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From our Acting Principal - Thursday 28th May
Welcome back to our Senior Students
It was wonderful to be able to welcome our Year 11 and 12 students back to on-site learning on Tuesday. Staff joined the students outside the Memorial Building to say hello and the smiles on everyone’s faces reminded us all of what we had been missing during these past two months.
Many staff are reporting that their students have done a great job with keeping up-to-date with their remote learning and that they have been asking for help when they are unsure. Some students have actually revelled in their new-found independence with remote and flexible learning because they can do their school work when it suits them. Once all student return to on-site learning at school, we will be asking them to provide feedback about some of the things that they have enjoyed about remote learning and how these could be incorporated in their schooling in the future.
Transitioning back into a routine
With just over one week remaining of learning at home for our Year 7 to 10 cohort, I encourage all families to work towards establishing a routine that will assist the students to be able to get up early and ready for school when June 9 comes around. Many students will need to re-adjust their sleep patterns, as feedback from the senior students tells us that they feel quite tired in the afternoon, now that they have returned to a normal school day.
If there are students who have been struggling with working from home, who feel that attending school during this final week of remote learning might help them to readjust, their parents/carers should contact the school to arrange this.
Staff Planning Day
Monday was a planning and curriculum day for all staff at DMSC. Preparations for the return of students and the handing over of some classes to different teachers once all students return were made. Staff also worked on the student reports, which will be distributed in the second last week of term, prior to the Parent-Teacher interviews on Wednesday 24th June. Details regarding the online booking system for these interviews will be made available once all students return to school.
Acting Assistant Principal
Mrs Charlotte Pyers will continue in her current role as Acting Assistant Principal for Term 3. Mrs Pyers will still oversee Teaching and Learning at DMSC during this period and I look forward to continuing our work together.
Landscaping of the demolition site
School Council approved the plans that have been drawn up for the landscaping of the demolition site at Monday’s meeting. It is hoped that by the start of Term 4, this barren area will be transformed into an oasis of green lawns, gardens, pathways and gazebos for all students and staff to enjoy when the warmer weather returns. Tenders will be sought for this work, with a plan for the work to be done during the Term 3 school holidays.
Other landscaping work has taken place around the school while our students have been learning at home and we thank Peter Hayes and Donna Baldock for their hard work in making this happen. Photos of their achievements can be found below.
Keep smiling, find time to laugh and stay positive!
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.