Timetable attempts to balance two primary concepts to help students, and their teachers, manage their workload, wellbeing and other commitments during the lockdown. These two concepts are Synchronous Learning and Asynchronous Learning. By Synchronous learning, we mean scheduled classes, learning activities, teacher instruction and feedback, student discussion etc., occurring in real-time. And by Asynchronous, we mean time for student-paced learning activities, completion of assessment, time to ask individual questions to teachers and seek feedback, and time for teachers to check-in individually on student progress and provide feedback etc., as individually required. Please see the Remote Learning Guide that attempts to explain these two main ideas.

Remote Learning Timetable

Remote Learning Guide

Student participation and student wellbeing check-ins during Remote Learning

During the Remote Learning period, roll marking will occur to track student participation during the scheduled class times on the timetable. Teachers, Pastoral Care Teachers, and Year-Coordinators will be also be completing regular check-ins with students, particularly if student attendance in scheduled online classes falls off. Teachers will also be tracking student participation through the completion of learning activities and assessment (either Synchronous or Asynchronous) during the remote learning period to satisfy course and unit requirements of the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

Office Hours during Lockdown and Remote Learning

The College is open daily but we are maintaining minimum numbers of staff onsite during the ACT Lockdown. Our front office hours during Remote Learning and while the ACT stays in Lockdown will be 9:30 - 3 pm Monday to Friday.

Regards

Craig Edwards

Principal

posted on 18 Aug 2021

Welcome back for term 3!

Tuesday  20  July -  NAIDOC Week assembly

Thursday 12 August - Moderation Day. No classes, although Year 12 tertiary students will have an AST Trial at school.

Monday 30 August - Year 12 AST assembly line 3

Tuesday 31 August - Year 12 AST, Tests 1 and 2

Wednesday 1 September -  Year 12 AST, Test 3

Monday 6 September to Wednesday 8 September - Crossline testing. Students attend classes if they have no tests.

Thursday 9 September and Friday 10 September -  No classes

Thursday 16 September - Parent Teacher Night

This term ends Friday 17 September 2021.


posted on 15 Jul 2021

End of semester events


STEM tests begin Friday 11 June. Students attend classes on Friday 11 June if they do not have tests.

Last day of classes for semester 2 is Friday 11 June, with tests also held the following week.

Handback Day is Tuesday 22 June. Term ends Friday 25 June.

posted on 08 Jun 2021

Dickson College Information Night Thursday 20 May 2021 6pm to 8pm


Our 2021 Information Night was held on Thursday 20 May 6-8pm. The event was well attended by prospective students and their families. Both of the Principal’s Information sessions were fully booked (there was a COVID Safe limit of 400 persons per session). If you missed the presentation please see the slides and video below.

Information Night Presentation - PDF, 7606.41 KB

posted on 29 Apr 2021

Welcome back for term 2!


Thursday 22 April:  Parent Teacher Evening 4.00pm - 7.00pm.

Monday 26 April:   School closed - ANZAC Day Public Holiday.

posted on 22 Apr 2021

End of term events


Friday 26 March - Tuesday 30 March :   STEM crossline testing. Students attend classes if they have no tests.

Tuesday 30 March:   Last day of classes for term 1.

Wednesday 31 March:   Year 12 AST trial (8.50am - 11.30am Short Response Test; 1.00pm - 3.45pm Multiple Choice Test).

Thursday 1 April:   Year 12 AST trial (8.50am - 12pm Writing Task) and Year 11 AST trial (12.45pm - 3.45pm Multiple Choice Test).

Friday 2 April:  School closed - Good Friday and start of school holidays.

Monday 19 April:   Start of term 2.

Thursday 22 April:  Parent Teacher Evening 4.00pm - 7.00pm.

Monday 26 April:   School closed - ANZAC Day Public Holiday.

posted on 23 Mar 2021

BSSS Student Forum

2 nominated students from each college will be selected to take part in the BSSS (Board of Senior Secondary Studies) Student Forum. There will be 4 forums in 2021.

This student thinktank is a great opportunity for leadership. Nominations close 26 February 2021.

More information here.


posted on 25 Feb 2021

Parent Teacher Information Session

Come along to this informative session presented by principal Craig Edwards and find out more about the Year 12 certification system in the ACT. All welcome!

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Time: 5.30pm-7pm

Place: Dickson College Hall


posted on 11 Feb 2021

School Board Nominations

This year there are three vacancies opening for the School Board:

  • 1 staff member position
  • 1 parent member position
  • 1 student member position

Each position is for a two year term.

