Principal's Report - Monday 2nd March
Firstly, I would like to begin by congratulating the students who participated in the DMSC Swimming Carnival last Tuesday on their enthusiasm, healthy sense of competitiveness and willingness to have a go. Several staff members commented to me that there were many swimmers in the pool who do not ordinarily participate in school sport - particularly in swimming. It was a most enjoyable day and I would also like to extend a special thank you to Mr O'Neill for overseeing the event and to all the staff who worked tirelessly throughout the day. Good luck to our swimmers who are competing in the Little Desert Swimming Carnival tomorrow - Tuesday March 3, please come along and support our competitors at the local pool.
As mentioned in last week's newsletter, the pressure on students to meet deadlines and complete assessment tasks is upon them. It is imperative that if your child is struggling to keep up with those demands, they speak with their classroom teacher. Assistance can also be sought from their Mentor teacher, their Year Level Coordinator, the Student Wellbeing Coordinator, the VCE Coordinator and the VET/VCAL Coordinator - whoever is the most relevant to your child's needs.
Welcome to Meran Pilmore
Today, Meran Pilmore joins our team as an Education Support Officer. Meran will be working extensively with our VCAL students, assisting with the many exciting projects that are already underway. Meran will also be working with Cathryn Clarke in VET Hospitality on Thursdays. Many of you will already know Meran as together with her husband Chris, they manage the gym at the Health and Fitness Centre here at the school. We welcome Meran and we are sure she will love being a part of our DMSC team.
Last Thursday and Friday I attended the first Australian "MindBrain" Conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Twenty five representatives, mostly Principals, from a wide range of Wimmera schools participated in two days of lectures which focussed on the science behind how the brain works. Considerable research has been undertaken into how students learn and it was fascinating to hear from some world experts in this field. Many of the strategies discussed are already being used here at DMSC - strategies which emanate from our Visible Learning teaching model. I will be working with staff over the coming months to further develop a consistent approach to teaching and learning.
A final reminder that nominations for the DMSC School Council must be lodged at the office before 4.00pm on Tuesday, March 10. The DMSC School Council, AGM will be on Monday March 16.
Mrs Anne Gawith