Principal's Report - Tuesday 26th April 2016
As I am sure most of our school community are aware, our staff member, Tahlia Avery and her husband Ash, welcomed little Molly Rose into the world last week. We are thrilled for Tahls and her family and we look forward to meeting Molly here at school very soon.
Good Luck Anna
Today is the last day we will have Mrs Anna Exell with us for this year. Anna will commence her Family Leave today and we wish she and Hamish all the best as they await the arrival of their son or daughter. This will be another future student that we look forward to meeting in a few weeks’ time.
Due to Mrs Exell’s departure, we are running a new timetable for the remainder of this semester. This timetable has meant quite a few changes to when classes are running and who will be taking them. Please ensure that your child is familiar with their new timetable and thank you to the several staff who are taking over classes for the remainder of the term. There will be a new timetable for Semester Two.
ANZAC Commemorations at DMSC
On Friday afternoon, we hosted our annual school ANZAC service here at DMSC. School Captain Zoe Pilmore, spoke about the Battle of Fromelles and fellow captain, Scott Polycarpou, spoke about the Battle of the Somme. Scott and Zoe were joined on stage by Year 9 students, Danni Haebich and Teo Haines. Danni shared a brief history of how Dimboola Memorial Secondary College came to be and Teo read the ANZAC Ode. All students spoke beautifully and all captured the essence of the ANZAC commemorations with their informative and solemn addresses.
Students and staff participated in a poppy laying ceremony and together we created a magnificent ‘100’ which represents the centenary of the first ANZAC service in 1916. The foundation for the 100 was created by Year 12 student, Tait McMartin and the crocheted poppies which were attached were made by our senior VCAL students, ably assisted by a great supporter of our school, Mrs Jan Ballard. Proceeds from the sale of extra crocheted poppies and from our ANZAC biscuits, raised $160-10. This money has been donated to the local RSL.
I was incredibly proud of how all of our students conducted themselves during the service; they were respectful and perfectly behaved throughout. Yesterday morning, we hosted two ANZAC services, a 6.00am Dawn Service, followed by the extended march and service at 8.30am. A large crowd attended the Dawn Service on what was a beautiful Wimmera Autumn morning. Many people stayed to enjoy breakfast at DMSC, before heading home, or remaining for the second service.
A special thank you to Gordon Klinge, James Klinge, Peter Gawith, Helen Polack, John Pollack, Julie Nooteboom, Marcy Britten and Sally Klinge for their preparation of the breakfast. Thank you also to Robyn and Jasmin Richardson for helping to clean up afterwards. The bread for our breakfast was kindly donated by Jake Miller from our local bakery and together with the RSL, we appreciate his support. This year, representatives from the three Dimboola schools marched together from the school gates. They were joined by members of the local Scout and Guide troops. Once again our School Captains represented the school with pride, with both speaking at the service and also laying a wreath on behalf of all members of the DMSC school community.
Year 7 Camp
Today, our Year 7s head off on their annual camp to Victor Harbor. The students were all incredibly excited this morning and the week promises to be one full of adventure and great shared experiences. Year 7 Coordinator, Ms Marcy Britten, is leading the camp and she will be assisted by Year 8 Coordinator, Mr Luke Werner and Education Support staff member, Mrs Julie Nooteboom. A special thank you to Julie who agreed to attend the camp only yesterday, when another staff member was unable to go. I look forward to hearing of their activities and seeing some photos on their return.
Visit from Emma Kealy and Shadow Education Minister, Nick Wakeling
Last Thursday, we were visited by Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy and Shadow Minister for Education, Nick Wakeling. Our School Captains Scott and Zoe accompanied Ms Kealy, Mr Wakeling and me on a tour of the school and we all drew attention to our old and deteriorating buildings which are in desperate need of a rebuild.
While we certainly appreciate the interest in our school from our local member, wouldn’t it be great if all schools received adequate funding, irrespective of what political party is in power!
It’s Not Ok to Be Away!
A few sniffs and sniffles are starting to emerge, with several staff and students suffering from an autumn cold! However, can I please encourage parents to only keep their children at home if they are genuinely ill – and notify the school of that illness by phone, or a note in the diary. Remember, that a day missed a fortnight equates to four weeks missed over the school year. That amount of time out of school is very difficult to catch up.
Mrs Anne Gawith
For details and bookings contact the General Office on 5389 1460.
Interested in hosting a German student?
At DMSC, we have been privileged to host many students from Germany. These students have been part of our former sister-school exchange program, as well as the Bayerische Jugendring (BJR) 10 week exchange. Other German students have been part of an exchange run by the Society for Australian-German Student Exchange (SAGSE), which is a scholarship style exchange.
This group is currently looking for host families who would be willing to have a German student stay with their family for a 10 week period from mid-June.
This opportunity would be best suited to families with students who are in Years 10, 11 and 12 and it is an excellent way to learn about another culture and their language. Students do not have to be studying German to host a German student, but if they are, hosting enables our DMSC students to get to the interview stage, should they wish to apply for the SAGSE scholarship in Year 11 or 12.
If you are at all interested in finding out any more details, please contact Sally Klinge at school or visit the SAGSE website at www.sagse.org.au