Latest on COVID-19
From our Acting Principal - Thursday 19th March 2020
It has certainly been an interesting start to my new role. COVID-19 has been front and centre of everyone’s minds, as we watch with concern how this pandemic is now impacting our lives. Classes have continued as usual and staff have been preparing for transitioning to remote learning. We will be using Edmodo to do this and guidelines will be sent home to all parents this Friday with their child’s report.
Updates regarding any possible changes to the normal school program are available on our school’s website. There are also links to the department’s website and to VCAA for VCE students. These can also be found of the school’s Facebook page.
I encourage all parents to make the choice that best suits their family situation regarding sending their child to school. If students are remaining at home, parents can assist their child with their learning by ensuring that they regularly check their classes on Edmodo. If hard copies of school work are required, please contact the school and this can be arranged.
What has been cancelled or postponed?
At the time of printing, it has been decided to cancel the Parent-Teacher Interviews that were scheduled for next Wednesday and the ANZAC Day school service on April 24, and to postpone the House Athletics Sports until further notice.
All camps and excursions have been postponed or cancelled and staff Professional Development sessions have also been postponed. The Health and Fitness Centre gym has been closed until further notice.
Introducing our Acting Assistant Principal
Congratulations to Mrs Charlotte Pyers, who will take on this role for the remainder of this term and all of Term 2. Charlotte will continue in her role as Head of Teaching and Learning and fulfil other duties associated with the job of Assistant Principal. I look forward to working closely with Charlotte and other members of the Leadership Team in the coming months.
School Council AGM
On Monday night, several new people were elected to positions on the 2020 School Council. Neil Zippel is the new President, with Teresa Smith taking on the role as Vice President. Charlotte Pyers is the new Treasurer and Gaynor Baker remains in the role as Secretary. Our new student representatives are Jack Kalms and Alex Zippel, who join Tess Robinson in providing student voice at our council meetings.
We thank Teresa and Lynley Robinson for the work that they have done over the past two years in their respective roles as President and Vice President.
Farewell to our German Exchange student
One of the unfortunate side effects of the coronavirus pandemic is that Hanna Robens, the Year 10 German Exchange student, must return home next week. This is about four weeks earlier than the planned departure, but we have been fortunate to have Hanna with us at DMSC, and she has visited all German classes to show students what life in her town of Lindau looks like and explain about her school. Tara Petschel is Hanna’s exchange partner and we are all hoping that life will have returned to normal by November, so that Tara can experience life in Germany.
Repaired Long Jump Pit
Three of our VCAL students have helped to improve the Long Jump pit as part of their VCAL work. Emma Baker, Jack Kalms and Hamish Sellens have worked hard over the past two weeks to install wooden casing around the pit and level the sand. Thank you to these three students for showing initiative and seeing this project through to completion just in time for athletics training in PE classes.
National Gallery of Victoria Excursion
Students in Years 9 and 10 visited the National Gallery in Melbourne last Friday. This is a wonderful experience for rural students, who do not always have the opportunity to see world-class exhibitions. Thank you to Mrs Simpson, Mr Lister and Ms Fell for accompanying the students.
As we move into unchartered waters regarding COVID-19, be sure to look out for one another and take care.
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.