College Information

UNIFORM + TEXTBOOKS + CSEF

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UNIFORM
Buxwear

The Carrum Downs Secondary College Council and Uniform subcommittee has given careful consideration to the design of our uniform.  We have selected clothing that is comfortable, attractive and practical for students to wear to school each day. The uniform is designed to enhance the sense of belonging to our school and therefore is compulsory for all students.

Our aim is for students to represent Carrum Downs Secondary College in an appearance that is clean, neat and tidy, thus wearing our Uniform with pride. The complete uniform must be worn to and from school without any additional non-uniform jackets or hats.

  • The complete uniform must be worn to and from school without any additional non-uniform jackets or hats.
  • The only acceptable school shoes are traditional black leather lace up school shoes.
  • Vans, T-bars, Globes, Volley’s are NOT permitted.
  • A small amount of jewellery may be worn with safety being considered in all instances.
  • Extreme hair colours, extreme hairstyles and heavy make-up are NOT permitted.
  • Fake nails, heavy make up, nail polish and facial piercings are NOT permitted.


BUXWEAR

169 Cheltenham Road
Dandenong 3175
03 9792 0424
 

TEXTBOOKS
Campion Education

As a part of our commitment to providing the best possible educational outcomes for our students, the College has implemented a compulsory resource list. Students will be required to purchase all texts and materials for their subjects from the Campion Education resource list.

  • Some texts may be available second-hand for purchase via the Sustainable School Shop however, care needs to be taken to buy the correct edition of the book. Where there is more than one edition, the edition required has been specified on the resource list.
  • Items shown under “Optional Stationery” are, as it says, optional – there is no requirement by the College for you to buy these unless you wish.
  • The items to be purchased for some subjects are for Semester subjects, which will be taken by students at different times of the year. If the student is not taking one or more of these subjects at the very beginning of the year, these items should be put away safely until they are needed in Semester 2.

CAMPION EDUCATION

88-92 Waterview Cl
Dandenong South 3175
1300 433 982
 
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CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) is an annual payment to the College tobe used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of the eligible student. Secondary school student rate: $225 per year. Parents/Guardians must be a holder of Veterans Affairs Hold Card, or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holder. Temporary foster parents are also eligible.

Buy and sell second-hand uniform and textbooks with the Carrum Downs Secondary College Textbook/Uniform Buy And Sell Facebook Page.

CARRUM DOWNS SECONDARY COLLEGE TEXTBOOK/UNIFORM BUY AND SELL

State Schools Relief are now selling reduced price school shoes from their Dandenong South store.  Parents and carers are welcome at the store and students can try on the shoes to check fitting prior to purchase. Extra wide fittings are available!

If you are experiencing financial hardship and require assistance with the Campion Education resource list, BuxWear uniform list or College charges, please contact the College Business Manager – Bev Boys as soon as possible.


STATE SCHOOLS RELIEF

1/8 Johnston Ct
Dandenong South 3175
03 8769 8400

If you are experiencing financial hardship and require assistance with the Campion Education resource list, BuxWear uniform list or College charges, please contact the College Business Manager – Bev Boys as soon as possible on 03 9788 9100.

COLLEGE PAYMENTS

Please click on the below for the 2021 CDSC College Charges Booklet for years 7 to 12.

BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD)

BYOD BENEFITS

From 2020 all students must bring their own personal laptop device to all of their classes. Students will be able to connect their devices to the school wireless and students will be provided filtered internet access whilst at school.

The College will grant access to the school’s wireless network, internet, Office 365 and printing. Any use of the wireless network entails personal responsibility as well as compliance with the Carrum Downs Secondary College Acceptable Use Policies.

Some benefits of students having their own devices:

  • Students can transport their learning everywhere – from school to home and anywhere else they are studying and learning
  • We need our students to keep up with technological developments and be prepared for a technology rich workplace
  • 21st Learning is personalised learning where students can access digital learning resources on demand
  • Students can manage their own learning and use Compass to communicate with teachers and submit assessment
  • Students can collaborate with others using tools such as Google Docs
  • Access to online/digital resources (eg. Edrolo, Kahoot, textbooks etc)
  • Reduce loss of class time caused by set up and collection of laptop trolleys
  • Devices are owned by students and can be used to meet personal needs as well as learning needs

BYOD OPTIONS

Option 1:
Students bring an existing device from home that meets our specifications.