Nominations will open 9am on Monday 8 February 2021 and close at 3:00pm Monday 22 February 2021. If you would like to be on the School Board, please complete the nomination form and email to DicksonC@ed.act.edu.au, mail to Dickson College, or drop it in at the front office between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

School Board Nomination Form

Voting will occur from 9:00am Monday 1 March 2021 until 3:00pm Tuesday 9 March 2021. Information about nominees will be available at the school and on the Dickson College website.


posted on 05 Feb 2021

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Congratulations to all our graduates! Here are our great results for 2020.

Happy holidays to everyone!

School resumes Monday 1 February 2021 for new students and Tuesday 2 February 2021 for everyone.


posted on 17 Dec 2020

Graduation Ceremony, Special Awards and Semester Awards Ceremonies


  • 16 Dec, Wednesday - Year 12 Graduation rehearsal and issuing of ATARs - Dickson College Hall, 9:30am
  • 16 Dec, Wednesday - Year 12 Semester Awards and Year 12 Special Awards - Dickson College Hall, 11:00am
  • 16 Dec, Wednesday - Year 11 Semester Awards - Dickson College Hall, 12:00pm
  • 16 Dec, Wednesday - Year 12 Graduation Ceremony - Llewellyn Hall ANU, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • 17 Dec, Thursday - Year 12 Farewell Fest - Dickson College, 6:30pm to 10:00pm (no arrivals event)

posted on 02 Dec 2020

Dickson College Drama Production

Our talented drama students present the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Come along and enjoy some drama, songs and...spelling!

Theatre 3 at 3 Repertory Lane, Acton

Thursday 10 Dec, Friday 11 Dec and Sat 12 Dec @ 12pm and 8pm

Bookings: 6257 1950 (Adults $20 and Concession $10)


posted on 26 Nov 2020

Community Update 20 Nov 2020

The latest update is here.


posted on 26 Nov 2020

JobTrainer free courses and training


The ACT Government recently launched JobTrainer, a program which offers fee-free vocational education and training to young people who have finished school (aged 17 to 24) and job seekers in Canberra. There are around 3,500 places available for courses to be delivered through registered training organisations including CIT and some private training providers.

Click here for more information.

posted on 18 Nov 2020

Important Dates

We are looking forward to all the special events coming up as the year ends.

Click here for more information.

  • 19 Nov, Thursday - Last day of standard college timetable
  • 20 Nov - 24 Nov - Test days
  • 25 Nov, Wednesday - Year 11 AST trial - Dickson College
  • 2 Dec, Wednesday - Year 12 brunch & final package check - Dickson College, 9am
  • 16 Dec, Wednesday - Year 12 Graduation rehearsal and issuing of ATARs - Dickson College Hall, 9:30am
  • 16 Dec, Wednesday - Year 12 Semester Awards and Year 12 Special Awards - Dickson College Hall, 11:00am
  • 16 Dec, Wednesday - Year 11 Semester Awards - Dickson College Hall, 12:00pm
  • 16 Dec, Wednesday - Year 12 Graduation Ceremony - Llewellyn Hall ANU, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • 17 Dec, Thursday - Year 12 Farewell Fest - Dickson College, 6:30pm to 10:00pm (no arrivals event)

posted on 04 Nov 2020

College drama production - Pride and Prejudice

Come along and see the play of the famous Jane Austen novel, performed by our talented drama students!

Thursday 24 September to Saturday 26 September @ 7pm in the hall.

Matinees @ 1.30pm - Thursday 24 September to Saturday 26 September.

$20 for adults

Free for students!

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pride-prejudice-tickets-120119409387


posted on 21 Sep 2020

Parent Teacher Night Thursday 24 September

Parents should book interview times via the email link sent previously.

Interviews will take place in the gym from 4pm to 7pm.


posted on 21 Sep 2020

Stress Less Week

Students will be participating in some special activities this week:

Mon 14 Sept 10am-2pm: Petting zoo on the oval

Tues 15 Sept: Presentations from mental health organisation Batyr

Wed 16 Sept: Free ice creams at recess and plant sale at lunch

Pupil free days Thursday 17 Sept and Friday 18 September

Students in Years 11 and 12 do not attend on these days as teachers are moderating work and marking exams.

