These are the key dates through Term 1 at Don.
|TASC results emailed to students||18th December 2018|
|College office closes||21st December 2018|
|College office reopens||2nd January 2019|
|Confirmation of Enrollment||29th - 30th January 2019|
|Evening of Excellence||31st January 2019|
|Classes resume||6th February 2019|
|Interim Reports posted||21st March 2019|
|Parent Teacher (informal meetings)||27th March 2019|
TASC will email exam results to students on 18th December. If anybody hasn't registered their email address, or would like to change their address, this can be done at https://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/release-tce-results-via-email/ up until 17th December.
The marking process is very thorough, but ocassionally mistakes are made. If a student gets results that they are surprised by they can apply to see their exam paper and request a review. This process must be initiated by the student by completing the form at https://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/forms/request-queries/.
Once a student starts this process it is important to also contact the college, as teachers are able to support students through this process. This includes going through a paper with a student to check their answers for errors in marking.
An award winning musical and based on the smash hit motion picture, ‘Legally Blonde - The Musical’ is a fabulously fun journey with humour, wit and sass!! It tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of dreams. It tells the story of Elle Woods, who enrols at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. Through the story she discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others but no one has faith in her. She defies and exceeds their expectations without compromising her standards. The show is full of lovable characters who, together with Elle, celebrate diversity and inclusion, highlighting the relevance of this story to a 2019 audience.
Students participating in the show will be enrolled in the subject Musical Theatre 2 and auditions will commence early in Term 1. The show will be performed in June at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.
Follow the progress of rehearsals through the Facebook page at
During the last week in November the Don College Community Services class presented a visually engaging campaign in support of White Ribbon Day. The students collected donations of handbags to be displayed at the Devonport Community and Health Services Centre alongside student art and information about domestic violence. Each handbag is a statistical representation of a victim of domestic violence in Tasmania.
At the conclusion of the display, Don College students, in partnership with local service providers, filled each handbag with personal care items and each bag will be donated to a person who cannot return to their home due to partner and/or family violence.
Wandering through the exhibition of student artworks displayed around Don College, one cannot be more amazed by the variety of works and sheer talent exhibited by students this year. To stop and reflect about the thinking process and inspiration behind each creation provides an insight into creative young minds and their ability to capture what is in their minds eye.
Don College had many students (approximately 135) studying Art Production and Art Studio Practise, and with another 70 or so being non-pretertiary, the building was certainly a blaze of colour with lots of comments, such as “Oh wow, look at this”, echoing around the areas.
Seven of our talented students were honoured to be chosen to be part of ArtRage 2018.
ArtRage is an annual initiative of the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in conjunction with the college art teachers of Tasmania. This exhibition showcases the work of young artists from across the State in years 11 and 12 who are studying Art Production or Art Studio Practice as part of their Tasmanian Certificate of Education. These artworks have been selected by the curator from works shortlisted by the art teachers of the various colleges. The works exhibited reflect the originality of the individual students and the creativity that is encouraged by these schools. ArtRage also highlights the range of media and techniques these students use when telling us about the themes that have inspired them throughout the year.
The students that were chosen to be part of this travelling exhibition are:
Manisha Kernan - Art Studio Practice – “Memory in Your Eyes” - Graphite and Watercolour
Jordan Gotts - Art Studio Practice – “Stokes” - Paint, pencil & plaster
Katelyn Geard - Art Studio Practice – “The Memory” - Charcoal and graphite, and her sculpture
Eleanor Dykstra - Art Production – three works featuring Pyrography on wood
Casey Hanson – “Shreds of Imperfection #2” - Charcoal on paper
Mitchel White - Art Production – “Finding Isolation”
The idea behind his concept was to create images that represented themes of isolation and loneliness using a minimalist style with high contrasting elements
Jack Murfet - Art Studio Practice – “Arca” - Installation and video display focusing on the concepts of identity, faith & culture
Congratulations to Katelyn Geard, the recipient of the Abel Tasman Art Prize this year. The prize winning piece was her self portrait.
The prize was initiated by the Dutch Australia Society in Tasmania in 2000 to celebrate the bonds between The Netherlands and Tasmania and to foster a relationship with the municipality of Grootegast, the birthplace of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. It is a reciprocal award, with the Tasmanian winner spending three weeks in the The Netherlands one year, and the Dutch winner spending three weeks in Tasmania the following year.
On recieving the prize Katelyn said:
"Thank you to Kingborough Council and The Dutch Australia society for making this opportunity possible, thank you to my parents and my art teachers over the last two years for supporting me and pushing me to break out of my comfort zone and take risks, I wouldn't have received the award if it wasn't for them."
Grade 10 students from our feeder schools visited on 4th December for a taste of college life.
Start Day is an opportunity for students enrolled for grade 11 next year to get a taste of the subjects they have enrolled in and meet their teachers. Students bussed in at 9 am and attended 3 classes. A BBQ lunch was provided at midday.
Vocational Educational and Training (VET) programs offer hands on learning with real life training that provides students with the skills and knowledge to enter the workforce or take on further educational opportunities. VET programs contribute points towards the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) and are a major part of our curriculum. Nearly 70% of students take part in some area of VET training and 40% study and gain full qualifications.
VET programs offered at Don College, as a member of the Tasmanian Secondary Colleges Registered Training Organisation, are nationally recognised. All VET qualifications are developed and revised in consultation with industry. Staff who deliver and assess qualifications have current industry experience and liaise with industry in the development of their teaching plans. Training generally takes place in a simulated work place environment and many students participate in industry based work placements for a period of a week up to several weeks depending on the training package. Students undertake a number of units that when completed will enable them to achieve a full qualification. Students who complete less units will achieve a statement of attainment.
VET programmes usually run for 300hrs which allows students to select two other subjects for full time study. In some cases it is recommended that students undertake suitable subjects in the areas of Mathematics and English in conjunction with their VET program should there be a need for additional support in these areas. See the VET booklet for details.
This short video covers some of the misconceptions many of us have about VET qualifications.
Years 11 and 12 are special in many ways. For students it involves getting used to a more adult learning environment and for most it also means getting used to a new school. The subjects they study become more demanding and many subjects involve external assessments and exams. Students also have to make more decisions about subject choices and what plans they have for the future.
College staff are always ready to help students (and their guardians) navigate these years.
The Department of Education have a web page dedicated to years 11 and 12, which provides basic information for parents at https://www.education.tas.gov.au/parents-carers/school-colleges/years-11-12/