Carrum Downs Secondary College

Where Every Student Grows

Principal's Welcome

I have been involved with the Carrum Downs community for over seven 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 out every day in the work that we do to empower our students. I am particularly proud of the work we are undertaking around student leadership and School Wide Positive Behaviours and the recognition and awards 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. We have already introduced STEAM subjects into our curriculum which have been very popular with our students. I am constantly receiving feedback from parents regarding 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
Mark GowPrincipal

Mark Gow

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.

Michael MelfiActing Principal

Michael Melfi
Acting 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.

Janette KalatzisAssistant Principal

Janette Kalatzis
Assistant Principal

Janette has led the House system at CDSC for a number of years and has driven the implementation of the SWPBS (School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support) framework and strategies for improving school attendance at the College. Janette is passionate about empowering students, families and staff to foster positive outcomes in connectedness, engagement and wellbeing.

Wendy SavageAssistant Principal

Wendy Savage
Assistant Principal

Wendy has been a leading voice in teaching, learning and curriculum development here at the College since arriving from the UK. Her recent foci have been the co-ordination of the VCE programs along with the further development of junior assessment and homework procedures. Wendy’s passion for improving student’s futures, through positive educational experiences, is evident in her interactions with our students as well as the work she does to empower our staff to develop their teaching capacity through collaborative practices.