Students in the SIEC still attend on those 2 days.


posted on 14 Sep 2020

Year 12 ASTs (ACT Scaling Tests)

Tuesday 1 September:  9am to 11.55pm - Multiple choice task

Tuesday 1 September:  1.05pm to 3.25pm - Short response task

Wednesday 2 September:  9.15am to 12.10pm - Writing task


posted on 01 Sep 2020

DC Community Update and School Survey FAQ

DC Community Update found here

2020 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey FAQ found here


posted on 04 Aug 2020

DC Community Update Term 3

DC Community Update for the start of Term 3 here.


posted on 17 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Easing of Restrictions Roadmap for Public Schools

The roadmap for easing of restrictions in public schools can be found here


posted on 06 Jul 2020

DC Community Update

Term 2 Week 10 Community Update here


posted on 06 Jul 2020

DC Community Update 5 June

DC Update can be found here.


posted on 09 Jun 2020

DC Community Update 15 May

DC Update can be found here


posted on 15 May 2020

Open Night 2020

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions all colleges are creating online open night videos. Here is a quick snapshot into Dickson College.


posted on 15 May 2020

DC COVID-19 Update for students and families 13 May

COVID-19 Update May 13 information here

Director-General letter to parents for students going back to school

Information regarding transitioning back to school can be found here

DC COVID-19 Update for students and families 6 May

COVID-19 Update May 6 information here

ACT health advice for returning to face to face learning in ACT public schools

Information here from Dr Kerryn Coleman, ACT Chief Health Officer


posted on 07 May 2020

DC COVID-19 Update for students and families 1 May

COVID-19 Update May 1 information here


posted on 01 May 2020

DC COVID-19 Update for students and families 24 April

COVID-19 Update April 24 information here


posted on 24 Apr 2020

DC COVID-19 Update for students and families 9 April

COVID-19 Update April 9 information here


posted on 09 Apr 2020

Term 2 Timetable for online/remote learning

DC Term 2 Timetable for online learning here


posted on 09 Apr 2020

Video Message from the Principal

Link to Craig's message is here.

posted on 08 Apr 2020

DC COVID-19 Update for students and families 3 April

Latest information can be found here


posted on 03 Apr 2020

Important Message from ACT Health

Passengers on the number 31 bus from Dickson Interchange to Kaleen, departing Dickson at approximately 3.50pm on Tuesday 17 March should self-quarantine until 31 March and should contact the Communicable Disease Control Section of ACT Health on 5124 9213 for more information.

This bus was scheduled to leave Dickson interchange at 3.33pm but was running late and departed at 3.50pm.


posted on 24 Mar 2020

DC COVID-19 Update for students and families 24 March

COVID-19 Update March 24 information here


posted on 24 Mar 2020

ACT public schools pupil free from Tuesday 24 March until the end of term

Due to the COVID-19 virus, students at Dickson College will access online learning for their classes for the rest of the term.

Term 1 finishes Thursday 9 April.

Click here for more information.


posted on 23 Mar 2020

New information from the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS)


The ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (ACT BSSS) has recently posted advice on their website regarding the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).

http://www.bsss.act.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/465438/BSSS_Information_for_Students_Parents_and_Carers.pdf

posted on 19 Mar 2020

Mid semester STEM tests in Week 9 - now cancelled


posted on 16 Mar 2020

Sexual Health, Lifestyle and Relationship Program (SHLiRP)

Health educators and nurses will be at the college on Monday 16 March and Tuesday 17 March. Come along for a chat and information - outside the Drama room. Appointments can also be made with the nurses and all advice is confidential.

Health presentations will now be held at assemblies later in the year.


posted on 16 Mar 2020

Moderation Day Tuesday 3 March 2020

No classes for college students on Tuesday 3 March as college teachers will be attending Moderation Day at various schools.

Secondary Introductory English Centre (SIEC) students still attend school.


posted on 24 Feb 2020

Parent Information Session

Thursday 20 February 5.30pm to 7.00pm in the hall.

Come along to this session to find out more about the ACT college system and the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate. The session will be presented by principal Craig Edwards. Faculty heads will be available for questions after the session, but individual class teachers will not be at this presentation.


posted on 13 Feb 2020

Welcome back for 2020!

Year 11 begin Monday 3 February.

Year 12 and SIEC begin Tuesday 4 February.


posted on 05 Feb 2020

Happy holidays everyone!

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2019!

School resumes on Mon 3 February 2020 for Year 11 students and Tuesday 4 February for Year 12s.


posted on 19 Dec 2019

Student Voice Drama Festival

Friday 15 November - Sunday 17 November

Evening performances from 6pm Friday - Sunday

Visit our Antill Theatre and see our talented drama students present some interesting and challenging plays - written, adapted and directed by students about issues they feel we need to confront. Themes include: relationships between fathers and sons; condemnation of the education system; coming of age and re-workings of The Tempest and The Rules of Attraction.

