Principal's Report - Tuesday 25th August
NAPLAN Results - Super Growth!
Over the past week, staff have been studying the NAPLAN results for our students in Years 7 and 9. Last year, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College was the only government secondary school to show exceptionally high growth in both literacy and numeracy - and it is with much pride that I say that this year, our data is equally as good, in fact in two areas, Spelling and Numeracy, it is better!
This means that DMSC is doing a tremendous job in value adding to students' skills. Irrespective of where our students start in Year 7, by the time they sit the NAPLAN again in early Year 9, their skills have improved considerably.
I would like to congratulate all the staff at DMSC for their tireless efforts. The teaching of literacy and numeracy does not just happen in English and Maths classes, but all subjects teach components of these vital skills.
If you have any queries regarding your child's NAPLAN results, please don't hesitate to contact the school.
Last Friday, all staff were involved in professional development here at DMSC. Dimity O'Bryan from the Wimmera and Southern Mallee LLEN presented a session on successfully working with all students within a school.
She focussed on the fact that all students are different and come from different backgrounds and experiences, but all have the capacity to learn and achieve success at school.
In the afternoon sessions, staff worked with their colleagues to develop Unit Plans which outline the content of work to be covered in the various subject areas. It was a most successful and productive day.
A special thank you to Mandy Pitt who catered for the day, starting with breakfast at 7.15am!
Last week we celebrated Science Week with a range of fun activities. There is a full report later in the Hilltop, but thank you to Mrs Vercoe, Mr O'Neill, Ms Tellbach and Mrs Bell for their organisation of the events. Congratulations to the winners of the various competitions.
Well done to Jack Werner for winning the Dimboola Golf Club's "Winter Cup" event. Jack is a very keen golfer and it is great to see him experience some success. Congratulations also to Alex Barber who was the recipient of the "Blue Ribbon Award" during last week's football round.
Many DMSC students under the guidance of Mr Throssell, have been rehearsing tirelessly for our upcoming school production. Tickets are now on sale for the dinner show on Thursday September 10, so please phone the office to reserve your seats. This year's collection of three short plays is promising to be a huge hit!
Lab Tech Professional Development Day
This Wednesday we are hosting many Science Lab Techs for a day of professional development. It is exciting for us to welcome these visitors to our school and also to showcase our wonderful facilities in our Science and Language Centre. Thank you to Mrs Sue Bell for overseeing the arrangements of this day.
Don't forget to note September 2nd on your calendar for the DMSC VET Hospitality students' degustation dinner. A degustation meal involves a series of smaller courses, allowing guests to sample a wider range of culinary delights! Bookings are now open and can be made by calling the General Office.
CSEF - Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund
This is another reminder that the CSEF is available to eligible families. If you have a valid Health Care Card, or are a foster parent, you will be eligible to apply for the CSEF. The fund pays $225 for each eligible secondary student. Please contact Kaye in the office if you have any questions regarding this fund. Applications close on September 18. (Families may only apply once per year.)
Mrs Anne Gawith
Thursday 10th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College Hall
Dinner and Show on Thursday evening.
Stay tuned for more details!