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Principal's Report - Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Darwin Defenders Ceremony
On Monday, School Captains – Remi Kuhne and Kynan Clarke and Year 10 student, Rebekah Albrecht, represented our school at the Darwin Defenders Commemoration Ceremony in Horsham. Both Remi and Kynan spoke at the service, and Rebekah’s accomplishment of winning a Spirit of Anzac Prize was publically acknowledged. Our students also laid a wreath, so too students from other schools and representatives from a variety of veterans and community groups. Once again I was very proud of our students and impressed at how well they represented our school.
What a glorious day at the pool! The weather Gods were kind, and a warm day greeted our students and staff at the Dimboola swimming pool yesterday. It was great to see our students participate in the events and also wonderful to see the encouragement offered by the students to their peers who were trying their hardest. Congratulations to all of the competitors, the age champions, the overall swimmers of the meet and of course, Wimmera House – the winning house on the day. It should also be mentioned that the DMSC staff once again successfully defended their crown as champions against the Year 12 relay team!
Year 11 and 12 Information Night
Tonight we are hosting our annual Year 11 and 12 Information Night. All parents/carers and students are invited to attend the evening which will cover all aspects of both the VCE and VCAL streams.
Just a reminder that our Smart Sessions are again underway every Monday and Wednesday afternoons. All students are encouraged to attend these sessions and utilise the extra assistance from staff that is on offer.
School Council Elections
Later in the newsletter, is an article on how to join the School Council. There are also two nomination forms attached – one for self-nomination and one where you can be nominated by someone else. Nominations close on Friday March 3 and completed forms should be returned to the General Office.
From the Assistant Principal
Individual Learning Plans
At DMSC, every student in Years 7 to 10 has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) written for them by their mentor. These plans are updated at the start of each semester and this Thursday, your child will be bringing home a copy of their Semester One ILP for you to read through with them.
Students have written their two SMART goals related to improving their learning outcomes for this semester. SMART goals are ones that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely/Time-bound.
We ask that you discuss these two goals with your child and review the other information contained in the document. The reviewed ILP should then be returned to your child’s mentor by Thursday 2nd March, so that any changes can be made.
Alternatively, you may wish to contact your child’s mentor at school to discuss information contained in the document.
As a pastoral care initiative, each student is allocated a mentor teacher at the start of the year. Last week, we began our mentor sessions, which run for approximately 10 minutes each Tuesday and Thursday mornings instead of year level assemblies. Each mentor groups consists of 7-10 students and are made up of members of the same family and a range of student ages from Year 7 to Year 12.
During these mentor sessions, students participate in a variety of activities and quizzes that focus on building stronger relationships with students from all year levels within the school.
The mentor focus for terms one and two this year will be building self-esteem and empowering young adults. All of the information that is used in these sessions can be found in the Mentor section on Edmodo.
Some lockers still available for sale
Since advertising the old lockers for sale at $10 per bank last week, we now have limited numbers left. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to secure some excellent shelves or storage cabinets for the back shed!
Contact our office staff if you are interested in looking at, or purchasing one of the remaining lockers.