Admission is free.

Click here for more information (please note - no performance on Mon 18 Nov)


posted on 24 Oct 2019

Dickson College Fashion Parade and Arts Festival

Thursday 7 November

6pm - 6.30pm: Come along and see some wonderful original creations in the Fashion Parade . Special guests will be two 11 month old alpacas!

6.30pm - 8.00pm: Arts Festival - great student work in ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, architecture and media.

There will also be dance performances, magic, music and song - a great night!


posted on 21 Oct 2019

Welcome back to term 4!

Term begins Monday 14 October.

Wed 20 November - tests begin

Wed 27 November - Handback Day

Tues 3 December - Year 12 brunch and package check

Tues 3 December - Year 12 Formal at the Arboretum  6pm - 10pm

Wed 18 December - Year 12 Graduation at the AIS  5.00pm - 7.30pm


posted on 17 Oct 2019

Parent Teacher Night Thursday 19 September 2019

Parent Teacher Night will be held in the hall from 4pm to 7pm. Parents and carers should have received an email via PTO (Parent Teacher Online) to make appointments with teachers.

Parents, carers and students all welcome!


posted on 18 Sep 2019

AST - the ACT Scaling Test

The AST is coming up soon and all students who need an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) are required to sit the tests over 2 days.

Tuesday 3 September: Multiple Choice and Short Response Tests

Wednesday 4 September: Writing Task

Final AST trial: Thursday 22 August

AST information  assembly: Monday 2 September


posted on 14 Aug 2019

Welcome back for term 3!

Classes begin Monday 22 July.


posted on 24 Jul 2019

Open Night Thursday 30 May 6pm to 8pm

Come along and see all that Dickson College has to offer.

6pm - Principal's address in the Hall. Then tour the college and speak with teachers and current students in each faculty area.

All welcome!


posted on 30 May 2019

AST Trials

Trial practice tests for the AST (ACT Scaling Test) will be held this week. These tests are compulsory for all students doing a tertiary package who need an ATAR for university entrance.

Tues 14 May - Year 12 Multiple Choice Test 8.50am-3.45pm

Wed 15 May - Year 12 Writing Test 8.50am-11.45am

Thurs 16 May - Year 11 Multiple Choice Test 8.50am-11.45am


posted on 14 May 2019

Term 1 ends Friday 12 April.

Happy holidays everyone!

Term 2 begins Monday 29 April 2019.


posted on 11 Apr 2019

Parent Teacher Night

Thursday 4 April 4pm-8pm in the hall.

Parents and carers should have received an email for Parent Teacher Online (PTO) to make bookings with teachers. Students are welcome to attend with parents and carers.


posted on 28 Mar 2019

2020 enrolments at Dickson College

Enrolment applications for 2020 open on Monday 29 April 2019 and must be submitted online at https://form.act.gov.au/smartforms/landing.htm?formCode=1087.

All ACT children are guaranteed a place in an ACT Public School, from preschool through to college. Information about the enrolment assessment criteria and priority enrolment areas can be found at https://www.education.act.gov.au/school_education/enrolling_in_an_act_public_school.

From early June, after the application has been processed, parents/carers will commence receiving advice from the school on the enrolment. Please note, that the order in which applications are received is not a factor in schools determining places and as a result, there is no requirement to submit your application form on the first day applications open.

For up to date information on the enrolment timeline please visit www.education.act.gov.au


posted on 20 Mar 2019

Presentation from DC Information Evening

On Thursday 21 February the College hosted an Information evening for students and families. The event focused on a presentation about the ACT Senior Secondary System. Faculty heads were available for curriculum and subject specific information.  For those parents that could not make the presentation a copy can be found here. Please be aware that our Parent Teacher Evening is on Thursday 4 April. If parents or carers have any immediate concerns about their child’s progress they should contact the College and speak to the teacher concerned.


posted on 22 Feb 2019

Information session: Introduction to Dickson College and the ACT Senior Secondary System

Students and parents/carers are invited to attend this information session:

Thursday 21 February

5.30pm - 7.00pm in the DC Hall

From 5:30 – 6:30, there will be a presentation on various aspects of the ACT government school college system.

Afterwards parents and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify specific curriculum and assessment concerns with the executive teachers in charge of each subject area.

Please join us for this informative evening.


posted on 07 Feb 2019

Welcome back for 2019!

New students begin Monday 4 February. Meet in the hall for assembly at 8.50 and then follow the mini timetable for the day.

