Principal’s Report – 13th March
SMS Communication from the School
As mentioned in last week’s Hilltop, we are increasing the use of SMS technology to communicate with parents. We know that parents like to be kept informed about their son or daughter’s progress and this SMS system is a very quick and efficient way to communicate. Can you please make sure that you let Kaye or Donna know in the office if your mobile number has changed. If we have two contact numbers in our records, e.g. Mum and Dad, both parents will receive the SMS.
Year Seven and Year Eight Camps
Our students in Years Seven and Eight are excitedly looking forward to their respective camps at the end of next week. The Year Sevens will head to Campaspe Downs in central Victoria, while the Year Eights will be off to Ocean Grove. Camps are a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know each other in a setting away from school. They will be involved in a range of new activities and will also participate in team building games and challenges. If you have any queries about either of these camps, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator. Students will be away from school from Wednesday March 21 to Friday March 23.
Year Seven: Ms Holly Ruwoldt
Year Eight: Ms Naomi Kuhnell
Last Friday, I attended a professional learning session in Melbourne. Speaking on the day were leading education researcher, Professor Viviane Robinson and Queensland paramedic and trauma counsellor, Paul Spinks. Both speakers challenged us to rethink aspects of our professional and personal lives. Viviane spoke of the need to manage and support change, not just impose it and hope that all are on board. Paul asserted that in this busy world, we are micro-managing ourselves sick, rather than managing ourselves to stay well. Increasingly, adults and our youth are experiencing mental health crises and as a community, we need to take steps to be supportive, and perhaps most importantly, build the resilience in our students before these issues take hold. Our Mentor Program at DMSC is designed to provide a forum in which all students feel connected and supported. Over the last three years we have been discussing areas such as respecting diversity, building respectful relationships to tackle family violence and focussing on building the inner strength and resilience that all of us need to not just survive, but thrive in an increasingly complex world.
Our 2018 Debutante Ball will be held on Thursday March 29. The students have been rehearsing enthusiastically and are making great progress with their dancing. This week, you will see posters appearing around the town and all community members are invited to attend. Tickets are available from the General Office.