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From our Acting Principal - Thursday 25th June
Tomorrow marks the end of what will go down in history as a term like no other.
Our school community has worked through many challenges and changes to ensure that everyone stayed safe while coronavirus was a risk. I hope that students, staff and parents look back on the experiences of the past three months and reflect on all of the positive things that have happened. The stronger connections and relationships that have been forged will hopefully continue to be nurtured once the social restrictions are eased.
These were held yesterday via phone conversations due to the renewed restrictions, and I have already heard positive feedback from some parents and staff regarding the valuable discussions that took place in the very short period of time that was allocated to each meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in this new format.
DMSC has been very fortunate to have the membership for this extremely informative information source made available to the school community by Uniting Wimmera School Focussed Youth Services. This resource is available to all students and families free of charge. It contains short sessions from education experts and deals with issues such as exam jitters, poor sleep, anxiety and many other topics that are relevant to both parents and students. I encourage everyone to have a look at the detailed list that can be found later in the newsletter, and to take some time during the holidays to have a look at this resource.
On Tuesday our Year 10 to 12 students participated in an online version of the Careers Day that is usually held at Longerenong College. Despite some technical challenges, our students were able to hear some advice from numerous experts in their field about possible career pathways. Thank you to Mr Werner for organising this event and ensuring that all students had access to the information sessions that were of interest to them.
Exams for senior students
These will be held during the first week of Term 3 and students in Years 11 and 12 are encouraged to use some of their holiday time to revise the work that has been covered during this term.
Newsletter day change
This will be our last Thursday newsletter. Feedback from students after remote learning indicates that they appreciate having the outline of work that is due for the week made available to them at the start of that week. The homework checklist page for the coming week will be published each Friday in the newsletter and also made available on each Edmodo year level page. Parents will be able to use this to help them keep track of the work their children need to be completing.
End of term celebrations
Tomorrow is a “Back-to-Front” free dress day. Staff and students are encouraged to wear their clothes the wrong way around or back-to-front, just to have a bit of fun. We will hopefully enjoy some comical outfits when we have our free BBQ lunch and join in activities on the oval or the Dimboola Kahoot in the hall. Prior to this, students will be presented with academic and effort awards for their work during remote learning. Remember that school finishes at 2.30pm tomorrow.
I wish all of our staff and students a restful and enjoyable holiday. While we may not be able to travel far, I encourage everyone to have a break from school work and re-charge their batteries. Be sure to stay safe and appreciate being with family and friends.
Bushfire At Risk Register
Our school is on the Bushfire At Risk Register (BARR).
Schools on the BARR must close on a determined Code Red day in their weather district. No staff will remain on site and all out-of-school care programs (including vacation, before and after school programs) will not operate on such days.
As a bus co-ordinating school all bus routes will be cancelled.
Senior Pathways Options
VCE, VCAL, SBAT, VET
A short video on Senior Study Options.