Principal's Report - Friday 26th June - End of Term 2
With sadness, we say farewell to Ms Abby Schultz who is leaving DMSC to follow her heart to South Australia. Abby's last day was today and staff farewelled her on Wednesday with a morning tea. Abby commenced here as a staff member in July 2011, after 6 months at Mount Clear Secondary College in Ballarat. Returning to her old school here in Dimboola, Abby quickly settled into her role as a young and enthusiastic teacher of English, Humanities and VCAL. She took on several extra duties including putting together the school magazine and this year, she has been working with Anna Exell, as the Assistant Year Seven Coordinator.
Abby always has a smile on her face and she has built wonderful relationships with both the students she has taught and the colleagues that she has taught with. DMSC will miss Abby, however we wish her well as this next exciting chapter of life begins for her in Adelaide.
Replacing Abby, is another former Dimboola student, Ms Marcy Britten. Perhaps the best endorsement of a school is the fact that past students want to come back! Marcy will commence on July 13 and we look forward to welcoming her and making her feel part of our team.
This week we have also farewelled Ms Emma Avery who has been with us for Term Two, whilst Mrs Myrna Allan has been on Long Service Leave. Emma has been an asset to the school and has been very flexible and willing to do whatever has been asked of her. She has accompanied many groups on excursions and camps and has taught across a range of year levels. We thank Emma sincerely for her efforts whilst here at DMSC and wish her well as she takes up a new teaching role in Bendigo in Term Three. However, before she returns to teaching in Term Three, Emma will embark on an immense personal challenge - conquering the Kokoda Track. Good Luck Emma!
Next term, we welcome back Mrs Myrna Allan who has been on Long Service Leave for all of Term Two and also Mrs Julie Nooteboom who had the last three weeks of this term off too.
Congratulations to Mrs Sally Klinge who has been officially appointed to the position of Assistant Principal. Sally has done an excellent job in the role over the past year and I look forward to working with her as we move the school forward. Sally's contract commences from the first day of next term.
End of Semester Reports have been distributed this afternoon. Please take the time to discuss your child's progress and there will be Parent Teacher Interviews in Term Three to have further discussions with teachers.
Year 12 Parent Teacher Night
Monday July 20 (including Year 11s completing a Unit 3-4 subject) 3.45pm - 5.30pm
Year 7 to 11 Parent Teacher Night
Tuesday September 15
Please also note the amount of absences your child has had. Students can miss a huge amount of their total education if they regularly miss a day of school. Encourage them to attend every day!
Year 10 Work Experience
Last week our Year 10 students were out and about on Work Experience. I have already heard some very positive feedback from both students and employers and I hope that the week was rewarding for all involved. Thank you to Mrs Charlotte Pyers for overseeing this program and to the many staff who visited our students in their respective workplaces.
On Wednesday night, School Captain, Andrew King, delivered a presentation on his trip to Gallipoli in April this year. Andy shared some personal insights into the trip and also displayed some wonderful photos which captured the feel for this very special occasion. Congratulations to Andy on his presentation and thank you to the community members who supported this event.
Academic and Values Awards
At our end of term assembly, students were presented with Academic and Values Awards.
Once again, I was thrilled with the number of nominations and a full list of recipients is published in this weeks printed newsletter.
Finally, may I wish all students and families a very happy holiday. It has been a long term (11 weeks!) and this last week has seen quite a lot of very tired students and staff. Well done to all of the students who have worked to their full potential during Semester One, and for those who have not, it is never too late to improve your work ethic and aim to achieve success. Thank you to the dedicated staff, their collective efforts make this a great school.
Our term ended with a fundraising BBQ for Taylah Ryen's Cambodia project and a Staff V Year 12s Netball Match. This was a lovely way to wrap up the semester.
School starts back on July 13 - have a great break!
Mrs Anne Gawith