Carrum Downs Secondary College

A Message from the Principal

I have been involved with the Carrum Downs community for over five years now and in this time I have seen our college grow with a core focus on student learning and supporting our students to mature into young adults.

At Carrum Downs Secondary College we recognise that every student has individual learning needs. Our staff work in professional learning communities to identify the entry point for every student so they can engage in learning and are challenged at the appropriate level.

Our differentiated teaching program in Years 7-9 ensures we are targeting and supporting every student in our College and all students are being extended to maximise their potential.

Our core values of Respect, Integrity and Effort are lived every day in the work that we do to empower our students. I am particularly proud of the work we are undertaking around School Wide Positive Behaviours and the recognition we have received for the safe and inclusive environment we have created.

Our College offers a wide range of opportunities in curricular and extra-curricular programs, which cater for the diverse needs of our students.

We are currently in the process of building a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) centre, which will further assist our students with critical and creative thinking. This additional facility will support our recently completed Sports Complex and refurbishment of the college to provide high quality facilities for our community.

I am constantly receiving feedback from parents in regards to the support and care that our students receive from our highly professional and committed staff. I think this is a true indication of the type of school that we are and the inclusive environment that we have created.

I am proud to lead our College and support our community.

Mark Gow
Carrum Downs Secondary College Principal

Latest News + Events


Our School Vision

"CDSC empowers our community to build a successful future based on respect, personal growth and social inclusiveness. The College actively promotes a learning culture that is based on our college values of Respect, Integrity and Effort."


  • TUE 31st JAN: First day Year 7, 11, 12
  • WED 1st FEB: First day Year 8, 9, 10
  • THU 2nd FEB: Whole school assembly period 2
  • TUE 7th FEB: Year 7 meet and greet – 6pm in theatre
  • WED 15th FEB: Year 9/10 attendance info session
  • THU 16th FEB: Whole school swimming carnival
  • MON 20th FEB: School photo day ***including year 12 group photo
  • WED 22nd FEB – FRI 24th FEB: Year 7 camp
  • MON 27th FEB: School photo day ***catch-up day
  • TUE 7th MAR: Year 7 immunisations – 11am
  • WED 8th MAR: Open night
  • MON 13th MAR: Public Holiday (Labour Day)
  • WED 15th MAR – FRI 17th MAR: NAPLAN Year 7/9
  • THU 23rd MAR: NAPLAN ***catch-up day year 7
  • MON 27th MAR: NAPLAN ***catch-up day year 9
  • TUE 28th MAR: Parent teacher conferences ***no classes
  • THU 6th APR: Whole school fun run and last day of term 1
  • MON 24th APR: First day of term 2
  • 24th April – First day of Term 2
  • 23rd June – Last day of Term 2 
  • 10th July – First day of Term 3
  • 15th September – Last day of Term 3
  • 2nd October – First day of Term 4
  • 20th December – Last day of Term 4