Principal's Report - Tuesday 25th October 2016
Last Day for Year 12s
Last Friday we farewelled the Class of 2016. The students attended school early in the morning to set up some of their pranks – water pistols, glad wrap, cars blocking gates – but all was carried out in good spirits. The students had cleaned up their mess and departed for a day in Ballarat by 9.30am. Thank you to Lou Simpson and Mahesh Sarup for accompanying them on their final school excursion.
Earlier in the week, the group presented their “Staff Tribute” video to the students and staff and they also presented their Awards for the year. For our VCE students, the English exam is tomorrow, with the exams in other subjects to occur over the next three weeks. For our VCAL students, their exams were last week, so they are now all embarking on their chosen careers – be that further training or employment. I am looking forward to officially “graduating” this group on December 2nd at their dinner.
This Thursday night, I will be attending the official launch of the Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan for 2016-2020. Assistant Principal, Sally Klinge and Student Wellbeing Coordinator, Sue Kuhnell will also be attending the dinner. On Friday, I will then be participating in the Marrung Forum which will be held at the Horsham Golf Course. DMSC 2017 School Captain, Kynan Clarke, will be one of the panel members at the Forum on Friday. Kynan will be asked to contribute some of his insights and will also respond to questions. We are very proud that one of our school leaders has been chosen for this event.
Marrung is a new framework for the education of Koorie students in Victoria and as Victorian Premier, the Hon. Daniel Andrews states, “it is the education roadmap to reducing Aboriginal disadvantage.” The vision of the Marrung Education Plan is outlined below:
Victoria will be a state where the rich and thriving culture, knowledge and experience of our First Nations peoples are celebrated by all Victorians; where our universal service systems are inclusive, responsive and respectful of Koorie people at every stage of their learning and development journey; and where every Koorie person achieves their potential, succeeds in life, and feels strong in their cultural identity.
The Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan will provide guidance for schools in how best to support Koorie students and ensure that their educational needs are being met. If you have any questions about Marrung or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the college or Koorie Education Support Officer, Ms Nola Illin on 5310 5300.
Exciting news for Yasmin Harradine
Year 9 student, Yasmin Harradine, has flown out to the Northern Territory as part of the Essendon Football Club’s Indigenous Program. Yasmin departed from Melbourne yesterday and will be returning late on Thursday night. The program includes a Cultural Awareness, Leadership and Personal Journey session, a skills clinic, a trip to Bathurst Island and some sightseeing activities. Last year, DMSC student Tyreece Taylor participated in this program and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We are looking forward to hearing about Yasmin’s trip and looking at the many photos we are sure she will take.
Professional Learning Communities
On Monday, Sally Klinge and I attended a professional development workshop in Swan Hill. The day was about how to develop a culture of lifelong learning and foster collaboration between staff. DMSC signed up to this state-wide, pilot project which seeks to strengthen the capacity of staff within schools through ongoing learning and peerobservations. Your children may have reported that we often have staff members visiting other teachers’ classes and this is with the purpose of observing particular aspects of their colleagues’ practice, then providing useful and constructive feedback. Our number one aim is to improve outcomes for all of our students and our involvement in this project will support us to continually develop in this area. Leading Teachers, Charlotte Pyers and Megan Vercoe are our Instructional Leaders for this project and they are in Swan Hill today. On November 15, the four of us will again travel to Swan Hill for our final professional development day. We will then set about implementing a program for improvement for the 2017 school year.
Please note: Due to the Melbourne Cup Day Holiday, there will be no Hilltop Newsletter for next week.
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