Principal's Report - 20th October
Today is the last day Year 12 students will attend formal classes! After thirteen years of primary and secondary education, it all draws to a close today. This morning the Year 12s ran their final assembly and presented an array of awards to various students and teachers. The class of 2014 also shared a morning tea with staff during recess and had their shirts autographed. While I am disappointed that I have not had the opportunity to get to know each student personally, I have enjoyed meeting many of them over the last two weeks and listening to the stories told by staff about the growth these young adults have shown over the last six years.
Tomorrow morning after some harmless pranks - and the clean-up - the group will head to Naracoorte to participate in some stress-relieving paintballing. Thank you to Mrs Kuhnell, Mr Glover and Mr Ivett for accompanying the students on their final school excursion. The next formal occasion our Year 12s will attend will be their Graduation Dinner on Friday December 5. This will be followed by the school's annual Awards Night on Wednesday December 17. We look forward to celebrating the successes of the Year 12s at both of these events.
Exams have already commenced for some of our Year 12s. The German oral exam was held in Stawell last Tuesday, with Mrs Klinge supporting her students through this very daunting process. The written exams commence on Wednesday October 29, when all VCE students sit their English exam. Approximately 45,000 students in Victoria sit the English exam on this day! As mentioned in last week's newsletter, students should have a 'healthy' level of anxiety throughout the exam period, however if you are worried about your child's stress levels, please contact Mrs Kuhnell at the college.
For the Year 12 students finishing up their VCAL studies, the majority of their outcomes should now be complete. I know the entire VCAL team of teachers have been working with individual students to ensure that the best possible results are attained.
Last Tuesday afternoon DMSC hosted the final Parent Teacher Interviews for this year. Thank you to the many parents who attended and I think I was able to meet the vast majority of you. For those of you who were unable to attend last week, please contact the college should you wish to make an appointment with a staff member to discuss your child's progress.
Tonight I meet with the Dimboola Memorial Secondary College's School Council for the first time. I am excited to work with this group of willing volunteers, all of whom have the development and betterment of the school at heart. I will use this column in the newsletter to report any major decisions to the wider school community.
Sun Smart - Summer temperatures are well and truly upon us. I have been impressed by the students' collective willingness to wear their hats when outdoors, however I have also encountered several students who are sitting on them or carrying them, rather than wearing them! Please encourage your child to wear their hats and if they require a new one, they are available for purchase at the General Office. Students are also encouraged to wear sunscreen during the warmer months.
I was sorry to miss the Dimboola Show this weekend. Unfortunately I had a prior family commitment in Melbourne; however I am sure that many of our students were successful with their entries across a wide range of divisions. (I was able to admire many of the decorated cupcakes at school last week!) Thank you to the staff for assisting the students with their creations and also for transporting the exhibits to the showground. I have also been told that several of our staff volunteer in various capacities during the show, fostering great connections between the school and the community.
Mrs Anne Gawith
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Awards Night 2014 will be held on Wednesday 17th December at 8pm. All students are expected to attend and to be seated by 10 minutes to 8. Parents and family members are also invited.
End-of-year reports will be distributed at the conclusion of the evening.
"An evening to celebrate excellence"