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Paul Aikman - Principal
At Donald High School we place a strong emphasis on our core values – Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Learning. Donald High School is located in the township of Donald, in the grain growing Wimmera region of Victoria in the North West of the state, 300km from Melbourne. Donald High is an established Year 7 – 12 school, serving the local Donald township of approximately 1,700 people and the surrounding farming area.

Donald is recognised state-wide as an outstanding school. VCE results over the past 10-15 years have been consistently excellent, which has resulted in our school regularly being ranked in the top non-selective public secondary schools in the state. We also consciously cater for all ability groups by providing flexible learning options. These include VCAL, School Based Apprenticeships and VET courses at the senior end of the school. We also provide Hands on Learning and days at the North Central Trade Training Centre for younger students. We believe that we set high expectations for our students, our leadership group is united in developing and implementing strategies to improve our school and overall we have very supportive staff, parents and local community.
Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Learning
The school continues to be strongly supported in the community.
The strong co-operative partnership with secondary schools in the area, partly through membership of the North Central Schools’ Cluster, continues to give benefits to our students. The development of video conferencing for educational use provides exciting opportunities for schools to extend their range of subject offerings. The school has forged close partnerships with Donald businesses, WorkCo, the North Central LLEN and Youth Connections. The staff continues to be highly dedicated and prepared to “go the extra mile” for students. They continue to maintain the strong educational ethos and values that the school built up over a long period of time. Currently we have 22 teaching staff, 5 educational support staff members, a business manager and an office assistant. The leadership within the school consists of the Principal, Assistant Principal and 2 Leading Teachers. They are supported by an elected Local Administrative Committee and School Council.

Enrolments have fluctuated between 170-185 over the past six years and projections for the next few years are within this range. In the past few years there has been an increase in student enrolments from outside our normal student catchment.
Beau Griffiths (Left)
Shannon McMillian (Right)
Chloe Frank (Standing)

Current Council Members

Parent members
Russell Hier
Angie Donnellon
Julie Slater
Karla Griffiths
Judy Chapman
DET (Staff)  members
Paul Aikman
Tony Cashin
Raeanne O'Shea
Karyn Goode
Julie Bond
Student members
Shannon McMillan
Beau Griffiths
A well-informed and effective school council strengthens community confidence in the school and helps to build and secure the school’s reputation.
Understanding the distinction in roles and responsibilities between school council and the principal supports the effective and efficient operations of the council and the school. School council powers and functions are set out in this policy.  Responsibility for all other aspects of running a school rests with the principal, with support from the Department and other members of school staff. 

Objectives of the school council

The objectives of a school council are set out in the school council’s constituting Order and section 2.3.4 of the Education and Training Reform Act and are to:
1. Assist in the efficient governance of the school
2. Ensure that its decisions affecting students of the school are made having regard, as a primary consideration, to the best interest of the students
3. Enhance the educational opportunities of students at the school
4. Ensure the school and the council complies with any requirements of the Education and Training Reform Act, the Education and Training Reform Regulations, a Ministerial Order or a direction, guideline or policy issued under the Education and Training Reform Act.
These school council objectives must be taken into account by school council members when exercising any of their powers, duties or functions.
Year 7 - 10Year 11 - 12
YEAR 7 – 10 CURRICULUM

The school curriculum in years 7-10 is based around the three AusVels strands listed below:

Physical, Personal and Social Learning Students learn about themselves and their place in society. They learn how to stay healthy and active. Students develop skills in building social relationships and working with others. They take responsibility for their learning, and learn about their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.

Discipline-based Learning Students learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the arts, English, humanities, mathematics, science and other languages.

Interdisciplinary Learning Students explore different ways of thinking, solving problems and communicating. They learn to use a range of technologies to plan, analyse, evaluate and present their work. Students learn about creativity, design principles and processes.

The school provides the following subjects from all Key Learning Strands in Years 7 – 10: • English • Mathematics • Science • The Arts • Health and Physical Education • Humanities (History, Geography) • Languages other than English - L.O.T.E. (French) • Design and Technology (Woodwork,Textiles, Graphics etc)

YEAR 7 & 8

All students study English, History, Geography, French, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Art, Home Economics, Graphic Communications, Textiles, Woodcraft, Information Technology. In Years 7 and 8 all students follow this Core Curriculum. YEAR 9 All Students do the following core curriculum subjects: English, Health, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, History. In Years 9 and 10 there is a small number of electives. Each student in Year 9 chooses between the studies of : • French or Geography • Home Economics or Art • Maths and Maths extension. In addition, all

Year 9

Students will attend the North Central Trade Training Centre (Charlton) I day per week. Students must choose two subjects from the following VELS Areas: • Metal • Wood • Visual communications(Graphics) • Textiles • Agriculture. YEAR 10 Students study a program of the following subjects English, History, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Work related Skills. Each Student chooses two subjects(one each from two blocks): • French , Geography or Information Technology • and Woodwork, Home Economics,or Art.

Year 10

Students also undertake a study of Unit 1 VCAL Work Related Skills, and may be offered the chance to study VCE Units General Mathematics. Year 10 and Year 11 students have an opportunity to complete a VET subject at the NCTTC for one day a week. Those not wishing to undertake VET studies are given the opportunity to remain at Donald High School and undertake studies in a VCE unit 1 and 2 subject.
YEAR 11 – 12 CURRICULUM

YEAR 11 VCE

All VCE students do English. Other subjects are student choice. Subjects generally offered at VCE level are Mathematical Methods, General Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, Economics, Studio Arts, Physical Education, Human Development, Geography, and Information Technology. Some students may elect to do unit 3 and 4 subjects. Students also have the opportunity to undertake VET subjects such as Automotives, Engineering, Hospitality, Agriculture and Multi-media.

VCAL

This is a more “hands-on” course and incorporates a VET subject and work placement. It is offered as an alternative to VCE studies at year 11 level. Students study work related skills, Maths, English and personal development 2 days a week at Donald High School. On the remaining days they undertake VET studies and work placement.

YEAR 12

Subjects offered at units 3 and 4 VCE level are decided by student choice and staffing: Common offerings include the following: English, Mathematical Methods, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, Geography, History, Information Technology, Human Development, Physical Education, and Studio Art. Through the NCTTC (Charlton) our students can study Agricultural and Horticultural Studies, Graphic Communications, Materials and Technology, Systems and Technology, Technological Design and Development. Other Units may be available by means of videoconference classes offered by other schools in our Cluster. Detailed outlines of VCE and VCAL subjects can be found in the relevant study designs on the VCAA website
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Jacob Werts
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Bernd Seggar
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Stuart Potter
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Christopher Poole
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Sarah O'Brien
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Sonja McLoughlan
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Kim Griffiths
Teacher
Karyn Goode
Teacher
Susan Gillahan
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Samantha Boyce
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Julie Bond
Teacher
Jane Battersby
Teacher
Paul Aikman
Principal
Tony Cashin
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Raeanne O'Shea
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Thomas Walker
IT Support
Kathy Walker
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Karen Sheridan
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Rhonda Russell
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Geoffrey Rigby
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Carolyn Potter
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Cheyenne Parsons
Education Support
Mary Herben
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Megan Godkin
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Teagan Anderson
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Address: 2-16 Camp Street, Donald, Vic, 3480
Email: donald.hs@education.vic.gov.au
Phone: (+613) 5497 1205