Together we Create the Future

WE VALUE QUALITY RELATIONSHIPS, LEARNING + DESTINATIONS

Carrum Downs Secondary College is a vibrant community of approximately 940 students across Years 7-12. We strive to empower our students to create their future, respect each other and grow academically and socially. By actively teaching and promoting the College values of Respect, Integrity and Effort, we maintain a positive, caring and safe environment where every student is given an opportunity to demonstrate learning growth.

Students are presented with a vast range of learning opportunities that cater for their diverse needs and interests. These include food technology and hospitality subjects (supported by experiences within Cafe263), performing arts and the annual production, sporting teams, leadership programs and various outdoor education camps.

Our passionate teachers follow a consistent lesson schema to maintain focus on academic success, as well as using the Resilience Project to foster positive relationships with students that support the emotional development of young people.

We have a vertical House system, which sees students allocated into one of the four Houses when they enter the school, and remain under the guidance of the same House throughout their journey at secondary school. This promotes connectedness to the school and builds strong relationships between students, their family and the College staff.

Our renowned SHINE program (Structured Help in Numeracy and English) supported by Monash University, demonstrates success in improving the outcomes for our students who require additional support in enhancing their Literacy and Numeracy skills.

Our recent investments in infrastructure will this year see the completion of a state-of-the-art multi-million dollar sports complex. This facility will further enhance our curriculum programs and ability to deliver outstanding opportunities for our students and greater community.

We look forward to sharing the Carrum Downs Secondary College experience with you and your family, and invite you to book a private tour. Carrum Downs Secondary College – where everyone grows.

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MARK GOW

PRINCIPAL

Mark has worked in a variety of leadership positions over his 30 year education career. He has had a great deal of experience in leadership, particularly in leading and fostering school change. Mark is passionate about ensuring that every student in our college achieves their personal best.

Hodgins, Jenni

JENNI HODGINS

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Jenni joined the CDSC team in November 2017 after a range of leadership roles. She brings a commitment to Building Practice Excellence to improve outcomes for all students and is experienced in Teacher Coaching. Jenni currently oversees Senior Years and Anzac and Gilmore Houses.

Melfi, Michael

MICHAEL MELFI

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Michael is a long standing member of the leadership team at CDSC, with his most recent portfolio being the important role of analysing school data for improving student outcomes. Michael oversees Flynn and Hollows Houses.

WELCOME TO CAFE263

DROP IN FOR A COFFEE, OR TAKE-AWAY!

We believe in fostering quality relationships so as to provide quality learning opportunities that can lead to quality destinations. We aim to empower young people to achieve their personal best and develop as responsible and creative members of the Carrum Downs community. Our core business is to educate our young people. We expect our teachers to provide real-life learning opportunities for our students with emphasis placed on teaching young people the value of life-long learning.

As part of our commitment to real-life learning, the college has a student run café and restaurant. All food produced in Café Salubrious is prepared by students studying Vocational Education and Training (VET) Hospitality and VCAL Café Operations. Students are also responsible for stock ordering, front of house service and budgeting. The café has been extremely successful not only in terms of student learning, but is also very busy with staff and student customers.

The college has identified the need to commercialise our senior school programs as a way to broaden the scope of learning opportunities for our students, embed strong transition processes to ensure our students reach positive destinations, and strengthen community partnerships. It is the college’s aim to provide a cafe where members of the local community can meet and enjoy quality food and beverages in a safe, friendly and modern café environment.

We also want our students to have authentic learning opportunities by preparing food and beverages for a wider customer base.  Our local youth will benefit most through having authentic learning opportunities and being prepared for the workforce. The college is very committed to providing our students with employability skills.

MCCORMICKS ROAD

8:30AM - 2:00PM WEEKDAYS

HOT + COLD DRINKS

SALADS + MEALS

SWEETS

FRESH PRODUCE

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