Principal’s Report – 29th March
We’ve Made It!
Term One has flown and there have been many things to celebrate at DMSC. There have been some outstanding results in a variety of classes from students at all year levels and I have had many teachers comment that there have also been some outstanding examples of maximum effort! This is all we ask, that students do their absolute best, and aim to achieve academic growth. Not everyone will attain high grades, but if everyone improves, then our job is done. At our first assembly for Term Two, we will be presenting our first round of Academic and Values Awards for 2018.
All students should have received their Term One Report on Monday. If you have not seen your child’s report – please ask for it! We will be having Parent Teacher Interviews on the first Wednesday back, providing an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. If you cannot attend the interviews, please ring the school and ask to speak with the relevant teacher or Year Level Coordinator.
Athletic Sports – March 27
I would like to commend the many students who participated very well, again we saw some outstanding individual performances. We will be presenting the Individual Champion medals and announcing the winning house at our first assembly on Monday April 16. Parents are most welcome to attend the assembly, we commence at 8.45am.
Thank you to the staff and student helpers, it was a big day and a huge thank you to our willing parent volunteers, Karen Hunter and Petra Wolthuis, who managed the Long Jump pit all day. We really appreciate your commitment to making the day great for all competitors. Thank you also to Mr Jake Hobbs, our DMSC Sport Coordinator, who successfully ran his first Athletics Carnival!
On a slightly less positive note, I must express my disappointment at the students who chose not to participate on Tuesday. While I realise that there are a small minority who have an injury or who are unwell, we have an increasing percentage of students who simply opt out. I understand that not everybody loves sport, but we are very keen to teach our students that it is more important to have a go and attempt the things that they may not like, rather than just not turning up. Being prepared to move outside your comfort zone is a vital skill that all students will need as they move into adult life. I hope to see all of our students having a go at the Cross Country, which is our next whole school event.
Thank you again to the staff who accompanied our students on the various camps last week. Please see the photos and reports later in the newsletter.
Tonight is the night! I am looking forward to a wonderful event this evening and I know that a considerable amount of hard work has gone into preparing our Debutantes and their partners for the Ball. Thank you to our volunteer parents who have overseen the preparations, ably led by Jo Zippel. The hall looks superb, the country theme blends so well with the traditional formality of a Debutante Ball and I am sure it will be a memorable occasion for our students and their families. Thank you in advance to the many DMSC staff who are undertaking a variety of roles tonight, I know the students all appreciate your support.
I would like to thank all members of the DMSC community for their hard work and commitment to our wonderful school during Term One. Schools are incredibly busy places and too often we forget to stop and acknowledge the great work that is getting done each and every day. We are fortunate to have a very dedicated staff – teachers and educational support staff – all of whom want the absolute best for your children. I sincerely thank them for their collective efforts. Thank you also to the parents, carers and friends of the school, who continue to support the students to achieve their best. A quiet word to our Year 12s, remember that you need to be working solidly over the break, you now only have two full terms of school left to complete. Make sure that you finish all set holiday tasks and if you are having difficulties, use Edmodo to contact your teachers. I wish everyone a restful and happy Easter and I hope that all find some time to recharge before the business of Term Two begins.