Classes begin for all students Tuesday 5 February, after the Year 12 assembly in the hall at 8.50.

We are all looking forward to an exciting year of new learning!


posted on 04 Feb 2019

Dickson College Year 12 Graduation

Congratulations to all our graduates!

We are all looking forward to the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony at the AIS Indoor Arena, Leverrier St, Bruce - this Thursday 20 December!

Students should arrive at 5pm so they can be seated in their groups.

The ceremony starts at 5.30pm and finishes around 7.30pm.

See you there!


posted on 18 Dec 2018

Dickson College Board Elections

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. Nominations can be submitted to the front office from 11am on 1 February 2019 to 11am on 15 February 2019.

The following positions are vacant:
1. Staff Member position x 1 (24 months)
2. Parent and Citizen Member position x 1 (24 months)
3. Student Member position x 1 (Yr 11 24 months)

More information here.

Nomination form here.


posted on 27 Nov 2018

End of semester and exam timetable

Important events include:

Year 12 Farewell Assembly - Mon 19 Nov (assembly for Year 11 and 12 at college)

Last day of classes - Tues 20 Nov

Exams (see timetable in the link below) - Wed 21 Nov to Fri 23 Nov

Assessment Handback Day - Wed 28 Nov 9am-11am

Year 12 brunch and final package check - Tues 4 Dec 9am-11am

Year 12 Formal - Tues 4 Dec @ National Arboretum 6pm-11.15pm

Year 12 Graduation Rehearsal and provision of ATARs - Fri 14 Dec @ Dickson College Hall 10am-11am

Year 12 Graduation Ceremony - Thurs 20 Dec @ AIS Indoor Arena 5.30pm-7.30pm (students arrive 5pm)

Details: End of semester and exam timetable


posted on 08 Nov 2018

Dickson College Graduating Arts Exhibition and Fashion Parade

Come along and enjoy this great exhibition of student work - visual arts, photography, ceramics, textiles, fashion, media and design.

Opens Thursday 8 November at 6pm and is then open from Thursday to Sunday 10am - 4pm, until Sun 18 November.

Watson Arts Centre

1 Aspinall St, Watson


posted on 05 Nov 2018

Welcome back for term 4!

Year 11 students should make sure they have made their class selections for 2019 by this Friday 19 October.

Key end of year dates:

  • Year 12 Farewell Assembly - Monday 19th November 2018
  • Last day of normal classes - Tuesday 20th November 2018
  • Exam period - Wednesday 21st November to Friday 23rd November 2018
  • Package check and brunch - Tuesday 4th December 2018
  • Year 12 Formal - Tuesday 4th December 2018
  • Year 12 Graduation - Thursday 20th December 2018

posted on 15 Oct 2018

Term 3 ends Friday 28 September. Happy holidays everyone!

Term 4 begins Monday 15 October.

The closing date for class selections for 2019 is Friday 19 October. Year 11 students should ensure they have selected their Year 12 classes by that date.


posted on 27 Sep 2018

New Performing Arts Precinct for DC: Information Session

Following the redevelopment of the student gathering area adjacent to the canteen,the college is considering how best to develop the adjacent theatre and hall to accommodate drama and dance activities.

A scoping study has been conducted and includes concepts to develop and confirm a design scope for this stage and to further develop the Master Plan from its initial phase. The objective of the next stage is to upgrade and extend the existing small theatre, back of stage area and investigate seating options in the hall to form a performing arts precinct.

If you wish to find out more about the next stage of our Master Plan please come along to an information session on Monday 29 October at 6pm (Monday Week 3 term 4) at Dickson College.

More information here.

Click here for an image.


posted on 24 Sep 2018

Parent Teacher Night Thursday 20 September 4pm - 7pm

We are looking forward to Parent Teacher Night on Thursday 20 September.

Parents and carers were emailed passwords on Thurs 13 Sept for making online bookings.


posted on 13 Sep 2018

Free meningococcal immunisations

The ACT government is funding a free meningococcal vaccine to young people aged
between 16 and 19 years old in 2018 only. These immunisations will take place with visiting nurses at Dickson College.

