Principal's Report - Tuesday 17th November
Vale Sara Hunter
As I am sure most of our school community know, former student Sara Hunter was tragically killed last week. We have all been deeply affected by Sara's untimely passing and we have been offering support to those students - both current and past - who have been in need of assistance. Next week, I would like to publish some recollections from our students who were dear friends of Sara.
Sara was a valued and respected employee of the Horsham RSL and I would like to announce that they have made contact with the school and would like to sponsor an annual award - 'The Sara Hunter Hospitality Encouragement Award'. This inaugural award will be presented to a worthy recipient at this year's Awards Night and I will be liaising with the Food Technology and Hospitality staff regarding a suitable recipient. My heartfelt thanks to the Horsham RSL, as their generous gesture will ensure that Sara's memory and her commitment to her chosen vocation, is remembered and acknowledged every year.
Last Wednesday's service was a most fitting commemoration of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our 2016 School Captains - Zoe Pilmore and Scott Polycarpou, together with Year 10 student, Chloe Kalms, made excellent addresses to the gathered school population. I was immensely proud of our students as they displayed the utmost respect at this time of quiet reflection.
Given the recent tragedy in Paris, it is timely to give thanks for the quality of life we enjoy in rural Australia. While we can never let down our guard, the freedoms we enjoy are an impossible dream for many people around the world. At DMSC, we endeavour to teach our students tolerance, understanding and empathy for those less fortunate than us. Attached to today's newsletter is some advice around supporting your son or daughter if they are feeling upset by the atrocities committed in the French capital. Please contact our Student Wellbeing Coordinator, Mrs Sue Kuhnell, if you feel that your child is adversely impacted by the recent events.
Last Wednesday, we welcomed the majority of next year's Year 7 class to DMSC. We are enrolling students from five different schools and it was wonderful to see the students make new friendships as they familiarised themselves with their new setting. The students return for a second day of orientation this Wednesday and they will have classes in Art, Metalwork and Science. Thank to Mrs Anna Exell who is our Year 7 and Transition Coordinator and thank you also to all staff who ensure that the Year 6s transition experiences at DMSC are very positive.
The Year 12 Exams are complete! Our students have successfully navigated their way through three weeks of exams and now we wait until results are released on December 14. I would like to thank our VCE Coordinator, Mrs Charlotte Pyers, for ensuring that the examination period ran smoothly and a special thank you to our three exam supervisors. Firstly, to Mrs Wendy Byrne who is our Chief Supervisor and she was ably assisted by both Wendy Glover and Bronwyn Hastings throughout the exam period.
I look forward to celebrating the collective successes of the class of 2015 on Graduation Night - Friday December 4.
This Wednesday, our Year 11 and Year 10 exams commence. Students are encouraged to be well prepared for these final assessments. In the coming three weeks, we will be running our orientation programs for both the Year 11s progressing into Year 12 and the Year 10s transitioning into Year 11. All students are expected to participate in their respective orientation programs.
Parent Survey - REMINDER!!
Many thanks to the families who have returned their surveys, your willingness to provide feedback about our great school is appreciated. Can I please ask that if you still have your survey at home, could you please complete it and return it to school as soon as possible. Kaye and Donna have a great supply of treats for your son or daughter when they hand their survey in!
Congratulations to our DMSC students and staff member who rowed in the annual Dimboola Regatta. Students, Britany Warner, Emma Griffiths and Amy Pilmore rowed in their first ever competitive event. They finished a most respectable third. Staff member, Cat Clarke also rowed in several events across the weekend and we are also proud of her efforts. Please see the photos later in the Hilltop.
Year 8 Camp
Tomorrow, our Year 8s head off on their annual camp to Ocean Grove. It looks like they are in for magnificent weather - perfect for surfing and other coastal activities. Thank you to Year 8 Coordinator, Miss Kristin Klinge, who has overseen the arrangements for this camp. There will be a full report and photos from the camp in next week's Hilltop.
On Thursday November 26, we are hosting the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, The Governor of Victoria. We are thrilled that our school has been chosen as a place to visit and not only will we be giving the Governor a tour of our school, we will also be providing lunch for her and her official party, including all of the Hindmarsh Shire Councillors. Our 2016 School Captains, Zoe Pilmore and Scott Polycarpou, will be the official tour guides on the day. Resident chef Cat Clarke, will oversee the catering for the event, ably assisted by her Year 8 Food and Technology class. We are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase all of the wonderful things that we do here at DMSC.
Mrs Anne Gawith