Bushfire At-Risk Register
Bushfire At-Risk Register - Schools
Dromana College Procedures for the Bushfire Season
Fire danger ratings and warnings are used in Victoria to provide clear direction on the safest options for preserving life.
Schools and children’s services listed on the DET Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) will be closed when a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined in their Bureau of Meteorology district.
Dromana College has been identified as being one of those at high bushfire risk and is listed on the BARR.
Where possible, we will provide parents with up to four days’ notice of a potential Code Red day closure by letter, SMS message and also on our website at www.dsc.vic.edu.au A Code Red day will be determined by the Emergency Management Commissioner no later than 1:00pm on the day before the potential closure. Once we are advised of the confirmation of the Code Red day we will provide you with advice before the end of the school day.
Once confirmed, the decision to close will not change, regardless of improvements in the weather forecast. This is to avoid confusion and help your family plan alternative care arrangements for your child. It is also important to note that:
- No staff will be on site on days where the school is closed due to a forecast Code Red day.
- School camps will be cancelled if a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined for the Bureau of Meteorology district in which the camp is located.
- As a bus co-ordinating school all bus routes will be cancelled.
- Depending on which Bureau of Meteorology district is impacted bus route cancellations may affect our school.
On these Code Red days families are encouraged to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan – on such days children should never be left at home or in the care of older children. For those of us living in a bushfire prone area, the CFA advise that when Code Red days are forecast, the safest option is to leave the night before or early on the morning of the Code Red day.
As part of preparing our school for potential hazards such as fire, we have updated and completed our Emergency Management Plan,
What can parents do?
- Make sure your family’s bushfire survival plan is up-to-date and includes alternative care arrangements in the event that our school is closed.
- Ensure we have your current contact details, including your mobile phone numbers. Keep in touch with us by reading our newsletters.
- Most importantly at this time of year, if you’re planning a holiday or short stay in the bush or in a coastal area, you should check warnings in advance of travel and remain vigilant during your stay.
- If your child is old enough, talk to them about bushfires and your family’s bushfire survival plan.
- You can access more information about children’s services closures on the Department of Education and Training website – see http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/closures.aspx
For up-to-date information on this year’s fire season, visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the 24-hour Victorian Bushfires Information Line on 1800 240 667.
UNIFORM SHOP TRADING HOURS
Uniform Shop School Holiday Trading Hours
The Uniform Shop will be open during school holidays on
Thursday December 6 12.00pm – 3.30pm
Saturday December 8 9.00am – 1.00pm (pre booked fittings only)
Monday December 10 8.00am – 6.00pm
Tuesday December 11 8.30am – 6.00pm
Wednesday December 12 8.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday January 19 9.00am – 1.00pm
Friday January 25 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday January 29 9.00am – 1.00pm
Wednesday January 30 8.30am – 12.00pm (1st day term I)
Tuesday 11th July 1.00pm - 4.00pm (Second Tuesday of Term Break)
We look forward to helping you!
Dromana College Uniform Shop
Telephone: (03) 5984 7143
Full uniform is also available at our Beaconsfield store
Shop 4, Beaconsfield Hub
52-62 Old Princes Highway
BEACONSFIELD VIC 3807
Phone: 9769 9093
Beaconsfield Trading Hours
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm
YEAR 7 / 8 PROGRAM
The focus of our Year 7/8 program is on providing students with exposure to a breadth of subjects and learning areas. Dromana College has a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy, which is reflected across the curriculum; with all subjects undertaking extended timed writing tasks and having an explicit focus on developing students reading comprehension and problem solving skills.
We also recognise that the transition from Primary to Secondary school can be a daunting step and to support all of our students to transition smoothly we adopt a pastoral care approach. All Year 7/8 students have form assembly at the start of each day where they meet with their pastoral care teacher. This teacher is the first point of contact for parents and students and they will likely teach students for a core subject within the timetable. This means that Year 7/8 students are in the same class for all classes except their language elective, and will see one of their main subject teachers at the start of every day.
Dromana College also has a designated Year 7 area that for exclusive Year 7 use during recess and lunchtime. The majority of Year 7 classes will take place in the Year 7 area, with the exception of specialist subjects.
Dromana College operates on a two-week timetable, with form assemble and 4 x 72 minute sessions each day. The two-week cycle encompasses 40 sessions and is broken up as per the table below. Four Art and four Technology subjects are included within the program and students rotate through each of these four electives, completing a semester of each across Year 7 and 8.