When: Monday 24th September to Thursday 27th September 2018

Time: 9.30am to 12.45pm and 1.15pm to 3pm each day (12.45pm to 1.15pm - nurses' lunch break)

Where: Freda Ford Lounge (teachers' staff room) at Dickson College

The schedule of the days is as follows:

Monday: 9.30am-10.20am will be for Foundation Students and SIEC Students

10.20am to 3.00pm – All year 11 & 12 students with surnames beginning with  A - E

Tuesday: 9.30am -3.00pm – All year 11 & 12 students with surnames beginning with F – L

Wednesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm – All year 11 & 12 students with surnames beginning with M – R

Thursday: 9.30am to 3.00pm – All year 11 & 12 students with surnames beginning with S – Z

* Thursday afternoon will be a catch-up time for students who missed out

Students are to make their way to the Freda Ford Lounge during their free periods and break times on their allocated day.


posted on 11 Sep 2018

AST exams Tuesday 4 September and Wednesday 5 September 2018

The AST (ACT Scaling Test) is a compulsory requirement for students intending to complete a tertiary package at college and thus receive an ATAR.
There is a special assembly in the hall for students sitting the AST on Monday 3 September 2:40-3pm.
All of the exams will take place in the Dickson College Gym:
Tuesday 4 Sept: Multiple Choice (8:50am – 11:45am) & Short Response (1:05pm – 3:00pm)
Wednesday 5 Sept: Writing Task (9:10am – 12:00pm)
We would like wish all students participating the best of luck!
Year 12 T students are not required in classes after the Writing task on Wednesday.
All Year 11 & Year 12A classes will run as normal.

posted on 31 Aug 2018

UAC (Universities Admission Centre) important dates

The Careers Team recently ran UAC information sessions for Year 12 students who are intending on applying for university and also for parents and carers. These sessions were aimed at assisting students in their university applications through UAC.

Click below for more information:

UAC important dates 2018

UAC presentation to students


posted on 27 Aug 2018

2018 School Satisfaction Survey

The annual School Satisfaction Survey has recently been sent out for parents, carers and students to complete. The survey will be available for completion until Monday 3rd September.

It is one of the most powerful tools for you to provide feedback to Dickson College, so that we can provide the most effective education possible. You will have recently received an email from ‘Dickson College Admin.’ that contains all of the information required for you to access the survey. If you are unable to access the survey online or require the survey in another language, please contact the front office for assistance.

Your participation is appreciated.


posted on 16 Aug 2018

Free Vaccine for Year 11 & 12 students to protect against meningococcal disease

The ACT government is funding a free meningococcal vaccine to young people aged
between 16 and 19 years old in 2018 only. To date, this has been available through general
practitioners. In semester two of 2018, the free vaccine will be available through the Schools
Health Team when they visit the school.
Meningococcal disease is a rare but severe infection that occurs when meningococcal
bacteria invade the body from the throat or nose and enter the bloodstream. The disease
can progress very quickly and can lead to death or permanent disability.
Meningococcal disease is caused by multiple strains of meningococcal bacteria. This free
vaccine protects against meningococcal A, C, W and Y strains.
Young adults and older teenagers are at increased risk of meningococcal disease. They are
more likely to carry the bacteria in their nose and throat, and more likely to spread the
bacteria to others.
To learn more about meningococcal disease, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine and how
you can prepare for vaccination, visit:

http://www.health.act.gov.au/our-services/immunisation/adolescents

Letter to Parents and Carers


posted on 15 Aug 2018

Moderation Day Thursday 9 August

Students in Years 11 and 12 and the Connect10 program do not attend school on 9 August as teachers are attending Moderation Day at various venues.

SIEC students attend as usual.


posted on 06 Aug 2018

Welcome back for term 3!

Term ends Friday 28 September.


posted on 26 Jul 2018

Semester 1 Test Timetable

Students and their families were emailed a copy of the end of semester 1 timetable on 12 June. Click the link below to access the timetable:

End of Semester 1 Test Timetable


posted on 18 Jun 2018

Thank you for making our Open Night a sucess

Thank you to all the student volunteers, staff, prospective students and families. You made last night's Open Night such a success. Please find the link to our video presentation below.

Dickson College Open Night 2018


posted on 01 Jun 2018

Open Night Thursday 31 May

Excellence Opportunity Community

Visit Dickson College 6pm to 8pm to see the excellent programs offered here!

The principal's address will be at 6.15pm. Visitors can tour the college and teachers and students will be available to answer questions about college programs and the curriculum. Delicious finger food will be served by our talented Hospitality students.

All welcome!


posted on 17 May 2018

Welcome back for term 2 on Monday 30 April.

Seven weeks of classes and then exams 19 - 22 June. Term ends Fri 6 July.


posted on 01 May 2018

Parent Teacher Night Thursday 5 April

We are looking forward to Parent Teacher Night next week. It will take place in the Hall from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday 5 April.

