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Principal's Report - Thursday 10th October 2019
I hope that all of our students and staff were able to enjoy a little rest and relaxation over the break – and that families could spend some time together. I squeezed in a few days in Tasmania – fortunately the three days that had the best weather!
Our Year 12 VCE and VCAL students participated in revision lectures or additional sessions here at school and I would like to sincerely thank our staff for the extra assistance that they so willingly provided. The last day for our Year 12s is Friday October 25 and the students will host their traditional final assembly first thing in the morning on that day. The VCE English exam is on Wednesday October 30, however we have two students undertaking their German oral examination today! We hope that Teo and Rebekah go well.
Congratulations to our Dimboola girls for their thrilling victory in the Wimmera League netball grand final. It was wonderful to see so many of the Dimboola community there to cheer them on and a large number of our staff. I know the girls appreciated the support.
In the last week of Term Three, our Year 10s were out and about on Work Experience. Many reported that they had a great week and some are hopeful of securing part-time work in the future. I would like to formally thank the many organisations and businesses that hosted our DMSC students, this is a most worthwhile program and we understand the impost that having a student on site can be. Thank you to our Careers Teacher, Mr Werner and Year 10 Coordinator, Ms Simpson who coordinated the program from our end.
Rededication of the Avenue of Honour and unveiling of the interpretive sign
This Sunday, we will be hosting a special event. Our Avenue of Honour will be rededicated to include the additional trees and we will unveil a new interpretive sign that documents the various memorials that are on our school grounds.
All members of the DMSC community are invited to attend and we ask that you arrive at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. At the conclusion of the ceremony, there will be afternoon tea served in the Hall. The afternoon tea will conclude at 4.00pm.
As mentioned in the final newsletter of last term, our Parent Opinion Survey results were incredibly positive. I would like to again thank the 47 parents who responded –this is a fantastic response rate and one we will endeavour to replicate next year. Each week I will share some of the results which have been benchmarked against the State. The maximum rating is the 100th percentile and you can see from the graphs below, that we are almost there in these three domains.
Things are progressing very well! Our building now has its external cladding on and the painters are also on site. Site levelling and drainage works are underway and we are still hopeful of a late October, early November completion date!
Cambodia Trip Information Evening
Just a reminder that the parent information evening will be on next Wednesday, October 16. Even if you have not returned an expression of interest form, you are still invited to attend. It will commence at 6.00pm in the Health and Fitness Centre.
Year 12 Graduation Dinner
Plans are progressing well for the dinner on November 22. Invitations will be distributed to students soon and tickets will be available for purchase from the office.
Staff and Student Profiles
This week, we are featuring staff member, Louise Simpson and Year 9 students, Demi Porter and Tonnis Wolthuis.
I hope you are enjoying reading about some of our DMSC family each week.
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.
We are a Sun Smart school.
A reminder that all students must wear a DMSC wide-brimmed hat in Terms One and Four. Only DMSC hats are acceptable, no caps can be worn.
Hats can be purchased from the office.