Principal's Report - Tuesday 18th October 2016
School Captains - 2017
Congratulations to Remi Kuhne and Kynan Clarke who are our School Captains for 2017. I am very confident that they will both be excellent leaders and ambassadors for DMSC and I am looking forward to working with them both next year. In fact, their first official function will be on November 11 when they will lead the school in a short service commemorating Remembrance Day.
I would like to formally acknowledge and thank our outgoing School Captains, Zoe Pilmore and Scott Polycarpou, who have both led our school with pride. Their duties are not quite finished; both will speak at the Year 12 Graduation Dinner and on Awards Night.
Peer Review – Final Report
Last night, the final report from our Peer Review was presented to School Council. Senior Education and Improvement Leader, Jo Day, attended our meeting and made some comments on the process and also commended the school on how the Review had been undertaken. School Council President, Robin Kuhne, stated that thanks and congratulations should be extended to the Leadership Team and all staff, for their contributions to the process. Our challenge now is to formulate a new Strategic Plan and set some goals that will see DMSC continue to build on its strengths into the future. Before the end of Term Four, we will have a new Strategic Plan and an Annual Implementation Plan for 2017.
Yesterday morning, the Class of 2016 took control of the whole school assembly. I was very disappointed to miss the “performance”, however I have received very positive feedback from staff. Their awards, singing and audio-visual presentation were all delivered in a fun manner and I believe that there will be rerun of at least the slide show, at the Year 12 Graduation Dinner on December 2nd. I look forward to seeing it then.
This Friday is the last official day of school for our Year 12s and after a few good-natured pranks, the group will head to Ballarat for a day of fun activities. Their last school excursion! Thank you to Year 12 Coordinator, Ms Lou Simpson, for organising this special day for the students.
Invitations to the Graduation Dinner were distributed today. It is hoped that all students will attend this celebratory dinner.
Good Luck to our VCE students as they embark on their final examination period and all the best to our VCAL students who all have different pathways ahead.
School Levies and Charges for 2017
Last night at School Council, it was decided to leave the charges for Essential Educational Items unchanged for 2017. The charge for the one-to-one laptops will also remain unchanged.
However the textbook charges will alter, with VCE students (Year 11 and 12) now asked to purchase their own textbooks. This means that there will NOT be an additional textbook charge for students in Years 11 and 12; students will simply pay for the books relevant to their subject areas. Students in Years 7-10 will still incur a textbook charge (unchanged from this year) as the school will continue to buy the necessary textbooks for each subject.
Please note that if your son or daughter in Year 10 studies a VCE subject, they may need to purchase a book for that class. More information regarding levies and charges and how you can order textbooks for VCE, will be distributed shortly. It is envisaged that we will facilitate a second hand book exchange/shop, enabling families to sell books to incoming students. If you have any queries about these changes, please do not hesitate to call and speak with me.
DMSC is a Child Safe School