Principal's Report - Tuesday 28th July
Last week we installed two 'movable' goal posts on the front oval. At June's School Council meeting, the SRC requested that this idea be considered and at the July meeting, it was approved. While there has been a tradition of no football on the front oval, it was believed by all councillors that football does not in any way denigrate the memory of fallen soldiers and in fact, there is a strong connection between military personnel and Australian Rules Football. The goal posts can be moved with ease to avoid any one section of the oval becoming worn and at no stage will the goals be close to the memorial garden and flag pole. It was wonderful to see many students out on the oval kicking the footy, not an hour after they were installed. Thank you to Steve Bouts and student Corey Trevena for installing them.
Welcome Back Tahlia
This week Mrs Tahlia Avery (nee Williams) resumed work at DMSC. Tahlia is taking over Mrs Walsgott's classes and we are thrilled that she is back amongst us, having enjoyed the last six months on leave.
Parent Survey and Prize!
This week some families will receive the Parent Opinion Survey conducted by the Department of Education. We value your feedback on all areas of the school's business and I ask that you take the 10-15 minutes to complete the survey.
The survey is anonymous, however you are asked to complete the details of your student on the removable slip on the back of the envelope. We will use this slip as your entry into the draw. The prize is a hamper of mixed goodies!
Surveys are due back at school by Monday August 3. Prize will be drawn on Monday and announced in next week's Hilltop.
CSEF - Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund
This is another reminder that the CSEF is available to eligible families. If you have a valid Health Care Card, or are a foster parent, you will be eligible to apply for the CSEF. The fund pays $225 for each eligible secondary student. Please contact Kaye in the office if you have any questions regarding this fund. Applications close on September 18. (Families may only apply once per year.)
This week we only have one bus running to Horsham. There are no casual places left on the bus, so students wishing to use the service will need to make alternate arrangements. It is also timely to remind all students and their families that while on occasions there are spare seats, there are also times when your son or daughter may not be able to travel on our buses. Please remember this when making plans about getting to work or sport training in Horsham.
DMSC has long had a policy whereby students are permitted to bring their phones to school. However, there have been occasions in recent times where students have been texting in class, playing games and several students have actually taken calls whilst in class! As you can imagine, this is incredibly disruptive and disrespectful to the teacher and other students who are trying to teach and learn. If a student is using their phone inappropriately in class, the teacher will ask for the phone, to then be collected by the student at the end of the day.
I am asking for parent support on this matter, as if we don't have a more responsible approach to mobile phone use at school, we will be reconsidering our current policy.
Please speak with your son or daughter regarding appropriate mobile phone use at school and if you need to call, please do so during the break times.
Recess - 11.15am to 11.35am
Lunch - 1.10pm to 1.55pm
If it is an emergency, please always contact the office. We can quickly get a message to your child and also offer any necessary support.
On July 16th Year Seven student, Olivia Revell, participated in the School Sport Victoria, State Cross Country in Bundoora. Olivia finished 47th which was a great effort considering the depth of talent at state level. Well done Olivia.
This Wednesday, July 29, the VET Hospitality students are again hosting a restaurant night at DMSC. The menu looks superb and this is a great opportunity to experience an a la carte dining experience in your home town. Please phone the office to make a reservation - limited places are available.
Report Feedback Survey
We are very keen to receive your feedback on our new reporting format. Please complete the attached survey and return it to school as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.
Mrs Anne Gawith
School Production of Triptych
Thursday 10th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College Hall
Dinner and Show on Thursday evening.
Stay tuned for more details!