Bookings can be made here for Parent Teacher Online (PTO), using passwords that were emailed to parents & carers (28 March):

https://bookings.parentteacheronline.com.au?school=kd9kd

Interviews are for 7 minutes with each teacher.


posted on 26 Mar 2018

STEM mid-semester test timetable

Mid-semester testing for maths, physics, chemistry, biology and oceanography will take place from Tues 3 April to Thursday 5 April.

Click here for the timetable.


posted on 26 Mar 2018

Meet the Teachers Night 2018


Wednesday 21st February is Meet the Teachers Night! Come along to have a chat with the teachers and hear from the principal, Craig Edwards.

5:30 – 6:30 (Canteen) - Meet the Teachers: a social event for staff, students and parents/guardians to meet.

6:30 – 7:30 (Hall) - Understanding Senior Secondary System: a more formal presentation with information for students and parents/guardians to understand the ACT College system and pathways options for students.

This is just an introductory meet and greet event. For more involved discussions, please contact the school directly. The next Parent-Teacher evening will be held on Thursday 5th April.

posted on 13 Feb 2018

Welcome back to the new school year!

Year 11 students and other new students begin Monday 5 February 2018.

Year 12 students return Tuesday 6 February 2018.

Monday 5 February 8.40am: Year 11 Orientation Day. Meet in the canteen and collect orientation packs. The day begins with an assembly, Clubs and a mini timetable of classes. Enjoy the free BBQ lunch (includes GF and vegetarian) and information stalls.

Tuesday 6 February 8.50am: Year 12 assembly. Year 11s should arrive at school at 9.30am when a normal timetable begins for all students.

We wish all students a happy and successful year!


posted on 04 Feb 2018

Board Nominations


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:

  1. Staff Member position x 1 (24 months)
  2. Parent and Citizen Member position x 3 (24 months)
  3. Student Member position x 1 (Yr 11 24 months or Yr 12 12 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. (john.clink@ed.act.edu.au)

Nominations are to be submitted to the school’s front office between 11am, 5 February 2018 and 11am, 19 February 2018. Nominations must be submitted during school business hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Hand deliver to the Front Office
  • Email to john.clink@ed.act.edu.au
  • Mail to Assistant Returning Officer, c/- Dickson College front office

If an election is required, the voting period will be from 11am, 26 February 2018 to 11am, 5 March 2018.

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 06 Dec 2017

Important end of year events

Wed 22 Nov 9-11am: Handback Day. Students cycle through 15 minute classes from Line 1 to Line 8.

Mon 27 Nov 9.30am: Year 12 brunch. Students are served a delicious brunch by teachers. This will be followed by the very important Year 12 package check. Students should check they have enough points for graduation. Appeals close 12pm. Course scores posted in faculties 2pm.

Mon 27 Nov 6pm: Year 12 Formal at the National Convention Centre. Please see the front office for tickets.

Wed 13 Dec 1.30pm: Year 12 Graduation Ceremony rehearsal at the AIS Indoor Arena in Bruce. ATARs will be handed out at the rehearsal.

Wed 13 Dec 5.30-7.30pm: Year 12 Graduation Ceremony at the AIS Indoor Arena in Bruce. Students should collect their tickets as soon as possible from the library.


posted on 16 Nov 2017

Dickson College Arts Festival

Some special events this week celebrating the arts!

Cabaret night Wed 25 Oct 7pm - Music, song, comedy, drama...come along and be entertained and enjoy some treats made by Hospitality students! Tickets $5 students; $10 adults.

Fashion Parade Thurs 26 Oct 5.30pm - 6.30pm Creative clothing designed, made and modelled by our talented Fashion students.

Art Exhibition Thurs 26 Oct 6.30 - 8.00pm - Wonderful artistic work from our Art, Photography, Graphic Design and Architecture students.


posted on 24 Oct 2017

Elevate Study Skills groups


The Elevate Study Skills program is running next Monday 23rd October 2017. All Year 11 students are expected to attend. There are three sessions: 10:40-11:45; 11.45-12.45 and 2.00-3.00. Two groups will run in each session, one group in the hall, the other in A13. To find your group, please see this PDF. This list is also posted up outside student wellbeing and the front office. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Abela in the IT office or see student wellbeing.

posted on 16 Oct 2017

Welcome back Mon 9 Oct for term 4!

A busy term with some special events - 5 weeks and 2 days of classes and then exams begin Wed 15 November - Mon 20 November. Handback Day is on Wed 22 November.

The Year 12 Formal is on Mon 27 November 6pm at the National Convention Centre in Civic.