Option 2:
Parent purchase or finance a new device from a supplier

Our Department of Education approved supplier Edunet (outlined below), handle the supply of devices for many schools and can provide advice about suitable laptops for school use. The College has no formal relationship with this vendor and receives no financial benefit if you choose to purchase from this vendor.

To access the Edunet portal go to: https://cdsc.technologyportal.com.au/
(Access Code: CDSC)

Option 3 (Financial Assistance):
The college will provide assistance to families who may not have the capacity to purchase or lease their own computer.

If you are having difficulty in acquiring a device please contact the front office and arrange an appointment with the Business Manager – Bev Boys.

 

DEVICE REQUIREMENTS

We accept a broad range of devices so that families have the flexibility to use their existing devices. We are aware that there are several cheap options available through large retailer, however our recommendation is to spend a little more to get a device that is hardy and will last through the stresses of school life.

Requirements:

  • The device must be a laptop computer with a keyboard
  • Screen Size must be above 10 inches and no more than 16 inch.
  • Laptop must be able to hold charge for the entire day (we will not support charging during school).
  • Tablets are not considered suitable devices as they are limited in terms of their functionality
  • Must have Antivirus software installed and up to date, software can be provided by the college or downloaded from the eduSTAR software catalogue
  • PC must have Windows 8.1 or newer installed
  • MAC Must have OSX/macOS version 10.12 or above installed

Further Recommendations:

  • Protective cover and or carry case
  • Covered by a warranty
  • Accidental Damage Insurance – Laptop screens are the most commonly damaged component and are often more expensive to replace than the cost of the insurance
  • Ensure lockers remain locked and devices are labelled or engraved with the students’ name and details

HOUSE STRUCTURE

HOUSES

HOLLOWS HOUSE
The Hollows House is named in honour of Fred Hollows, who was known for his work in saving eyesight in Australia and many countries around the world. We continue to support this cause through community work and fund raising for the Fred Hollows Foundation.
FLYNN HOUSE
The Flynn House was named after John Flynn. During his study to become a minister, John Flynn remembered the tough life of the outback where he was raised. This lead him to becoming the founder of the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service. His kind personality and determination saved many people’s lives and he should be recognised as one of Australia’s greatest heroes.
ANZAC HOUSE
The word “Anzac” has been a part of Australian thought, language, and life since 25 April 1915. Devised by a signaller in Egypt as a useful acronym for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps”, it quickly became a word with many uses and meanings. Here, at Carrum Downs Secondary College we are very proud to be able to use the name synonymous with the brave men and women of our country.
GILMORE HOUSE
The Gilmore House was named after Mary Gilmore, born near Goulburn, New South Wales. She became a teacher and a writer and was editor of the women’s pages of the Australian Worker newspaper. Gilmore went to Paraguay in South America to join a group of Australians who planned to set up a new colony, where everyone would be equal and would work together. She spent the rest of her life writing, doing her editing work and fighting for people who needed help.

ATTENDANCE

ANZAC HOUSE – 9788 9156
HOLLOWS HOUSE – 9788 9126
GILMORE HOUSE – 9788 9149
FLYNN HOUSE – 9788 9150
COLLEGE OFFICE – 9788 9100

CDSC has an attendance expectation of 95%. To help reach this goal the College employs a range of strategies, including:

  • Having four House Support Officers (HSO’s) who monitor student attendance
  • House and whole school awards for students with 95% and above attendance
  • End of year awards and vouchers for students who finish the year with 100% attendance
  • Student absence plans

If your child is absent, running late or if something arises during the day requiring your child to leave early, please ring the relevant House number and the HSO will sign your child in/out.

If you are aware that your child needs to depart early (e.g. pre-planned appointment), please send your child with a note in the morning, and they will then be able to meet you at the required time after signing out with their HSO.

The education department now requires parents wanting to take students out of school for an extended period of time to request permission in writing for the student to be away from school.

This must be sent to the Principal at least 1 term prior to the dates sought.

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