Yearbooks, T-Shirts & Hoodies

There is still time to pre-order a 2020 Yearbook, grab a fresh DC T-shirt & set yourself up with one of Canberra's hottest Hoodies.  Get a T-shirt for $12, or go the T-shirt + Yearbook combo for $25.  Just a Yearbook will set you back $18 and hoodie will cost you $60.

Come see the front office staff for all the merch!

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Online safety webinars for our parent and carer community

The education team at eSafety has been working on a new free webinar series for parents and carers, to be delivered live in 2021.

The demand for our popular parent and carer webinars in 2020 prompted us to develop the 2021 series to support school communities.

Each term, we will offer a new topic that will run numerous times. These webinars will provide parents and carers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support their children to have safe, positive online experiences. This is especially important in an era when we are all online more than ever before.

The Term 1 webinar topic is eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. This will be offered five times over the term. We will let you know when the topics for the following terms are announced.

Attached is eSafety’s 2021 webinar schedule. We would be grateful if you could note the dates as you start planning the year ahead, then advertise them in 2021 through your communication channels with parents and carers.

Thank you in advance for your support. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

- Lucy Kimpton
Senior Outreach Coordinator
02 6219 5341

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Get Job Ready Pack

For many young people years 11 & 12 is the time to begin their journey into paid employment. The 2020 Get Job  Ready Pack is designed to answer all the very basic questions that most young people (and plenty of older people) ask when starting work.

Topics included are:

  •  What is a TFN?
  •  Where do I get a TFN?
  •  Why does my boss ask for a TFN?
  •  How does tax work?
  •  Why do young people often get tax refunds?
  •  What is the "tax free threshold"? When do I claim it?
  •  What forms will my boss ask me to complete on my first day?
  •  Am I eligible for super?
  •  How much is super?
  •  Where does my super go?
  •  How do I check my pay slip?
  •  How do I write a resume when I don't have much experience?
  • How do I get a Christmas casual job?

Take a moment to click the link below and find answers to all these questions and more.  

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Automotive VLO

Congratulations to Charlie Hosie Year 11 who successfully completed a Vocational Learning Option each Friday during Semester 2 at CIT Fyshwick.

Charlie received competencies toward a Certificate III Automotive and gained a broad insight into the industry.

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Navigating the Aged Care System

Do you, or a loved one need help navigating the aged care system? If so, there is help available. 

The ACT Disability Aged Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS) is working with the Council on the Ageing (COTA) to see how people are navigating aged care home services and support through My Aged Care (MAC).


Eligibility to access MAC is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or older, all non-Indigenous people aged 65 years or older and Prematurely Aged individuals (50 years or older for non-indigenous people and 45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples).


ADACAS Aged Care Navigators provides a free My Aged Care information service to eligible individuals, their families and carer’s, in person, by phone or by video-link. We can also coordinate the help of the Translating Information Services for people from linguistically diverse backgrounds or with auditory impairments.


To start making enquiries about your aged care plans please contact Ken at ADACAS on 6242 5060 or

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Woman's Weaving

We are so lucky at DC to have an amazing Indigenous Education Engagement Officer, Aunty Jenny Dries, who is a Kaurna-miinya woman from Adelaide Plains, and a traditional basket weaver.

Over this year, Aunty has continued to teach many members of our community the art and skills of coil basket weaving. This started with close mentoring relationships between aunty Jenny and some of our Aboriginal students regularly meeting. This year this has expanded to include many non-Indigenous students as well and they meet regularly on Friday afternoons in our Yumalundi Room. Aunty Jenny also works in our high schools in this network and is now taking our Aboriginal student leaders to help assist her in weaving at our high schools and Primary Schools. Amazing work Aunty! What a community!

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Inner North Cluster Indigenous Celebration

Thank you everyone who made this amazing Inner North Cluster Indigenous Celebration and NAIDOC Week 2020 extra special! What an amazing community we have!