The Year 12 Graduation Ceremony is on Wed 13 December 5.30pm at the AIS indoor arena in Bruce.

The Dickson College Arts Festival is coming up soon - Mon 23 October - Fri 27 October.

Cabaret night Wed 25 Oct 7pm - Music, song, comedy, drama...come along and be entertained!

Fashion Parade Thurs 26 Oct 5.30pm - 6.30pm Creative clothing designed, made and modelled by our talented Fashion students.

Art Exhibition Thurs 26 Oct 6.30 - 8.00pm - Wonderful artistic work from our Art, Photography, Graphic Design and Architecture students.


posted on 12 Oct 2017

Dance Fest Fri 22 Sept 7.30pm Canberra Theatre

Dickson College's talented dance class will be performing in the Ausdance ACT 2017 Youth Dance Festival this Friday 22 Sept at 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre. This year's theme is Right Here. Right Now. Come along and enjoy a great night of dance!

Tickets: https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/ausdance-act-2017/


posted on 20 Sep 2017

R U Ok Day & Menslink visit

This Thursday 14th of September is R U Ok Day! Mental health is important for us all, and it is important to remember to stop and ask each other how we are. It is even more important to genuinely listen!

In celebration of the day, come have a free sausage at lunch time on the deck outside the canteen.

Then at 2.30pm Menslink will be here to deliver their Silence is Deadly Program, and we would love to have a big audience of men for them. This will be held in N32/34.


posted on 13 Sep 2017

Parent Teacher Night Thursday 14 Sept 4.30pm - 7.30pm

We look forward to meeting parents and carers this Thursday.

Reports were sent on Friday with login details to book interviews. If you have not received your login details please call Dickson College for assistance. Phone 6142 0140.


posted on 11 Sep 2017

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......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIiiX_LzQRQ&feature=youtu.be


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

A copy of the presentation can be found here


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:

  1. When students can change classes
  2. End of semester dates (last date for absence notes, special consideration etc)
  3. Test week timetable
  4. 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

Happy holidays!

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.

https://bookings.parentteacheronline.com.au?school=kd9kd

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.

All welcome!


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:

  1. Staff Member position x 1 (24 months)
  2. Parent and Citizen Member position x 1 (24 months)
  3. 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 john.clink@ed.act.edu.au
  • 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

1. Go to http://www.bsss.act.edu.au/information_for_students/profiles_online

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.

BSSS requirements

  • 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

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.

  1. First talk to your  teacher and explain your concerns
  2. If your concerns are not allayed by your teachers’ response/action, please talk to the executive teacher in charge of the faculty
  3. 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

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

Congratulations to Michael Robertson (Year 12) who was presented with a Mathematics Medal by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove at Government house on Monday afternoon. Out of the 22,000  students participating in this competition nationwide only 27 receive medals. Michael was the only ACT student to receive a Senior Medal. Well done Michael!
Michael is featured in this weeks Canberra Chronicle. To read please follow the link below:
http://readnow.isentia.com/Temp/104026/683015154.pdf

Top 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

More Information:

ACEL New Voice Scholarships - Winners 2016

http://www.acel.org.au/ACEL/ACELWEB/Misc/New_Voice_Scholarships/Winners.aspx

MEDIA RELEASED

ACT educators recognised in annual ACEL ‘New Voice’ scholarships

https://www.acel.org.au/ACEL/ACELWEB/News/2016/ACT_educators_recognised_ACEL_scholarships.aspx

New Voice Perspectives – Transforming Education by providing for individual student needs and diverse backgrounds

http://www.acel.org.au/acel/ACELWEB/News/2016/New_Voice_Perspectives_04.aspx

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

What’s yours?

To contribute your idea please follow this link.


posted on 21 Oct 2016

Class Selection 2017

Semester 1, 2017 Class Selection is still Open through Edval

Class selection closes on: Friday the 14th of October


Please follow the links to see which classes will be offered by each faculty and a description of what the class is about.

Arts/PE

English

Humanities

Languages/ESL

Maths/IT

Science

Technology/Hospitality/Community Services

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 (ID#@schoolsnet.act.edu.au) 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 1 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 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

Happy holidays!

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!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DCrubyjubilee

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.

A copy of the schedule can be found here


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

Book online: https://bookings.parentteacheronline.com.au?school=kd9kd

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


DC40th

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

Class Selection

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.

Arts/PE

English

Humanities

Languages/ESL

Maths/IT

Science

Technology/Hospitality/Community Services

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 (ID#@schoolsnet.act.edu.au) 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