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Principal's Report - Tuesday 9th February 2016
Year Seven BBQ
What a lovely way to start the year! Last Wednesday evening, many of our Year 7 students and their families joined staff for a relaxed BBQ outside the Hall and canteen area. Once again Helen Polack provided an excellent meal – with homemade dips from Cat Clarke’s Hospitality students. A special mention to the staff who cooked the BBQ and to the many who were there to meet the parents and families. Thank you to the many families who attended and also to Year 7 Coordinator, Ms Marcy Britten, for her organisation of the evening. We look forward to seeing all families at school for future events.
Nicole to model in New York Fashion Week
Nicole Polycarpou and her mum Lisa, are still enjoying the sights and sounds of New York. Nicole has now been selected for New York Fashion Week which is an amazing achievement and we are sure both she and Lisa are very excited. Couture New York Fashion Week starts on Monday. Nicole will be modelling on the days February 12-14 and one of the designers is OMG.
However, before the main event starts, Nicole will have a day of trying fashion designs and fittings on February 11. What an experience!
In her time off, Nicole and Lisa have been to a couple of NBA basketball games and took a tour to the Statue of Liberty.
Well done Nicole, we are proud of your achievements.
Yesterday afternoon we hosted the first of our twice-weekly SMART Sessions. I was pleased to see that students from a range of year levels made the most of this wonderful opportunity. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend one of these sessions on either a Monday or a Wednesday afternoon.
Thank you to Mrs Charlotte Pyers who is overseeing the sessions, the many staff who are willingly volunteering their time and also to Mrs Helen Polack who is attending to the catering.
DMSC publishes Progress Reports at the end of Terms One and Three, and a more detailed report at the end of each semester. There will also be Parent Teacher Interviews on Monday March 21st. However, I encourage all parents to contact the school and their child’s teacher or Mentor, if there are any concerns regarding their progress. Early intervention is the best approach to ensuring that all students stay on track with their learning.
EXTREME Fire Days – Change in Policy
As I am sure all of you are aware, DMSC is considered a “high risk” school in terms of its vulnerability to a bushfire. This is because of the Mallee scrub which borders our school – an area that would be difficult to contain, should a fire get away.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) in association with Emergency Management Victoria have worked closely to develop new policy that will ensure Victorian schools are prepared for bushfire season. Currently when a Code Red Fire Danger Rating (FDR) day has been determined, schools on the Bushfire At Risk Register (BARR) are required to pre-emptively close. Our school is in the register.
Now, under a new policy developed by DET certain schools in exceptional circumstances may also pre-emptively close or relocate on days where an Extreme FDR day has been forecast.
A decision to close or relocate will only be made in extreme circumstances and through close consultation with the Department of Education and Training, and advice from Emergency Management Victoria.
Parents will be notified of any closure or relocation by 3.00pm the day prior to the forecast Extreme (FDR) day.
Our highest priority is the safety of all of our students and staff, and the Department and Emergency Management Victoria have worked closely on this policy to ensure that all schools are prepared for the bushfire season.
Any parents wishing to receive further information about this policy can contact Anne Gawith or Sally Klinge at the college.
It’s Not OK to be Away!
Please remember our goal of 100% attendance for every student this year. You can support us by making non-urgent appointments for your children outside school hours and insisting that your son or daughter attend every day, with the exception of when they are genuinely unwell. We do understand that on occasions, your child may need to attend a specialist medical or dental appointment and if they do, please let us know as soon as possible.
Mrs Anne Gawith