We started out with amazing performances by our very talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on Tuesday. This year our cluster celebration fell during NAIDOC Week and all DC students had the honour of getting involved and watching as well as our amazing student volunteers who helped out throughout the event – thank you!

Day 2 of celebrations at Lyneham High. There were 5 workshops with Aboriginal artists:

  • Aunty Jenny Dries, Kaurna-minya woman, doing traditional basket weaving and memory sticks;
  • Kalara Gilbert, Wiradjuri woman, doing stencil art;
  • Leah Brideson, Kamilaroi woman, doing a community mural artwork on 12 canvas (one for each cluster school and UNEC);
  • NGA curators and Shane Nelson, Wiradjuri and Walgalu man, creating collage works inspired by the gallery’s Aboriginal contemporary works;
  • and Lyneham students making wattle seed balls.

Day 3 was a traditional dance workshop with Aboriginal dancers, Joe Chapman-Freeman and Robbie-Joe Robinson Whyman, and Turner Primary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

PHEW! So much fun. See photos attached.

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Below are some videos to understand the meaning of Country to Aboriginal people


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US Embassy Ceremony

The leadership excellence award celebrates the tremendous contributions of Eleanor Roosevelt and honours women’s leadership within the US-Australian alliance.  In November this year, Dickson College student Cathy Lin was invited to attend this important event held at the US Embassy.

"On Tuesday night, I was lucky enough to visit the US Embassy to watch Minister Marise Payne receive the US Mission Australia Awards for Leadership Excellence. It was inspiring to hear the contributions of Minister Payne to our countries’ alliance, and see how the legacy of Elenor Roosevelt can be continued. Attending this ceremony further enhanced my understanding of international relations, and was another important resource for helping me decide my future pathways. I am grateful to the school for giving me the opportunity to attend, and thank the United States ambassador to Australia Mr Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. for hosting us Canberra students at his residence. "

- Cathy Lin

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Music News

After not being able to play to live audiences most of the year, students finally got to perform in front of an audience at the music performance evening. The covid capacity crowd enthusiastically responded to a wide variety of music genres being performed from all the music classes. There was everything from a barber shop quartet to heavy metal. Thanks to all the students who were keen to perform as well as the hosts, Patrick and Harry. We look forward to hearing more performances next year.

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ICON Water Competition

Congratulations to Matt Kosec in year 11 for taking out the best under 18’s photo in the ICON water photo competition.

Each photo submitted aligned with one of the following themes:

  1. Water - our most precious resource
  2. Water - the environment and/or animals
  3. Floriade blooms in Canberra.

Matts photo “controlling” took out the category and a $1000 cash prize.

controlling - Matt Kosec

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Northside Spectacular

The annual North side Spectacular underwent some major changes this year, but it still went ahead in a virtual form. May students at Dickson would have been involved in years gone by through their North side high schools and primary schools. This year, the cast of the upcoming Spelling Bee musical (tickets are now available through Canberra Rep - 62571950) recorded an item as well as the Dickson Jazz band.

Use the link below to enjoy the show!

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S46 Gold Film Festival

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the S46 Gold end of year Media Film Festival! This year we showcased 11 films on the big screen at Palace Electric Cinema. Our students have worked so hard all semester to create their final films and it is such a wonderful way to celebrate the creative success of our talented and hard working media students!  

We had films from all genres including, sci-fi, thriller, drama and comedy; exhibiting creative writing, exceptional cinematography and post production editing skills.

 This year has challenged the problem solving skills of our students and they took it in their stride to create engaging and thought provoking films. We are so proud of all of our Media students. Congratulations on a wonderful film festival showcase!

- Shannon Kowalick

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Library News

Thank you to all students who have returned library resources and chromebook computers. The library is still open each day so there is time to return any items students may still have or find at home.

Congratulations to the winners of the Annual Library Writing Competition! Peri Darling, Jake Cardillo and Bella Parsonage Phelan each win $50 for their creative pieces. Their work will be displayed in the library and on the library website.

Best wishes to all our graduating Year 12s and happy holidays to all. We hope you have time to enjoy some great books!

