Principal's Report - Tuesday 18th April 2017
I hope all students and their families enjoyed a very Happy Easter and a restful break from school. We concluded Term One with our Athletic Standards and it was a lovely sunny day that saw some excellent individual performances from students and also some wonderful displays of a positive “have a go” attitude. Thank you to Mr Watts and the other staff who assisted on the day – we have our Athletics Carnival this Friday, April 21, with parents and friends most welcome to attend.
Parent Teacher Interviews
On the last Thursday of last term, we held our first Parent Teacher Interviews for the Year. Most staff reported seeing the same, if not more parents than in previous years which was excellent to see. However if you were unable to come on that Thursday, please contact the school to make alternate arrangements to see any teachers, or to speak with them over the phone. We also received some positive feedback about our new Reporting system and again, if you would still like to provide some comments on the new format, there is still time to do so.
Hindmarsh Shire Youth Councillors
During the holidays, the new Hindmarsh Youth Councillors were formally inducted at a civic ceremony in Nhill. Mrs Sue Kuhnell accompanied me to the ceremony and we were very proud of our students. The three wards of the shire all have four councillors – with Dimboola being represented by: Kynan Clarke, Brittany Brooking, Venetia Kardogeros and Danni Haebich. We are sure that these students will represent their town and their school very well at the Youth Council meetings over the coming year.
Spirit of Anzac Tour – Rebekah Albrecht
During the first week of the holidays, Rebekah Albrecht participated in a Spirit of Anzac tour to Darwin and Singapore. Rebekah stated that is was an amazing experience and she will speak about the trip at our school Anzac Service on Monday afternoon. Please see in our newsletter photos of Rebekah’s trip. We are very proud of Rebekah – it was an excellent achievement to win this prize.
Farewell to our German friends!
This week marks the end of the stay for our three German exchange students. They settled very quickly into life in Australia and at our school and it has been a pleasure to host them here. Melina, Fabian and Paula will return home this weekend having made life-long friendships and our three host students will participate in a reciprocal visit to Germany at the end of the year. Thank you again to the Haines, Withers and Albrecht families for hosting the students and I am sure that Teo, Kaylee and Rebekah cannot wait until they head abroad later in the year.
School ANZAC Service – DMSC – 2017
Next Monday afternoon, we will once again commemorate Anzac Day with a school service. This year all students from both of the Dimboola Primary schools will join our students for this solemn event. The school captains from each of the three schools will have a role in the service. All students will be placing a small, red poppy on to a display board – spelling out the phrase. “Lest we forget”. Students will be writing a phrase or word which symbolises the sacrifices that many Australian soldiers made during all of the military campaigns, and these poppies will be placed on the commemorative board.
Parents, friends and community members are welcome to attend. The service will start at 2.30pm sharp so we ask that all are seated by 2.20pm. Please see the flyer in the newsletter for information regarding the Anzac Services at DMSC on April 25.
Year 7 – 2018 – Information Night
On Monday May 1, we will be hosting our Information Night for prospective Year 7 students for 2018 in the Health and Fitness Centre. We look forward to meeting the parents and students who will become (or continue to be) a part of our school. More information will be provided in later newsletters.
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