Principal's Report - End of Year - Thursday 15th December 2016
Tonight we have celebrated the many achievements of DMSC students from throughout this year. While not every student has been invited to cross the stage, I would like to congratulate all of our students who have attended school every day and exhibited a positive attitude towards their learning. It is this commitment to education that makes our school a great place.
This year, we completed our four year Review. This was a significant undertaking, however the process was most worthwhile. We now have our goals set for the next four years and we are looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
Next year, we will continue our focus on improving student outcomes and we will be aiming for every student to achieve at least one year’s growth, for that year of education. Regular attendance is crucial if this growth is to occur and we will be asking for parent support to ensure that every student attends school every day.
As the year draws to a close, I would like to formally thank every parent or carer who has supported their child at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College. Schools cannot function effectively without support from families and indeed, the whole community. To the local businesses and organisations who have worked with us this year, I sincerely thank you too. We are fortunate to have many established relationships with local groups and I hope to build on those next year.
To our tireless volunteers – who may be MATES mentors, canteen helpers, those who help at Aths and Swimming, maintaining our Avenue of Honour, and in-class Maths helpers – we sincerely thank you for your willingness to support our school.
To the teachers and support staff who continue to work to deliver the best outcomes for students – thank you. Your tireless efforts are appreciated and I look forward to further developing our professional expertise in 2017. The school has been wonderfully supported by a dedicated School Council – thank you to President, Robin Kuhne, to parents, Kellie Schwarz, Teresa Smith, Lisa Polycarpou, Neil Zippel and Mandy Withers. Thank you also to RSL co-opted member Charles Rees, the student representatives, Zoe Pilmore and Jordan Schwarz and to the DMSC staff members who also willingly give of their time – Sally Klinge, Lyndon Kuhne and Mahesh Sarup. All of these people have the betterment of DMSC at heart.
Finally, well done to the students who value and utilise the opportunities that DMSC provides. As stated above, there have been a tremendous amount of achievements this year, in a wide range of endeavours; however there have also been innumerable successes for those students who tend to fly under the radar – and may be never singled out for a specific award or accolade. To all students – thank you for your collective efforts and I am confident that 2017 will bring continued success. I am immensely proud of you and our school.
Farewell to Staff
On Tuesday, we will be officially farewelling several staff members.
Mr Mahesh Sarup will be leaving DMSC after starting here in 2004. Transferring from Horsham College, Mahesh took up a Leading Teacher role and taught Physics and senior Maths. Over the years Mahesh has taken on a range of higher duties including, timetabling, daily organisation, curriculum coordinator, data analyst and KLA head. Mahesh has also served on School Council for many years and we thank him for this commitment to DMSC. Mahesh is taking up a position at Mount Ridley College in Craigieburn and we wish him well as he embarks on this new stage of his career.
Mr Remy Graham-Throssell is also moving on from DMSC. Commencing at the school in 2014, Remy was an associate in the Teach for Australia program. This saw him working in our school for four days per week, whilst the other day was devoted to university study to obtain his full teaching qualification. Completing his TFA training at the end of last year, Remy stayed on at our school, accepting the ongoing position of Drama, English and Humanities teacher. In the three years that Remy has been here, he has revitalised the drama faculty and produced and directed three school productions. Remy will most certainly be missed, however we know that wherever he finds himself in the future, success will follow.
Ms Cat Clarke is taking leave without pay from DMSC in 2017. So while this is goodbye, Cat may well return to us in the future. She is taking on an exciting new challenge in far north Queensland, having secured a teaching position at Tully State High School, approx. two hours drive south of Cairns. Cat will be teaching her passion – VET Hospitality and also working in the student wellbeing field. We wish Cat, Paddy and Damian all the best as they head north for this adventure.
Finally, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a happy and healthy New Year. See you in 2017.