- Lindy Hathaway and Melinda Jenkins, Teacher Librarians

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Giving Tree

Student Wellbeing would like to thank the DC community for their generous donations toward our Barnardo’s Giving Tree.

Shaun from Barnardo’s gratefully received our collection that will be passed on to vulnerable young adults.

- Alison Di Berardino

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Student Wellbeing Wrap Up

To all our Year 12 students: Farewell and congratulations!

The end of year 12 marks an important milestone; in what was a particularly challenging year, you have shown tenacity, determination, and grace. We wish you every success in your future endeavours - whether that be further study,  employment, or a well-deserved break.  It might seem daunting to go off into the next chapter of your life and face new challenges, but remember that growth begins at the end of your comfort zone. We hope that you continue to look after yourself and support one another and if you’ve learnt nothing else, seeking help is a skill for life! 

As always, you can seek support when you leave school from the following places: 

ACT Crisis, Assessment & Treatment Team (CATT)  Available 24 hours a day

1800 629 354 or 6205 1065

NSW Mental Health Access Line

1800 011 511 

Emergency Services

From Mobile phone




13 11 14

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

All the best, 

From Ella, John & Ryan

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Principal's Report - Celebrating Achievement

With only a few weeks left of semester it has been great to see students, teachers and families engaged in celebratory events to showcase student work. Just last night I was at the Palace Electric Cinemas to watch S46 Gold, a Media Film Festival showcasing the final short films made by our year 12 media students. It was fantastic to see student work displayed on the big cinema screen, congratulations to the students involved, I'm sure it was a thrill for you too.  

Every year without fail the talents of our students amaze me as do the skills and achievements of our fantastic staff. Last week Claire Sandrey, teacher of Interdisciplinary Inquiry, English and history at DC, was awarded an ACT ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leaders) Award for Educational Leadership for her work with the Interdisciplinary Inquiry Course. Claire is pictured below with her award along with David Matthews Acting Deputy Director-General (Right) and Kirk Zwangobani.

This week Sandy France, one of our music teachers at DC won a Canberra Critics’ Circle Award, for her most recent composition entitled FLIGHT MEMORY. FLIGHT MEMORY is a Jazz lyric suite retelling the story of the largely unknown Australian genius, David Warren. An engineer and inventor, David Warren invented the Black Box, the ubiquitous safety device that is now a mandatory requirement in aircraft around the world. FLIGHT MEMORY premiered at the Street Theatre in November 2019, and was directed by Caroline Stacey. You can view the piece here 

Also, this week students in SWAG (Sustainability and Waste Action Group) received a Student Leadership Team Award (Secondary) from Actsmart - Canberra, at the actsmart schools sustainability awards. In addition to this, Amelia Cox also received a Highly Commended in the Student Leadership (Secondary). 

Next week we will have our Semester 2 musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"  playing at the Canberra Rep Theatre with opening night on Thursday 10th Dec. So don't miss out on this one either, get your ticket directly from Canberra Rep by calling 6257 1950.

For our Year 12 students, the end of school is upon them and the life beyond school beckons. It is truly an exciting time for our school community, and I look forward to celebrating it with you, in person at our awards, and graduation events this year. 

- Craig Edwards, Principal

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Important Dates

  • 14th Dec
    • Reports & year 12 2021 timetables sent,
    • prospective year 11 timetables & orientation information sent
  • 15th Dec
    • SIEC Graduation
  • 16th Dec
    • Year 12 Graduation Rehersal (9:30 -10:30am),
    • Year 12 Awards Ceremony (11:00am)
    • Year 11 Awards Ceremony (12:00pm)
    • Electronic release of ATARS - BSSS profile online (11:00am)
    • Year 12 Graduation (5:00pm, Llewellyn Hall) 
  • 17th Dec
    • Year 12 Farewell Fest (6:30 - 10:00pm)
  • 18th Dec
    • Last Day of 2020 School Year
    • Electronic release of ATARS through UAC (9:00am)
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